Beautiful Giveaway

I have always admired Lisa Leonard’s beautiful jewelry. I’ve seen it all over blogland and have been smitten by it every time. I’m one of those frugal girls who doesn’t spend much on jewelry for myself, but the thought of having a very special keepsake with my kids names imprinted on it just makes my heart melt.

A personalized piece of jewelry like this would be such a special gift for any mom, grandma, friend, wife or YOURSELF! Every time you’d run your fingers over those names or special words you’d be reminded of someone or something you treasure.

Today Lisa (who is also one of the contributors to (in)courage) is giving away THREE $50 Gift Certificates to three lucky winners for Beautiful Life Friday! What a happy surprise to get to do a giveaway for you all today! It just feels like Christmas!

All you have to do is leave me a comment here telling me which piece you’d choose from Lisa’s website if you won and if you’d keep it or give it away as a gift! And you can add up to three extra comments if you mention the giveaway on your blog, twitter or facebook.


And now, you can add your Beautiful Life Friday posts! Every Friday we pause to remember the beauty we found or created this week! And of course, be sure to visit Hooked on Fridays to see what fun stuff is going on over there!

I am still looking through all of your HomeGoods entries so never fear, I will chose the winners soon!

PS. We had a great first Sunday for Voyage last week with 200 people who turned out for the gathering! Thanks for asking about it and being so encouraging…I’ll try to do some updates on my personal blog page soon, I know I have not been updating it at all. Meh. I need a few more clones to do everything I want to do!

Have a lovely weekend! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of the three Lisa Leonard $50 gift certificates!


THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER! THANKS FOR ENTERING!

Beautiful Things: A Labor of Love

Beautiful things can be created in nine months. With time and love and prayers, you can create something beautiful where there was nothing.

It has been nearly nine months since we moved here to Washington to start a church from scratch. We came here knowing no one. And in that time we have made friends, had a logo and website designed, had street signs created, we designed, handed out or mailed out nearly 100,000 flyers and postcards, and bought everything from a sound system to a coffee brewer to baby toys. We prayed and labored and gave everything we had to make this happen.

Isn’t that how it is with a labor of love?

It has been a long nine months, but we are excited to finally be moving on to the next phase of our life here in Washington — actually having a church we can invite people to on Sunday instead of just plan for and talk about it every week! If you are in the area I hope you’ll come visit us sometime. I’d love to meet you.

Beautiful things can happen when we look past the impossible, overcome the obstacles, dream about what COULD BE, and then make the effort to create it. All things are possible.

What is YOUR labor of love?

Thanks for your patience with me. I’ve been juggling a lot of labors of love! I apologize for being late to Beautiful Life Friday today — my computer has been being used by others for creating promotional items and I can’t always blog when I want to! I’ve really missed visiting you all the past couple of weeks!

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to stop and take in the small and beautiful every day moments. Feel free to link up a beautiful life post or share some moments in the comments.

PS. No that is not my house, it is that dreamy one I showed you all awhile back. I adore that house. It is a beautiful thing. The owner lovingly built it herself, from the ground up! Truly a labor of love!

 

Get Inspired for Fall!
Fall Nesting 2009!



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My house is a bit of a mess right now. I feel disorganized. Un-domestic. Flustered. So not like Martha. I am stuck somewhere between summer and back to school. But I am DETERMINED to get my FALL INSPIRATION going. I may not have freshly baked pumpkin muffins in the oven just yet, and sadly I don’t even have a fall wreath on my door, but I am gearing up for fall just the same. So glad you are here to join me!

Having a beautiful life and home is more about your attitude and state of mind than your state of perfection. I’m a dreamer but I am also a realist. Somehow, you just merge the two together and life can be wonderful. In your mind your home can smell like fall, look like fall, and feel like fall. In real life, well, we’ll get there.

Last year I geared up for fall with my 20 Little Things to Love About Autumn post. If you need to start inspiring yourself with thoughts of fall and don’t know where to begin, I encourage you to read my list and then go write your own 20 Little Things to Love about Autumn post. You can link it up here if you want as a part of our 2009 Fall Nesting party, or list something that you love about fall right in the comments.

To me, Fall is about nurturing.

I may not have a home that would grace the cover of House Beautiful or Country Living (certainly today it wouldn’t, HA!), but if I can create a FEELING of fall in my home — the feeling that our home is a safe place to rest our heads, a place to be nurtured and nourished, and a warm place to sit by the fire when the storms of life blow, then I am happy and content.

Here is a link to my Fall Nesting Tips series and other Fall ideas, if you want some inspiration!

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What does Fall mean to you?

You may link up all week to any post that inspires us for fall. Do you have a favorite fall craft? A fall decorating idea? A favorite fall photo? A fall scent? Be sure to link ONLY to a post on Fall Nesting. And be a friend and link back. And if you don’t have a blog, let’s just share ideas in the comments, shall we? I love you all, blog or not.

THE HOMEGOODS SHOPPING SPREE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

And if you want to enter to win one of 3 $200 HomeGoods makeover shopping sprees, link up a post here on this same Fall Nesting linky, showing me the room you would like to work on this fall and describe how a HomeGoods gift card could help! If you don’t have a blog, you can email me your entry. Be sure to put HOMEGOODS ENTRY in the subject line or it might get lost in the shuffle.

This post and the links today are all about Fall Nesting…we are gearing up for enjoying a season that normally is far too short in my opinion! So let’s make the most of it and GET FALL STARTED!

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