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April 23, 2013

loving life and a give away

What a difference a year makes.  This time last year I was in the middle of what I would arguably say were the most heartbreaking four months of my life.  I came face to face with a couple of my worst fears and was struggling to find air to breathe.


It is a season of life I don't hope to repeat. again. ever.


But as always, God was faithful and more than good as he gently restored order to my world and joy to my heart.


Now I find myself in such a good place and loving life...not perfect but pretty darn close. 

As a thank you to all of you who have hung in there with me, offering words of encouragement and many prayers, I thought it was about time for a give away.


So I gathered a few of my favorite things just for you.  I am sure the loot will grow as the week goes on, too.

These Pier One measuring cups you all loved, this beautiful Anthropologie mug and a vintage sheet pillow slip will start the ball rolling.  You know the drill.  Leave me a comment on this post (only comments on this post will count) and you will be entered.


As the week goes on I will be adding a few more gifts but you will need to return to this post to leave another comment.  Each time I post about a gift you can come back to this post and leave another comment.


I hope that makes sense but I will explain it again when I post about another gift.  I will draw a winner on Tuesday the 30th, which just happens to be my 30th wedding anniversary!

Have a wonderful day!

xo, Patty

*Thank you for all the nice comments.  This give away is now closed.

104 comments:

  1. Such lovelies for a giveaway! Blessings to you... :)

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  2. Happy to hear lots of joy fills your days :)
    Lovely giveaway too!

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  3. What beautiful things. Happy early anniversary.

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  4. Such pretty things Patty. I know exactly what you mean when you describe your heart. For I have been there too. And now, for the second time in my life, I am finding myself in a state of uncertainty and am trying my best to deal with this too.
    Much love,
    Kris

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  5. Such pretty things. Just looking at the pictures is a treat, as they all say "Spring." Outside my window, the snow is falling . . . again. Third snowstorm this month for us!

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  6. Patty- I am so glad that God has restored some joy to your heart. I think that is the best healing of all. I have had Seasons in my own life that I look back and wonder how I ever got through....but....I am stronger because of them.
    Great giveawy. I LOVE those cups!!!!! xo Diana

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  7. It makes me happy to hear that you've put some distance between the issues you had last year and now. It takes time for our hearts to heal and you sound so content now. What a sweet giveaway, this is so, so generous. Have a wonderful anniversary Saturday...celebrate!

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. Digging in the dirt with soft rain falling planting Gladiolas with a wink and a prayer....lots of things planted that did not come up over the years....planting in faith

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  9. So wonderful things are better. I'm at one of those cross roads right now in my life and sometimes I don't know which way to proceed but I do know where to look, and that is up. I know God will direct my path as He always has. It's just not so easy to sometimes wait and wait and wait.....................

    He is ever so faithful and that is what I try to remember every day. May you have a blessed anniversary and may God continue to bless you. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

    Blessings,

    Marie

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  10. Hi Patty. I've only recently found your blog and know I am among the many who anxiously await the next post. I did not know of the struggles you were up against last year but it is apparent that you have joy in your heart again. You truly are an inspiration. These are beautiful gifts for your giveaway. The vintage sheet pillow slips bring remind me of my Grandmother. You recently shared a picture of an orange floral pattern pillow slip....my Gram had that exact same sheet. Wish I would've kept some of those now.

    I hope you have a wonderful anniversary!

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  11. Hi Patty!! Thank you so much for your blog and for letting us adore your darling home! I'm sorry for your struggles, uggh, I've been going through some hard times too.... Thank you for the give away too! YAY!
    =)
    Breahn Royal,
    Longview Texas

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  12. I always look forward to reading ur blog....ur are a breath of sunshine.

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  13. So glad you are in a better place. Happy anniversary. Lovely giveaway.

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  14. Dear Linda, I am so thankful for God's faithfulness to His children. I have had more than my share of heartbreaks in life, too. His Sovereign love has always been there for me even in the darkest hours. Happy Anniversary and your gifts are lovely. Kathy

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  15. I am so glad you are in a brighter place. Sometimes those valleys seem so low and dark it's hard to find your way out, but God is always good.

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  16. Patty, thank you for sharing from the heart, your blog inspires me, I'm your newest follower!

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  17. Wow what neat things you are giving away! Glad your year is going great.

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  18. It's good to know that there is one constant in life and that is God. With him we
    can make it through anything!!
    Hugs,
    Chris :o)

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  19. Such a lovely spring giveaway to brighten anyone's day. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  20. Oh Patty you give way more than you take. This I know. Those cups are beautiful. Can't wait till Friday.

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  21. What a generous giveaway! Thank you for your blog and the wisdom you part with us.

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  22. It's so sweet that you would have a give away at the time that you are coming out of a rocky time. In the midst of going through one here right now and trying to keep my chin up. I believe things can always be better and that each day is new. :)

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  23. I am so glad that you are in a better place/frame of mind. We always get through, don't we.
    This is a lovely giveaway! I would like to enter.

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  24. Really happy about your 30th wedding anniversary! This year it is my 27th!!
    I love the colors of your blog and glad to hear that things are going better for you!
    Giulia

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  25. What a lovely giveaway and happy anniversary! Such cute measuring cups...

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  26. that is too great - Congrats on making such a milestone anniversary. big big hugs. enjoy your week. ( :

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  27. God is GOOD!!! Thank you for having this sweet and pretty giveaway! Congrat's on your up coming 30th wedding anniversary!
    Deb

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  28. I am going to have to check our Pier One for those measuring cups. Those would make sweet Christmas gifts for my friends and family who love to cook. They're so pretty and not something I think they would purchase for themselves.

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  29. So happy you are at peace with yourself and life. Prayers are answered. Lovely giveaway. xo

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  30. God is Faithful. Thank you Patty. Lovely gifts.

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  31. I've had those dark times too Patty, and yes,God is faithful and eventually the sun comes out and the skies clear and we can breathe again. I am so glad things have gotten better for you. This is a beautifuyl give away:>)

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  32. The items you chose would make anyone happy.

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  33. Boy, you have the pretties teacups, and I am the lucky recipient of one of them, and I treasure it. I have never had anything from Anthropology, so that would be interesting. Isn't it cathartic to look back at the storm and say to yourself: I weathered the storm. I am still here. I will make it...
    Brenda

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    1. I meant the prettiest teacups...
      Brenda

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    2. You hsve such colorful taste in life and living. Your give aways are fun too.

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  34. Patty,
    Happy (upcoming) 30th Wedding Anniversary, dear friend!!!
    Amazing the difference a year makes in one's life!
    Thank you for allowing us to join you on your journey.
    One never knows whom they might be helping along the way!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  35. What beautiful giveaways. Your blog is very inspiring. God bless!
    Kathi

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  36. thanks for the giveaway and congratulations making it to your 30th wedding anniversary! what an amazing accomplishment.

    k_rampersad03 at yahoo dot com

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  37. Love the giveaway and the story. Happy Anniversary!
    lguilboATgmailDOTcom

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  38. Before I forget Happy Anniversary, WOW 30 years!! I'm happy to hear you are on the brighter side of life. I think our ups and downs help mold us into God's plan. Thank you for always blogging from the heart.

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  39. Hello Patty....So glad things are so much better for you.

    Happy Early Anniversary, too!

    The items in your giveaway are lovely.

    Please put my name in the hat.

    Thanks. Susan

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  40. Oh my word! Such a wonderful giveaway ; ) happy day to you

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  41. How sweet you are! Glad to see your feelings about life turn around ;)
    Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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  42. What a beautiful collection of goodies! I don't know if I could be counted as a "supporter," not having known you for quite a year -- but you do know I'm a great admirer of all things Lemon Lane. You are definitely an encourager, and a "drinking from my saucer" kind of girl. =D Thanks for bringing a bright spot of COLOR into my blog reading -- and congratulations on your 30th anniversary! xo ~Sally

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  43. What a beautiful and generous giveaway...I am happy to hear you have joy in your heart once again. xoxo

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  44. I'm fairy new to your blog but am happy for you to be rallying your heart to better times. It's always so hard to get thru such a hard time but it's obvious you have touched many hearts. I'm glad for you to achieve some peace. I think all of us at one time or another has had to weather heart breaking times. That's one of many things I love about the blogs, so much support and compassion out here. I don't have a blog but I read/subscribe to many, I keep coming back almost every day, I don't want to miss anything. I feel like there are so many people out there that care about each other no matter how far apart in the world we are from each other.
    It is a sign of a good heart that you would want to give things away you treasure yourself. I'd love to have any of them but am so at peace to know you're getting better in your situation. May you be happy and blessed.

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  45. Happy Anniversary! Hubby and I are almost at 25 years, can't believe it's been so long. Thanks for the chance to win, I love the Anthropologie measuring cups, they would look perfect in my home!

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  46. Glad to hear that you life is turning around. May God continue to bless you. Thanks for the chance at the wonderful giveaway.

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  47. You always have the most beautiful thoughts and encouragement. Here's to more happiness ahead :-)

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  48. What a lovely giveaway! I love those measuring cups! Happy, happy 30th anniversary! We just celebrated our 30th last October, and Charles gave me beautiful pearls!

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  49. Happy Anniversary! What a fun and special giveaway. Celebrating our 28th in June, time sure flies.

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  50. I love those cups! Happy soon-to-be anniversary!

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    1. We will be empty nesters this fall, when our youngest heads off to college. I have that exact same grinder, it was my grandmothers and I use it to chop nuts.

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  51. God is good that's for sure! I'm so grateful to have Him for all of life's ups and downs. I am not an empty nester, still have several years to go but I anticipate that it will be bittersweet. :-)

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  52. I'm not an empty nester. Just have to say that she might come back again :) I collect the nut grinders and that one I do not have. Are you giving everything away all at once to one winner or having multiple winners. I don't think you said before.

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  53. I am not an empty nester. Our kids are 18 and 15. Lord willing, our son will graduate next Month. NEXT MONTH!! YIKES! I can see how the Lord is preparing me to let go though -- so I totally understand where you're coming from Patty.

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  54. This is a lovely giveaway! I read this post while we were away, but find it difficult to comment from my phone, so I am back!

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  55. I am not an empty nester, but I can imagine my house would shatter from the silence.

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  56. Love the vintage spice grinder! I have one that is for nuts only, would love this for allspice, etc. Thanks! xo

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  57. I think it's harder when adult children come home because the relationship is so different. When they left, I didn't miss the dirty dishes either............
    : )

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  58. Yes we are empty nesters too. Now for about 11 years. At least we have the grandchildren over and it is like old times again with kids in the house.

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  59. And the pile of goodness grows! Wow, so many cute things in this giveaway:>) Keeping my fingers crossed....

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  60. God willing, we will celebrate 50 years of happines, heartaches, tears and smiles. libe you site

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  61. My one and only will be 6 next month so I have several years to go before I am an empty nester. There is no doubt that will take some getting used to. You'll do fine adjusting to the peace and quiet, Patty, and it'll be the best of both worlds because they'll be close by for frequent visits. I love the additions to your giveaway.....the little bowl is such a nice accompaniment to the Pier One measuring cups and Anthropologie Mug.
    -Amy

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  62. Ha ha ha empty nest! I was, now I live with my daughter so I can stay at home with my grandson. The more things change.......

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  63. We've been empty nesters for about 17 years, with a 3 month period with my son and family when they moved back from Germany. We love it. I honestly can't remember how I felt at first, it's been so long ago. Our grandkids are over often though and that keeps us from being lonely. lol ;)

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    1. My husband and I are empty nesters as well. I had an only child and at first it was extremely hard. We live in Florida and our son lives in Maryland. We only see him about twice a year so that is hard. As far as being an empty nester, now I love it. I know that sounds confusing but it is what it is... Smiles to you

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  64. I haven't been around blogging for weeks and finally popped in to visit everyone... We too just went through our son flying away to Washington to spread his wings, it has been a rough time for all of us being apart... Plus we have been without a home for four months as my hubby waits for a call, which we finally got. Your giveaway is sweet... That would make a wonderful pick me up in our life right now as we transition to a new ave soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win, blessings to you... Mica

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  65. I am not an empty nester never having children.This must e a strange time for you. So many changes. That grinder reminds me of one we had while I was growing up. Your give-away is so cool. So many pretty things and also reminders for me. I am so glad that things are looking up for you. I love your postings.

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  66. We are in the rebound part of empty nest right now. My son left for a year and a half and now he's back. It's hard in ways that you describe and because they are adults...well mine is 21 and kind of adult. :) It seems silly for me to fuss about plates in his room and dirty underwear on the floor at this point. I think any time they come home for whatever reason, they will revert to some of the kid like ways. I'm ready for him to be able to go out again and seek the life he wants and needs. My husband and I will be fine when the time comes as long as our son is fine.

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  67. I am not am empty-nester. All three of my children are still at home (ages 20, 16, and 12).

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  68. We are ping-pong empty nesters.
    They ping in, raid the fridge and pong on.

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  69. I just read your blog about becoming an empty nester, I'm not there yet, I am becoming a granmother this summer for the first time with my oldest girl but when you wrote of not missing the empty bottle of conditioner in the shower, the half empty water bottles, styrofoam containers of leftovers, you would almost think you are looking into my life with my almost 20 year old younger girl. She assures me that she will be living here for many more years to come. It brought a wide smile to my face that my little one is not so different from anyone else, who knew. Enjoyed the humour, but really enjoy that my girls are still so much a part of my life. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Tory

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  70. I AM an empty-nester and enjoying every minute of it :) What a generous giveaway (and what fun it would be to win)!

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  71. Yes we are empty nesters and enjoy it. We have 2 kids but now when they come home there are 6 of them with marriages and kids.

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  72. We are also empty nesters again. Wish ours were just 15 minutes away instead of 3 hours, but they are happy and that's what counts. What beautiful items you have in your give a way.

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  73. I'm so glad you're in a better place!!! I love the joy that you share here. I would love to be entered into your great giveaway! SO generous! ~Angela~

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  74. Empty nester here, too. Thanks for the opportunity to win in your drawing!

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  75. My husband and I were empty nesters for six days one time, but then our kids started moving back in. It was a blissful six days, and I'm looking forward to the next time it happens, hoping it will be for a longer period of time;)

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  76. My son will receive his Master of Music Decree next week at graduation.
    We have been and empty nesters for 9 years. Might be a slim chance of him moving
    back home here for a short period. Do you know how much stuff
    you can fill a bedroom with when one is gone for 9 years. Oh my!!!

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  77. Thank you so much for this lovely giveaway! :)

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  78. I am not an empty nester. My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years and hope to have kids soon!

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  79. How nice of you to offer these lovely beauties from your home!

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  80. What a great mind-set you have. I am fighting my own demons lately, so I understand how you feel. :) You are wonderful for having such a give-away. Thanks! Kit

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  81. I am an empty nester and I so enjoy it, just recently my son separated from his girlfriend and I thought I would have to provide that safe harbor once again. But he said to me, "mom, I just can't live here again with you", I didn't argue with him, I didn't point out that he could save some of his hard earned money, and I didn't let him see me crossing my fingers and toes and everything else in the hope that he wouldn't ask to move back in. Whew!! I know that sounds kind of mean but I'm just done being a full time mother, I like the freedom I have now.
    Happy Anniversary! and thanks so much for hosting such a fun giveaway!

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  82. Loving your pretty posts every day. :)

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  83. Happy anniversary! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks for sharing the pretties!

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  84. Funny -- I was thinking this about MY blog the other day as well. I came up with "Heart & Home" -- and perhaps it applies to your blog as well. When thought of in a broad sense, "Heart & Home" covers so many things. You do share feelings and stages of your heart, which makes you vulnerable (and I mean that in a good way). You're kind, and the ideas you share are positive and uplifting. You're a "drinking from my saucer" kind of gal, I think. =) -- which is what draws me here. You share things that are going on in and around your home and in your world, and, whether or not you think of yourself as a "photo blog," can I just say... I DO! I have told you before, and I'll tell you again. Your photos are beautiful, and I am SO DRAWN in by them as well as your words. I'm not always looking for something deep in my blog reading, but I do enjoy it when somebody just shares from the heart.

    For me, heartfelt sharing and beautiful photos are what makes a blog!

    I have a very select few bloggers that I "look up to" and you are certainly one of them Patty! God Bless! ~Sally

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  85. It does make you so thankful when you survive something serious! I'm wishing you a Happy Anniversary and lots of fun blogging! Sweet hugs!

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  86. Happy Anniversary, that's worth celebrating. My mom's birthday is the 30th as well.

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  87. I come because you are real. When I began blogging 6 years ago, it felt like you were meeting real people who just wanted to share their projects, their house fluffing and some parts of their lives. Now blogging is big business. You have to have a theme, you have to know your target audience. And heaven help you if you miss some posts or have a dry spell of creativity. I would be lying if I said I am not tempted by the money some of the big bloggers make. But really? I'm just looking for a little corner of the work filled with real people and people I can be real with. You are one of them. DOn't worry about "what kind of blogger" you are. You are a great blogger who shares the beauty in your life and is a real person. You have beautiful photos and interesting posts. I'll always come back:>)

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  88. I visit your blog because I can relate! I also LOVE your photos! They are so colorful, pretty and just make me happy! I just blog for me! It's like a journal of some of my life.
    Thank you again for having this giveaway!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  89. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary and it is so wonderful that you are in a better place in your life this year.

    Your blog is beautiful and interesting.

    Great giveaway items from your home. I know it is a lovely place to be.

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  90. I love down-to-earth blogs like yours because they're simply that. Real, unpretentious...full of lovely pictures, decorating ideas, wisdom, thoughts, real life.

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  91. What caught my eye first about your blog are the colorful pictures you show and than the wonderful ideas I get from what you post. I leave with a smile when I come here.

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  92. Happy anninversary to you. Isn't blogging just the most delightful experience. I am blessed to have met so many wondeful people. I am always inspired by your blog. XXX

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  93. I come to your blog because I never know what to expect! It is always interesting. Your down to earth and it shows in your pictures and writing.

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  94. I have you on my sidebar and so always know when you have a new post... I love those measuring cups .. which are not available in India in India we get only those plastic measuring cups which I am tired of using..
    You take such breathtaking pictures , I print many of those to paste on my homemaking binder or on my diary or just for inspiration.

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  95. Happy 30th Anniversary! We are working on 33 years now. So hard to believe. Those measuring cups are gorgeous. Love.

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  96. Congrats on 30 yrs of marriage. I enjoy your blog because it is so uplifting and the photos are stupendous. Your giveaway articles would be a nice addition to any home.

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  98. The way you describe your blog sums it up perfectly. What you blog about are things you would share with a friend and when I visit, I feel like I'm visiting a good friend. That is what keeps me coming back. I've made a new friend who inspires me by sharing her interests and thoughts about things, in general. I'm always interested in what you have to say. Through the pictures you post you have invited me into your home and I get a sense of your personality and character....a true sense of warmth. I can imagine walking in the door and being cradled in kindness. Yours is the only blog I visit, faithfully, every day. Many thanks for all that you share and wishes for a Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary.

    -Amy

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  99. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. This give away is now closed.

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