Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mom! **Giveaway**

Today would have been my Mom's 71st birthday... In honor of her, I decided to do a little giveaway here today! I'd like to say I've been planning this for weeks, carefully selecting the perfect items in her memory and having so much fun planning it all... Truth is, I got the idea *cough cough* yesterday.

Yesterday was not a good day. Charles slept terrible the night before (and the night before that...) and I was so tired! It was a dreary, cold day and I hate being cold. Life felt really messy and hard and a long talk a couple days before had left me with too much worry on my mind. Tears felt just under the surface all day and any little thing threatened to send me over the edge. I've been unable to write lately, and was thinking about blogging and Mom's birthday being today. In the middle of that, this idea popped into my head -- "I should do a giveaway for mom's birthday tomorrow!!" Uh, yeah. Great idea! But give what??

I looked around my house...a book? Hmmm...nothing. It needs to be something mom would have liked. The extra "Little Lavina" paper doll I have? Kinda neat, but who would want it? I texted my sister with my blues and she came up with an idea (knew she would!). How about a "Care Package" with things that Mom liked?

Perfect! So, here you are. In honor of my Mom and the fact that I'm missing her today on her birthday, leave me a comment telling me something Your Mom especially loves and I'll enter you in my giveaway! Come Monday night, December 15, I'll pick a comment and send the package to you!

Wanna know what you're getting? In A Wire Basket - Mom loved baskets of any kind - you will find: Mint tea - Mom loved hot tea and mint was her favorite. A mug - for the tea, of course! Fuzzy Socks - Mom often wore slippers, but the last several years she always wore fuzzy socks around the house in the winter time. Note Cards - Mom loved note cards of any kind, there was always a selection of them in her drawer, and she used many, many a pack in her life time!! A Candy Bar - Mom always loved chocolate. In the last number of years she cut out most of her sugar, but I remember well as child gathering in our evening circle before bed and Mom mysteriously producing candy bars and letting us each choose one!! Candy was a special treat in my day!

Wouldn't you like to have a box of treats show up in your mail one day soon? :) Just leave me a comment and tell me something Your mom especially loves and it just might be your lucky day! And, if you knew my mom, you can pause today and remember her life and testimony and say a prayer for her family and join me in celebrating Her today.

13 comments:

Maria said...

Ok, this one just doesn't let me be quiet! Another quiet reader peaking out of the woodwork, I guess. I've been reading your blog for a number of months since my sister told me about it and have enjoyed it. I don't do comments, ok, but this idea, I thought, was such a special way for you to remember your Mom's B-day! I couldn't help but blessing you for your willingness to reach out to others during this difficult and painful time of remembering a special time without your Mom. Have you been wondering who the visitor to your blog is from Nairobi, Kenya?? Well, it's me, Maria (Yoder) Wagler, originally from TX and our Mother's knew each other well, and in our younger years we played together from time to time!:-)
Anyway, for something my Mom likes... well that would have to be her big garden and flower beds! She always has such cheery flowers and plants on her porch to great you as you arrive at her house!
Be Blessed!

Bethany Eicher said...

I am so honored to have you comment, Maria! :) Yes, our moms go way back! Thanks for coming out of the woodwork :) Blessings to you as well...

Cathy Eby said...

Your mom would love this idea Bethany! It blesses me to see you bless others in such a tangible way. I have memories of boxes of tea received from you mother!
My mother loves plants-indoor & outdoor and she loves old books.

Anonymous said...

You are so much like your mom! Love when you write to/about her, although I miss her more then...
My mom loves quilts, and time with her sisters. -Sharon Mast

Anonymous said...

U don't know me and I don't know u...except on here but I like reading ur blog :) especially inspired by ur submission series way back. Anyway this giveaway looks so comfy and winterish I just have to comment. So...my mom loves books. My parents have enough for a small library:) -marj

jozphotos.com said...

I'm sure over the holidays, it's especially hard missing your mom! I don't usually win these things, but that is not the only reason I comment :) And my mom loves to read!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! It is such a special tribute to your Mom! My mom enjoys beauty and being with her family. ~Glenda Miller

Ellie Miller said...

I'm new to your blog, but have been enjoying it ever since I discovered it through a link from Dorcas Smucker's blog.
I decided you and I have some things in common...
You see, my mom died in October,2012, and tomorrow (Dec.15) would've been her 80th birthday. So I've also been missing her even more right now. I usually try to reach out to someone that day as well. (Tomorrow a friend is coming over for coffee.)
As to what my mom loved, that would be her family, and piecing quilts. (I have precious memories of the two of us piecing my quilt for me.)
Blessings to you and yours.

Joanna H. said...

Hi! I sat beside you at Lana's wedding back in September, but we didn't really chat...or even exchange names that I remember! Shortly afterwards, I came across your blog and realized what I had missed!!! I still regret that lost opportunity to get to know you and hope I have learned a lesson!!! Your give-away is very special. My mom is a tea-drinker, too, or at least she was up until this past summer when she discovered the joys of coffee! I suppose either drink will do while fixing puzzles, another Winter pastime Mom enjoys! The things your mom likes are right down my alley. God bless you, Bethany, for turning this hard time into a way to bless someone else.

Anonymous said...

Such a neat idea and a great way to honor your mother. My mother has spent many hours piecing quilts for her grandchildren and for the sewing circle. Blessings to you. Janet Shetler

Anonymous said...

Hi Bethany, I'm another one of the silent ones that enjoy reading your blog. Maybe thats why it is taking me so long to get that circle letter in the mail!! Anyway, my Mom loves her job of delivering babies, and spending time with family. Laura K.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, your mother was always special to me. My earliest memory of her was when she was my Sunday School teacher way back before she was married. Every time we came to visit Lowells, she welcomed us and sometimes invited us for a meal. I love the memories. My mom loves people too, and in the recent years took up piecing and quilting. Jo

Bethany Eicher said...

This made me laugh :) In person I am a shy don't-look-at-the-stranger-beside-you-for-fear-they'll-talk-to-you kind of person, so you may not have missed much and it was certainly not entirely your fault that we didn't introduce ourselves!! It is funny and interesting to find out about later though, thanks for commenting :)