Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My gift to you


I had oh so hoped to write before now. My computer is not fixed, it is going to the computer hospital on Thursday. The man who thought he could fix it... couldn't. It is still worth a try to see if it can be fixed so everything stored on it can be retrieved.

I started the looooong week yesterday. Christopher dropped me off around 7:20 at the Panera somewhat near the campus. I read for awhile, continued my Bible reading, and wrote ideas I wanted to post yesterday before walking to campus and the bookstore to start work at 11:00. I'm doing something new, preparing returned books to be put back on the shelves. It's always fun to learn something new and the group I'm working with is (for the most part) the same women who work back up and part-time. Only one "new" face was there and he wasn't new to me, David is my son's best friend (one of Sheila's twins).

I did "work" the main cash register for a couple of hours, which makes the time go very fast. Still... by the time Christopher arrived to pick me up, I was so tired I went to bed around 9:00! However, I made it through just fine. Today I dropped him off early, stopped at the grocery store to purchase some needed groceries, brought them home, typing here, and I must be on the way within TEN MINUTES. Yikes... where did the morning go already?

Since I'll be away from the computer most of the week, I figured now would be a good time to do the give away I was going to do last month. All you have to do is leave a comment, of course. You don't have to use your real name. :)

I'm giving a copy of one of my favorite books, A Return to Sunday Dinner as well as the Miss Read Christmas book I purchased at a library sale a few months ago. I may just include one or two other "little" goodies. Yes, I did give the same cookbook last year but I had TWO copies in my gift box. So I had one to give away this year.

Thank you so much for your comments and encouragement. If you sent an e-mail, I haven't had a chance to answer and it will probably be next week before I can get back to everyone but I have been so blessed. Our weather continues to make driving dicey (snow and ice) so I know your prayers have kept me going and brought us to and from work safely.

Don't forget to leave a comment!

46 comments:

Tyna said...

Brenda,
I check your blog almost everyday. You have such a sweet way with the problems of everyday life. And I love the music on your site! Sometimes I just click on your blog and let the music play while I work on my checkbook or cleanup. Thanks for being a peaceful 'place to go'!

Jan said...

Nice blog. Boy do I understand the twists and turns of life. You talk about it so eloquently. Jan

GrammaGrits said...

Your blog has been such a blessing and encouragement. My husband, too, deals with health issues that aren't often undestood since he 'looks fine'. The Lord has taught us both a lot and has been gracious, allowing improvement to the point that we can once again serve part-time.

I loved one of your blogs in November where you wrote Jesus truly is our best friend. I think ALL women need to hear that and know He alone truly understands our hearts. I have shared it with several women since then, including my daughter! Thank you for blessing me!

Susan PA said...

I would love to be considered, too. :) I really enjoy reading your blog. It's refreshing to me.

Susan

erwin said...

Hi Brenda, I love your blog, and understand many of the trails that you are going through. My husband also has clinical depression and there are real tough days. Glad that you are getting into the holiday spirit. Thanks for your wonderful blog and a chance to win,
Judy

Copper's Wife said...

I'm glad to hear, on the one hand, that you are back up and around; but I'm sorry to hear that you really are not feeling well yet. I'll continue to pray for your restored health.

What a generous drawing! I'd love to be entered, thank you!

Carina said...

Brenda:

I too check your blog daily. I love the encouragement from a mom who is a little further down the road!

Please include me on your wonderful giveaway. :)

Margaret said...

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, faith and humor with us. Please enter me in your fun contest!
Blessings - Margaret

Grammieof3 said...

Brenda,
I so enjoy your blog...miss your daily posts. I think I'm as anxious as you are to get your computer up and running. You are a joy.

Grammieof3

Misc. Muse said...

I am glad so far our driving weather has been good. I am going to have to go out tomorrow too. Don't over do! I came to get your sugar cookie recipe but I'd love a chance at the cookbook. We will have to have coffee after Jan 1. Linda

Tori's Mimi said...

Brenda,
So glad to read your blog. It is very uplifting and refreshing. I love the Miss Read books. I found three at a yard sale this past summer and had never heard of them before. Any way I would love to join in the fun too!

Heather L. said...

What an exciting giveaway!

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picketfencemom said...

Oh...what a wonderful gift give-away! I'd love to be included in the drawing! As always, your blog is such an inspiration and blessing to me!
Take care,
Amy O.

Dinah Soar said...

Please include me in your drawing...I read your blog daily and enjoy it so very much...hope things improve in the coming year for your family.

Mrs. Darling said...

I love give aways!

Sounds like you are staying busy. Will miss you around.

Daffodil Hill said...

Your blog is a daily must-read for me! You are always such an encouragement. The last few years have taken our family down a difficult, unexpected path that has made us grow in the Lord in ways that we never would have if our lives had been easier. It's always a blessing to hear from others like you who have also experienced life's difficulties, yet used them as opportunities to grow in grace.

eyelandgirl said...

I can't remember if I've posted before, but I have been a regular reader for months. I feel a little guilty for lurking, hope you forgive me, but your drawing has tempted me more than I can bear. I really enjoy your writing and hope you get your computer back soon.

Irene

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Computer troubles still not resolved? I'm sure that it is extremely frustrating, but you seem to take it all in stride. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed and saying a prayer that the next computer geek can fix it.

Judy said...

Hi, Brenda--I just recently found your blog and am enjoying it so much. It is nice to know there are others out there who consider books among their dearest friends. Please enter me in your drawing.

live4Him said...

Brenda,
I have been reading your blog for a long time. I am continually blessed by your words of encouragement that always direct us to the Lord. Thank you.

I am praying for you and your family.

God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda, I've been praying for you this week. Please include me in your give away. I've heard the Miss Read books mentioned several times lately and ordered a book from our inter-library loan. I LOVE old books and can't believe that I've never come across one before! Blessings to you today, Jennifer

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog very much and would love to please be entered in your contest. Thank you! :-)
Laurie H.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, I continue to pray for you and enjoy your blog very much. Have a great dau!
Shelley your Minnesota friend

Anonymous said...

Brenda, we'll miss your posts for this little while and will be praying for resolution (and full rescue) from the computer ills! May you feel lifted and carried, by God's sweet presence and by the concern and love of your readers, in this Christmas season 2007. Desert Lady

Kimberly said...

sitting here bouncing Dumpling...taking advantage of a rare quiet moment...had to see what Brenda is up too...love to enter contests...if you like a book I'm pretty sure I'll like it, too!

Haus Frau said...

Oh dear what a lovely give-away! Please include me...

:o)

KarenHarveyCox said...

I too check your blog often, because reading your posts is as essential as eating breakfast. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

Cathy said...

Oh, no, that computer is not fixed yet! You have really been on my mind recently ~ praying for you. And I pray God will give you supernatural wisdom and strength to endure on your job. That used to be my prayer. :o)I sure hope you are feeling better. Blessings ~

Anonymous said...

Brenda,
You have been such an encouragement to me, I look forward to checking your blog everyday. We have been going through extreme trials for a couple of years now-I feel like I can relate to you and what your family has and is going through. You are a real blessing to me.Kathy

rainydaywren said...

Hi Brenda,
I am happy I discovered your blog several months ago.....your name attracted me to have a look! I appreciate all that you share with us...the up's and down's we all experience at one time or another and the insight you give into many subjects. Thank you! I feel enriched!

Wish we lived closer, as I would send my guys right over to fix that computer of yours so you could get back to your routine postings!

Blessings!

Gwen said...

I read your blog just about everyday and really enjoy it. Gwen

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your blog.I will be praying for you.Thanks for the giveaway. monk5@charter.net

Grandma P said...

I read your blog daily and your words speak to my heart. I'd like to be considered for the give away, too.

TWOGIRLSNANA said...

I AM NEW TO THIS "BLOG" THING BUT I AM REALLY ENJOYING READING ALL THE INTERESTING STUFF OUT THERE. YOUR BLOG IS ONE I READ DAILY AND IT IS SUCH A BLESSING TO ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING.

WANDA J

Carolyne said...

Please put my name in the basket too!
Thank you for your fun blog. I'm a new "Grammie" of a little grandbaby girl and love to have Sunday Soup Suppers at our house.
Last week, as we began Advent, my dear Daughter-in-Love quickly got up to go get the sleepy baby "so she wouldn't miss hearing anything"......is that not adorable?
That was a very precious memory for me to tuck away. I'm a firm believer that the traditions we make an effort to be important will have a lasting reward.

The Feathered Nest said...

Sorry to hear that you are still having computer issues. How frustrating for you! Hope the computer hospital will be able to do something! I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Thanks!

Manuela

Dale Ann said...

Don't you just love Miss Read books? All the people in the town become "your" friends too.

Do be careful in the snow/ice.

Merry Christmas

deb said...

Hi Brenda ~ it's been awhile since I checked in on your blog because of traveling and then sickness; I had 9 posts piled up to read! Sounds like lots has been going on in your neck of the snowy woods!!

I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway.

Haus Frau said...

...lifting you up in prayer this morning...everyday as the Lord leads.

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DLC said...

I've seen the Miss Read books but have never purchased one. Sign me up for the drawing!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest. Lovey prizes! I've enjoyed reading your blog for a while now.
Barbara

Patty said...

I would love to be in included in your your giveaway...Have a restful Sunday, Brenda....

Heather said...

Hi Brenda

I've been missing you - a bit under the weather myself these days! I hope you are feeling much better, and continuing to have such a positive spirit as you face life's ups and downs!

May the Lord bless you with His presence today!
Heather

Anonymous said...

What an interesting title...it sounds like it could mean some extra work, though ;). I enjoy reading your blog, it is usually a nice relaxing read.
Thanks for doing it!
Susan in TX

Daughter of the King said...

great giveaway....lovely blog too...
Deby
yesipray at gmail dot com