A Few of my Favorite Summer-ish Things: A Random Giveaway

#2067ย ย Edie Jones!
I think you will all so appreciate the first sentence of her comment:

“My husband is in Afghanistan and a few ‘favorite things’ would brighten my day!”

How about that, Sisters?!? OK, Edie, please contact Living Proof Ministries at toll free (888) 700-1999 and give us an address. Please ask for Kimberly or Susan. Knowing what we now know, all of us here would want so much to send you to the beach…but, instead, we’re sending the beach to you. ENJOY!!!

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: this post will embody most everything you anticipate and perhaps even despise about womenโ€™s ministry. There will even be pink nail polish. As the great Professor Thornbury said a few weeks ago on the Twitterverse โ€œsomething is not a stumbling block if you can see it coming.โ€ So, consider yourself warned.

Colin and I just returned from a week at the beach in Mexico. It was crazy fantastic. I slept. I read classic literature. I also swam with a dolphin named Duey. And on the day I returned home I was greeted abrasively by a stomach bug and a crick in my neck so bad I could barely move my head. Oh, and then my 100 lb puppy Winston ate my over-priced prescription eye-glasses. But how can I really be frustrated with this bad boy?

Anyway, since this weekend was the Memorial Day holiday I scrolled through numerous tweets from people who were somewhere fabulous while I was at home with a bag of frozen corn under my neck. And I began to weep for the serenity of the ocean and my dolphin Duey.

But enough about me.

I want to talk about you.

I got to thinking that there may be some of you who wonโ€™t get a break this summer. While nearly everyone you know is off to some fabulous island, you won’t get a moment’s rest. For whatever reason, you wonโ€™t be able to retreat to the beach or the mountains or to wherever else makes your heart happy. We want to send a little fun and lots of love your direction so weโ€™re doing a random give-away. And it will not include commentaries, concordances, or anything super useful or meaningful.

This giveaway is simply full of some of my personal favorite summer things including: Bobbi Brown Beach parfum (seriously smells exactly like the beach!), classic Ray-Ban aviators, Votivo Candle in White Ocean Sands, a pair of bright yellow Moleskine notebooks, Tea Forteโ€™ Pomegranate Blackberry Iced Tea, and Americaโ€™s Test Kitchen Best Summer Dessert recipes. See the contents below:




There are really no conditions for this giveaway. My hope, of course, is that this gift makes it into the hands of someone who simply canโ€™t get a break this year and not someone who is heading to the Maldives or Bora Bora next week to stay in one of those little huts with glass floors sprawled across sparkling turquoise waters. But truly, if this gift brings a big smile to a single one of your faces that is quite enough for me.

So, please enter your name in the comments section if you could use a little sunshine in your world. We’ll do a random drawing and announce the winner at noon on this Thursday the 31st.


You are loved.



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  1. 3551
    Melissa says:

    I am definitely not going anywhere exotic this summer! And I go to church with Professor Thornbury:)

  2. 3552
    Lindsay S says:

    What a lovely give-a-way!

  3. 3553
    Cindy McKay says:

    I am going to the beach for a week this summer but all of the “gifts” sound fabulous!! Any way to have the smell of the beach all the time is a great thing!

  4. 3554
    Rebecca Sprenger says:

    What a lovely treat!

  5. 3555
    Haley says:

    What a lovely giveaway! Pick me, Haley Moody! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 3556
    Holly Smith says:

    Oh what fun! Needing some sunshine this summer! Blessings to you!

  7. 3557
    Debbie Johnson says:

    Looking for some sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for always being a blessing to the body of Christ.

  8. 3558
    Heather Greenwood says:

    Pick me! Pick me! :o)

  9. 3559
    Annie De Haven says:

    so fun!!

  10. 3560
    Jacque Ulrich says:

    so amazing! makes my heart happy, and makes me dream of one day when we will get to go to a place these things remind me of!

  11. 3561
    Sandra Rountree says:

    What a nice way to brighten some lucky someone’s summer.
    Thanks for all y’all do for your siestas.

  12. 3562
    Kaye says:

    Thank you for the thoughtfulness of this giveaway. I am thinking of so many who do not have the opportunity to getaway when everything in us wants too. Praise the Lord for your opportunity to go and peaceful rest for those of us who cannot ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 3563
    Amanda Melancon says:

    Looks fantastic! Very encouraging! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 3564
    Shaunessy says:

    Shaunessy. My name is Shaunessy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 3565
    Penny Abel says:

    A beach get-away sounds great. I fell in love with the Pacific Ocean back in the early 80’s when I made my first visit there. This is such a sweet and thoughtful idea.

  16. 3566
    Susan Forster says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE to win summer prizes ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 3567
    Beth Hoffman says:

    Actually, just seeing what the gift contained made me smile!
    Beth Hoffman

  18. 3568
    Abbi says:

    I’d love to win the giveaway…and I will not be getting to go on vacation this year. My husband is in school and I stay home with my three children..money’s pretty tight!

  19. 3569
    Michelle Kimber says:

    Yea! We could all use a little sunshine in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

  20. 3570
    heather steinbeck says:

    What an amazing giveaway–thanks for the opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚ No big plans this summer except sending our son to summer camp and our daughter on a week-long missions trip this summer THE SAME WEEK!! We will feel like empty nesters for a week (squeal!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 3571
    Jacqueline says:

    I live in Portland, Oregon, where the sun never shines. If it does, we all get out our summer gear w/our pasty white bodies. Whoever wins, they’ll be blessed. Anything from Living Proof, whether it’s emails or a giveaway, is always a blessing. There’s nothing like that sisterly love from those who love Him! Thanks for your love and for being our friend.

  22. 3572
    Laurie says:

    This is the happiest set of sunshine I could imagine. I would be so thankful for it! You are kind to offer it.

  23. 3573
    Meg Hughes says:

    Thank you for sharing your sunshine with us! Here is too a summer filled with much SON – no matter where!

  24. 3574
    Ashley Elrod says:

    Awesome, we could all use a mini getaway in a basket. This looks like the perfect for the thing for a great “staycation.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 3575
    Tina Smith says:

    Thanks for being such a vital ministry to women! y’all are so uplifting!!

  26. 3576
    Dora Polk says:

    I am raising my hand in the air and shaking it as hard as i can. That is the sweetest thing that you are doing i pray that GOD picks the person that truely needs a little fun in there day.

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    Anna Lester says:

    I had my first precious baby last May, and in just a few short weeks, I will be having my second baby boy :). I’m excited about my crazy summer of getting used to two kids,but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t longing for a vacay too :). Awesome giveaway!

  28. 3578
    Jan Holford says:

    going to have a SON~shiney summer!

  29. 3579
    Andrea says:

    No big plans for the summer, here. Although I am “dreaming” of a southern California vacation. Love the giveaway items-you’re kind and generous.

    Thank you,

  30. 3580
    Amy says:

    This would be a great raffle prize for the women’s night at my church.

  31. 3581
    Denise Boling (Arkansas) says:

    please let me win

  32. 3582

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks for thinking of us. My hand is raised.

  33. 3583
    Lindsay Little says:

    I will be home this summer with 3 bonus boys,my step sons and a new baby! I would apprecite this so very much God bless you for my consideration!

  34. 3584
    Heather says:

    I can feel the sand between my toes. . . .

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    Janis says:

    Lovely! Like a mini vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. 3586
    Terri Donahoe says:

    I’d love to win the gift pack to pass on to any of a number of women in my church who could definitely use a summer break. My summer break was 2 weeks at home recuperating from ‘female’ surgery. It’s tough being a woman when ovaries misbehave!

  37. 3587
    Donna Simmons says:

    Just staring intensive group therapy to deal with my Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It’s a big commitment. Won’t be going to the beach, could really use a little beach retreat in a box ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. 3588
    Gina Develin says:

    Gina Develin…Bring on the sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. 3589
    Sheryle says:

    What sweet gifts! We got to go to the beach last summer (after a 11 year delay!)and we loved it all over again..our kids are 16 and 13 now and hadn’t been since they were 2 and 4! wow. Loved watching the dolphins and, yes, building sand castles!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 3590
    Becky says:

    oooooh! I hope I’m not too late!
    Please enter me –
    Thank You!

  41. 3591
    Sally says:

    hope I’m not too late! I’d love the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. 3592
    Mimi says:

    I hope I’m not too late ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 3593
    Sandy Rogers says:

    Thanks for this chance to win the Summer give-a-away!!

  44. 3594
    Debbie Byrd says:

    How lovely and refreshing – thanks for the chance to win!

  45. 3595
    Terry says:

    What a sweet, fun giveaway. Our exciting summer getaway will be to the hospital to get my dear hubby’s hip replaced. Maybe I need to take some beach goodies to the hospital…add some waves crashing from WhiteNoise and he’ll never know we’re not relaxing on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. 3596
    Vicki Stewart says:

    Would love to give to my stressed 30 year old daughter with a 5 month old baby. There is definitely no beach getaway on her horizon.

  47. 3597
    Mimi says:

    I hope I’m not too late ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the sweet escape even when you can’t.

  48. 3598
    Meredith Davidson says:

    Hi- Would love to win!

  49. 3599
    Kathy Moody says:

    Oh I would love to win! What an awesome giveaway. It would definitely bring a smile to my face and put a bounce in my step! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenny Kozar says:

    A vacation in a bag how wonderful! I will have to put the lounge chair out on tha patio and enjoy each and every piece of this if I win.

    Thank you!

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