“Just Three Words” – 100th Post Giveaway

by Stefani on 13-September-2007

It’s hard to say, what this blog has meant, and what it has come to mean for me.

It’s hard to explain without seeming trite and insincere.

Back in May, I Googled, “little birds.” My intention was to find out more about some little miniature glass birds that I’d seen at an antique store. Instead, I landed on this blog.

It completely consumed me. I had no idea that so many creative, inspired, strong, talented mamas were out there carving out their own beautiful spaces on the web.

I surfed and read and linked to another blog. I surfed and read and linked again. I read and surfed on, then began to comment, and before long, I felt the draw to make a little space of my own. You know, just a place to keep track of our days, keep up with friends and maybe make a few new ones.

Here I am, 100 posts later. My, how time has flown!

Flown

This blog has given me what I hoped it would, and so much more. It has stretched me, been an outlet, and required me to just pause and reflect more often.

Lay

It has been a gift, in so many ways, not the least of which is you. Your comments, your encouragement, the ideas that you share and the talents that you bring have given me much to treasure.

Feather

So, as a way to say, “thanks,” for sharing yourself, and for being a part of our world, I thought I’d host a little “Happy 100 Posts” giveaway.

The lucky winner will get not one, but TWO prize packages.

First, you will receive a package chock full of Blue Yonder and Texas goodness. There will be handmade crafty things, bits of fabric and notions, kid treats, salsa, jalapeno jelly, Texas made goodies galore and more – it will be me, in a box, shipped to your door.

The second prize package will come later, and must be preceded by my BIG announcement.

For the first time in all of my 32 years, I am in need of a passport! My husband’s boss and his lovely wife have graciously invited me to spend a week with them in Japan. My dear husband will hold down the fort in early November, while I jet to the other side of the world. I’m going to visit Tokyo, Osaka, and I think Kyoto… that is, if I don’t shrivel up and die from excitement first! For the first time in a long time, my babies are big enough to do without me for a little while. I’m REALLY nervous to leave them, but I’m trying hard to focus on the fact that I get to go on a real live adventure!

I’m telling you, just the idea of sitting still on a plane for 13 hours, reading, writing, watching movies… that alone is enough to send me over the moon!

So, the winner of my giveaway will first get a package of Texas goodies, and then a couple months down the road, will receive a package of Japanese goodness. Craft books, bento boxes, origami stuff, who knows what it will be?

So, what do you do to enter?

Well, I’ve thought long and hard about this. What I appreciate most about blogging is the opportunity it creates for creativity and sharing, so I wanted this contest to be a “share a bit of you to win a bit of us” kind of thing.

Then I saw this video, and it sealed the deal:

To enter the contest, submit a comment to this post, with just three words. They can be any words – words you think are important for others to hear, words that describe you, words that sum up your day, words to inspire or words to make us laugh.

Robert Frost once said, “In just three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life. It goes on.”

What are your three words?

You have until midnight, central time, on this Sunday, September 16th. At that time, I will put all your names in the hat, and draw. Good luck!

Thanks again, one hundred ways, for joining me here each day!

sherrieg September 14, 2007 at 3:11 am

Could be worse.

Chandra September 14, 2007 at 4:27 am

Always be ready!

Kris September 14, 2007 at 4:39 am

Love
Your
Kids

Adrienne Shuron September 14, 2007 at 5:08 am

MAKE GREAT CHOICES

Sarah Jackson September 14, 2007 at 5:28 am

Think of others.

Diane September 14, 2007 at 5:33 am

Love. Love more.

Sarah September 14, 2007 at 5:38 am

Well, my 3 words are maybe a little harsh, but I say them a lot. LOL

You will survive.

And I am so excited for you! Going to Japan is crazy awesome. And no kids for a few days? Wooooooooooohoooooo.

millie September 14, 2007 at 5:55 am

Hope springs eternal.

Teaque September 14, 2007 at 5:55 am

“follow your heart”

That is such awesome news!! Congrats and really that is totally not that far away… get going on that passport today!! I bet you are just ecstatic and for all good reason!!

kirsten September 14, 2007 at 6:02 am

blue yonder rocks.

beki September 14, 2007 at 6:07 am

love
create
smile

randi September 14, 2007 at 6:19 am

smile big today

Angela (Robinson County) September 14, 2007 at 6:35 am

Faith
Family
Friends

How exciting about your trip! I’m so happy for you. Congratulations on your 100th post! I’ve loved them all.

Joanne September 14, 2007 at 7:18 am

Time for change!

Heather September 14, 2007 at 7:21 am

Remember to Laugh

Shula September 14, 2007 at 7:52 am

kids, dogs, breakfast.

Tracy September 14, 2007 at 7:55 am

Be Not Afraid

And btw, your story of entering blogland — is exactly how it happened for me too! Found littlebirds, was astounded, surfed, surfed some more, more astounded, decided I needed a space of my own also, and here I am today. And I think it was nearly the same time of year too!

Congrats on your pending trip! It’s going to be a doozy!

Jade September 14, 2007 at 7:57 am

thank
you
Jesus

Jenn September 14, 2007 at 7:58 am

Disappointed
Brokenhearted
Hopeful

molly September 14, 2007 at 8:04 am

live
love
be

(& drink good coffee!)

mountain mama September 14, 2007 at 8:06 am

Evelyn
Gretchen
Sylvia

(my girls)

Debbie September 14, 2007 at 8:36 am

Faith. Hope. Love.

Congratulations on your success. When my husband returned from his Japan trip six years ago, he didn’t want to even think about eating rice for a long, long time. 🙂

Shelley September 14, 2007 at 8:37 am

Life is good.

Kristi September 14, 2007 at 8:52 am

keep on going

Amber September 14, 2007 at 10:09 am

Where’s my coffee?

Liz September 14, 2007 at 10:24 am

Eat local food.

(I just came across your blog via your flickr page. Truly lovely.)

Donna September 14, 2007 at 10:30 am

Wow, lucky you! What a wonderful trip and I think you will be in Japan when the leaves are turning colors, it’s supposed to be just beautiful.

Good idea for a contest. My entry is Rock The Baby. As in take time to just be calm and quiet.

Stacy September 14, 2007 at 10:42 am

always be kind

Wylie Hunt September 14, 2007 at 10:53 am

Love one another.

kristin September 14, 2007 at 10:53 am

explore

discover

create

(my preschool motto…)

Sarah September 14, 2007 at 10:58 am

It’s my birthday! (or will be on Sunday)

Beth H September 14, 2007 at 10:59 am

think
less
Momma

Eren September 14, 2007 at 11:53 am

Open
Your
Arms

Congrats on your milestone!!! And thanks for blogging and becoming my friend…Have a wonderful, wonderful time on your holiday. You deserve it mama!

P.S. You need to put a disclaimer before that clip to run for the tissues…the soldier’s words got me as usual.

Sharmyn September 14, 2007 at 12:19 pm

You will LOVE Japan! I’m so glad you get to go. I love your blog!

melissa September 14, 2007 at 12:25 pm

peace. love. knitting.

Marjorie September 14, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Let it go.

blop September 14, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Live the moment!

jill m September 14, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Have some faith

paula September 14, 2007 at 1:57 pm

create
inspire
dream

Heather September 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

LIVE.
LOVE.
LAUGH.

Congratulations! You’re spectacular and I’m so glad that I met you last May… and finally got to respond to your posts… and that you accept me even when my gorilla comes charging out… and that you are so open and sharing…

YOU HAVE ENRICHED MY LIFE.
THANK YOU.

Brooke September 14, 2007 at 3:23 pm

live fully today

sara korinek September 14, 2007 at 3:37 pm

love
create
dream

Barbara September 14, 2007 at 3:49 pm

I love you.

You can never say it enough. x

Anne September 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm

Just be kind.

Anne September 14, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Oh, I did not notice Stacy’s comment until I posted this one. Sorry it is so similar. How about this:
Love heals all.

miguette September 14, 2007 at 4:46 pm

serenity
courage
wisdom

ps…That trip sounds divine. Please enjoy it!

Molly September 14, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Just do it.

I’m not a Nike fan by any means, but those three words have given me the strength to do things I didn’t think I could.

Jody September 14, 2007 at 6:31 pm

cherish the moment

Oh my gosh, what an awesome adventure you’re going on! I can’t wait to see the pictures you come home with and read the stories you’ll tell.

Kathy September 14, 2007 at 6:39 pm

nurse
sleep
poop

CheriWofford September 14, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Children heal souls

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