Autumn Giveaway

Ladies! I think a Friday afternoon deserves a celebration. We’ve almost made it through the entire work week! Woo hoo! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is always the hardest part of the giveaway because we’d love to gift all 3,911 of you, but alas, we cannot, which I guess is what makes a giveaway so fun. With that said, join me in celebrating our SIX beloved winners for this fabulous giveaway. Believe me when I say we here at the office are coveting each of the gifts and almost threw a fit when we realized we couldn’t enter the giveaway ourselves. We love fun stuff like this just as much as you do!

So, without further ado, congratulations to…

Grand Prize Winner: Cara Koski

Second Prize Winner: Ansley DuRant

Gift number 3: Victoria Gelberg

Gift number 4: Kim Tipton

Gift number 5: Anne Dailey

Gift number 6: Leslie Wood

If y’all would please email me (Lindsee) at [email protected] with your mailing address we willl get these prizes to you ASAP. We love y’all so very, very much. Thanks for playing along. Hope you each have a beautiful, fall weekend!





It has been FOREVER and then some but I have been thinking about you. I know I haven’t been in this here blog-space much recently but I can assure you that I’m still at LPM. My days are full since I’m working and going to school part-time. AGAIN. Yes, again. Somehow even when I vow to walk away for good, I end up right back in the classroom in some capacity. This time around I’m working slowly on a M.A. in Biblical Languages at Houston Baptist University. When I’m not researching something for a project at LPM, I’m taking a Greek class in the Septuagint and a Hebrew readings class in the Joseph narrative. Oh, and how could I forget to mention Winston Jeffrey Fitzpatrick?! A little over a year ago Colin brought home a baby rottweiler and our life has never been the same since (even when I desperately want it to be!). Winnie is SO, SO bad but we love him madly.

Here is W posing in my dining room. Or demanding a filet mignon cooked over medium, I’m not really sure.

Here he is again furious about having to wear his birthday hat:

But really, enough about us.

I want to talk about YOU and a fall giveaway we are doing because we love you and appreciate you.

Now, I should mention at this point that if you are one of those people who is SO OVER all the talk about pumpkin-flavored anything, then you will want to run for your life.


Do I have a faithful fall remnant?

This weekend we had our first legit “cold-front” here in Houston. It was even down in the forties one night. Glory be! The crisp cold air in my lungs got to me in the best way possible and, of all things, I wanted to cook. There’s just something about fall that always brings me back to the kitchen. Nothing better than listening to a little Norah Jones or The Civil Wars with the windows cracked open, cool breeze dancing through the house, while a chili or stew simmers on the stove. I thought just maybe fall might do the same for some of you so the grand prize winner will get a redΒ Le Creuset signature round dutch oven (red not orange like the one on the box).

I love it passionately and do not want to let it go. I even enjoy posing with the beloved dutch oven:

The second prize to be claimed is a $100 gift card to Pottery Barn because, let’s be honest, Pottery Barn during the fall season is heaven on earth:

Gift number 3 includes an amazing decorative pillow, fall flower arrangement, and Hill Country Home candle.

Gift number 4 includes a fun little clutch from Anthro, a scarf, several pairs of boot socks, and some gorgeous MAC makeup in fallish colors.

Here is Lindsee modeling the scarf. Love her and she can work a scarf better than anyone I know:

This MAC stuff is tough to photograph but fantastic (includes three eye shadow kits and two lipsticks in shades of Russian Red and Viva Glam III).

Gift number 5 has a bunch of fun stuff: Cook’s Illustrated Fall Entertaining magazine, kitchen towels, mulling spices, Hill Country Home candle (again this is one of my faves!), autumn cupcake decorating set, beautiful engraved silver dish, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin bread mix, and more.

Gift number 6 comes with a fun autumn welcome mat, potpourri, decorative kitchen towel, and my favorite ever mulled apple cider candle. DIVINE.

Here is Mom sorting out all the gifts. Isn’t she cute?

So dear friend, for a chance to win one of the six prizes, please leave a comment with your first and last name and tell us something you love about fall.

We love you so much,


(Lindsee not pictured here ONLY because she was out of the office when we snapped this photo)



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  1. 151
    Jen D. says:

    Jennifer Dismukes

    My favorite thing about fall is just the general feeling of thankfulness and family. I’m reminded to slow down and enjoy my little cocoon of happiness during this time. God has blessed me so!

  2. 152
    Deborah says:

    Deborah Rhodes. I love the smells of Fall. It has it’s own scent that is so distinct and I just can’t get enough of it!!!

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    Tomi says:

    I love long walks on the trails around where I live this time of year as the air cools and the leaves change. AND I love me a good pumpkin spice latte afterward πŸ™‚

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    *because NOW we are going to LIVE THE THING… πŸ™‚

  5. 155
    mongupp says:

    Oh my goodness, you are all so beautiful! What marvellous gifts! The thing I love about autumn is the leaves changing colour. Reminds me of the Artist who created it all!
    Monica Roche

  6. 156

    A few things I love about fall:

    The weather (I live in Texas, so anything below 80 is heavenly), pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, family time (I’m currently in college, so all the breaks off I get to see them πŸ™‚ ), Texas FOOTBALL, the yummy, delicious homemade food, and fall clothes (boots, scarves, jackets, sweatshirts–the works). Just to name a few. πŸ™‚

  7. 157
    Amy Cottrell says:

    I love fall because of the beautiful fall colors, the crisp sweatshirt weather. It is just a beautiful time of year, my birthday is also in the fall so that makes it even better πŸ™‚

  8. 158
    Mone Pace says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite part of fall. I have been teaching my girls how to cook thanksgiving dinner since they were 3 and 7(they are now 14 and 18). Their great grandfathers stuffing recipe has been handed down to them and I hope it is a tradition they will continue. Even sweeter this year is that my 18 year old will be home from college. It’s hard being on the other end of the country.

  9. 159
    Jessica Wallace says:

    I love the colorful leaves. I stare at them for hours.

  10. 160
    Chelsia Checkal says:

    Oh to choose what I love about fall. Hmmm…close to the top of the list has to be the unashamed feeling of eating a piece of pumpkin pie. Well, maybe its more like 2 pieces(or dare I say 3?!)

  11. 161
    Kelly Seelow says:

    I love: pumpkins, cinnamon candles, apple pie, changing leaves, turtlenecks, boots, hayrides, hot cider, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, corn mazes, candy corn, crisp air (live in WI), caramel apples, chili, Notre Dame football, and fires in the fireplace. πŸ™‚

  12. 162
    Terri Jo Perry says:

    I love the smell in the air … the coldness of the breeze … a fire in the fireplace … the changing colors of the leaves … the excitement of the beginning of the holiday season … arts & crafts fairs … college football … snuggling … time with family … celebrating being grateful at Thanksgiving … the joy of our Savior’s birthday … and the fresh beginning of a New Year. Oh, and I love give aways. πŸ™‚

  13. 163
    Allie Wilson says:

    I love this time of year because of the change and beautiful colors!

  14. 164
    Beth says:

    i love sweaters, boots tucked into jeans and scarves! i do love fall!

  15. 165
    Jacquelyn says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year next to Christmas because I love the way you feel during Fall! Just something about the thought of Thanksgiving and Christmas being right around the corner and the hopes of cool weather . “Hopes” since I live on the Gulf Coast and we are lucky if we get a few good cold snaps! But just about jump up and down when it does get chilly!

  16. 166

    A few years ago, we moved from Northwest Georgia to Central Florida. Since becoming a “Floridian” I have had to adjust to a new definition of fall. Here it simply means that the sun is not as hot, the breeze has a twinge of coolness to it and Disney starts decorating with a lot of orange πŸ˜‰

    What I like most about this time of year, though, is that things seems to take on a little more meaning. You start thinking about family and gatherings and holidays, and how to make special memories. This truly is a blessed time of year and I hope to cherish each moment.

  17. 167
    Stephanie Schell says:

    So many things that I love about the fall. We live in Colorado, so it is that heavenly time between not so hot summer and amazingly beautiful winter. We have days in the 70s and then fall snow, that goes away as soon as the sun hits it. The amazing colors of the Aspens out in the mountains. Watching high school football games and cheering loudly as our team crosses into the end zone. Wearing jeans again and sweatshirts. Wearing shorts and sweatshirts, because as soon as that sun goes down, it gets COLD! Colorado is the perfect place to enjoy fall. And winter. And spring. And yes, summer!

  18. 168
    Jennifer Pharris says:

    The thing I love most about Fall is the sense of “change” that seems to naturally occur in me. I find myself wanting to reflect and get rid of anything that is not working in my life. I find it a time of renewal. Something about the cooler air makes me always want to recommit myself to something to love. The Fall always says “Fresh Start” to me and I love that Jesus reminds of that important life lesson through this time of year. And, oh yea, a little Pumpkin flavored anything never hurt anyone either πŸ™‚

  19. 169
    Taria Merrithew says:

    I love crisp autumn air. It has a chill in it, but not too cold – smelling of dried leaves and burning fire places, and the colors are amazing!

  20. 170
    Carissa says:

    I love fall colors and soup!
    Carissa Hollis

  21. 171
    Ida says:

    I love fall because it finally gets coolish here in Florida and there is lots of family fun time and a lot of parties! Ida Marie Johnston

  22. 172
    Emily Gold says:

    I absolutely love the trees during the fall season! There is one outside my office that I have been watching change for weeks. A reminder that God makes all things new!

    Wouls love to win any of these gifts! Thanks y’all !

  23. 173
    Lisa Collins says:

    “Something” I love about fall? I love pretty much everything about fall! If I had to choose one thing – the way the sun shines on Colorado beauty low in the deep blue sky.

  24. 174
    Susan Simcoe says:

    Susan Simcoe – I love fall even more now that we live in Georgia because the colors are so vivid and beautiful. Also, after months of heat the cooler weather is a very welcome reprieve. I love to bake and fall always gets me in the mood.

  25. 175
    Ashley Ramps says:

    I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!!! And Fall Leaves! And Pumpkin Bread!! And being a girl who grew up in Florida I LOVE the leaves and the cold weather here in Tennessee!!!

  26. 176
    Dawn says:

    I love pumpkin flavored everything πŸ™‚ I also just love how the change in seasons reminds us every year the work that God can do in our own lives when he changes us πŸ™‚

  27. 177
    Janet megilligan says:

    I love everything about fall! Mostly that our neighbors, after a hot summer, come outside and we catch up on each other’s lives.

  28. 178
    Erma Larimore says:

    I love everything about fall, from the brilliant colors to yummy smells, to the crisp cool air, to the havested fields. All of God’s creations. And because it was my mothers favorite time of the year.

  29. 179
    GA Jan says:

    Melissa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~this is over the top! A Creuset dutch oven? You are killing me!!! And my kitchen is RED!

    I love FALL gardening because I don’t die from the humidity…and my collard greens and Savoy cabbage are gorgeous right now.

    I love you – this makes me wish you were 90 miles north of me on I-75 πŸ™‚

    Mrs. Jan

    PS: My birthday cometh this month – another thing I love about fall!!!

  30. 180
    Kendra Walters says:

    I love the crisp air, fire in the fireplace, and hot chocolate! πŸ™‚

  31. 181
    Jamie Franz says:

    I love watching the leaves change and being reminded that even though the seasons change our God never changes!

  32. 182
    Lauren says:

    Hi Siestas! My favorite part of Fall is Thanksgiving!! Maybe that’s cliche but I live across the country from my mom and dad and brothers so I always get to go home and eat delicious food and spend quality time with my loved ones!!!

  33. 183
    taylor lane says:

    I love my nephews soccer games in the fall! Warm sunshine but cold air and watching his little spaghetti arms run around that field is just too much!

  34. 184
    Lisa McElroy says:

    The cooler temps!!! We mightily suffer through the hot months here in Houston…so the cooler temps are just heavenly!

  35. 185
    Fonda Danner says:

    I love the fall colors

  36. 186
    Denise Keeter says:

    I love fall for the snuggling and the SEC football πŸ™‚

  37. 187
    Laurie Kaufman says:

    Good morning fellow siestas!
    What do I love about fall? Ahhh, what do I not love about fall?! It is my favorite season and unfortunately, in Chicagoland, we don’t see too much of it, as we are either buried in winter or burnin in summer! However, we have had more than a tiny taste of it this year, thank you Lord, and so, I love that fall equals sweater weather…that it means we are in the throes of football season, that colder weather normalizes my addiction to tea and last, but certainly not least, that I get to see the changing colors of God’s awesome creation! Happy fall, y’all! Love and hugs!

  38. 188
    Julie says:

    I love the fall colors and the cooler weather!

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    Dava White says:

    I love fall because of the cooler weather and football!

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    Peggy Fletcher says:

    Autumn is my most favorite time of year. I love the changing colours and smell of fallen leaves. It is a very beautiful season in northern Alberta. I missed autumn up here this year because I was visiting family in California so I’m a few weeks behind everyone else and am still embracing all things pumpkin and the like!

    Peggy Fletcher

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    Marcy Larance says:

    I love fall because of the cooler weather. Makes you want to pull out a good ole pair of sweats and curl up on the outside swing and read a good book. I am reading Redeeming Love now for the 4th…also the changing of the leaves is such a statement of God’s creativity…I love to see the change of the seasons and the beauty in each one….So happy to see a post from you Melissa. We get caught up in each of your lives and miss you when we don’t hear from you. Have a blessed fall!!!!

  42. 192
    Susan says:

    I love everything about fall. Cinnamon, pumpkins, football, food, Thanksgiving, family, friends, and lots of parties. =) Happy Fall!

    Susan Hawkins

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    Melissa Litmer says:

    I love fall as a bright splash of color before we turn to the snow and cold weather of winter. I love the smell of burning leaves and the little bit of crisp in the air. I love that you can try hundreds of different apples in the fall and visit an apple orchard to buy them by the bushel.

  44. 194
    Kaylee Schlabach says:

    Sweet fellowship around a warm campfire in the crisp, cold air. As sure as I am that Jesus is Lord, I am sure Heaven is Fall. Amen? Amen.

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    Brooke says:

    I love pumpkin scented candles in the fall. Brooke Martinez

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    Emily Kac says:

    I love the bright colors of yellow, orange and red leaves!

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    Erica E says:

    How fun are those giveaway gifts! Thanks so much for the opportunity! I absolutely love the precious little kiddos dressing up for Halloween and having bonfires with good friends!

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    Kelli Wommack
    I love the crisp air, the beautiful leaves, the warm drinks, and the coziness that ensues!

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    Kim Cotter says:

    I love the anticipation of the celebration of Thanksgiving and fellowshipping with family. I love that Thanksgiving preceeds Christmas in that we can prepare our hearts to be thankful for the gift of Christ Jesus!

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    Peggy says:

    Peggy Robertson
    – I love the slow transition from hot sunny summer to crisp colder fall. It gives plenty if time to prep for winter all the while enjoying the colors and hot teas that make you want to cozy up into a sweater and read by the fire.