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!
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Best of luck, and thanks again for reading!