Sunday, August 28, 2011

My First Blog Giveaway

I've never done a give away on this blog and I feel like the readers here have been so giving that I wanted to give back.

I got a copy of Tom Davis' book "Red Letters" in the mail earlier this month. It was a "thank you" gift for donating to HopeChest and because I know that the readers of this blog are a HUGE portion of the donating that's been going on lately, I thought it only right to pass it on to a lucky reader. Plus I already own a well read copy of "Red Letters" :-)

I know, I know, you were hoping for Caribbean Cruise Vacation or some other fancy prize, but let me tell you why this is such a great win. For me it was life changing. It actually altered the course of my life. You can read more about it in this post. I believe that God used this book to point our eyes back to Ethiopia and open our hearts up to saying yes to another child. My heart literally ached for Africa after reading it and now we have another precious daughter from this beautiful land that is racked with struggle, and devastation and injustice--we fell so blessed.

Some of you may think, "well I don't want another child, so this book isn't for me." Well, it didn't just prompt us to adopt. It was also the catalyst that connected us to Children's Hopechest and our sponsor child Meseret and our friends at Trees of Glory and fundraising for cows and water and advocating for sponsorship......and I think that's one pretty cool prize. I wouldn't trade my time at TOG for the world and to think that if I never read this book, I probably never would have crossed paths with Simret or Girma or Fikre or........all the amazing people that are hard at work changing the lives of orphans and needy children for the Lord in Ethiopia.

Now I know those cruise ships have a little bit of everything these days, but I've yet to see one advertising God given vision or life altering change.....see now aren't you glad I'm giving away a book and not a cruise???

So here's how it works. I know about 80 people follow this blog, but many more readers follow along in secret (you blog stalkers know who you are :-).

All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post. That's it. Just drop me a quick note with your name and email address and I'll put your name in for the drawing. I'll draw the name of one lucky winner on Thursday September 1st at 8:00 pm and mail you the book. Great way to start of a new month don't you think?

And if any of you blog stalkers want to come out of hiding, feel free to join up and follow via the link on the left side of this page.

I continue to be amazed at how God uses this blog through those who read it. He has magnified my little effort and is using it for his glory through all of your generosity. Praying that God continues to expand this audience so that we can reach and help more people together for him.


  1. My husband has heard about this book and we would love to read it. We are in the processes of adopting from IAG as well. We are adopting Mamush. I love your blog thanks you for sharing your journey with us all.
    the bertrams

  2. Hi! Your post is amazing! I actually read the previous post you linked it to, and it really spoke to me. Although my husband and I do not have any children yet, I know that adoption is in God's plans for us. This summer I came across Lucy Lane's Gotcha Day video, and I have been hooked on Ethiopia and Ethiopian adoption blogs ever since! I always imagined myself adopting from China, but once I came across Ethiopia, it really put this feeling in my heart that I never felt before. My husband and I plan to travel on a mission trip to Ethiopia next summer, and I guess we'll take it from there! I'm ready for whatever God has planned for us, but in the meantime, it has been so inspiring to read blogs of those who so openly love all the children in the world and are so willing to show them God's love through their family.


  3. Love this, it's on my lists of "books to read eventually" :O). Every single book that I have read this year has been life-changing!

    My name is Kim and my e-mail is thesanfordcrew at gmail dot com!

  4. Here is a reader coming out of hiding :) Thank you for your blog and the fundraising you do, I treasure my bracelet....
    Libby (

  5. I would love to read this book! I love following your adoption journey! Your children are all beautiful! We are waiting on our Embassy appointment to bring home our little 6 year old girl from Ethiopia. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on adopting older children :) Blessing to your family! Love in Jesus My blog is and my email is

  6. I've been a witness your life altering journey and because of it, my life has been changed forever also. Thank you for the honor of being your Aunt. Also, thanks for the opportunity. I think you know where I live.
    Aunt Debbie

  7. Count me in! I would LOVE a good book to read. I only read if it something that would capture my heart, and you know me and Ethiopia. JJ- bradandjj at yahoo dot com

  8. I've never heard of the book. But thats not unusual for me, I seem to be out of the loop quite often! But it has to be good if you're giving it away! Thanks for the tip of a good book even if I don't win :)


  9. You loaned this to me! So true, great book!! We don't need one here but you are super cool for doing a give away! so fun! Love your heart and your VISION ;)

  10. sounds like an awesome book! thanks for sharing.