well, the day has come. i have hit the half way to fifty milestone and i am FEELING it.
i kid, i kid.
i feel the same as i did yesterday really. except today i feel extra thankful for the 25 years i have been given and for the abundant blessings in my life. a couple months back i started to think about what i could do with my blog to bless others on my birthday…
one of the greatest things about blogging for me is the relationships i have made and the friendships i have formed. i am sure a lot of you know heather. i am blessed by her friendship and so thankful that the Lord allowed our paths cross in this crazy blog world. although we have never met in person (YET…can someone say september!?) i still consider her one of my dearest friends. today is my birthday and it is also her wedding anniversary. my boys were each both born on the 19th. brody april 19th, foster november 19th. two of heather's children, henry and piper, we both born on the 19th as well. henry and brody share april 19th for a birthday and piper was born on march 19th. we were clearly meant to be friends.
heather has another precious child, samuel, who went home to be with Jesus at six weeks old. samuel was born with an intestinal birth defect that caused him to contract a terminal form of bacterial meningitis. heather has chosen to be joyful, chosen to walk worthy and chosen to glorify God in her life. she is a constant inspiration for me to be thankful in all things and she has taught me to view trials in my life as gifts. i will be forever grateful for that.
after samuel's death heather felt a tugging at her heart to help comfort and care for families with children in the PICU. while spending time there herself, she realized the importance of bringing a sense of normality to people in crisis. heather went right to work and created the joyful life library project.
you can read more about the joyful life library here.
being able to be a small part of this project is such a blessing to me,
and i am so excited for you all to be a part of it as well.
the joyful life library project started off at cardon children's medical center in arizona, and just this month has expanded to miller children's hospital in long beach, ca and riley hospital for children in indiana.
all of the books purchased for this giveaway will go directly to riley hospital for children.
i contacted twenty five of my favorite shops and asked them to participate in my 25th birthday giveaway by donating an item to benefit the joyful life library.
all of these items will be going to ONE WINNER.
in order to enter this giveaway you will have to buy a book for the joyful life library. every book equals one entry/one comment. please leave a comment for each book you purchase.
heather made things super easy for us and set up an amazon.com account just for the joyful life library. you will be able to pick out the books you would like and they will automatically ship directly to the hospital. i love that each of you who participates will be able to choose the books you would like to purchase for these children and families.
what if each of you reading purchased one book for the joyful life library? can you imagine the lives that would be touched? the mothers that would be so grateful? the smiles on those children's faces?
please keep in mind that amazon offers free shipping on all orders over $25 and please save your confirmation email from amazon.com once your books are purchased. i will need this forwarded to me if you are the winner.
here is what you are entering to win:
a huge thank you to each of the shops participating in this giveaway.
something diane made | knitty bitties | pink lemonade | poppie lane | picking blueberries | no. 17 cherry tree lane | angel face designs | yes, teacher | vol 25 | pleated poppy | mila rose designs | vintage junky | eclectic whatnot | yellow heart art | gussy sews | lisa from scratch | paint me a picture | red letter words | casey wiegand art | little miss momma | soso bella designs | funky vintage lovely | come and knock | mandipidy
this giveaway will be open for one week.
the winner will be chosen by random.org and announced friday, april 29th.
my heart is so full when i think about the families and the children who will be blessed by these books.
thank you for being a part of the joyful life library project.