JUST a SIMPLE THANKS AND SOME WINNERS

Monday, September 7, 2009







Fall is just around the corner and I LOVE IT, but Christmas has to be on my mind. Its my business.

I will admit I struggled with whether to do this holiday blog. Would it really help anyone? Would I have the energy and time to keep it up?
Did I really have anything new to share? Would you REALLY GET the message of the BLOG NAME and why it was so special to me? Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a baby that changed not only me, but the world. In our lives ten years ago, a little baby boy named Parker Benjamin Powell, was born to our 18 year old, senior in high school, all American cheerleader, getting ready for college, beautiful daughter. You can read that story on our family blog, but suffice it to say....That Baby Changed EVERYTHING!. He was absolutely the Best Thing that EVER happened to me, us, our family. I tell him everyday of his life, that he is the best thing that ever happened to me....That's just our love language and he GETS it. So the blog name and the song stir up so much emotion in me that many times when I am working on the blog, I have to mute the music. So the first thing we drew for tonight was one of Faith Hill's books and CD....and that winner is Daune at Freedom of the Dance
ALL your comments, emails, and excitement to learn some new tricks have confirmed that the blog was a good idea. When I looked today and there were 120 followers and the blog has only been up ten days...I was again humbled and amazed. I am in the middle of unpacking Christmas boxes, a back-breaking job...I am almost half way finished. ALMOST...as in about 70 storage boxes to go. Wow, what treasures I am finding that I bought after the holidays last year. Then comes the sorting for different clients trees, wreath supplies, and in the middle of that, I normally make about 50 custom fall wreaths for customers...so between Fall and Christmas things, it all begins to run together. And my back is hurting as in "find the heating pad" hurting...Your comments have been so sweet and I am excited that so many of you are planning to do your own "Jesus Tree"! Please feel free to email me with any questions that I can help you with.
TONIGHT I AM FEELING VERY GENEROUS...REALLY VERY GRATEFUL ..so we just drew...(that's so much fun for the grandkids) and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE BOX OF ORNAMENTS is
I also want to CELEBRATE the huge FOLLOWING this blog has quickly gained. Parker drew three names from the first 100 plus followers and they will each receive Holiday Goodies in the mail.... Those winners are....
Xazmin at This is the Year
Jessica at The Mom Creative
And just because I wanted to keep drawing.....we drew two other names that will receive Christmas decorating goodies...so I need all your names, addresses, etc. Email me at annah99@aol.com and later this week, they will be on their way. Those winners are
Amy at Filled With Praise and
Tonight I am putting out my fall things and probably in the next week will start working on my trees...So we just combine it here and that's the way it has always been, so no one thinks it strange...Remember to keep commenting as all of you are still eligible for the BIG HOLIDAY FUN BOX that I will be drawing for on OCTOBER 1.

25 comments:

Keeper of our Home said...

Congrats to all the winners. I can't wait to hear their comments after receiving those lovely goodies.

Thank you for hosting this terrific give-a-way!

~Mrs. M

Jane In The Jungle said...

Congrats everyone!!
Can't wait for the trees, but like you I'm getting my fall stuff ready. In fact, I'm going to take a stab at making some wreathes to sell. Wish me luck!

Xazmin said...

Yay! I am so excited! Thank you!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh, I am SOOOOOO glad you decided to author this blog! Like everyone else here, I love the tips and the photos of all the lovely trees and decorations you do.
My family has been here most of the day, celebrating both the holiday and my birthday, and I got several primo gifts, including Christmas doodads! My Mom remarked that I was the only person in the world who would be happy with Christmas ornaments in September, and I smiled and immediately thought of you and all your followers; maybe we're a little nuts, but we're all nuts together!

Mel4Him said...

Oh wow! Thanks so much Teresa. What a wonderful blessing. I'm glad that the Lord led you to do this blog. And I looking forward to all the wonderful blessings both you and this blog will bring to the hearts of all of us. May the Lord bless every step of the way.

Melissa

The Mini - Maker said...

Congrats to all the winners! Teresa, you're awesome. I just thought you should know that :)

~Savannah

Grandma Cyndi said...

Keep up the great work and interesting blog, we have already learned some new things. Where can I get a copy of the letter for the Jesus tree?

Grandma Cyndi said...

Sorry, after I asked the question about the letter I went down and there is was-thanks.

The Real Me! said...

Congrats to the winners. Teresa I can't wait to see how the Lord uses your blog. Christmas is such a wonderful time and I'm excited to see what's coming up next!!
Blessings,
Kim

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very generous of you, Teresa. Congrats to all the winners! I'm looking forward to seeing your trees and all that goes into them.

3 Blessings said...

What a beautiful blessing and the quick following of your blog shows how many truly know that there was one baby who changed everything, JESUS...the greatest love story of all time.

Thank you again! I replied to your email with my information.
Blessings,
Amy

SusanD said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Teresa, I'm so glad you're doing this blog. I'm already in the holiday spirit and looking forward to learning from you. Blessings, SusanD

Gretta said...

YIPPEEE!! I am SOOOOO excited to win the box of ornaments!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity in hosting this giveaway! Can't wait to receive them and I will definitely be posting pics of our tree this year! You are the best Teresa!

Love Being a Nonny said...

YEH!! I am so excited!! I will email info!

Angie said...

That just totally made me cry...it sounds like Parker was just what your family needed...God knows!

Congrats to all the winners!

Hugs ~ Angie

Mammy said...

Whew! I'm tired just reading about all you're doing! I'm already in the mood for Christmas though, thanks to you. You're doing a great job with the new blog. Thanks for being so generous and sharing your talents with the rest of us and for reminding us that a baby really changed everything. Bless His wonderful name!

Daune said...

Teresa,
I am honored to have won!
Thanks so much.
Daune, a before the u!!!
Don't worry about it, everyone does it...that's why I put a period between each letter in my business name...makes it easier to remember.
God bless you.

sharonavinger said...

What lucky gals to win those goodies!
I love your blog and look forward to more Christmas decorating tips.

Tam said...

what an awesom blog, and love the name!!! thanks for the chance to win.

Angela said...

I GET the name each and every time I come here girl!! It blesses me to be honest with you. Shows me God's love, His power and glory revealed and how He turns something that could have been 'harmful' into something so amazing. Genesis 50:20 comes to my mind when I think about what God has done through this. I truly believe it gives others encouragement and hope when they read this powerful testimony!! It has for me...

Holly said...

Don't ever doubt doing a Christmas blog.....you are my morning cup of coffee and in a gloomy world most of the time you are the brightest spot of my day. Thanks for being here!!!~Holly

Jess said...

I also got pregnant before marriage....wasn't supposed to be able to have children, was right out of High School and Jason was still in school...a baby does change everything. I had never really listened to this song til now and i am just blubbering as i type this....I DO GET IT!!!!

And I want you to know...I love your blogs...don't stop!

As I was reading who won...I was like Jessica really? I won? then i read the blog name!!! I was like Awww Man! LOL

Congrats to the winners.

Love, jess

Lindsey said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I LOVE your blog. I can't wait to keep coming get to get tips on decorating for Christmas. I coudl use all the help I can get. :)

Joan said...

love the song..."A Baby Changes Everything"...and your blog. How did you get started? I'd love to blog about my family. :)

Kristy Freyaldenhoven said...

What a wonderful website! Your fall and Christmas decorations are absolutely gorgeous. I love beautifully decorated Christmas trees with lots of ornaments and glitz! Your wreaths are gorgeous as well! Please consider me for drawing on Oct.1.