It's day four of Lily's Birthday Giveaway Week!
But first a few pictures of our Lilybird...
Before I announce the winner of the beautiful Talbot's necklace from yesterday's post, I just wanted to thank every person who left a comment there. I was having a really rough day today (because it's still today as I'm typing) for a number of reasons. I sometimes...oftentimes...go through intense mind battles about the things I put my heart into. Raising children, parenting, homeschooling, being a wife, being a friend, being a Christian, being a pastor's wife, blogging...sometimes I just really struggle with how to juggle it all and question if I'm doing anything right, and most of the time I just feel like I'm stumbling through life, trying to hold it all together, and really hoping and praying for the grace of God to cover my kajillion weaknesses. I'm not a polished blogger. I'm not a polished mom. I'm not a polished anything really, and some nights like tonight I'm doing good just to get us all on time (sort of) to church. I have always had a hard time feeling like I don't live up. I either feel like I talk too much about God, and appear self righteous, or don't talk enough about God, and appear carnal. I worry that I blog too much about orphans, and then worry that I don't blog about them enough. I feel bad that my posts about Down syndrome are positive, when I know there are hurting and maybe fearful new moms out there reading and wondering what their problem is... and then on days like today when I'm concerned that I'm not getting enough help for Lily, I worry about blogging about those fears and scaring moms off.
Yes, you could say that I was an emotional basketcase today.
Some days are just like that.
And after a wonderful sermon tonight on worry, I came home and read the comment section from today's post with my husband, and I just cried. Because you all have the nicest way of saying things, and even though I still don't have it altogether, it is a very humbling and encouraging thing to know that maybe my stumbling little life could somehow encourage someone else.
End of rambling:)
The winner of the necklace is...
Susan H said...
I have been reading your blog for about six months and have fallen in love with Lily.
Congratulations, Sue- please contact me with your info, so I can get your new necklace in the mail to you!
Today's prize is from June 34 on Etsy, featuring boutique style goodies, homemade with love...
This 2-pack of 8" x 5" hot/cold packs comes with your choice of scent: lavender, cinnamon spice, eucalyptus, or lavender & chamomille.
Heat in the microwave to soothe sore muscles or warm up during cold night. Place in the freezer for a cold pack... great for boo-boo's for little ones!
One random commenter from today's post will received this little bundle of goodness! And I should mention that only US residents may enter. One of Tuesday's winners was from Lithuania! Which is so cool and it worked, because shipping wouldn't be too much on a hairclip...but rice pillows might be too spendy to ship outside the US;)
I have to tell you that we Rice's LOVE these types of pillows, and not just because of their name. We use rice or corn pillows constantly, for warmth, for aches and pains, and just for comfort.
So yesterday I made you think when you left a comment, but today is a no brainer... just because you need a break towards the end of the week, ha. Leave a comment telling me what the above pictures (of Lily playing with her kitchen set) have in common with the giveaway prize.
(And in case you have been to our house lately, it has nothing to do with the fact that one of our children blew up a rice pillow in the microwave a few weeks ago!)
Winner will be drawn tonight and announced tomorrow.
Happy Thursday!! :)