Thinking of You Tuesday

I have several real life (IRL) and “internet” friends who are hurting.  A parent in hospice, a son’s untimely, sudden death, layoff following layoff, unresolved hurt.  You name it, it’s going on.  I shared the following with a group of friends a couple of weeks ago at a prayer/encouragement evening.  I wanted to give my friend Martha credit for writing it, but she says did use it at a women’s retreat several years ago, but couldn’t take credit for authoring it.

Well, whoever the author is, several scriptures throughout the Bible were compiled to sound like a letter from God to His Beloved.  That’s you, you know.  You are His Beloved, even when you don’t feel like it.  Even when your life doesn’t look like it.

Thinking of my friends, wherever you are today.

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Take care, friends.

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Philips Digital Photoframe + Regifting

One of the fun aspects of blogging is getting to meet other bloggers, both physically and virtually.  One blogger who makes me laugh and is very friendly (and loves Dr. Pepper) is ScrewedUpTexan.  Well, you gotta’ love her just because she’s from Texas and drinks Dr. Pepper, but I’m becoming a fan of her writing and humor.

Texan recently wrote a post about regifting and is actually hosting a giveaway of a regift.  But a good regift.  She is giving a Philips Home Essentials 7 Inch Digital Photoframe.  Don’t worry, she’s not giving it away because it’s old and worn out or broken. It’s new and still in the original box.  She already has a digital photoframe, so she wanted to share with the blogosphere.

Philips Home Essentials 7 Inch Digital Photo Frame

  • 7 inch LCD Panel
  • Store up to 1000 photos
  • Brown designer frame; made of real wood
  • Ready to use: 12 World Heritage Traveler photos included
  • Clock and Calendar
  • Minimum System Requirement: Windows XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.4, 10.5

You can throw your name in the hat for a chance to win the photoframe.  These are ScrewedUpTexan’s requirements to enter.  Don’t leave comments on my blog. You MUST go to ScrewedUpTexan’s blog to enter:

1.) Confess! I want to know if you have ever regifted a present. You don’t have to tell me what it was, but the more juicy the details, the better reading for me. Confess by leaving a comment on ScrewedUpTexan’s regifting blog postYou MUST answer this question in order to be eligible to win even if your answer is no that you’re not a cheapwad like us.

For extra entries (completely optional) do one or more of the following and leave a SEPARATE comment for each telling me what you did:

2.) Press that little “Follow” button over on my Google Friend Connect box in the sidebar. Leave a separate comment with your name and the word “follow”. If you already follow me through Google Friend Connect, just type follow. Example: ScrewedUpTexan Follow

3.) Tweet about this give away making sure to put @screweduptexan in the tweet so I can find your tweet! Be sure to follow me on Twitter while you’re over there. Example tweet: “RT @screweduptexan Give Away! Philips Digital Photoframe #giveaway” Leave me a separate comment letting me know you tweeted. Example: Screweduptexan Tweeted

4.) Fan me on Facebook! Go to the Screwed Up Texan Fan Page and become a fan of this blog. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me you are now my fan (aw shucks!). Example: Screweduptexan “FAN”

5.) Blog about this give away with a direct link to the give away! Leave a separate comment telling me you did so with a link to the blog post. Example: Screweduptexan BLOGGED here / give-away

Give Away ends February 23, 2010 at 9 PM CDT. United States shipping addresses only since I am paying this one out of pocket. Winner chosen by out of total number of eligible entries.

Go on over and say howdy to ScrewedUp Texan, and tell her I sent ya’.  Good Luck!

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Talking Trash

One of the reasons I have long been drawn to the blogosphere is the sense of community I see between bloggers.  I see them writing about each other.  I see them getting on planes and going to stay with people they didn’t know before they started blogging.  They share their hurts and fears, their celebrations, their family life, their parenting flops and successes, their single lives, their everydayordinary lives.  I can keep up with the children/relatives of college buddies,  read discussions on how to save money, find where and what to shop, study what to wear,  discover different ways of cooking.  They share their faith and their  interests which become passions and passions which become their life work.

Well, I got to meet my first celebrity blogger a couple of weeks ago.  Don’t ask me how I found Deb of Talking Trash fame.  Some blogger I read put out the SOS that Deb’s new granddaughter needed prayers in the worst way.  Bella was born very prematurely and she was immediately surrounded by prayers from blogging friends all over the country.  Then The Junk Sistas organized a raffle and asked bloggers to donate something they created, drew, sewed, thunk up, whatever.  Tickets were sold online and $2500 was raised to help with Bella’s medical expenses.

The picture below was taken at the grand opening of Winnie and Talulah’s, an antique/trash/treasure grouping of vendors in downtown Athens, TX.  We were in town to celebrate my MIL’s birthday and when I realized that I would be in town the same weekend as the grand opening, I was so excited.  Meeting Deb was so cool.  I walked up, took her hand and introduced myself by saying, “You don’t know me, but I’ve been praying for Bella.”  Immediate hugs and tears.

Deb and I got to visit for a few minutes about blogging and I told her I have wanted to have my very own blog for quite a while but was afraid to make the plunge.  I didn’t know what I would say, who would want to read me, what if no one in the blog community likes me?  She told me to just dive right in, that I would find my voice the more I wrote, that bloggers are nice folks and I could come on in and be a part of the fun.  If they are all as nice as Deb, I’m in!  I am interested in finding out if there is a defining quality about folks who blog – do we need more attention than normal, is it an inexpensive way to be creative, are we talkers by nature and finally can talk all we want by blogging?   I think it’s fascinating to see all these writers coming out from behind their computers and meeting each other, going on trips to have girls weekends together, go into business together, raising prayers for those they don’t know.  Is this the new Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?  I want to hear your thoughts on this…….

Deb is a vendor at the Round Top Antiques Fair and sets up near Zapp Hall, so I’ll get to see her in the fall when I work at Royers (if I get to work again).   In the meantime, go by her blog and say hello, read about Bella, and tell her Lone Star Lifer sent you.

In the picture: That’s Jenn, Bella’s mama on the left; Cat Daddy, Deb’s hubby; me squeezed in by Cat Daddy; and Deb the Celebrity Blogger. 
Meeting my first Celebrity Blogger!      Peace to all. P
          Meeting my first Celebrity Blogger!

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