I am doing a great giveaway over here…come enter to win a computer and a gift card for $250 to Best Buy just in time for Christmas!!!

Happy turkey day to everyone…I’m grateful for you all!!!

What are you thanking God for this Thanksgiving???


Marked By Love

***Link is working now! Sorry about that…GO ENTER TO WIN!!!***

A few weeks ago I alluded to something I was really excited about and today I get to share it with you all:)

After I lost Audrey, I got so many emails from people who had either lost a child or had a friend who had and they were looking for something special to honor the child. I found a few pieces that I thought were really beautiful but when I was working on the book and making suggestions about these kinds of things, I immediately thought of Lisa Leonard. I have talked about her several times here and the fact that my computer pretty much crashes whenever I do one of her giveaways tells me that you all love her work as much as I do. I am honored beyond words to introduce you to her newest necklace, called “Marked By Love: Audrey’s necklace.”

Isn’t it beautiful? I have several of her necklaces but this one is much heavier. When she created it she remembered the comment I have made several times about Audrey having weight in this world. She also told me that when you wear it, it warms because of the way it’s made and I found the same. I periodically just lift it away from my skin and feel the heat, a sweet reminder of her life.

All of us who have lost a child are aware that we have been marked by love. Only Lisa could put her heart and soul into such a project and create a piece of art that is a beautiful, tangible way to remember our children. I have attached two of her little pearl/beads to mine-they originally came on her “By Grace Alone” necklace and they make this little tinkling noise when I move around. I use it as a reminder to pray, and the Lord uses it at the best times. I just hear it and immediately I think, “by grace alone, by grace alone…” With this one, I think about Audrey and remind myself to pray for others who have walked the same road.

She has generously agreed to give away 2 of these beauties, customized with whatever you would like on the back. Please make your way over to her blog and enter to win one…

Thank you, Lisa. I am so blessed to have this opportunity and I am praying that many, many people treasure it as much as I do…

Love to all {and go enter!}

Planting Seeds

*** contest winners are listed on my giveaway blog…i had to modify this post so i would be in compliance with blogher, so i deleted most of it. do click over to see if you won!!!***

Here is the link to their site… If you have a few minutes, spend some time exploring what they’re doing-I hope you love it as much as I do :) They are also on Facebook HERE.

If you want to go ahead and order now from them, they have given me a code to pass along so you will get 20% off of all CD’S!!!! Just type in ASMITH and it should apply your discount.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Matthew’s New Book "Hear No Evil"

Hey all! Well this is going to be a giveaway kind of time. I don’t do them that much but there are a bunch of things I want to share with you all in the next several days. Here is the first…

You all have heard me talk about my friend Jessica and her son Elias. You may know that her husband Matthew is an author and he has a new book out. He is letting me give away 5 copies of it, so if you want to win one, please click HERE to enter. His newest book chronicles his memories of childhood, his love of music, and the journey the Lord has taken him through. I think this is is best-written book so far, and while we have very different upbringings, I laughed and cried several times while reading, picturing the little boy who just wanted to listen to Sandi Patty…

Matthew would be the first to tell you he has a snarky sense of humor, but knowing him in real life is funny because I know that, but it isn’t my experience with him. He would do anything for anyone and wouldn’t hurt a fly. He has one of the kindest hearts I know, and while his writing persona is edgy, I know the guy who would cry because he hurt someone’s feelings and will reach out when nobody else will.

This has nothing to do with his book, I know. But I wanted to tell you all.

So Matthew, the jig is up…:)

I wanted to share one of the most meaningful things he has ever written (obviously I’m biased) It was only 5 words but it said more than any book he could have written. In fact (and I don’t know that he knows this) the card still hangs in my sewing room.

He wrote it the day of Audrey’s funeral and left it in a basket for me at the back of the church. It is so precious to me to have friends and family that have said the same thing in words, in deeds, and in prayer.

I don’t take it for granted for a moment.

Thank you, friend. And may the Lord bless you as you tell yours…

With love,

P.S. For the record, Jess made the cards. Matthew doesn’t carry a flower stamp around with him as far as I know…:)

Well Hello, Precious…

**Just for clarification, you aren’t entered in the contest if you leave a comment here!!! You have to hop over to my giveaway blog….didn’t want anyone to miss a chance :) )**

Two words.

Lisa. Leonard.

I have always been a huge fan of her (not just her jewelry…she is an amazing, gifted woman in many ways) and I never pass up an opportunity to share her with you all.

Have you seen the new heartstrings necklace?

I know. It’s absurdly cute.

AND, you can win one (actually, I’m giving away THREE, so you’ll have more chances!!!)

I will also have a really special announcement in the coming weeks that has been in the works for awhile…hmm….you’ll never, ever guess if Lisa has created something special that I might want to share here…let’s just say it is a blessing and a treasure to me and I hope it will be to you all as well.

In the meantime, CLICK HERE to enter by noon on 2/16/10, and if you don’t win but want to get something anyway, enter “markedbylove” as your discount code and you’ll get 15% off your order until the 26th!!!

Why “markedbylove?” Because Lisa and I are up to something. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll share it here :)

Much love to you all,


If you entered to win Dayspring gift certificates, please click here to see if you won!

And congrats to these two ladies:

corimallott 12/11/2009 12:40 PM
Jen Lehr 12/09/2009 02:22 AM

I’m going to send you each a copy of the pioneer woman’s cookbook, so please send me your addresses!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who posted ideas. You all are a creative bunch and there were a TON of things I never would have thought of doing. Yay!

There will be a new post up at midnight tonight…stop back when you have a chance because it is time sensitive…:)

Much love to you all,

P.S. Thank you to all of you who alerted me about the person who is pretending to be me online. I received several emails and comments and I just wanted you all to know that it has been addressed. I didn’t see the content before it was removed but from what I am told, this person could use your prayers as she (?) works through whatever it is that has caused her to make this choice. If you see pictures of me or Audrey on someone else’s site and it seems fishy, please let me know. Thank you to all of you.

I would appreciate you not addressing this in my comments…I know you all care about me and would be tempted to show support but I certainly don’t want this to turn into criticism of someone who needs our prayer more than our frustration. Thank you for understanding!


Let me put this bluntly.
Lisa Leonard is the most talented jewelry creator on the planet.
Dramatic? Quite possibly.
True? Absolutely.
Just take a gander, would you?

She was kind enough to send me a necklace when I was pregnant with Audrey, and it had all of the girl’s initials on it. It meant the world to me, and I have become one of her biggest fans. You may have seen her styles in People magazine (and I suppose I would have as well, if I read those types of things…ahem) and other magazines as well (InStyle weddings, Glamour, Pregnancy, Cookie, Wondertime…are you getting the idea that she’s kind of good at what she does???)

While most of the world knows her as a jewelry genius, I really came to respect her as a mother, and you will too. She has a beautiful, God-written story, and to be a spectator to it is a gift in itself. I am proud to be on the (in)courage team with her, and to support her incredible craft. If you want to read more about her and her amazing family (and SPECTACULAR photography skills), click HERE to go to her blog.
SO, Lisa has graciously agreed to let me give away (ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)
3 $50 gift cards to her website!!!!

And all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. The winners will be chosen at 6 p.m. tomorrow (9/8/09).

Go on!!! Enter now!!!
And many thanks and blessings to you, Lisa…


Winners for Homemade Home! picked the following comments:
1. Shannon on 8/12/09 at 9:33 a.m.
2. Keifersgirl on 8/12/09 at 10:20 am
3. Sara d on 8/12/09 at 11:03
Send me your info and I’ll send it along to the publisher!!! Congratulations to you…you will love it! And if you didn’t win and want to buy it anyway,

Here’s the link…


Homemade Home

I am so excited about Amanda Soule’s new book, Handmade Home
She sent me and my friend Jess some advance copies so we could check it out, and we had a blast making one of the projects in the book.

Enjoy! And thanks to Amanda for letting us take a sneak peek…you are so gifted!

Homemade Home from angie smith on Vimeo.
Love to you all!