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

#2067  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 women’s ministry. There will even be pink nail polish. As the great Professor Thornbury said a few weeks ago on the Twitterverse “something is not a stumbling block if you can see it coming.” 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 won’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 won’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 we’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 Forte’ Pomegranate Blackberry Iced Tea, and America’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 can’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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    Janet B. says:

    I could definitely use some summer bliss!! Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

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    Lynne Jones says:

    Oh, that pink nail polish has my name all over it!

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    Sandy Brandow says:

    What a blessing this would be!

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    Mary Margaret Smith says:

    Thanks for this giveaway!!! Who wouldn’t want to feel like there are at the beach even if they aren’t!! Love the beach but rarely get to go. My idea of relaxing. Beach and a good book!!! Blessings!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Deidra Kitchens says:


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    Julie says:

    So thoughtful and sweet of y’all! Happy summer!

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    Kathleen partin says:

    This is a great idea. Love it! I just got home from a 10 vacation that was so heartbreaking that I have already wrote down the one liner you warned us about. I will go visit this person next time with my mind and heart set on reality.

    “Something is not a stumbling block if you see it coming.”
    Love you all so much

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    Kim Sutton says:

    What a wonderful thing to do! Thank you!

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    Meghan Barker says:

    THANK YOU!!! 😉

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    MarySue says:

    Love, Love, Love summer.

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    Judy Baggett says:

    Thanks for thought of a wonderful gift. My summer vacation will be a trip to Austin in July to see our Siesta Mama, Ms. Beth. Can’t wait.

    Judy Baggett

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    Jennifer Goode says:

    Leaving my name….

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    Shandra says:

    Oh. My. Word! The beach is my absolute favorite place and am not able to get away this summer. My desktop background is a hammock between two palm trees with a book laying open…

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    Cheri says:

    Great give away! Sure would brighten my summer and make it more fun.

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    Keri Morgan says:

    Get giveaway! Thanks!

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    Stephanie Floyd says:

    Hope Im not too late. What a great treat this would be. Blessings Stephanie Danville KY

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    Vickie C in Houston says:

    I am going to church camp with the Youth for vacation this summer and will get to spend some time away with some great teenagers (one of which is my own beautiful daughter)! 🙂

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    Heather H. says:

    I know this is after 12 my time, but I think there is still an hour before noon your time… but I really want this for a gift for a sweet friend who is always going through a trial, but relies on GOD more than anyone I know… her name is Julie!

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    Lynette Panique says:

    God bless you and your ministry. You are truly a joy.

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    Jill Long says:

    Would love to retreat to the beach in my living room, about as close as I may get!

    But if not that is ok also! Blessed to have what I have!

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    Jennifer Gillis says:

    What a wonderful gesture!! Thanks for your generosity and always blessing us!

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    Maria (Lupe) Camarillo says:

    I know that I don’t deserve this gift but it would be lovely, not planning a trip except in my dreams. I enjoy reading your blog. God Bless you & your! Lupe C

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    Deb Weaver says:

    Sounds lovely!

    Deb Weaver

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    Jenny Bischoff says:

    I love your ministry and adore the blog:) Keep posting!

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    Carol from MA says:

    It’s fun just looking at the “treats”! I will have to look some of them up around here….Blessings!

    Carol Florence, MA

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    Amy Prince says:

    Gracious, mi amiga siesta! Returning to Honduras on a mission trip this July to see some wonderful friends who live a true servants life. Would love to be able to bless them with the gifts! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lillie Searcy says:

    BIG SMILE :).

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    Nee Nee says:

    What a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for putting this together Melissa!

    -Reneé (Missouri City, TX)

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    Angela says:

    I can promise…no trips to Bora Bora here!!! Btw…I saw you and your hubby at Ouisies Table a few weekend ago. Isn’t that place delicious??!!!

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    Brian says:

    My wife told me about this giveaway and I’d love to win it for her. She’s a stay at home Mom of our 1 year old son and I know she’d be tickled if she won this.

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    Marsha Ryninger says:

    What a special thing to do for us…so generous and thoughtful. No special plans away for me this summer, so here is my name for the drawing.

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    Angela says:

    This would be such a treat!!! BTW, Melissa, I saw you at Ouisies Table a few weekends ago. Isn’t that place delicious!?

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    Kristi says:

    How sweet of ya’ll to give-a-way such a treat basket.

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    Shayla Coon says:

    Yay this looks wonderful! Today is my wedding anniversary and I am stuck at work! This goody bag would make my day! Thanks for being so sweet Melissa

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    Kimberly says:

    Ohh How I would love this. I’m just wrapping up teaching 4th grade and there will be no summer retreat for me.

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    Jaimee says:

    just now seeing this… and it’s so incredibly sweet of you!! I was telling my mom the other day – “wow, everyone is going somewhere this summer. except me.” Now, I’m not bemoaning this fate. I think it’s sort of a sweet thing to stay home and continue with *normal* life. But this is such a creative idea, and so caring. I think someone is going to feel soooo loved. Thank you, Melissa!

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    Erika says:

    Living in Haiti, moving home in a month…this would be lovely:)

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    Kathy McDaniel says:

    This sounds so good!! Thanks!!

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    Julia Isaacs says:

    Y’all are awesome! What a fun give-away idea! I travel for my job, but seldom get free time to experience the area in which I find myself. Summer is our busy season, so we’re not allowed to take vacation time during the summer.

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    Tonya Henry says:

    Am I too late? I hope not. Thanks for everything, guys.

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    Deb Hand says:

    I would love to enter for my daughter who I know will have no chance for a vacation.

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    Janice says:

    I might be a little late for the drawing but this giveaway would be wonderful to have since I have no plans to take a vacation because I am working 3 jobs to make ends meet.

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    D Iacono says:

    I so so wanna win this!! Blessed n highly favord!!!

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    Shannon says:

    Thanks for this chance for a bit of “summer fun” 🙂

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    Pat Patton says:

    sounds nice.

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    Heather Steuer says:

    I didn’t see my comment I added it around 10:30AM today:(

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    Jennifer Mastin says:

    Oh please draw my name!!!!! I am starting graduate school this summer.

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    Monica Smith says:

    It has been exactly 10 years since I have had a vacation. I have either been helping family, working or attending seminary. June 1st I will start working full-time, so I wont’t be able to take a vacation this summer either. A little bit of joy, aka your give-away, would be greatly appreciated. (I love the smell of the beach, BTW!).

    Thanks for having this!


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    christine says:


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    Haylee says:

    What a lovely gesture. I just started a new job, meaning, no vacation time. How sweet of you to think of those who will be spending their summer indoors confined to their cubicle 🙂

    May you be blessed for your giving spirit 🙂

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