Winner, winner – Chicken dinner.

This morning, after I awakened, I rolled over and turned my cellphone setting to “normal” and checked my emails and texts.  This is how I normally start my day. Lo and behold, (don’t you just love that phrase?) I had an email from a company called Six Seeds. Last week, I entered a contest to win tickets to the movie Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Well, the email told me I won!  I was so excited!  We had already decided to see the movie this weekend – and pay the extra $$ to see it in 3D. This is big for us because we don’t normally see the movies at the regular theater. Our thinking is this – we could spend a buck fifty each to see the same movie at the dollar theater (I know, it needs a new name now that it costs more) and still get movie popcorn.  Movie popcorn is vital to the total experience for my Man.  Like I said, we had already decided to spend some $$ on the whole 3D experience. The dollar doesn’t do 3D.  I agreed because of this one thing. I have mad, crazy love for the Narnia movies. AND Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite of the Narnia books. We have the entire series on CD and listen to it on car trips (sometimes, we listen to it just driving around town!) We own the book series (they were mine when I was young). I am a fan. It’s serious.

Here’s what makes this so cool: It’s not the first thing I have won this month. Or even the second. I have been so blessed by some special little wins lately. It really has been remarkable. On Thanksgiving weekend, I was having a really hard time. I was missing our families in a seriously bad way. I was missing my Mother In Love most of all. I was crying. Then I got an email from a blog I read (Cyndi Spivey) telling me I won a Gift Certificate to Dayspring. It was so nice. It felt like a love letter from God.

In October, I won a book I was quite interested in. It’s called the Reluctant Entertainer. It is such a good book. Although we have entertained since we were newlyweds, there were so many things in this book that helped me. I even printed off tips from her website and posted them on the inside door of my pantry to refer to. So helpful. I needed to read what she had written. Even at this stage in life, I was feeling insecure as far as what we had to offer to guests. It was so good!

So, what’s next in my winnings? I don’t know. My sister says this means she gets to win the Hoover vacuum and steamer we both are trying to win! All I know is that I am thankful. I needed this. Don’t laugh – even though I am smiling as I write this. I needed it. I needed to feel like I was the special one. There have been other wonderful blessings that I can’t write about here, but it’s just all made me feel so set apart and unique and, well…noticed.

By the way, my dryer is now working. That’s a story all by itself. A total God-thing. Seriously. A picture in my mind of what to do that seemed completely nonsensical – but it worked. I am thankful. I was seriously behind in the laundry and lo and behold, (see-there it is again!) wouldn’t you know it? We had a freak cold snap down here in the sub-tropics. That will slow down your line drying. I left the clothesline up, though. I still like it. I will be honest with you, though. I like the dryer even more.

Oh, and I totally found the deal of the century at TJMaxx when I supposed to be Christmas shopping.  A HUGE Le Creuset utensil crock – for…….(are you ready for this?) 3 dollars. I hugged it like I would never part with it. It’s French Blue. (Or should I say, bleu?) Did I mention the 3 dollars part? I went back later on and bought the smaller one for my sister (she already knows about it). We’ll be almost twins. A happy thing, this Le Creuset find. I just like saying, “Le Creuset.”

That’s it for now – unless I win something else in the next few days. And you never know, I just might!

 

~janna

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