Sunday, September 18, 2011

Celebrating My 3rd Blog-iversary!

I am always astounded at how fast a whole year can go by. It seems like I was just celebrating the second anniversary of this blog a few months ago! Yet as I think back on the last year I am overwhelmed with such gratitude for all the wonderful women and men I have "met" through my blog. I have learned so much from you this last year and my testimony of the gospel has increased more than I ever imagined. You have been such a blessing in my life... and you probably didn't even know it!

In celebration of my third "blog-iversary" I have the great opportunity to give away some beautiful gifts to 6 of my lucky readers! I am so grateful to the artists who are donating their products so that I can say thank you to you all in such a fun way.

So without further ado, here are the prizes...

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner will win a 18" x 13.5" print of Cody F. Miller's painting "Stand". I stumbled onto Cody's art work when I was writing my post about Gomer and Lo-ruhamah and fell in love with it. He paints beautiful pictures of women in the scriptures and has many women from the more obscure stories. When he offered to give away a print I had a hard time deciding which one to choose. Yet I love this one because of what it represents. Here is Cody's explanation of this painting:

"We all must stand, first and foremost as servants of the One who came to serve us at our lowest point. The woman holding the child stands firm on who she is as a follower of Christ. Nothing or no one will be able to separate her from this great reality. She may be surrounded by trouble on every side; she may be very weak on top of that; but she will stand, for the Lord is able to make her stand. It is theLord’s power which upholds us and defeats evil, not our power. The battle belongs to the Lord, and many times He simply asks us to stand."

To see more of Cody's incredible art work you can visit his online gallery. I also especially love his paintings of Sarah and Deborah. They are stunning and so unique.

First Prize

TWO lucky first prize winners will win their choice of a custom scripture cover from 4BsCreations! They make beautiful covers to help protect your scriptures and will make them to fit any size scriptures that you want. I SO need one of these for my scriptures. They get hammered being carried in my church bag and since they are so precious to me it would be nice to have a way to protect them!

You can visit them on their etsy shop or "like" them on Facebook to see more of their beautiful work which includes everything from children's clothing to scripture cases. Monogramming is available on all their items.

Second Prize

One second prize winner will win a $25 dollar gift certificate to the Nauvoo Store.
"The Nauvoo store is an online store that brings together unique and high quality goods for the modern pioneer. We carry Book of Mormon and other Scripture covers, leather journals and bags, Young Women jewlery, Sunday clothing for children, baptism and mission gifts, soaps, candy, chocolates and art for the home. Come see us at or like us on Facebook."
They sell the most incredible leather journals. This is one of my favorites.

One of these would make the most perfect scripture journal! It would be such an heirloom to pass onto your children, or just something to feel really important writing in!

Third Prize

TWO lucky third prize winners will win one of these beautiful vinyl wall hangings

from It's Written on the Wall
"We have over 400 vinyls designs for every occasion and every home... funny, whimsical, romantic, or inspirational. And if you can't find the perfect quote, we will custom-make one. Choose from 61 colors, make it smaller or larger. It’s all about you. All orders arrive gift wrapped. So they make great gifts because they can be mailed directly to the recipient!"
I had such a fun time browsing through their website. They have some really cute things! I'd highly recommend you go and take a look at their esty shop or their blog and if you like them on Facebook you can stay abreast of their latest products!

How to Win

You can do one, two, or all of the following-- each one will give you an extra entry into the giveaway. Please leave me a comment letting me know which ones you did (you don't have to leave a separate entry for each).

#1- Leave a comment telling me which woman from the scriptures you would want to spend an hour with (if you could go back in history) and what you would talk to her about.

#2- Mention this giveaway and link to this post on your blog, Facebook, or twitter.

#3- Become a "follower" (on the right hand side bar) of this blog (must be new).

#4- "Like" Women in the Scriptures on Facebook (must be new).

#5- Add my blog button (found on the right hand column) to your blog

#6- Pin your favorite post from my blog on Pinterest (if you aren't on Pinterest you can share it on Facebook)

#7-"Like" 4Bs Creations , Its Written on the Wall , or the Nauvoo Store on Facebook

The giveaway will end on Sunday, September 25th at midnight.

I wish I had the means to give all of you a gift but please know, whether you win something or not, how much I appreciate your friendship and support. You have really made the last three years wonderful!