Monday, November 23, 2009

~ GIVEAWAY WINNERS ... & Memories & More~

*** Send the ACLU a nice CHRISTmas card to remind them CHRIST is the reason for ALL season's & that our country was founded with God included in all our principles & documents ... flood them with nice cards ... here is mine. Let them know we do NOT support the actions they are taking to remove HIM!

*** Xerox is helping say MERRY CHRISTMAS & THANK YOU to our TROOPS, for FREE, follow this link & let's have an overwhelming response for our 'protectors of our freedoms'.

*** Christmas Memories ~ as a child we went thru some really rough moments after Dad took off with his girl friend, leaving us in the dust. Julie Marie (idyllhours) & I have been sharing some moments & memories of the joy we each had as children. We were thrilled to have nuts & candy & our stockings filled with crayons or pencils. It didn't take much to make us happy. Mother would stay up into the wee hours of the morn sewing special dresses or pinafores or ribbons, sometime even coats ... but the memory that will stick with me forever was the year all we got were barettes for our hair ... I don't recall what my brother got. Mother took us to Berryhill's 5 & 10 store ... Mother had exactly $1 to spend on gifts. We oooooh'd & awwwww'd over the barettes & magically Santa delivered them to us on that crisp, cold exciting Christmas morn. We were tickled with these pretties for our hair. A neighbor girl across the street got everything money could buy ... when we shared our beautiful gifts with Helen Jean, she asked 'is that all you got?' I shall never forget that wonderful moment of pride & joy became instant pain that knifed thru forever ... it hurt to the quick.
Since that time it was one of the factors in changing my life forever in 'giving' to others. I love the warm radiant smiles when I give ... the appreciation that is extended ... a moment of happiness given to another, without strings ... just sheer love & fulfillment in my heart & soul.

***GIVEAWAY WINNERS*** (Thank you all for your entries)
1) winner ~ Garage Sale Gal selected gift #3
2) winner ~Gary & Elizabeth selected gift #1
3) winner ~ Jean Tuthill selected gift #2
4) winner ~ Kim selected #1 but will receive #4
(Send me your addresses ladies, to the ~
Tomorrow we will post the next giveaway, drawing will be Nov. 30


  1. Congrats to the winners. Your christmas memories reminds me of my Mom. She had many that the only thing they got was a stocking with fruit, nuts, and candy.


  2. Good morning
    Just a note to say I entered your site on my Temptation Mondays. If you want to be mentioned again on Mondays just let me know.
    Beautiful post as always.
    Your contest is over and I will remove it off my site

  3. Congratulations to all of the winners!!

  4. Oh Marydon, I love you! It has been so much fun sharing our memories together! Do you still have your precious barettes? That is such a sweet story, and about how you feel about giving these days... I would much rather give than receive, honestly... the feeling you get is truly give so much always on your blog... your posts carry such special meanings... we talked about things we had and lost... you are right... those things are always with us in our hearts, no one can take them away... I absolutely LOVE your Christmas card to the ACLU! I am going to send one too!!! (Or maybe a dozen or so!!!) I am so sick of the words "politically correct"... and like you, I want to remind them that Christ is the reason for ALL seasons, and our country was founded with God included in our principles and values... I bought a big rubber stamp that says "Merry Christmas" and I am stamping that on every bill I send out, every piece of junk mail I send back, everything! I do not discriminate against others religious beliefs or holidays, why is it that we Christians are the ones discriminated against... Marydon, I do so adore you! I will also send Merry Christmas wishes and prayers to our troops! Love to you... xoxo Julie Marie (I could just hug you!)

  5. Oops, sorry, I got on my soapbox and I forgot to say congratulations to your giveaway winners! xoxo Julie Marie

  6. Congratulations to all the winners! I just posted my little giveaway so I hope everyone pops over and enters. Thanks for the help Marydon!
    Hugs, Gail

  7. congratulations winners.
    Happy Thanksgiving

  8. HI Marydon!!!!
    Oh what a sweet story about your childhood, I agree it is the simple things that mean the most, YOur Mother tried and did her best, and for that you LOve and respect her. I do not understand the mean things people say to hurt others. YOua re a dear sweet person!!!! I have mailed a few Christmas cards, and e-mailed the suggestion to others!!!!!
    hope they get alot!!!!

  9. I don't understand the whole removal of God from everything either for lack of a better word it's just plain STUPID. I think we're too concerned about being politically correct. Your Christmas story touched my heart. Children can be so thoughtless and cruel sometimes.
    Congratulations to your winners! They each won some special things! Have a wonderful day Marydon!

  10. Oh Marydon,I do love you too!
    YES,Let's all send our Merry CHRISTmas wishes to the ACLU~~imagine if all the Christians in the USA just sent one card~~I would love to see that:)
    LOVED your childhood memory,it of course brought tears to my eyes.

    I too, just love to give to others, there is no other feeling like it! The excitement of selecting, making, wrapping and from the heart is priceless no matter what the actual 'gift' is.

    May so many truly experience the Gift of this Season and every day.

    God Bless you~

    ~Let FREEDOM Ring!~

  11. I love those memories of when times were you think kids today could be as happy even with all they get? I am like you..I love to give to someone and see the happiness on their face.

  12. What a bitter/sweet memory.

    And Congratulations to the winners!!!!

  13. Hi Marydon,
    WOW...I won again! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
    I won't enter any more so someone else can receive some treasures from you.
    Happy Thanksgiving to You.
    I also believe that Christmas is about Jesus.
    Deb :)

  14. Congratulations to the winners! Marydon, you're mentioned at Thistle Cove Farm.

  15. Congrats to all of the winners! I loved hearing a great Christmas memory of yours. Isn't it funny how things stick with us? Have a great Thanksgiving.

  16. Oh Sweet PB...
    I love this post. So beautiful. Kids can be so cruel. Your Moma was so good to you kids, and loved you so much. What gifts of love you have to cherish forever in your heart.

    Gosh dog it. Didn't win again. Well congrats to the winners. Luck Duckies.
    They really got some good stuff.

    Be talking to you soon. Country hugs my sweet PB...Much love,CJelly