A Drawing For the New Year

     Between the dense valley fog we’ve had most of the week and yesterday’s rain, we have not seen the sun for a week.  It was wonderful this morning to wake up to brilliant sunshine!  It was glorious!  The cloudless skies meant we had overnight lows in the freezing range, and it’s still cold this morning, but the sun is shining and it is beautiful!

A Drawing for the New Year!

     I am so thankful that so many of you choose to shop at Amazon by clicking through from my blog.  Your purchases generate a wee bit of credit, a small percentage of the sale, that Amazon then sends my way, every month or so.  I have no way of knowing who is doing this because Amazon keeps the buyers completely anonymous.  I can see what items have been purchased, but not who is buying them.  That said, I want to thank each and every one of you who does bless my family this way.  There were several occasions in the last few months when my boys needed a particular book or item for school and I did not have the funds available to buy it.  On three separate occasions, the amount needed was within a few cents of that month’s credit from Amazon!  Thank you all very much!

     As a way of giving my gratitude a bit of a punch, and to welcome in 2009, I decided to host a humble drawing.  To enter, simply leave a comment to this post telling me one goal that you have set for yourself, or your family, that you would like to accomplish this year.  I will be sharing some of my own ideas and goals with you in the days to come as I begin to work on and/or implement them.  One name will be chosen at random next Friday, January 9, at 10:00 p.m., Pacific Time.  The winner will be announced Saturday morning.

      Here is what the winner will receive: 

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     A lovely, brand new, hardback edition of Streams in the Desert.  I will be using this L. B. Cowman devotional myself this year, as a part of my daily time with the Lord and in His Word.  My copy arrived this morning, along with the copy I am giving away, and they are lovely editions.

 

 

 

 

 

    

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     Though I’m no expert, I do enjoy knitting, and my projects are almost always things meant for everyday use.  The drawing winner will also win her choice in color (purple or brown) of a woolen, knit hat to help her keep toasty these winter days.  The hats are knit from Knit Picks wonderful, soft Wool of the Andes. 

 

 

 

 

 

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     The hat is worked from a lovely pattern available free from Soule Mama.  I made myself a purple one earlier this year (see picture above), and I love wearing it!  I decided to offer the choice of color just for my bloggy friend “Jane”, who has a very strong aversion to purple. 

    

 

     And it wouldn’t be a drawing from my blog without a few 100% cotton  hand knit dish/wash cloths thrown in for good measure!   (no picture, sorry)

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     There will be a small smattering of additional goodies thrown in for good measure, too! 

     Only one entry per person, if you please. 

     If you have difficulty commenting, please drop me an e-mail at copperswifeATsoftcomDOTnet (replace the words in caps with the appropriate symbols first) and let me know.  Edited to add:  Please do TRY to leave a comment via the normal commenting method below BEFORE e-mailing me.  I will gladly assist those whom Xanga prevents from commenting, but I would greatly appreciate it if everyone would please give leaving a comment by normal methods a try first!  Thanks so much for your cooperation.  

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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85 comments to A Drawing For the New Year

  • What a generous soul! Please kindly enter my name for your goodies!

    Happy New Year!

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I so enjoy your blog. I have often been convicted by things you have written and I know the Lord is using your writing to nudge me the direction He has for me and my family. I think my one huge goal this year is to be a first-time listener. It is a phrase I have used over the years with our children and sadly, I am need of the reminder. There have been times in the last year where the Lord has brought someone to mind or placed a task on my heart and I have been “too busy” with “my”  plans to attend to His leading. I have really been convicted on this through the busy holiday season. Why is it busy? Generally because they are “my” plans. I love your phrase about holding your plans loosely…that seems like an excellent strategy to leave plenty of opportunities for first-time listening! The Lord nudged me about something last night and it felt so good to put that note in the mail this morning to a dear friend…positive reinforcement for first-time listening! Thanks so much for offering the wonderful blog candy…what a lovely collection of goodies. I have a treasured copy of the Streams in the Desert Vol. 2 that was a wedding gift from one of the sweetest and most godly ladies I have every had the priviledge of knowing. I always figured she was a good testimony for the devotional!

    Blessings!

    Elizabeth V.

  • Hi Cheryl! I would love to enter (I have to do one of these myself soon šŸ™‚ My Princess Joy would LOVE the hat (the Princesses are VERY into hats) and I would love the other goodies (drink the tea already and I already suffer from an almost illicit relationship with chocolate) LOLOL!

    Ok, here is my major goal. To turn my heart completely toward home. No more looking at what could have been, no more wondering, no more planning anything else. No more time or effort spent elsewhere.Just be the Wife and Mama I need to be and to train up my babies to know and Love Jesus and to represent Him well (even when I haven’t slept šŸ™‚ AND to minister to my dear General….instead of nagging him. Oh, that is a hard one, but if I can do it…he will love it! I want to build lovely memories and lose the regrets!

    Can’t wait to see your posts on what you are doing.

    Many Blessings šŸ™‚

    Ace

  • I am weaning myself from TV. Since hubby is gone over the road alot the tv has been on in the background to keep me company and I sometimes get distracted by it. I leave it off now till late evening and soon I want to leave it off completely except for watching a DVD occassionally. I am spending more time reading in the evenings and more time reading my bible and devotional in the morning. My day goes so much better! My daughters and I love your blog and will call each other about one of your recipes we try or book you have suggested. You have helped my daughter Melody in her housecleaning schedule so much. Thank you for taking time to share with us.

  • Hey Cheryl, What a lovely giveaway! My goal that I really want to succeed at this year is reading through my Bible. I have a Chronological guide to help keep me going. It has been quite some time since I have read clear through. The other biggie is healthy eating. We have gotten way off the path on that one!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us out here! I so enjoy reading your blog!

  • What a really nice giveaway!  One thing I’ve been wanting to do is to learn how to knit!  The hats you pictured are really lovely!

    Have a blessed weekend,

    Sherry

  • I have been a long time lurker, but would love to enter your latest drawing! I actually was at the Christian bookstore this morning and had Streams in the Desert in that exact edition in my hands! You are right, it is a beautiful edition. I didn’t leave with it, as I had forgotten my 25% off coupon. Then low and behold, here I see it in your give away!

    I have a couple of goals for 2009. The first is to pray more. And the 2nd is to focus on my home and my children. To make sure that they are ALWAYS coming first. (After God, of course.) We have older children 21, 17 and 15 and have been blessed through adoption with 2 small girls (ages 1 and 3) from China. It is such a blessing to be able to mother wee children again and I want to make sure I treasure each and every day.

    I thank you for all the wisdom you share.
    Pam

  • Oh I have lots of goals this year….drop this extra 30+ pounds….finish the Pink and Brown quilt…start the new Harvest Sky quilt…get the church library in order…clean out my basement storage area (that is BIG one)….the list goes on.  Goal setting is wonderful and works for me! My biggest goal this year, though is to “Aspire to lead a quiet life, mind my own business, and work with my own hands.” and to “make it [my] goal to please Him, whether at home in the body or away from it.”

  • I have one big goal.. and that’s to communicate “grace” to my littles more clearly.  I want to be careful not to develop the heart of the pharisee in them, but instead communicate dependence on God’s riches of mercy and compassion and to live in a such a way that tells the story of His love. 

    The other goal I have is to get more serious about my sewing and hopefully teach my daughter how to sew this year.  She’s 8 and very eager! 

    Thank you for hosting the drawing!  Looks like it will be a real blessing to someone out there!

  • I have one big goal.. and that’s to communicate “grace” to my littles more clearly.  I want to be careful not to develop the heart of the pharisee in them, but instead communicate dependence on God’s riches of mercy and compassion and to live in a such a way that tells the story of His love. 

    The other goal I have is to get more serious about my sewing and hopefully teach my daughter how to sew this year.  She’s 8 and very eager! 

    Thank you for hosting the drawing!  Looks like it will be a real blessing to someone out there!

  • Cheryl,

    Thank you for giving such a thoughtful giveaway. Food for the spirit and for the body, Something to help keep a body warm and to help keep the house clean.

    My biggest goal this year is to continue living below our means. We as a family are organized in so many ways, I’d like our finances to be as organized.

    I’m also hoping to keep on track with losing the rest of the weight I need to lose.

    Judi

    ps. Did y’all get to finish TLOR trilogy?

  • Oh what a huge blessing! I am glad God has been good to your family! God has been good to mine as well. One of my goals is to just devote more time to Him each day in prayer and reading of His words.

    In Christ
    Ginger

  • Oh, what a lovely prize collection!!  Please enter me!  I haven’t given too much thought to goals for the new year, but I guess if I have any, it would be to be CONSISTENT with discipline!

  • such a lovely gesture…please enter me…and I am sooooooo glad your back blogging I have missed reading your posts..I got a loom set (two sets actually) and I am working on my first hat on it…using a double knit stitch, I am truly hoping seeing the loom knitting will help me learn to needle knit, I have lots of needles…
    Thanks again and please enter me..
    ~C~

  • Oh, please enter me in this one!  I love everything!  One goal for me this year is to sew more and to learn how to cable knit!  šŸ™‚  I’d like to accomplish…sweaters!  šŸ™‚

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I love the picture of you. What a wonderful kind drawing. One of my goals this year is to gain at least 5 pounds. Also I am working on my menu planning. I have many more which I am sharing on my blog all month long.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • What a nice idea to have a drawing.  My main goal is to get myself back to being spiritually strong.  My son’s accident at the beginning of the year, my attending college and being put on bed rest due to pregnancy complications has sent me for a loop this year and I have found when I should be relying on God I am more so relying on myself and that is not what he wants.  So, my goal is to keep up with daily time with Bible Study.  My other goal is to get more organized and keep my house in order.  I find that hard to do as we live in a very small place with a lot of ‘stuff’ so I am getting rid of ‘stuff’.

  • What a wonderful drawing you are having!!  I love your blog and miss you when you don’t post! 

    A couple of goals of mine for the New Year…..I’m dismayed to say I have never done it…and how very many times this has been a goal….but I really want to read all the way through the Bible.  Another goal…to do a much better job of planning menu’s and feeding my family healthy food.  Our health depends on it.  I’m going to try your whole wheat bread machine recipe on Monday! 

    Bless you,   Carol 

  • Cheryl, I want to let you know how much I love your blog.  I am learning so much from you.  Please enter me in your give away.  This year I want to draw up and stick to a homekeeping schedule.  Dolores

  • I would love to win!  If postage to Australia is too outrageous, I’m happy to help, or even pay all!

    My resolution this year is to stick to my home-makers binder.  I struggle with house-keeping… because I have mild OCD, in an effort not to be obsessed with tidiness, I went totally the opposite way! (Which in itself, I’m told, is the outworking of my OCD… I ‘control’ the level of mess.  It’s terribly complicated)  So, I wrote one up all pretty, my husband looked it over to make sure I wasn’t over committing myself, and thus causeing me to feel disheartened and fail, and he has given it my blessing… with a request to please let him help! 

    I love your blog.  It inspires me so much to see my housework as a way to bless my family, and create a calm, peaceful atmosphere.  Thankyou for the encouragement to be a better wife and mother.

  • Hello!
    I so enjoy your blog. I come by often to see whats new!
    One thing I really want for myself and my family would be a closer walk with the Lord!

  • I’m not sure you’ll even believe it but I am starting the year reading STREAMS IN THE DESERT!  My dear SIL gave me her copy to  borrow as she loved it so dearly last year šŸ™‚  I still would love to have my own copy for the years to come as already I can see it being read time and time again!

    Blessings to you in this glorious year!

    k.

  • One of the goals I have set for myself for this year is to memorize John 14.

  • Something I have really found convicting me is the lack of Bible reading, time alone with my Savior. I always find myself jealous after these families who are living according to His ways, and I always find myself wondering what to do to be able to live like that, if that makes sense. And of course, God answers us, He put in my heart, just read my Word, and follow my commandments. It may seem simple but I intend on reading His word and applying to my life. God Bless.

  • This year, my family is working on getting healthy.  Not losing weight or going on a diet, but getting healthy.  Losing weight will just be the natural result.  ;0)

  • Again I want to be like you when I grow up.  You have a wonderful heart that shines right through the computer.

    Much love

  • Oh please enter me in your giveaway!!  My goals, I have two, the first is to be more consistent in reading my bible – really setting aside time for God, to read & study the bible everyday!!  The last goal is to work on my routines, I pretty much have my daily & weekly rountines down so this year I’m working on my monthly ones.  Looking forward to reading about your goals for the new year.  God Bless ~Gretchen~

  • What a nice drawing.  I’ve done “Streams” years ago.  My copy is a dog-eared, yard sale purchased paperback, so this would be a lovely thing to recieve.  I love the hat, also.

    My goal is somewhat loose. I have gone to work after 21 years at home.  I need to balance work and home better than I do.  I realize I must break down that loose goal into smaller, workable ones, and am trying.  

  • Oh, how fun.  What a wonderful give-away!  My one goal for the coming year is to simplify and slow down and enjoy each moment of the day!

    Thank you for all you do and I am so excited to have your blog back as you so inspire me to live a simple life IN HIM.

    God Bless you and your family this year.

  • I am so glad your back to blogging Mrs. Cheryl! I just get so much Godly wisdom and inspiration from you. You may not know but in some ways, you have been my mentor over the last year and a half!

    I have my list of goals for the year posted on my blog, but one of  mine that is so close and doable is to  hit my goal weight. After dropping 70 pounds, the next 25 or 30 won’t be too difficult!

  • I am so glad your back to blogging Mrs. Cheryl! I just get so much Godly wisdom and inspiration from you. You may not know but in some ways, you have been my mentor over the last year and a half!

    I have my list of goals for the year posted on my blog, but one of  mine that is so close and doable is to  hit my goal weight. After dropping 70 pounds, the next 25 or 30 won’t be too difficult!

  • Thank you again and again for being such a lovely example for like-minded ladies desiring to make Christ, Lord of our lives, and extend that beauty to our families and homes. We’re blessed.

    I’d love to be part of the drawing and am sooo thankful you’re offering up the option of **brown** because merely viewing that purple makes me ill. bah! ;o) hehe.

    The Lord has directed me to make some changes this year, with the full support of my dear husband as confirmation. While I cannot publically share (at this point) the details, for the next six months my goal is to take the necessary steps to allow for a transition. Hm. Sounds mysterious, hm?

    Another goal is to spend more time in God’s Word. Such a precious owner’s manual we have access to and yet, how much time do we spend soaking it in, especially as compared to other things (books, tv, internet).

    And yet another goal is to make necessary changes in my diet so as to bring about a healthier lifestyle and body. This is a great struggle for me – a struggle I must give over to the Lord – completely.

    Bless you, Cheryl, as you see well to the ways of your home. Be further blessed this Lord’s Day!

    Hugs,

    Jane

  • My short-term goal is to determine an affordable way to exercise during our snowy & cold winter months. Then, I hope to stick to it until it is more enjoyable to walk outside again. I want to exercise at least 3 times a week all year–no more excuses. I’m also adding a goal of learning to knit with circular & double-pointed needles. I do know how to knit with straight, single-pointed needles. Thank you for your blog & for entering me in the drawing! Happy New Year!

  • Okay, everything looked good and then you put the chocolate in there.  How could one resist?

    Streams In the Desert is a wonderful devotional.  I used it many years ago during a very intense time of trial and it truly watered my soul each morning.  I then read the story behind it and found out why it was so good.

  • I am looking forward to 2009, I want to get deeper in the Word, establish a fruitful prayer life, and be an even more honoring wife to my husband. His goal is to establish our house as a house of prayer and I want to support him in every way possible.

    ~God bless, Dana P.

  • A lovely giveaway Cheryl!  One of my goals this year is to begin a new devotional, in fact I just listed it a few days ago in the to be read section of my blog!  The hat is  cuuuute!

    Glad you are back blogging again šŸ™‚

    Blessings,

    Niki

    http://www.ruralwritings.blogspot.com

  • Dear Cheryl,

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. šŸ™‚ It is inspiring, encouraging, and full of good humor. 

    I have several goals this year, but the main one is to learn to simplify my schedule.  I am a SAHM, but I still cram too much into a day between homemaking, homeschooling, and general upkeep on the house.  I am praying for balance in my time and energy.  I need to learn that “more” is not “better” on the to-do list, necessarily.  I need to learn to cherish and take advantage of the spontaneous times with the children, and not see them as something that is interfereing with “My” list of things to do.  They are growing up so fast!  Also, by cramming too much into a day, I get stressed out, and that makes for tension in the home.  I want it to be as peaceful as possible (with 7 kids!) and a true haven for my family.  In decluttering the THINGS in my home, I found I need to declutter my TIME as well.

    Thank you for the wonderful give away.  But more thanks to your wise words of encouragement to all of us less experienced homemakers and helpmeets.

    In Christ, Lisa

  • I gave that exact copy of Streams in the Desert to my sister-in-love for Christmas this year!  It is my FAVORITE devotional!  I’m hoping she’ll learn to love it as much as I do.

    And, oh, I don’t know about the resolutions!  I usually don’t bother with them, because I have never been able to keep them.  I make “New Monday Resolutions”!  LOL!  I think of every Monday as a new beginning. 

    So my resolution for THIS week…to keep up with the dishes and the laundry, and to make a plan for our meals.  And to work more diligently on my jewelry.  I’ve been a bit lazy over the holidays.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.  Such a nice way to start the new year. 
    Alesha
    P.S.  Doug says he only day “New Day Resolutions”!!! 

  • Great prizes! Another lurker coming out to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.  My goal for the new year is to have a consistent morning time and to have a housekeeping schedule in place.  I did much better when my girls were young…now that they are 15, 10, and almost 8, there are too many interruptions.

    Blessings,

    Sandy

  • What a beautiful give away. 

    My most wanted changes this year are to really listen more to my olders…read more to my middles and youngers…listen more to my husband…but most of all to find time to be with God daily so that I can accomplish all of the above.

  • Cheryl,

    I lurk around your blog often. It has been so encouraging to me.

    One of my goals this year seems overwhelming to me, but non-the-less it is my goal – to recreate and maintain my routines in my home-maker journal. The task seems daunting with a small toddler underfoot and a baby due in spring. My wonderful husband is in school full time and also working full time so that I can stay home. Our parenting style is such that we don’t own a playpen, baby swing, or walker. Instead it is my desire to teach my little ones to work alongside mama. Already my 20 mo. old “helps” with dishes, dusts with a feather duster, and bring the trash can from the bathroom (he thinks we’re playing). Anyway, this year bring many adjustments.

    The give-away is so thoughtful. I’ve never been part of a blog drawing before. Thanks for the time you spend teaching this younger woman through your blog.

  • Cheryl,

    What a lovely package and I truly enjoy reading your blog.  I’m glad to see you are back to posting.  I have missed you.  My main goal for the coming year is to read through the entire Bible in a year and spend more time in the Word.  The devotion book would be a big plus in reaching that goal.  I also plan to pray for guidance in finding a new church family.

    God bless you and your family in 2009!

    Linda

  • Cheryl,

    What a lovely package and I truly enjoy reading your blog.  I’m glad to see you are back to posting.  I have missed you.  My main goal for the coming year is to read through the entire Bible in a year and spend more time in the Word.  The devotion book would be a big plus in reaching that goal.  I also plan to pray for guidance in finding a new church family.

    God bless you and your family in 2009!

    Linda

  • So lovely to read your blogs again; I know you do keep plenty busy tending to your priorities, but your posts are always a blessing when there is time for them.  Glad to hear your Christmas season was a joyous one!!  Your drawing looks lovely; what fun items you’ve chosen.  I never win these, but, it is always worth another try, right?  {{hugs to you}}

    “Tea”

  • So lovely to read your blogs again; I know you do keep plenty busy tending to your priorities, but your posts are always a blessing when there is time for them.  Glad to hear your Christmas season was a joyous one!!  Your drawing looks lovely; what fun items you’ve chosen.  I never win these, but, it is always worth another try, right?  {{hugs to you}}

    “Tea”

  • Thank you for your generous give-away!  I would love the hat for when I ride my bike.

    My goal this year is to devote myself to the practice of Spiritual Disciplines.  I want to re-read Richard Foster’s book on the subject and begin practicing the disciplines more consistently.

    Thank you agian,

    debianne

  • Hi Cheryl:

    I would love to be entered in your drawing. My resolution for 2009 is two-fold; first, to guard my ears and tongue when gossip is spoken in my presence – and second, to pray more often.

    Helen

    aunthoney(at)frontiernet(dot)net

  • What a fun way to start the new year! šŸ™‚  My desire this year is to grow closer to my Saviour.  Everything else will fall in to place as He wills. 

  • I am so glad you’re back Cheryl!!!

    The one goal I have for myself is to learn a new skill-I’m thinking of knitting-I never have learned.

  • I am so glad you’re back Cheryl!!!

    The one goal I have for myself is to learn a new skill-I’m thinking of knitting-I never have learned.

  • I love reading your blog and miss it when you take breaks.  My main goal for this year is to spend more time with friends.  I recently lost a good friend to cancer.  One of the lessons learned from her is to see everyone as a potential friend.  That’s my goal this year.

    Susan Stegall

  • How sweet of you to have a giveaway!  I sure miss you when you are too busy to post.  One goal I have set for this year is to get my body back into shape – this is an area I have been neglecting for (yikes!) about 6yrs.  I have MANY secondary goals, but this is the season to concentrate on this (difficult for me) area.
    Erin

  • Wowie! what a generous giveaway!
    My goal for this New Year is to become less. More of Him! Less of me. This will include more time in prayer and in His word and I want to focus on serving others more.
    I enjoy your blog thoroughly and look forward to your thoughts for the New Year.

    May God continue to bless you and your household.

  • Hi  Cheryl,

    Aren’t you a sweetie to offer such a nice giveaway!  My goal for the new year is to savor a quiet and humble spirit with my husband and 6 precious children.  We had a chaotic 2008 and my attitude showed it šŸ™‚  We are going to cherish every peaceful moment this year. 

    Mary

  • This year…let’s see…there are so many things that I would like to see happen.  But mostly, I would like to find JOY in my regular duties around the house.  I am often convicted when I come to your blog and read that you are joyously cleaning your home or schooling your children.  It is my prayer this year.

  • Thanks so much for holding the giveaway. I would like you to know that your blog has been a blog that has given me much inspiration. THanks so much. I guess you can say that our resolution or goal for this new year is to try to be more active in the church and take more family time.

    angie

    shopannies@yahoo.com

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I’m so glad to see you posting at more frequent intervals now….your writings always bring pleasure to my day!  You are an encourager by the things you do & with joy.  I would so love to be entered into your drawing.  I really love the knitted cap and dish towels.  I CANNOT knit worth a lick, but can crochet squares :+) The book is wonderful too!  I have several goals but I have decided that the most important one besides studying my bible, will be to look for joy in all things…even when it isn’t obvious.  I believe when we have joy in our hearts, our days are blessed!

    Blessings to you and your wonderful family!

    Linda

  • To get rid of half of my books:)   

    Dee Dee

  • Thank you for the giveaway.I have read your blog for quite some time now(I have a horrible memory but I think it has been close to 2 years).I really look to you and many others for proof this brand new experience called home schooling can be done:)Can you tell it is my first year?I have a fifth grader,2 seventh graders(one should be in eighth),and an eighth grader(she should be in ninth).Can you tell why I took them out?

  • I just read Dani’s post .  I wanted to wish you a very, very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many, many more blessed ones!  Warm regards, Jill

  • I really enjoy your blog, and I also wanted per your daughters reminder to wish you a very happy birthday.

  • Thankyou for making me think about this years goals.  I have been ignoring any sort of goal making until now.  So after a little bit of thought here is my goal for 2009

    to live according to 1Thessalonians 4:11 – specifically to make it my ambition to mind my own business (control that opinionated tongue) and to work with my hands (stay busy in my home).

    Jeanette

  • Learn to knit!!!!

    Thank you for the chance to enter your drawing!

  • Cheryl,

    I so enjoy your blog.  I always make sure I have the time to contemplate on what is said.  Please enter my name in your wonderful give away.  I am a faithful bloglines reader. šŸ™‚

    Thank you and God bless you in this new year.

    Rean Day

  • Simplify is my goal for this year.  I will be cleaning out the clutter and organizing what remains.  Saying no to many outside activities and enjoying my time at home.  While home the plan is to do a few low cost home improvement projects, catch up on reading, learn to crochet and knit and especially enjoy the simple pleasure of home and family.  I find that when my home and life are overscheduled and cluttered that is reflected in my heart. 

  • Wow, what a wonderful giveaway.  I especially love the knit hat!  Oh, how great it would be to win it!  :~)

    Please include me in your drawing.  Thank you.

    Blessings,
    Kath

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I have been a long time reader but have never been able to comment on Xanga before and am more than willing to use the lengthy 12 step process now!! I am so excited. Given that I am in Australia, if I should happen to win the drawing, please give it to some you know who is much closer to you, that you know would enjoy it. I haven’t entered to win, I am just so thrilled to be able to comment!!! Woohoo!!!

  • Your blog is an inspiration to me and I find great encouragement in reading your words. My desire for 2009 is to spend more time in God’s word and spend time enjoying my family.

  • i just want to say how much you inspire me…..i’ve just started homeschooling my 2 kids, my daughter is aspie and adhd..and well we were all losing our minds with the school system…..thank you thank you thank you for taking the time you do to mentor the rest of us…

    (you dont have to  enter me in the drawing, i know shipping to canada is not cost effective…)

  • Cheryl,

    One of my goals this year is to re-establish my household schedule. It has been so hard since we moved that I have neglected  my household schedule. I really enjoy your blog, you are such a blessing.

    On a side note, I have met a couple of gals from your church, in fact we hosted Mrs. Aly and her daughters the other night on their way to the SAIFF, I am hoping that I will get to meet you in the future! ;o)

    Love, Heather

  • What a really nice giveaway!  My goal for this year is to spend more time in my Bible everyday, to be more patient and soft spoken with my dear children and to learn how to knit! 

    Heather

  • Your post is always a blessing, and I’m sorry to hear about the cold bug your family has had going around! 

    One of my goal is once again to read through the Bible this year.  Another goal is to REALLY declutter areas of my home.  Hosea 10:12 is another – for God to “break up the fallow ground” in my life.  I know what some areas of that ground are and I’m sure there are more.

    God bless you!

  • I’m very glad to see you posting again. Your give away is very generous. Thank you.

    My main goal for 2009 is to get out from under my mountain of stuff. To me that means both decluttering and cleaning. I started on this mammoth project in 2008, and pray to have it done in 2009.

  • Cheryl, I come here to be encouraged and refreshed and get new ideas and tips and blessings from your Life and your family’s life . I always leave your blog encouraged and blessed.

    I am thankful that God lead me to your blog.

    May God Richly Bless You and Your Family in this New Year 2009.

    My Family and I are praying for you all.

    My Job as a homemaker is made easier by you and other Godly Women who are here to encourage me in my job of Homemaking.

    God Bless,

    CAGmomof2(Mrs.Garcia)

    http://christianhomemakinghomeschooling.blogspot.com/

  • My goal is to read through the entire bible. I’m reading the NT aloud to the children and the OT on my own. Now it’s in print; you can remind me of this and kick my rear during the year as needed!  What a super fun give-a-way package!

  • I am choosing to spend more time with my lovely family this year and am choosing not to place such importance on “things” this year. We have so much to be greatful for and so much we have been given. Thanks for the entry. AmberG

  • Belated Birthday greetings, I do so enjoy your blog.  I would be honored to be entered in your New Years Giveaway.

    Elizabeth

  • I would love to be included in your generous drawing as well.  Thanks very much!  It’s great to have you back posting regularly.

    Melanie in KS

  • Happy new year!

    I want to finally finish my first novel (that I’ve been working at, off & on for years) AND get it published. For now, that should keep me pretty busy!

  • My main goal this year is make sure everything is tidy before I go to bed, waking up to dirty dishes is not a good way to start the day. Thanks for entering me. I enjoy your blog so much!

    Thanks,
    Beth

  • Your blog is a treasure for me.  Thank you!

  • Your blog is a treasure for me.  Thank you!

  • Cheryl,

    I love, love, love your blog.  I wish I would have commented sooner, but, well the drawing, drew me!  Thank you for sharing with all of us.  My daughter and I love reading about you and Dani and your lovely home.  I often tell my children, remember I’m having grandma days once a week like Copperswife when you all have children.  They know exactly what I’m talking about.  Thanks again, you are a blessing!
    Shelly

  • Good evening, ladies.  The time for entering the drawing has now passed.  No  further comments will be considered to be entered into the drawing!  Thanks to all who entered.  The winner will be chosen, at random, tomorrow morning.

  • I just wanted to tell you that I think you are pretty cool! I love reading your entries. You brighten my day. With my husbands illness, our goal is to get through each day the best we can and to encourage each other while we do it. We are fully relying on God’s peace.  I know I missed the deadline for your drawing, but that’s ok.  I just wanted to let you know you inspire people!

    Have a great day and a very blessed new year!