Saturday, August 1, 2015

**500th Post Giveaway**

A little over 4 years ago, July 9, 2011 to be exact, I googled "starting a blog", and so began this little space called About My Father's Business. According to blogger, this will be the 500th time I've typed some words and hit "publish"; 500 posts. Wow!

I could wax all eloquent and nostalgic but I'm not going to. What I am going to do is: have a give-away! The truth is, I saw this mile marker coming up a while back and I've hardly been able to wait til I reached it. There may or may not have been some "this'll work for one" posts thrown in lately to speed up the process but be that as it may, here we are.

I have a special book to give away today, a book that you won't be able to find anywhere else. In fact, there is only a limited supply of this book and I happen to be the one in possession of it. One lucky person will receive a free copy, and to the rest of you privileged readers, I will offer the chance to buy a copy while my supply lasts.

Okay. I'm trying to make this sound all fancy and it's really not :) For many years my mom was the Junior Stories editor for the Calvary Messenger (a small, monthly publication sent out to various Mennonite churches) During the course of those years, there were often no stories sent in to be edited and so mom would write her own stories about the "Miller family" - better known as the Elmer Gingerich family.

Probably 5 or 6 years ago mom had the idea to compile her stories about our family and have a book made for each of us children. Well, time passed and somehow the project never got done. Before mom's 70th birthday my sister, Rachel, decided to make her dream come true. Five months later, mom was no longer with us and a few people saw the booklet Rachel had gotten printed and wondered if they could buy one? She decided to get it printed as a book and would have preferred to give them all away as gifts, but I offered to be her "sales-lady". :)

So, if any of you are interested in "Grandma's Storybook of Memories", leave me a comment and you just might get a free one! If you knew my mom, I would love to have you share a memory in your comment. If you would like to buy a copy of the book, you can order one from me for $5.00 plus shipping. There is a limited supply, but send your order to and I'll be happy to send you a book while they last.

And to all you people who have joined me by reading along in this little space, thank you. You have blessed my life.

*This giveaway will be open for 10 days (August 10, 2015). You must have a US address I can send a book to in order to be eligible. Please include your email address so I can contact you!


Noah Hursh said...

This sounds like a good book for story time with my little girls! Please put my name in the drawing basket! Thanks! Faith Hursh

Judith Lapp said...

ME!! :) sounds delightful to read and learn more about your story... you know where I live... :)

Tina said...

Wow I would love to read about your life!! We just moved to Ohio this summer! Put my name in your basket! Tina Zimmerman

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would love to have this book. I remember when your mom was my S S teacher, way back in the day before quarterlies, she made a little book for each of us. I think it had the memory verse and the story for the day in it. I can't remember if she added to it each Sunday or if she had it all together before she gave it to us. She was one of my favorite teachers, but then she got married and moved far away! Jo

The Hershbergers said...

I married your mom's nephew and always admired aunt Lovina and her quiet ways. I would love to have a copy of her stories. I also really enjoy her daughter's blog 😉 Sharon

Betsy said...

I would love to have this booklet. It would be a privilege to know more of your history.

Tina said...

Yes! I will want a book even if I'm not THE winner! :) (now there are two Tina Zimmermans that have commented...:)) (this one's from KS tho):)
Whew! 500 postings!! Whew! ;-)

tabitha said...

Congratulations on 500 posts, Bethany! I would love to see how your mom portrayed your family in the "Millers." :)

Schrock said...

I remember your mom as a quiet, humble and sincere lady, and having a deep reverence for her Heavenly Father, as well as devoted to her husband. Also a good writer for the Calvary Messenger. And guess what... I enjoy seeing you following in her footsteps! Count me in for one of those books, too. Thanks! Elva

Anonymous said...

Sounds great! I love books and my children do too! Carmen

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for new books for my children. They would love this one and I would too!! Count me in! -Laura

Gina said...

Congratulations on the 500 milestone!

And I love to find more stories for my children!