Monday, January 9, 2012

One year? A giveaway!

I started blogging one year ago today with my first post in which I said goodbye to Christmas.

I struggle each year, as this season of wonder comes to a close, with not wanting to pack up decorations and be without these beautiful items that point to the joy of Christmas: the nativity, the tree, the lights, and the special decorations reserved just for this special season. I do just love to sit in my living room amid the glow of colored lights.

Packing up and storing the decorations also means putting away all of the new toys that fill the common living area. You can no longer have them scattered about and explain the mess with, "Hey, it's Christmas!"

I like that this year, while saying goodbye to Christmas and the past year, I am thinking forward to a new year of blogging. I didn't plan it that way, but I sure like how it worked out. :)

It took several months for me to summon the courage to start blogging. Although I felt called to do it, I didn't really know what to write or what purpose blogging would serve.

I still don't.

Wherever my heart leads me, that's where I go—trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide my path. I have been so encouraged by this activity and all the kind and generous people I have encountered through blogging.

It's tempting to compare my posts to others' and doubt whether to blog at all since there are so many incredibly gifted writers out there. For me, it all comes back to purpose. I really felt called to write when I started this blog. There have been tremendous gifts poured out to my family as a result of this little space. If that alone was God's purpose, I'm grateful for it.

Amazingly, it has helped in ways I couldn't have predicted. These are the gifts that I speak of:

  • Accountability—When I know that I will be writing a blog post, it is an external force that helps keep me on track to go through with the plans and activities that I discuss with my children. It would be great not to need accountability, but I do, lots of it.

  • Planning—Since I am striving to live the most authentic Catholic life that I can, sharing bits and pieces of it here helps me plan ahead for Feast Days and celebrations. This isn't a natural gift for me, so I need the extra help!

  • Relationships—Although I am trying to be better about this, it is not easy for me to express my feelings verbally. I have found that many of my relationships—through friends and family reading this blog—have been strengthened because of the greater understanding that has occurred.

  • Memories—A few months ago when I read the quote, "because it's important to maintain the collective memory," I knew I had found my peeps. I don't scrapbook, and, before this blog, I had hardly any photos of my family. I love being able to reminisce about some of our activities since I wrote about them as they happened!

  • Awareness—Every time I write a blog post, I confront being honest with myself about my strengths. It is easy to think about my weaknesses but much more challenging to consider my strengths. We are all given unique gifts for sustaining God's kingdom and preparing the world for his coming. To utilize my strengths for God’s glory, I must first identify what they are. It's a good activity that I never made time for before. I am the best wife and mother that I can be to these souls that have been perfectly placed in my life, and I create beautiful rosaries too. To the extent that God wills it, I share my gifts with the friends who visit me here.
To celebrate this little anniversary, I am offering a free rosary to one of my readers! Hop on over to my shop and leave a comment here on the blog, telling me your favorite. You can also check out my Etsy shop if you prefer. Don't be shy! It's okay to enter if we know each other personally. ; ) If you don't need a rosary, enter anyway and, if you win, give it as a gift. Spread the love!

The randomly selected winner will get just that, his or her favorite!

If you follow my rosary business on facebook or want to start now, Like me and leave your comment there too for an extra chance to win. I will leave the giveaway open until Friday, January 20. 

Here's to another year of sharing memories, building relationships, and living the life that God intended!

41 comments:

  1. Ooh, ooh, let me be the first! :) I love the pearl rosary that's actually a birthstone rosary for June. I don't have a June birthday or a child with a June birthday, but who doesn't love pearls? I LOVE your blog and have been built up by it in so many ways. Keep those posts coming! :)

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  2. Congrats on your blog-a-versary. :)

    I looked through all of them and you have such gorgeous items! I think my favorite is the Mother's Rosary! Beautiful!

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  3. The couples' rosary is my absolute favorite - might convince my husband to pray the rosary with us.

    I'm so glad that I've found you, because we seem very similar, even though you are much more brave than I. I haven't had the courage to yet right about my twins that we lost May 2010. So, my Nicholas and Nathaniel are in heaven with your Jude. :)

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  4. Since you said not to be shy... ;). You know I am so proud of what you are doing with your business. And you also know I would buy one rosary a week if my budget would allow it! Checked out the site...loving the hot pink and lime green one! :) Love you! C

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  5. Hopping over from the Crescat blog! You have some beautiful rosaries! I love the January birthstone rosary! Perfect for this January baby!

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  6. I love the June birthstone rosary, but if I had my pick, I'd have a personalized mother's rosary. Your work is simply gorgeous.

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  7. Oh boy! I discovered you guys at the Catholic Marketing Convention in August, and have been coveting the hot pink rosary with the zebra Our Father beads. I won't even try to gain brownie points by mentioning where I've reviewed your products...

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  8. Is it possible to pick a favorite? I love every rosary you have made for us, but I think the hot pink and zebra rosary is one of my favorites. (I also really like the mother's rosary, too) My daughter brought her zebra rosary to religious ed a couple months back and it certainly got a lot of attention.

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  9. Because I am a convert from the Anglican church, I'd like to have the Anglican rosary, which I had never heard of until just this minute!

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  10. Did the Saint of the Year drawing and rec'd Our Lady of the Rosary! And yours are beautiful.

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  11. The pearl and pink crystal rosary is my favorite. It's gorgeous! I also enjoy your blog, which I found a few months ago via the Crescat. It's encouraging to hear that you started your blog not knowing what you would write about. So far that's what has kept me from starting a personal blog, because while I have felt drawn to do it, I have wondered if not being able to settle my mind down to a topic means it's not really something I am meant to do. Then again, maybe that's just jitters, fear and stage fright, haha. I post a blog for the region I manage at work and one thing I have learned from that is that the first post is one of the hardest.

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  12. I love your rosaries. I have been praying one every day since my mother went into a nursing home and am comforted more than I can say. I like the birthstone ones, mostly because they have round beads. I find it easier to pray with round beads (and I have no idea why - just a quirk I guess).

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  13. This dreary day just grew brighter with my introduction to your lovely rosaries! I plan to order one to memorialize my parents in their birthstone with my maiden name. Every time I pray, they'll be a little closer...

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  14. I like the turquoise and black one. I found you through Leila's Bubble and enjoy reading your blog. I'm a sucker for a giveaway and would love to have a beautiful rosary, hence the delurking. :)

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  15. What beautiful rosaries! If I won, I would love to gift my agnostic daughter-in-law with the pearl and pink crystal rosary. I would pay extra to have her name put on it. Thank you for such a generous giveaway.

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  16. Your site is mouth watering! My fingers are itching to buy one! But if I win one it would be the Peridot and pink personalize rosary for my first Godchild born this last summer for whom I have been praying about what to give to her! It is perfect. If I don't win it, save it for me. Thanks to Katrina for the link
    JenniferE

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  17. Yikes, how to choose...? Everything is so lovely! A rosary for our 6 babies in Heaven? or for our children still with us? a couple's one for our 10th Catholic anniversary? (those are way cool...never seen one before) for one of our 3 receiving 1st Communion next year? Ok, I'm just going to close my eyes & point...pink & purple crystal! :o)

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  18. I would love the hot pink rosary for my best friend. She has always wanted a pink rosary. You can't find them! All of them are beautiful though.

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  19. I love the colors pictured in the Anglican Rosary listing, though I think I'd need a Catholic one. ;-)

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  20. I love your rosaries. My favorite are your red ones, they are so beautiful! I would probably give it to my mother, because she is always losing her rosaries!

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  21. I have been admiring your rosaries for several months now. They are beautiful! I love the coral and lime green rosary! And several others! So hard to choose!

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  22. Oh, they are ALL so beautiful! Love the lime and turquoise colors together!
    Laura B.

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  23. As I mentioned over at FB, I really love your mother's rosary. If possible, I would add my children's patron saint medals to it, too.

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  24. I didn't know you had a blog! I just found it through your other site. I'll have to catch up!

    And I'm not entering the contest-I already have my beautiful trendy traditions rosary!

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  25. I love the personalized pearl and pink crystal rosary!
    Jillian

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  26. I love the hot pink and zebra rosary.

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  27. Happy Anniversary!!! I recently bought a customized pink and purple rosary for my goddaughter. She and her parents loved it!! Thank you for your beautiful work (and it was packaged so beautifully, too!).

    It was hard to choose just one, but I think I like your Mother's Rosary best - beautiful!

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  28. Happy Blogaversary! In March we wil have our second Anniversary and it seems like 20..so much to do but so many blessings! We had a big blogaversary party lst March and it was so much fun.
    Giveaways are so generous, it makes the reader realize that we do care!
    BTW the Zebra and hot pink Rosary would get any female tennager praying for sure!

    God love you,

    Sofia
    AlwaysCatholic.com

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  29. Really, I like them al but if I had my choice, I would select a Mothers one representing all our children. We already love all the rosaries we have bought so far!

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  30. Really, I like them al but if I had my choice, I would select a Mothers one representing all our children. We already love all the rosaries we have bought so far!

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  31. Oh, a Mother's Rosary with a JPII cross, if I could! With my children's birthstones...

    kat dot hen at hotmailetcetera

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  32. I love love love the hot pink and zebra stripe rosary that I ordered from you. If I won, I would choose the custom mother's rosary. Beautiful idea!!!

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  33. I love them all! But I would want the school colors rosary...gold and blue (of course!).

    Happy blogoversary!!!

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  34. I love the personalized ribbon rosary. I got my nephew and godson the green and brown one for his birthday this year and was blown away by how amazing it was. He loves it. If I won, I would want to get one for my husband. His rosaries are always falling apart.

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  35. Love them all! Couples rosary is an awesome idea! So hard to decide on a favorite! Thanks for all you do!

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  36. January 20,2012 8:41pm

    I have been admiring your rosaries for the longest time. I think the mother's rosary is my favorite, but I don't think it's fair to have to choose one favorite because they are all beautiful. You have great talent and I am very excited and grateful to have the chance at winning one of your rosaries. I am always hopeful, maybe that is why I have been pointed in the direction of Our Lady of Guadalupe as my favorite Lady to pray to. Thank you for talent, Melissa.

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  37. My daughter's first holy communion is this year so my favorite is the Personalized Rosary in Turquoise & Pink.

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  38. I love the pearl rosary! It is beautiful. But I have loved all the rosaries I have seen of yours. Thank you for sharing your talents with others! Blessings!

    lenzk@hotmail.com

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  39. I love your Rosaries.... I have only ordered them as gifts, but I dream of having my own mothers rosary!

    Jess@ndsupernet.com

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  40. Your rosaries are all beautiful! You have such great ideas!! A mothers rosary would be the one I would pick for myself.

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  41. Thank you for the comments, I enjoyed reading every single one! It really warmed my heart to offer a giveaway and actually have people enter it. ;)

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