Posts Tagged ‘Giveaway’

Mother’s Day Giveaway!!

As I was closing in on the last few segments of Mother’s Story at the beginning of the year, my thoughts drifted to the final product – the book itself – what it would look like, how thick it might be, what colors would be on the cover. And I so much wanted my mother to hold her book on Mother’s Day. I didn’t think it to be an unattainable goal. But as it turns out, Mother’s Day is just a few days away and the book is still in production with the publisher. We are several weeks away from Mother holding her book, but it will be worth the wait.

So instead of being able to offer the book for purchase on Mother’s Day, I thought we would do the next-best thing – a random drawing for a giveaway. One lucky person will receive a free copy of Helen’s Heritage hot off the press as soon as it’s done. In fact, let’s make it a 2fer! I’ll throw in a copy of my first book, Reflections, too.

Not only is Helen’s Heritage my mother’s life story; but it is a family documentation, a forty-thousand-word family history book filled with short stories and mini stories along with seventy-five images from about 1880 through today. Her story is a collection of many stories of hardship, strong family ties, faith in the midst of failure, and yet a truly blessed life. During these past few years as we talked and I retold her stories on paper, I laughed, cried, and at times gasped.

Here’s what you need to do to be entered in the random drawing to receive a free copy of Helen’s Heritage and the bonus copy of Reflections:

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  • Leave a comment on this blog.

Do one of the three things above by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, May 9, 2016; and you will be entered into the random drawing. Winner will be contacted by email or Facebook message on Wednesday, May 11.

Thanks for your interest, and I promise to keep you posted on Helen’s Heritage. Here’s a teaser:

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Celebrating Life – A Giveaway!

I scrolled down through my blog roll earlier this week and realized my last few blogs have dealt with facing the end of life.  But today, I want to share with you a message of hope and the celebration of life.  I do not understand why sometimes we are granted a miracle and other times we are not.  Sometimes we are forced to face negative things – even sudden, unexpected death – ready or not.  But I don’t ever want to overshadow the positive things in life with negative.

Today and everyday I remember and am thankful for a miracle that dropped into my life five years ago – a miracle that has unfolded each day, one day at a time.  This story is sprinkled throughout the vignettes in Reflections.  So if you’re curious about more details of this miracle, I invite you to click on the link to preview Reflections on the right sidebar of this page.

For no rhyme or reason, my then college-aged son came home on summer break with a malignant tumor.  Local doctors, oncologists, and surgeons could not agree on post-surgical treatment for this rare and unusual cancer.  It was, however, contained and had not spread.  I am convinced the hand of God guided the surgeon’s hand in removing the tumor completely.  Our family and everyone who knew or heard of him prayed – all in the name of Jesus – as we consulted with an out-of-state specialist.

We walked through this valley one day at a time and have walked that way with a peace that no one can understand for five years now.  Just as it appeared for no rhyme or reason, it has not reappeared for any rhyme or reason.  And that is my miracle for which I am thankful every single day.

Then, this past year, my brother-in-law faced a rare cancer.  He endured months of treatment and is still with us today.  We have learned to place one foot in front of the other, all of us, and have lived our lives one day at a time as each day has turned into a week, a month, six months, a year, and five years.  These illnesses did not lead to death and we instead celebrate life, breath, and health and give thanks for every single day.

~ a family celebrating life ~

In celebration of life, I want to share my reflections of family, friends, and faith with you.  I have set aside twenty copies of Reflections as gifts.  All you need do is leave a comment below on this post between now and Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2013, to receive your copy, one per person.

Maybe you have a miracle to share or maybe you are hurting and need a miracle, or maybe you just need to read about ordinary people walking through life.  Or maybe you just want to say, please send me a copy.  It’s yours for the asking.  I look forward to hearing from you and will respond privately via email to make sure you receive your autographed copy of Reflections.  Already have a copy?  I happen to think it makes a pretty good gift! 🙂


A Grateful Giveaway

This morning, I am reflecting on an awesome Thanksgiving week one last time before we slip into the Christmas season.  I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to move into a giving spirit when I am full from a grateful heart.  And that’s what I’m feeling today – very full and very grateful.

Is everything perfect?  Absolutely not!  But now is not the time or place to write that story.  That will come later.

Today I am thankful for extended-family fellowship I enjoyed yesterday.  I am thankful we all arrived and returned home safely.  I am thankful I heard my mother chuckle about my Rooster Bowl story.  I am thankful to share sweet time with my sisters and their families and all those big and little young’uns as the family continues to grow.

And I am thankful that I am touched by beautiful music that inspires me to write and reflect.  Right now, my favorite rendition of Away in a Manager (Kenny G) is filling the air in my upstairs room.

And so, as we pass from a thankful heart to a giving heart, I am prepared to give away up to twenty-five autographed copies of Reflections – one to each person leaving a “grateful” comment on this post.  That’s all you have to do.  You don’t have to be present to win and there are no strings attached.  If you already have a copy, you can pass the gift along to another.

So leave your “grateful” comment.  I will follow-up with a personal e-mail to receive mailing details from you.  The e-mail address you leave will be used for no other purpose – and that’s a promise!