We had a competition going on at this little ol' blog! :) Of course, when the stats and comments went sky high it didn't take me long to figure out that my friend Jess had told her readers about my little giveaway... she has some seriously dedicated bloggers and it was so fun to read comments from all the new visitors.
Here's the thing... if I wasn't already happy, you all would have easily put me in that mood after reading about the moments that brought smiles to your faces this week. And since it was so much fun, and so many of you commented, and because we are celebrating TWINS after all, I've decided to give away two canvases [which will be mailed out as soon as I make the second one]. :)
Without further ado, the winners are:
John (one of my few male commenters): I am a twin with a couple of set of twin nephew. One thing that made me happy this week is that someone cleared the sidewalk in front of our house this week. Bless them!
Sarah Markley: Happy, happy...my "baby" is turning three this week. Watching her enjoy her birthday for the first time has made me very happy!
Congratulations! :) Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing addresses and I'll get your canvases off to you!
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All day yesterday I had a question that Tam posed on her blog running through my mind: What is your biggest fear?
Ironically, it fit perfectly with all of your comments about what made you happy because the only big fear I have [other than mice, snakes and, of course, bats...] is that God has a purpose for me and that I'll somehow miss it. A fear that if I'm not diligent, if I'm not intentional, I will one day be caught not paying attention and the opportunity to fulfill what I'm supposed to do on this Earth will pass me by.
Why did I have this in my head when I was reading about how happy you all have been this week? Because I was so impressed with how much you all were paying attention. Oh, there were some big things that brought joy to your week: finding out you're pregnant for example... that's a no-brainer, can't miss, knock it out of the ballpark kind of happy!
But so many of you were happy because of your child's giggle. Or because your husband cleaned [that woman has some people feeling pretty envious about now...]. Your laundry was finished, you were happy over your friend's good fortune, you were able to be helpful to a family member or you made connections at a bible study.
YOU, my blog peeps, are living with intention. You're paying attention and not letting the little things pass you by. And it makes my fear of "missing the moment" dissipate when I see all of you savoring your moments and reminding me to do the same. The next time any of you are having a bad day, I recommend reading all the comments that were left yesterday, because they were simple, everyday moments that probably happen to each of us all the time... if we're paying attention.
And... since yesterday was so much fun, I've decided to start having "Hump Day Giveaways" on Wednesdays every week... or at least until I run out of blank canvases. :)
I'd better get to painting...