giveaway, guest post, prayer, sweeping

Giveaway winner!!

Our little giveaway has come to an end (at midnight last night). Thanks to everyone who entered.

In a very high-tech, scientific process, I wrote everyone’s name on a slip of paper and had one of my children draw a name. (The child was not informed that cookies were involved, so there can be no questions about his or her ability to be impartial.)

The winner is…Rebecca of Life Beyond the Window! Please e-mail me your mailing address (abbey.dupuy(at)gmail(dot)com) so I can send your prize to you.

This was fun, don’t you think? We will do it again soon.

In other news, I have a guest post up today at CatholicMom about turning the chores we love to hate into opportunities for gratitude and mindfulness. One of the comments on the post suggested consecrating a chore we dislike (sweeping, in my case) for a specific prayer intention.

We have a young friend in our parish named Sam who is battling cancer. Although we pray for him as often as we think of him, I love the idea of offering up my much-despised sweeping chore on his behalf. I might even sweep more often in a day, just to have the extra chances to pray for Sam.

Think about this, won’t you? Do you have a chore like mine that you’d rather not do? Would it change if you made it an offering of prayer for someone else? And if you need an intention to tie to your most-hated chore, I know Sam and his family would love to have you pray for them, too.

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birthday, giveaway

Birthdays and perpective

The nicest thing about getting older is having another birthday to add to the string of birthdays that have already come. Birthdays prompt reflection for me, and I can say honestly that so far, each one is better than the last.  When I think back on all the years that have already happened, there isn’t a single one I’d want to repeat instead of living the one that’s in front of me. There have been easier years, sure…but there have also been harder ones. I can’t help but be excited about what might lie around the next corner, and I want to keep moving forward so I can find out!

Thanks to each of you for sharing my journey this past year. I’ve been blessed to make some great new friends and to have some new writing opportunities through this little blog. I think this next year will bring even more good things…new challenges, new opportunities, and new blessings to be survived and cherished.

Because it’s my birthday, I want to give one of you a gift. I’m having my very first giveaway! The gift will be a batch of my not-exactly-famous-but-still-pretty-darn-good oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and this beautiful little print from my dear friend Linda at burlap + blue. She generously sent me the print to be given away when I celebrated my blog’s first anniversary back in January, but I haven’t managed to do it until now.

(No one said this has been an easy year, but I’m thinking late is better than never.)

I think this print sums things up perfectly. Today, I am thankful. Tomorrow’s another day, and I’ll be thankful then, too, no matter what it looks like. Things aren’t always easy, but there’s always a reason to celebrate. Finding the things worth celebrating can sometimes feel like a tough journey, but the trip is always, always worth it.

To enter to win the print and the cookies, just leave a comment here –  make sure I have your name and a way to get in touch with you if you win. We’ll do a random drawing and reveal the winner next Tuesday. Feel free to invite your friends to play…the more, the merrier!