Six months and three days ago I began this little endeavor I call Out of the Extraordinary. Six months and three days ago I was getting fairly regular amounts of sleep. Six months and three days ago there were about 60 people who were living their lives quite happily, with no idea that they would at some point in the future be following a blog by a girl who pretends she knows something of what it means to find the Extraordinary in the ordinary.
My first post was, if I may say so, fairly good. The next few were wordy and self-important and I almost came to a crashing stop because I was trying so hard to write a great blog that I wasn't writing at all.
I certainly got over that, however, because in approximately 183 days I have managed to put up 100 posts. Hooray!!! To anyone out there who doesn't count the Be My Guest Monday posts, I say *pppptthhbbbbb!* (imagine spit in your eye. Yeah, there ya go.) But I know that no one thought that at all, and that you were all properly impressed by my ability to post something an average of every other day (and more often recently considering the August of Six Posts Total).
And in 6 months I have managed to somehow coerce sixty people into following me! That's like 5 people I actually knew before I started, and 55 people who wouldn't know me if I ran into them on the street. Thank you, seriously, thank you. Seeing my followers count go up is just as fabulous as getting comments. And I really have to thank SITS (The Secret is in the Sauce) for all of my new and fantasitc followers. Seriously, for the three of you whom I didn't meet through SITS, if you want to grow your bloggy network, SITS is a fantastic place to do it!
So, in order to thank you properly, I'm taking a page out of Two Normal Moms' book. These ladies gave me my first bloggy award, and I won their first giveaway, which they did in honor of their 100th post, and they will be doing their very first guest blog post on my site in a few weeks! So in honor of these fabulous ladies, I give you...
Joyce Meyer, well, you should be. Joyce is an absolutely amazing inspirational speaker. She's one of those "been there, done that" women--was abused, was married and cheated on, she and her baby were left by the husband, she came to Jesus, met a man who wanted a woman that needed his constancy (and boy did she), had a "small" problem with speaking before thinking... and loved God so much that she overcame it all, and overcomes every stumbling block in her way, and she will tell you about each and every one of them in case her words can help you get over yours. She's an up-front, in your face woman who has an international ministry that has served hundreds of thousands of people by giving them food, clothing, shelter, health care, and hope. (I have not been recompensed in any way for saying this, nor do I expect to. I just want you to know how special this book is.)
I have this book to give away because I had purchased it at a store that was going out of business (so sad!) and my mother also gave me a copy for Christmas. I knew when I bought it, I just knew, that I was going to get that book for Christmas, but I felt an incredible peace about it (not to mention it was half off). So when I decided that I had to do a giveaway, well, this is what I had to give.
So, the rules! (hooray, this is fun!) This giveaway is open until 11:59pm (CST) on Sunday Feb 7. Entries will be given as follows--please post a separate comment for each entry:
- Tell me how many posts you're up to, and how long you've been blogging!
- Follow my blog! Tell me if you already do, or if you just started.
- Post a link on your blog to my giveaway. (Please comment with that link so I can go see it.)
- Be My Guest! Tell me if you have already been a guest blogger, or if you would like to be one! (Make sure you check out the Be My Guest guidelines before you commit to this)
And remember everyone... Have an Extraordinary Day!