*This giveaway is now closed*
Can you believe that three years ago on November 13 I began blogging as The Mennobrarian? My first post was actually a brief essay on what it was like to be a Christian working in a public library setting, and it was written in response to a question posed to me by my friend's teen daughter, Katie. Just as Katie has grown up (uh.. I mean Kate, because you know, she has grown up now), my blog has matured too. I've made so many wonderful friends through it, met so many people both online and off. What a blessing it has turned out to be! There's not a single one of you whom I wouldn't cross the street to meet. Some of you I've gotten to know so well, I wouldn't just stay for supper at your house. I'd stay for the week.
One thing that doesn't escape me is that I only started blogging, and then kept at it, as a way of keeping and improving what writing skills I had. When I graduated from college for the final time, my writing skills were so stiff and academic, I could hardly write a birthday card without including footnotes and a bibliography. Thankfully, once I was free to write about the quiet rhythms of my daily life, a more casual and sincere voice emerged. Now, three years later, I feel like I'm just chatting with old friends.
To celebrate this anniversary, I'm giving away three prizes to three lucky winners (one winner per prize). To enter, leave a comment below (with a way for me to get in touch with you if you do not have a blog) telling me which prize you would like to win. You can also say "any". For one additional entry, post a link on your blog and let me know in the comments section. I'll draw numbers from the random number generator on Friday, November 19.
For this giveaway, you must have a U.S. mailing address.
The Pretty Pantry Gifts Set
Everything you need to make embellished gifts in a jar, perfect for the upcoming holidays. There is a recipe booklet with 15 recipes for jams, sauces, and pickles, 24 sheets of stickers, 20 gift tags with elastic string, 10 fabric toppers, and 10 cellophane bags. Fun to use, or it would make a wonderful gift.
Finding God for Women, A New Testament with commentary (NIV)
I love this NT that speaks to so many of the issues that we as women struggle with. This version is filled with commentary that speaks directly to our hearts on issues such as comparing ourselves with others, the temptation to judge, and growing in our Christian lives. There is also an excellent Q&A section in the front on many questions about our faith. I like this so much that I after getting one for myself, I bought one for a friend, and she loved it, too.
Prize #3 Gooseberry Patch Coupon Keeper
16 pockets, including one for receipts, in a spiral bound book format. There is also a blank page in front for notes. This would also make a nice gift.