Monthly Archives: February 2015

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BLOGIVERSARY winners!


Phew! I’m exhausted from all this Blogiversary fun. I’ve enjoyed celebrating these past ten years with you, but on Monday, we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. ;)

On to the GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

The winners were chosen through the Rafflecopter site, where I hosted these giveaways. They use random.org to choose a name from the list. I will be contacting each winner shortly via email to make arrangements for delivery of your goodies. :) Thanks again to all who entered.

The winner of the SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of THE TRUTH ABOUT DREW is …

The winner of a copy of THE ING JOURNAL is …

The winners of the HONEYCOMB Digital/Printable POCKET SCRAPBOOK KIT are …

The winner of the ADVANCED READER COPY of GOODBYE, MAGNOLIA is …

The winner of the 2 YR. POCKET CALENDAR is …

The winner of the HELEN KELLER QUOTE NOTEBOOK is …

And the winner of the $10 COFFEE GIFT CARD is …


If your name didn’t get drawn this time, no worries. As the new book release date approaches, I will be holding some more giveaways, so be on the lookout! It’s coming soon, you guys!

Have a wonderful weekend! Love you all. <3

happy 10 year blogiversary to me!



Today is the day. At 8:39 pm on February 26, 2005, I started the blog with this post:

“I did it … I started my own blog. I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Not really sure if I have a specific purpose for my blog yet … just wanted a place to share thoughts and pictures with family and friends. Enjoy!
 •K”

It was first called “Yesterday • Today • Tomorrow” and it was a Typepad blog.

I remember being kind of nervous about hitting publish on the first post and wondering what I should write about, what I should share, what I shouldn’t. Over time, I’ve gotten more comfortable with the whole thing and I know my answers to those questions, but it took a long time. Sometimes I had a lot to say, other times nothing. Sometimes I thought “what’s the point?” and other times I knew the point is my kids will read it one day and be glad they have my words and thoughts and photos, and they can see what I was most passionate about and how much I bragged about them.

The most important thing I will say about this blog is that I love it.

There have definitely been days when I didn’t like it very much, when I didn’t feel like writing, and took long breaks from it. But I always come back to this little space of mine, where I can share about my family, my hobbies, my photography, and now my books. And sometimes it’s just a space to get feelings out, to ask for prayer, to share things I’m struggling with. I love it for that. Because the world is huge, but the internet and blogs bring people together and I’m so thankful for that.


TODAY is the LAST DAY to get signed up for my GIVEAWAYS HERE. All giveaways end at midnight tonight and the winners will be drawn sometime tomorrow. Check back tomorrow to see a list of the winners! :)

THANK YOU to all who participated in the giveaways over the past couple weeks. It’s been so fun reading all of your answers!

coffee love



I obviously love coffee and have shared many a picture of it over the years on this blog. :) As I wrap up the special posts for my 10 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY celebration, I knew it wouldn’t be complete without a big collage of coffee photos and a little coffee giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

Are you a coffee lover? Well, I’ve got a special giveaway for you today. A $10 GIFT CARD to ONE of the following coffee shops: Starbucks, Tim Hortons or Biggby (those are the three bigger chain coffee places in my area).

Enter below. Tell a friend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page! Make sure you enter them ALL! ;)

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY! The actual day I first began this blog back in 2005. See ya’ back here TOMORROW!

i love camping



As much as I hate winter here in Michigan, I love the other three seasons in our beautiful state. Fall is by far my favorite, then Spring, then Summer. We like to get out and walk or, in recent years, go for a run. Lake Michigan is an hour from where we live. It’s beautiful and, if you love the great outdoors, it’s the perfect state.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a love for camping. People who knew me when I was younger are shocked to learn this. I hated getting dirty and having to go without makeup. I hated bugs and, heaven forbid, having to sleep on the ground. I’m so glad I grew up a bit and no longer feel that way, because sleeping in the middle of the woods with the sounds of the breeze in the trees and waves from a lake lapping against the beach is so relaxing and just good for the soul. There’s so much noise these days. Everywhere. Coming at you from all sides. Being outdoors, sitting by the fire, roasting marshmallows (so many marshmallows that I need a bag for myself!), looking up at the stars … it clears the mind. And it’s awesome!

Every summer since 2005, I’ve gone camping with my friend Jen, who I’ve known since we were 6! It’s become a wonderful tradition in our friendship. Just us, hanging out, relaxing, catching up, seeing the sights around Michigan, always near one of the Great Lakes, checking out a different campground around the state every year.

Michigan really is so beautiful. Here are some of my favorite photos of camping adventures over the years with Jen, as well as a family camping trip when the kids were little, and a girls camping trip with my college roommate, Julie, and her daughter. Most I’ve shared on the blog before, but a few are never before seen here.




I always try to get at least one “selfie” on our camping trips. I think they were still referred to as “self portraits” when I started taking these. ;)

We look pretty much the same as we did ten years ago. That’s a good thing, right? :)

There will be one more GIVEAWAY in tomorrow’s post. CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page. Like I mentioned last week, meeting people and making friends through this blog has been an unexpected gift, which is why I wanted to do these giveaways. I really want to give back to you. So, whether you’re my friend or family and have known me for years, or if you just found my blog today, please ENTER!

I WANT TO GIVE YOU STUFF!

Enter by Thursday at midnight EST. Winners will be announced on Friday!

See ya’ tomorrow!

hello, monday’s list



Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. Monday morning posts around here are usually lists. A couple years ago, I started posting them regularly and called them “Monday’s List” until I changed it recently to “Hello, Monday”. It’s basically a breakdown of what we did over the weekend. I like lists. I like bullet points. It’s how I usually lay out these posts. Today, I thought I’d do a random bullet point list of the kinds of things I’ve shared on Monday’s posts over the past couple years.

• It’s a Monday. I can tell. 5.6.13

• Jake went to hang out with his nerd friends (hehe! Love you, honey!) on Saturday. 6.24.13

• We watched Nik Wallenda walk the wire across the Grand Canyon with no harness on the Discovery Channel. Oh my goodness. I was so nervous, especially since it was live. 6.24.13

• At the farm, I got stung on the forehead by a bee. 7.1.13

• Chloe taught me and Tim “The Cup Song” from Pitch Perfect. That was fun. And loud when we all did it at the same time. 7.22.13

• Went to our first drive-in movie theater. We really enjoyed it and even saw a shooting star! 9.9.13

• Zach had a friend over after school on Friday. I got a taste of what it would be like to have two teenage boys. 9.23.13

• Had more than one splurge meal this weekend. Back to healthy eating today. 10.7.13

• We are home from Florida and already wishing we were back beside the pool in the warm sun. Everything is covered in inches upon inches of snow that fell while we were away. 12.16.13

• Finished the final edit (I hope!) on my book. I’m so excited about this. I want you guys to read it and hope that will be a reality very soon. 2.24.14

• Spent several hours scanning more of Grandma’s negatives. Every time I scan, I find new moments to cherish. 3.24.14

• The message at church on Sunday was so good – all about overcoming your past. A good message for anyone to hear. It doesn’t matter what your past looks like. God will forgive. It may not be easy to let go of the things you can’t change, the things you wish you could take back, but God promises hope and a bright future. Just hold on. 5.5.14

• The thunder is booming outside and heavy rain is pelting the roof, but I am remembering the warm sun and lovely breezes at Mom + Dad O’s on the east side of the state. 5.12.14

• This weekend was ALL about the book launch. It was kind of a quiet moment, actually. Alone in my office, no big fanfare or anything. I hit the “approve” button and, soon after, it was out there for the world to see. 5.19.14

• Amidst the weekend fun, the family time, the bbq’ing, and the extra day off, I’m remembering the reason we get to enjoy such things, the reason we have the freedoms we have in this country. It’s all because of the men and women, who have lost their lives protecting those freedoms. And I am so grateful. 5.26.14

• Mom and I went to Sam’s Club to pick up some glorious coconut oil. Do you know how many uses there are for that stuff? We were introduced to it by Marsha when we were on vacation. Had to go get us some. 6.23.14

• Ever have one of those nights where you spend most of it staring up at the ceiling, unable to drift off to sleep, your mind whirling with things you have to do, need to do, want to do? Yeah, that was me on Sunday night, which is probably why I did not feel very well yesterday. 7.1.14

• I am very heartbroken to hear of Robin Williams passing. He was so beloved by so many, us included. 8.12.14

• My weekend was spent with Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight and the rest of the gang on “The Office”. 8.18.14

• Welcome to the first full week of November! I was awakened to the sound of a Christmas song playing on the radio on my alarm clock. What? 11.3.14

• The highlight of Chloe’s day was getting to meet 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Carly Patterson. She was star struck. It was so cute to watch and Carly was as nice as could be. 12.8.14

And TODAY’S LIST …

• The kids had SNOW DAY #9. Really, it was “Extreme Cold” day since the wind chills were like -30 F. We were happy to have a long weekend.

• I worked like a mad woman on my book and made it through the big edit. Editing can be tedious, but I’m loving every minute of it and I know it will be so worth it when I’ve got the finished product in hand and available for all of you to read.

• All this time I’m spending at the computer is making my eyes/head hurt. Guess it’s time for an eye exam.

• We had an extra daughter around here since Chloe had her BFF over for a couple days. It’s nice having another girl in the house and listening to them giggle and talk and sing. We ate too much pizza and junk food, watched lots of tv and movies, took the girls to open gym to flip around for a while on Saturday, and took her home after church on Sunday.

• Jake and Zach had a guys night with some of Jake’s friends, hanging out, playing a nerdy D&D game. ;)

• Jake finished creation of a ship almost completely out of foam core board. He made the entire thing from scratch, did all the painting and everything. It’s very impressive! (SEE HEADER PICTURE at the TOP of this post!)

And … on to today’s giveaway!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

Last month on Instagram, I shared this b&w striped graphic that I created using a Helen Keller quote I’d seen one day. I liked it so much that I decided to make it into a notebook that will soon find its way to my Etsy shop. It’s about 6×8 in size and has little dotted line pages inside.

Enter below. Tell a friend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page! Make sure you enter them ALL! ;)

Happy Monday! See ya back here TOMORROW!

how you live


Driving down a country road one fall evening after an engagement photography session in South Haven, this song – Turn Up The Music by Point of Grace (above) – was playing in my car. I can’t remember if it was on the radio or if I had the CD at the time, but it brought tears to my eyes and it filled me with such a peaceful and hopeful feeling.

I remember that feeling very vividly. It was at a time when Jake (my husband) had lost his job because the company he worked for closed its doors, and my little photography business was keeping us afloat. Barely. It was very stressful and I felt anything but peaceful at the time.

“Wake up to the sunlight with your windows open
Don’t hold in your anger or leave things unspoken
Wear your red dress, use your good dishes,
Make a big mess, and make lots of wishes …”

I longed for the peaceful, carefree feeling this song brought out in me. To focus on the little things, my children, my husband, the beauty of nature, letting go, dreaming, taking chances. No regrets! I wanted to feel like that – happy and hopeful.

“Turn up the music, Turn it up loud
Take a few chances, Let it all out
‘Cause you won’t regret it
Lookin’ back from where you have been
Cause it’s not who you knew
And it’s not what you did
It’s how you live.”

I wanted a sense of security again, and I prayed for God’s help. And He provided! Time and again. (HERE is an awesome example of that!)

And here was this song, encouraging me and calming me. It was just one of those moments that has stuck with me. I posted the above video back in September of 2007 with just a brief comment like “I’m loving this song right now.” I probably didn’t say more because of the stressful emotions I was dealing with, but I’m glad I threw it up there that day because it was there for me to find again, to remember that things did get better. The job situation worked out. God took care of us.

And I’ve had many days, enjoying the sun on my face, thanking the Lord for the life He’s given me, letting myself be truly happy where I’m at, taking chances, and feeling so hopeful for the future.

“Wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Now is the time to begin …”

“Make peace with God and make peace with yourself
‘Cause in the end there’s nobody else.”

I hope you’ll give the song a listen. :)
Oh, and here are a few pictures from the engagement session that night.

And if you want more, here’s their engagement post over on my biz blog, which I no longer update, but it remains online for all the lovely people I worked with.

On to today’s giveaway!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

Last fall, I whipped up these little pocket calendars to match the ING Journals. I am using one every day to keep track of all our stuff. Here’s your chance to win one in the color of your choice. It’s a 2-year calendar with simple, blank calendar pages. No holidays or cycles of the moon or anything like that on any of the pages since I knew I would be writing all over it with appointments and gymnastics practices and such and I wanted every millimeter of space to do that. ;) They are about 4″x7″ in size.

Enter below. Tell a friend!

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CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

TGIF! Hope you’ve enjoyed looking back with me this week. The fun’s not over yet! SEE YA’ BACK HERE ON MONDAY!

put it out there



While browsing through my old posts, I came across one written on June 3, 2005, the night I went to see The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie. I loved that book series and I remember loving the movie. One other thing I remember about that night was going directly to Best Buy afterwards to purchase the soundtrack because of the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield and driving home with windows down and moon roof open with that song turned up so loud. (OK, I’m playing it right now while I write this post and it’s still awesome!) I love how a blog post can remind me of those feelings.

Here’s what I had to say that night:

“I like to read, but I LOVE when books are adapted into movies. I’m a visual person, a huge movie lover. So to see a story adapted for the screen and done well really thrills me. This was adapted really well. I think there were a few things here and there that they changed for movie purposes, but for the most part it was true to the book.

I think the character that I relate the most to is Lena, the quiet one. Afraid to really let go, trying to figure out who she really is, not the most outspoken of the group. That’s totally me. A little reserved, doing what I think others want me to do, wishing that I had the strength to stand up for myself more, a little shallow with my feelings, mostly to protect myself from being hurt, but wishing I felt more deeply sometimes.

These kinds of stories really make me think and they get my creative juices flowing. I began writing a book in 1997 based loosely on my time at the church camp I used to attend for a week every summer in high school. I finally finished the first draft last year, but I’ve done nothing more with it. I feel like pulling it out and working on it now. It’s so fun to read through it and see these characters that I’ve created with little bits of myself and my friends in them and the adventures that they go through and the lessons learned during the week at camp. I’m proud of my book. It needs a lot of work and who knows if it’s something that is good enough to be published. It’s the “Lena” in me that is afraid to put it out there and see what might happen with it. I need to let it go and see what God can do with it.”

Reading this made me smile so big. I had not forgotten about my camp book, but I had forgotten how even ten years ago, I was thinking about publishing, wondering if I should try, afraid to put myself out there. That book, the sweet little camp story, will find its way into book form. Not as it is now, though, because I was being honest when I said it needed a lot of work, but it’s already being re-imagined and rewritten in my brain. It even has a title already, which I’m pretty excited about. But, I’ll try not to get too far ahead of myself. ;)

OK … on to today’s giveaway.

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

I’m getting so excited for the release of this book! It’s totally my heart and so much of myself is on these pages. This giveaway is for an Advanced Reader Copy of Goodbye, Magnolia. The winner will receive a copy of the manuscript in paperback book form in its still-being-edited, not quite polished to perfection, almost final state. It will be about a month or so before the ARC copy is ready.

If this is the first you’re hearing about my new book, here’s a little bit of the synopsis for you:
Wedding photography is Maggie’s passion. The art of capturing a moment forever in time is magical to her, and she’s worked hard to become the best of the best. Week after week, she works with couples as they plan their happily ever afters, but she hasn’t been so lucky in love. Behind the camera, it’s easy to hide from the pain and rejection of her past. The life she has made for herself is safe and predictable, until the owner of a rival photography studio sets up shop in her small town and comes to her with an unexpected proposal. Suddenly, everything she has worked so hard to build is threatened and her simple, controlled life is thrown into chaos.”

Eeeeeek! I’m giddy. ;)

Enter below. Tell a friend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

so many pages



These are just some of the scrapbook pages I’ve shared here on the blog over the years. I love this hobby. I’ve gotten away from the traditional style of scrapbooking in favor of the simpler Project Life way of documenting our life, but it’s all good. I love that I’ve got those old scrapbooks that show my style at that time and that it keeps changing as I grow and change. It’s been a big part of my life and a big part of this blog from the beginning. I’ve shared many traditional scrapbooking pages, digital layouts, pages I made when I was on Heather’s design team, and layouts from my time on the Project Life® Creative Team last year.

Because of this hobby and this blog, I have found many wonderful ladies that encourage and bless me with their friendship. Each one documents their life in creative ways that inspire and motivate me to do the same. Some I have met in person, some I only know online. All are so special and I’m thankful for each one of them.

If you’d like to see all the posts I’ve written under “scrapbooking”, click HERE and when you get to the bottom of each page, just keep clicking “Older posts in this category”. There are like 15 pages of posts, so grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy.

On to the giveaway …

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

This year for me is all about the one little word LEARN and one of the things I wanted to learn to do was design a scrapbook kit that would work for my Project Life albums. So a couple weeks ago, I sat down at my computer and gave it a go. This kit was totally inspired by a Bible verse I read recently, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24. As soon as I read it, I thought it would make a great theme for a kit, so I took the honeycomb idea and went crazy with it. This kit is what I came up with!

I’m giving this digital kit away to 5 WINNERS! This is not a physical product. It is digital, but you can print the cards to use in physical albums if you want.

Enter below. Tell a friend!


CLICK HERE to see more images of the cards!
 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week! SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

a few numbers


In looking back at ten years of blog posts, I’ve written about all sorts of topics. The big ones have been my family, my kids, photography and scrapbooking with lots of other things throw in. I’ve posted in recent years about my writing and publishing my books. There are always annual posts about camping trips and “girls days” and any vacations we take. Some days I’ve shared what was on my heart, struggles I’ve had, and how my faith in God has seen me through many situations. Music and movies and television pop up every once in a while. And the weather. There are probably far too many posts about how much I hate the snow. ;)

I thought it would be fun to put together a few stats for you.

There are 105 posts about faith, 62 holiday posts, 55 posts on writing, 50 about healthy living, 21 throwback thursdays, 18 posts about my “one little word”, and many more.

So many words typed. So many thoughts shared. Seeing it by the numbers was interesting. Some years I posted a lot. Some years not so much. There were times when I was very busy with my photography business that I posted twice in a month and times, especially in the past couple years, when I posted every weekday, Monday to Friday, without fail.

The most important thing to me is that this blog is here as a record of our life. It’s a document of us and lots of things that have happened in our life since 2005 and that’s what I love most about it. I don’t often sit down and read through my old blog posts, but putting this Blogiversary stuff together has pushed me to do that. And what I’ve found is that I’m very familiar with the photos I’ve shared here, but I’m not always clear on the exact things that were going on in the photo or at the time I took it. So many posts I stumbled upon told the details of the photos, something the kids did or said, what they were doing when I took it. Like this post I shared last week. I’ve looked at those pictures a ton of times, but I had forgotten that Chloe was making “snow angels” on the kitchen floor. And the picture of Zach playing video games, well, that’s a very familiar site, but I recorded what he was playing that day here on the blog. I love that.

I also love that this blog has brought me new friends – scrapbookers, photographers, writers, readers. It’s not something I expected when I started this, but it’s been a wonderful gift.

Now, on to today’s giveaway …

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY

I posted on Friday my latest entry in my ING Journal and I wanted to give away a copy of the journal to one of you! I’ve designed them in three colors, so the winner will get to choose the color of their choice. Grey is my favorite!

Enter below. Tell a friend!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CLICK HERE to see all the GIVEAWAYS on one page!

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

10 YEARS!

You’re here! I’m so excited! On February 26, 2005, I started this blog, and for the next two weeks, I will be looking back at the past TEN YEARS of blogging!

Ten years has gone by in the blink of an eye. At least, it seems so at times. I’ve been browsing back through old posts and, while the style of my photos (lots of borders and filters in the early days) has changed, the core of the posts has not. It started with a few posts about my kids and that’s pretty much the same today. I wrote about things we did, places we traveled, movies I loved, following my love of photography into a business, family, friends, parties, scrapbooking, memories, happy times, sad times, publishing my novel. So much of our life.

Ten years is a really long time.

So, for the next TEN DAYS, I will be looking back, sharing old photos and favorite posts, and there will be GIVEAWAYS!!!

GIVEAWAY INFO: There are four ways to enter through the giveaway box below and each will get you five entries in the drawing.

• The first option is the only one you HAVE to do in order to be entered. I’ll ask one question in every day’s giveaway. You just have to enter your name and email address, give a brief response to the question, and you’re in the drawing.

If you want more chances to win, you can …
• Join my mailing list (if you already have, enter your email address so I can verify)
• Tweet about the giveaway and copy/paste the link from Twitter
• SHARE about the giveaway and the BLOG-IVERSARY on your own blog, Facebook*, Pinterest, etc. and link to that as well.

All giveaways will end on my actual BLOG-IVERSARY, next Thursday, February 26th, so the giveaways will all be OPEN until then.
The winners will be announced in a blog post on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!

* Note: If you share on a private Facebook account and we aren’t “friends”, make sure you change the audience of that one post to “public” so I can see it. ;)

TODAY’S GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got a paperback copy of my first young adult novel ready to sign. The Truth About Drew was published last May.
It’s a sweet, uplifting, heart-warming story full of friendship and family with a journey to faith and a mystery surrounding a boy and his notebook.
Enter below. Tell a friend! :)

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If you have any questions at all about the giveaway, feel free to ask.

SEE YA BACK HERE TOMORROW!

AJAXed with AWP