Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Simple Giveaway




What a pleasant surprise to check my email to find that I had won a pouchee from a giveaway! I happened upon this giveaway when I found this blog through my daily Proverbs 31 devotional email. Receiving an unexpected gift is just so fun...the heart swells and the feelings of "I am special" are incredibly exhilarating!

I have always loved giving and receiving care packages. When I was in college I made a friend who lived far away in another state. She and I would send each other regular packages filled with goodies and small delights. Favorite magazines, photos, baked goodies, cassette tape "mixes", books, or smell-good stuff. When I lived overseas, I loved sending home little cultural trinkets to family and friends. And nothing said "I Love You" more than when I was the receiver of a thoughtful package from home filled with homemade goods, chocolate chips, new clothes or music, pretty journals, and fresh photos of loved ones.

I don't take as much time for that anymore like I used to. And I miss it. I love sharing encouragement with other sisters in small and meaningful ways. We all need to hear "you are not alone or forgotten!", "you are loved!", "you are worth so much to me and to Jesus!" It certainly takes some planning and some time and some cost....which means slowing down the pace of our lives so that we can have the space in time and resources to do small loving things for others. And it need not be much...a bookmark or hot cocoa packet slipped into a card is a delightful package in itself.

So in the spirit of giving and a renewed passion for care packages, I am going to have my own small, simple giveaway. I would love to send one of you a favorite CD of mine, a few Yogi Tea Stress Relief tea bags, and a little candle. May it encourage you of the Lord's love and care for you and give you some peaceful moments with Him.

Just leave a comment answering this question: "What is a simple act of care you can do for someone else as we approach Valentine's Day...a way you can love someone tangibly during this 'love' holiday season?"

I'd love your ideas because I am all about the practical and do-able. I think your ideas will inspire each of us with a new way to love.

I'll draw a name this coming Sunday and will put your love in the mail on Monday :)

Happy Giving!


photo courtesy of UncommonGrace

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think one of my favorite ways to show love in a tangible way is when I see something small when I am out running errands or when I think of something and it reminds me of someone else, to stop, get the "thing" and then pass it on to whomever sparked the idea to begin with. Here's an example: my mom collects frogs, so whenever I'm out and I see frogs, I immediately think of her. Sometimes I get something, but not always. Anyway, when I do and send it to her (she's in another state) it always makes her day. I think we all love surprises and to know that someone has thought of you and has taken time out of their day to let you know means so much. Sometimes it's just an email or a quick phone call. I think the key for me is doing it right then and not trying to remember to do it later. So many things compete for our attention and our memory that I will forget and months will pass without letting someone know I truly care about them.

Sorry for the long comment. Thanks for the reminder! I needed it!

another Aimee

laurel said...

I am thinking of showing love to someone specifically. My five year old. Many times when I want to have one on one time with him, we do things that I love...cooking or baking usually. He loves to do that too, but there are other things that he would REALLY love to do with me. His very favorite thing to do is to make simple crafts...just the thought of getting out glitter and glue sticks and craft paper makes me about break out in hives! :)
So, my act of tangible love is going to be to set aside my own feelings, and sit and do crafts with him. He will be so excited! :)

Lesha said...

My favorite way to show someone that I love and care about them is by spending time with them. No matter how busy I am, I try to find ways to spend time with friends and family. I believe spending time with loved ones helps build a better relationship.

fabricated goddess said...

Just found your blog this morning thru the 'Sassy Apron Swap' .... lovely idea! I love getting things in the mail too, but I'm awfully bad at sending them. I love making things for people - scarves, purses, headbands, receiving blankets for swaddling, a small watercolour painting. There's just something about something that gives me joy from giving something handmade. I think about the person I'm creating for, and pray for them and just praise God for the person that they are.

Thanks for sharing your heart today, it encouraged me.

Elizabeth said...

Simply this:

To listen.

To the man on the street, the women in the grocery store, the child in your home. To the man you love, the sister you cherish.

To hear every "thank you" and not just let it slide like a passing phrase, to tune your ears deliberatly to humans and their humanity and to not constantly be focused on the buzz and hum of the media, the technology, and the distractions of the world.

Crystal said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I guess I will chime in on this. My sis is a single Mom of 4. I was thinking about those who don't have a spouse, how sad Valentines day is. It's hard for her. So, I am going to send her a little crazy looking frog(she loves weird animals) and some chocolate. I will also send her a card with a coupon for a night out with her sis(me). I think the best way to show someone you love them is to do something unexpected, at an unexpecting time, expecting nothing in return.

STEPHANIE said...

Homemade cards! They are the best! They are fun and not expensive to make, but the receiver knows that you put time into making them and its something they can keep to look at later and smile.:)

Andrea said...

Cook a dinner for someone
Send a note in snail mail
Bring over an unexpected gift like a coffee or tea

There are some great ideas here in the comments.
Thanks for spurring us on to care for others in the simple, small, ways!!

kathirynne said...

I am a mother of 4, living in Montana. This time of year is always very cold. One way I show my children I love them is by putting their socks and mittens in the dryer on cold mornings, just to warm them up a little before they are donned for the daily trudge off to school.

Missy said...

how fun! i just had my first give away. it's nice to share things we love.

i'm not a big valentine's day person. not sure why? i will give you an idea that i want to do with my husband. it's a journal that is shared between the two of you. you leave it on the dresser once you write in it. it can be a simple inexpensive one. it's the inside that counts you can write to your husband what is in your heart. share hopes, dreams and scripture. he too, can do the same.

best wishes to you!

blessings,
missy

Karen said...

I love unexpected surprises. I think the best thing about them is knowing that someone else was thinking of you and took time out of their day to buy/make/share something with just you. Little gifts of favorite foods or trinkets; sharing a recipe or a new band that the person might like; buying a new pen for a writer or a colorful spatula for a baker. The little, personal things are so important.

Brantlee said...

I had a friend out of the blue offer to bring dinner one night. That was such as blessing and surprise. You can't go wrong with food. But even a small gift in a card or a real letter in the mail means so much.
Thanks for making me think this morning.

AIMEE said...

Y'all have GREAT ideas...it seems to be a theme of small yet thoughtful things....I particularly like the journal idea and sharing it with my husband and the gift of meals. Anytime someone has brought me a meal or invited me over it is SUCH a treat...it's the same as if they "washed my feet" in a Biblical sense. I think another thing I take away from your ideas is to "have my eyes and ears open"...to take time to see things others might enjoy and pick them up and to listen...not only to other's but to the Holy Spirit's gentle nudging to encourage another.

Sarah Joy said...

Love the journal idea. WOW. SO sweet and personal. Time is definately a big one. And coffee. Bringing a friend a cup of coffee or offering to watch her kids so she can go shopping alone.

AIMEE said...

Yes, Sarah Joy, if a friend showed up with a cup of Starbucks for me I think I'd cry :) I think for mamas ANY act of service to lighten her load is a simple yet HUGE gift...a meal, a cup of coffee or tea, babysitting, helping her clean/organize...

tiffers said...

Hi Aimee... thanks for your blog. I appreciate your realness... met you at staff training 97... I digress. My friend recently filled up a journal I'd given her a couple of months ago with thoughts, poems and just imaginings and ruminations and gave it back to me. She filled it up on a recent trip she took with her hubby. I loved this. I'd like to do this for my husband maybe for V day.

Anonymous said...

When my husband and I became engaged on February 14, I made him a cherry cheese pie because he loved them and it was red. This Valentine's Day, I'll be making him his 32nd pie! He still loves them, and I still love him. Debbie Bailey (Laurel's-Happy at Home-Mom)

Clair said...

Last year my friend and I made heart shaped sugar cookies and then frosted them with frosting. We then wrote names on the cookies with frosting, and delivered them to some ladies at church and a few of our guy friends.

Jennifer L. Griffith said...

A tangible way I love to show love is by meeting the need of that person...sneak by a friend's house and clean her kitchen while she's away, bring in someone's garbage can from the street edge, go to their favorite coffee shop and leave a store credit, babysit children for a night so the parents have time together, bring a meal to a frazzled family, etc.