First, congratulations to FrancineB (post in blog comments) for being the winner of last week's giveaway. Francine, please email us your info so we can get your Magnetic Photo Rope out to you!
Now, for this week's giveaway...was working on another post, but decided to shoot from the heart, so to speak. It's been a rough two weeks. I can't go into any details at all, but my heart aches for my son. Keller is being faced with something that most adults would not know how to deal with. If you're a mom, you know how hard it is to watch your child learn tough lessons in life. It's so hard to make them see now that these trials, no matter how painful & seemingly insurmountable, will strengthen their spirit...fortify their character...prepare them for even more trials down the road. It's hard to make them see that choosing to do the right thing when no one is watching is the real test. It's also hard to NOT be able to shout from the rooftops how proud you are of your child, when you're not supposed to know all they are facing & how they are choosing to handle it.
So, here, let me shout it: KELLER, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU WILL MAKE IT THRU THIS. YOU WILL NOT ONLY SURVIVE, BUT BE A BETTER MAN FOR IT. STAY STRONG. STAY FOCUSED. I LOVE YOU.
Also, going on in Thomasville today is the Memorial Service for our fallen hero, Blake McLendon, who was killed in Afghanistan last week while serving in the US Navy. Our city has declared today "A day of mourning in Thomasville". To Blake's family, please know how grateful we are for your son's life, his service to our nation, and his sacrifice. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ok, now for some fun...so for today's giveaway...since I am anxiously anticipating a new year already, I want to give one lucky winner our new Calendar Kit for 2011. You can see it in the shopping section on our website under the Calendars link...and it's pictured on our facebook page, too.
To be entered in the drawing, just leave us a comment today...either advice from one mom to another, as we all need to draw off each other's wisdom & strength...or better yet, a simple shout out to Blake, his family, and/or all those serving in our military. Post here or on our Facebook page.