Tuesday, August 2, 2011

40 Days of Now: Day 22 and a Giveaway!

(This post is part of a series. If you'd like to know what it's all about, go here.)

Hello, dear friends! This is a day of celebration at our house, and I'm thinking of how I see God the Father in celebrations and anniversaries. A read through the Old Testament will reveal that God is the author of festivals, feasts, and special ceremonies. This gives some insight into why we love to set aside special times of coming together, remembering, and rejoicing. We are made in the image of the God Who celebrates! 

 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
(Zephaniah 3:17, ESV)

So, over here the news is my baby is four and my blog is one! Ben gets to pick where he wants to eat dinner tonight, and he's already chosen Burger King. Not my fave, but that's okay, because I get to choose how to celebrate one year of writing this blog. I choose a giveaway! I love giving things away, especially things I make. So many good things have happened as a result of sharing my story here. Highest on the list is the blessing of hearing your stories in return. Thank you so much for sharing with me the good things the Lord has done in your heart, too.

So...do you want a nice tote? You know, to tote things in? With a front and back pocket? You do? Oh, good, 'cause I'm giving this one away. You see, I have an excess of this lovely cream vinyl. I fell in love with a fairly large half-price remnant, because it's so soft and supple, kind of like nice leather. And it wipes clean with a damp cloth. I know, because she got slightly dirty in the photo shoot, but she's all clean now!

If you'd like to be added to the random drawing, leave a comment here or on facebook. If you have trouble leaving a comment as some have mentioned to me, feel free to send me an email: pioneergirl(at)embarqmail(dot)com. Happy entering! I hope you win!

P.S. Don't be shy.


  1. I love your blog, but don't always read it every day. So...I have spent the last several minutes catching up. I love this approach and always enjoy reading what you write. How could I not? We practically share a (non-Ben, non-blog) birthday, for cryin' out loud! The tote is lovely as well. Not only would I love to win it - I would love to visit again and do more catching up! 10 months is too long.

  2. Rachelle -
    Please do not get blogged down at Burger King! Thank you for your inspiring words over the last year. Here's to many, many more to come . . . and a very happy birthday to your baby boy, no longer a baby of course!
    Julie Mac

  3. Rachelle-
    I can't believe how fast that time has soared by us! seems like it couldn't have been four years ago! Celebrating your little man! and You! thank you for sharing your heart on this blog! loves-n-hugs

  4. and your adorable...
    do i get my name in twice? hee... hee...

  5. Aunt Rachelle, cute bag! You're a good seamstress!!

  6. Jesus, I see you in Rachelle's cute bag. Gee, I hope I win it and I can see you everyday hanging on my arm. Happy Birthday Bloggy-Blog-Blog and Benny-Boo-Boo!

  7. Rachelle,
    I love this series. I've been doing something similar since reading the book I showed you: One Thousand Gifts--you know, the one with the nest of eggs on the front that you liked so much.

    So today, I was counting gifts and numbered down Cade's lunchtime prayer: "Jesus, thank you for loving me...and for building this house."

    I think he was expressing his delight in finally being home after several months of being elsewhere. But I thought about Ps.127:1, and my first thought was to rejoice that indeed He is building our house!

    My tendency is to fear failure in the area of raising my children and having them become all that the Lord wants them to be. For their mother is so severely flawed. I've travelled the slow slide of seeing Him as being tight-fisted with His gifts. I remove my eyes from him, look at other families grieving over prodigals, and then look to myself to see if I can muster the resources to make this happen.

    The gift of your words over the last year has been to see God afresh--as one who delights in giving good things. And, I hope, to be removing my eyes from Him less and less. Simple, but significant! Thank you, sweet friend!
    P.S. Nagyon szeretem
    a taskad! Komolyan!

  8. I wasn't going to post a comment but when I saw the previous person leave a comment in Magyar I just had to! Rachelle are you speaking Hungarian now? :)
    My People! Heh
    Anyway...love the bag, but not as much as I do you or your blog. Keep it up!


  9. You are soooooo talented! You should start a business. I must admit I don't read your blog every day but sit down and have a long blog fest at times! I'm with you on the sushi - yuck! Been told the CA style doesn't have anything raw in it - guess maybe it is the seaweed that makes me gag too!


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