One Thousand Gifts: 04-12-2011 {Giveaway}

The last week has brought some of what Ann calls the "hard eucharisteo" (in her book, which I'm giving away today!), for Chris especially. But even during trials of every kind, there is still so much for which to be thankful!

You can read more about our week by searching for the label "papa bird's burns", or just click here. I'll share a  pre-surgery update as soon as we get the final details.

{Giveaway details are at the end of this post! You don't want to miss it this week!}

#141- Read-aloud time with all four kids in our bed, and how intently they listened even though there weren't pictures in the book. I can't imagine what their imaginations were doing! :)

#142 - Pierce and Xander each reading the scriptures to us at bedtime.

#143 - Orion's belt, Betelgeuse, and the rest of the stars shining extra-brightly on a clear night. The heavens truly display His handiwork.

#144 - Chris's burns weren't on his feet or on his knees.

#145 - a second opinion.

#146 - a quiet drive to and from the burn unit. A rare gift.

#147 - a flat tire on the way to the burn unit. God had a reason, and we're thankful.

#148 - replacing two tires on the van, thinking the timing of that expense was inconvenient, but trusting God would provide. Returning home from the tire shop to discover an overpayment check in the mail. The amount almost completely covered the cost of the tires. God rocks!

#149 - modern medicine

#150 - an opportunity to serve my husband in a way I've never served him before. It will stretch me a little, and Chris a lot (it's hard for him to be so incapacitated), but it's what we both needed right now. God is so good.

#151 - a husband who is a shining example through this. Truly inspirational.

#152 - a warm sunny day in April. Perfection!

#153 - an 80-degree house with breeze flowing through. More perfection!

#154 - kids' water play in April.

#155 - morphine

#156 - resilient children

#157 - sharing (for the umpteenth time) the story of the sparrows (called "The Singer" in the Jesus Storybook Bible), this time with children who are worried about their Daddy, and seeing how the story all of a sudden has new meaning to them. Calm came over them, and Pierce said, "Oh, I get it now..."  God's Word is truly alive, and always relevant.

#158 - calls and visits and phone calls and help offers from family, friends, and even strangers. God is blowing us away with His love through other people.

#159 - closing my eyes and feeling the warm sunshine beating down on my face. I love that feeling!

#160 - a visit from our church's interim Pastor who already had a special place in our hearts

#161 - the boxful and bagful of food she brought with her

#162 - and the prayers she prayed over Chris. They blessed us, encouraged us, and revealed more of God to us. Such a gift!

#163 - workman's comp. Another provision.

#164 - dandelion gifts from four loving children. :)

#165 - my mom, who's taking the children during Chris's surgery and overnight stay(s).

#166 - anticipating lots of family time over the next month or two!

#167 - a slowing-down for Chris. As Pastor Suzanne mentioned, God has something specific in mind for him through this, so we're praying for God to reveal that to Chris.

#168 - seeing how God has been preparing us for this for months. At the beginning of this year, I was spending around $700 on groceries, household necessities, diapers, etc. Through scratch cooking, careful planning, and couponing, God has helped me get that bill down to about $75-$100 per week, without sacrificing quality of food, and despite the rise in prices. That's $300-$400 per month! Plus, I've built a small stockpile of staples and frozen goods. Tell me that isn't God's hand?!?!

#169 - the timeliness of Ann Voskamp's book. I'm not sure I could have been thankful for this before reading Ann's book. I know that is of God.

#170 -  the man working next to Chris, who was also covered in wet cement, didn't get burns at all. He was very recently injured at work and missed many many weeks of work, so for him to go through this now would have been a hard blow for his family.

#171 - a reminder of the frailty of the human body juxtaposed with the power of Almighty God.


Do you have your own copy of Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts? I sure hope so, because no book (besides the Holy Bible) has ever impacted my life as much as this book. God blessed me so much through this book, and prepared me for the situation we're currently in. I want to give it away to every person I know.

Since we don't have that kind of money :) , I decided to go on a (much) smaller scale and give away five copies of Ann's amazing book. I've given away four over the last four weeks, and today I'll give away ONE MORE COPY of Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! I'm also going to put all the non-winning entries from all five of these giveaways into a "hat", and pick a winner. That winner will receive a copy of One Thousand Gifts, plus the corresponding Day Brightener. I don't have the Day Brightener yet but I will be asking for it for Christmas! It contains excerpts from the book, so I know it will be amazing!

Here are the details:

  • Enter by simply leaving a comment! Any old comment will do.
  • You can receive up to three additional entries by sharing this giveaway through Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. (One entry for each...please leave an additional comment linking to your tweet, blog, etc.)
  • Entries can be received up until Palm Sunday, 4/17 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. I'll announce the (randomly-picked) winners sometime on Monday.
  • I'll ship the book directly from Amazon or Dayspring to you or a friend or relative of your choice.
  • U.S. participants only please. (Which is somewhat ironic since Ann herself lives in Canada...hmmm.)
  • This giveaway is sponsored by the famous Mama Bird (yep, that would be me) and her husband. :)

And again, will you pray with me? That God will put these items into the right hands?

{Thank you.}

A blessed week to you all!


  1. I really enjoy reading your thankful lists. They're full of such simple and wonderful things!

  2. It's wonderful reading how God is working in your family. I love how you are so open to His teaching and you always seem to find God working!
    SO, I need to admit that when I first saw that you were giving away a book, I thought I didn't have time for yet another book to read. So I didn't even try to enter your contest. THEN, today after reading your list, I thought, "Whoa, if Danielle can be thankful through all she's going through...Well, I need to get myself THIS book!" I could use a little thankfulness in my daily tasks! :) You've inspired me yet again! Thanks!

  3. I just recently found you Mama Bird and what a blessing your blog has become. I am about 50 pages in on Ann's book and am l-o-v-i-n-g it!! I would love a copy to share so please enter me in for your next draw!

  4. Um, I am so sorry for not keeping up with your blog I turn around and you are in the midst of a difficult time! I am praying for you guys! PS...I would love to win the book. It sounds like just what I need right now. PS...murdocksmama is my cousin in law. ;o)
    Love you!

  5. Praying for you all. Love your lists!


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