Wednesday, September 15, 2010

500th Post (and 1st Giveaway!)

I started blogging about four years ago, and in many ways I'm surprised I stuck with it enough to get to this "milestone"--500 posts! I jumped on the bloggy bandwagon because several people I went to college with were doing it and it seemed to be a cool new way to keep up with people you never see in real life.

Who knew it would be all that and more?! I have kept in touch with college classmates--and I know more about their lives now than I did when we lived on the same campus! I have made new friends--people I may never meet in real life, but because we read one another's blogs, it feels like we are in a MOPS group together, sharing parenting stories and tips. I have enhanced real-life friendships--people I consider good friends even though, when we actually stop to think about it, we've only hung out in person a handful of times!

Blogging brings people together, and I'm really honored that you are here--whether you read The Parsonage Family every day in a reader or whether this is your first visit ever. I want to say "thanks!" and celebrate this bloggoversary with my FIRST-EVER GIVEAWAY!
 

Leave a comment for a chance to win a box of goodies reflecting some of my favorite things to blog about:

1. Books. I'm an editor by trade, and my wonderful employer provided copies of the Common English Bible New Testament (a BRAND NEW, fresh and readable translation of the Bible--you MUST check it out!) and a beautiful women's devotional, A Faithful Heart: Daily Guide for Joyful Living.

I'm also including an autographed sneak-peak sampler of three of my favorite devotions from Kristen Welch's upcoming mother's devotional Don't Make Me Come Up There!: Quiet Moments for Busy Moms. I am so excited about this book and wish I could give you the whole thing, but alas it's not coming out until next spring--just in time for Mother's Day. You can preorder it now, though, and I highly recommend you do so!

2. Good causes. I am fortunate to be involved with a wonderful ministry called Thistle Farms, a non-profit, all-natural body care company run by and benefitting the Magdalene community of women overcoming lives of prostitution and addiction. Thistle Farms products are the best (available in Whole Foods stores and other retailers around the country), and I have a lavender lip balm and geranium spray (a natural bug repellant) just for you!

3. Scrapbooking. Matt always laughs at me when I blog about scrapbooking, since it's like a vortex of memory-documentation that threatens to break down the space-time continuum. Nonetheless, it's one of my favorite things to blog about, and I'm including some lovely silk flower and thread embellishments for you to use in your own crafting!

Leave a comment--any comment--and I'll randomly draw a winner next Wednesday!

Spread the word about this giveaway, and get extra chances to win! Share the link to this post on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave another comment for each of those that you do, just saying that you did so.

Best of luck, and thanks again for reading!

21 comments:

Kylie said...

Jessica,
I have not seen you in a while now, but I always read your blog. I would love to visit next time we come to Tennessee, I really think Kate and Elise would enjoy each others company.

cindie said...

I love to read your blogs, Jessica. and Matt's, too, most of the time. LOL As I've told you before, you are a very talented writer. And I especially like the pictures and videos of Kate. It is so fun to watch her grow. Love to you and your family.

Heather said...

I love your gift combination. I'm thinking if I were to put together a giveaway that represented things I liked it would look similar :-)
When I get around to reading them, I find your blog very interesting and/or entertaining. So keep on writing!

~Heather

amy said...

Congrats on reaching your 500 post milestone :-) I am quite the slacker lately when it comes to blogging consistently. I seem to be motivated in waves, and then there is a long lull with no posts. Anyway, it is fun to catch up with you every now and then through the blog. Your Kate is adorable! Hope that all is well with you guys this week!

Lisa H. said...

Hey, Jessica--Congrats on your 500th post! I enjoy reading and keeping up with you, Matt and Kate. Looking forward to when we get to see all of you in person again! :) Lisa

Kristen P said...

I am a co-worker of Lisa's and I also enjoy your blog! Kate is getting cuter each and every day!

mommieof4munchkins said...

Congrats on #500, I can't wait for Kristen's new book so it would be awesome to get a sneak peek!

carlisle clan conversation... said...

Congrats on your 500th post & first giveaway!

carlisle clan conversation... said...

tweeted this giveaway

@jennilynncar

EMU said...

I'm reading too! Happy 500!

dreamingBIGdreams said...

Yippee I love a good giveaway! I am new to your blog. First time today so I look forward to looking around!

We lived in the Nville area for 6 years and moved back home to TX 2 years ago. Many great memories there!

:)Jamie

Karen said...

So excited to find your blog and enter the giveaway. @WeareThatFamily tweeted and I followed and I am so happy that I did. Have a blessed day!

Sallie said...

Congrats on your 500th!!

Looks like a fun giveaway :-)

Eyvonne said...

Very fun stuff. A fellow pastor's wife saying congrats on your 500th post!

SpeasHill said...

Pick me, pick me!

SpeasHill said...

Tweeted it, so pick me again!

SpeasHill said...

AND I put it on facebook, so pick me a third time! ;)

Sonya said...

Happy 500! What a fun giveaway!

Kristen said...

Ooh, count me in! :)

Katie Bug said...

I am glad you've stuck with blogging!

BEAT said...

Hope all is well in Nashville.

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