Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blog Anniversary and Giveaway *CLOSED*

*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.

Prize #1

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.

Prize #2

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.


  1. wops! I forgot to include my email:

  2. Thank you, Monica, for writting this blog. I love reading about your life, and particularly trying your recipies and dreaming about having a garden like the one you have :-)

    I would like to enter the giveaway for the pretty pantry gift set. However, I don´t live in the US, so feel free to exclude me in case you only want people from the US to enter.

    Thank you!

  3. Pretty Pantry set please.

    I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  4. The pretty pantry set would be great. And I enjoy your blogs Mine has sadly come to a standstill, but I would like to get it up and running again this winter, focusing mainly on recipes. And if it wouldn't be for blogging, I never would have "met" you!

  5. Happy Blogiversary!!!
    I would love to win the coupon keeper.

  6. Please enter me in your giveaway.

    I would like to receive prize #1.

  7. Ooooh, a fun giveaway! I'd like either #1 or #3. I received #2 as a gift from one of the sweetest people I know - and it's awesome. It was a jump-start that I needed and took full advantage of.

  8. I am glad to have found your blog and would love any of the giveaways. Keep writing!

  9. I really like reading your blog. Any prize would be nice. Thanks for the great reading material about wonderful subjects.


  10. Any prize would be nice. Happy blog anniversary! I am a new follower and have really been enjoying your posts!

  11. Monica, I thank you for such a wonderful blog. Learning about your life has been a little like sitting down for coffee with a good friend.

    I would like to enter your giveaway, and would be delighted with any of the three precious gifts.

    Wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving!

  12. I love Prize #2
    Finding God for Women, A New Testament with commentary (NIV)

  13. Hi--I really enjoy your blog--you are a wonderful writer. I would appreciate being entered in the drawing, and would be happy to win anything--but, I guess the coupon keeper would be tne most useful to me. I have one, but it isn't very well designed--I also like the idea of the receipt pocket. my email is Thank-you for this neat contest!

  14. I really enjoy your blog, happy anniversary :) I would like #1 the most, but any would be wonderful :)

    steffanie771 at hotmail dot com

  15. hi there!
    i just found you through the Imperfect house wife!
    Your newest follower

    God bless!

  16. What lovely gifts you have chosen! I think I would like the New Testament, although all of the gifts sound really nice. I truly enjoy reading your blog. You are a very gifted writer and I so enjoy reading about your various activities. Your blog has been a blessing to me.

  17. Totally gone are the "stiff" and "academic" from your writings, if they ever existed. It's very apparent that your writing on this blog comes straight from the heart. You have definitely arrived, and I know I'm not the only one of your readers who feels privileged and like a prize-winner, just to be able to read your words. Keep up the great work! Thank you!


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