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WE’D LIKE TO SEND OUT A BIG “THANK YOU” TO ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY FOR 2012!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE WINNERS! WISHING YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN 2013!!!!!

HERE ARE THE LAST HALF OF THE LUCKY BLOG READERS:

CONGRATS TO PAMELA WHO WON THE TRACERY TEE AND VISOR FOR DAY 7!!
WE ASKED ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEAL AND HERE’S WHAT PAMELA HAD TO SAY:Our favorite meal is a casual, cozy, relaxed morning brunch. We usually make a version of baked french toast (blueberry cream cheese french toast with lemon blueberry sauce is a favorite!), fresh fruit salad, and yummy homemade mochas. It’s a sweet time to relax and visit with family and linger over warm coffee drinks. It’s a real joy…the cooking is done the night before and no one is in a rush. It’s just about connecting with loved ones.
Comment by Pamela December 18, 2012 @ 11:29 am

SOUNDS FANTASTIC, HUH??!!

CONGRATS TO GRETCHEN WHO WON THE COZY THROW ON DAY 8!
WE ASKED ABOUT YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION FOR 2013. WHAT A GREAT GOAL, GRETCHEN:
To not overlook Alabama as a travel destination. We’re always leaving town — leaving the state, really — on the weekends, and this year I want to stick around more to take advantage of Alabama’s natural wonders like Little River Canyon and unique small towns like Fair Hope and Eufaula.
Comment by Gretchen December 19, 2012 @ 10:18 am

WE THINK THIS IS SUCH A GREAT RESOLUTION. I THINK PEOPLE OFTEN OVERLOOK WHAT IS RIGHT AROUND THEM WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PLAN A TRIP!

CONGRATS TO NATALIE ON DAY # 9, WHO WON 3 YARDS OF OUR CUSTOM TRACERY FABRIC!
WE ASKED YOU TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST FAVORITE AND UNIQUE HOLIDAY DECOR. NATALIE WROTE:
Even though we live at the beach I am a sucker for Christmas lights. We wrap our 20 ft tall palm trees in lights and love the sight every time we drive home in the evening.
Comment by Natalie December 20, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

THIS JUST SOUNDS BEAUTIFUL. DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN LARGE PALM TREES AND CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!

CONGRATS TO MIRIAM ON DAY 10, WINNER OF OUR WHITE FRAME! WE ASKED ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY MEMORY FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD AND THIS IS WHAT MIRIAM HAD TO SAY:
Every year on Christmas morning, the marsh mellow tree would bloom. We would race outside to look at the tree – and there is would be with marsh mellows weighing down all the branches. My silly dad continues the tradition with the grand kids now and even the great grand kids – they all look for the marsh mellow tree on Christmas morning.
Comment by Miriam Dillon December 21, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

WE LOVE THE MARSHMALLOW TREE!!

CONGRATS TO ROXANNE ON DAY 11 WHO WON THE NOTECARDS AND JOURNAL SET. ROXANNE TOLD US ABOUT THIS VERY TOUCHING STORY WHEN WE ASKED ABOUT THE GOOD DEEDS YOU ALL MAY HAVE DONE THIS YEAR.

Several years ago my 7th grade son was with a camp group in Colorado snow skiing for his 1st time during Christmas holidays. My husband & I were not there. On the 2nd or 3rd day ski day, he skied into a ski sign & was hurt very badly (was not wearing a helmet) & had to be airlifted to a Denver hospital. He had a subderal hematoma & a bruised lung & was placed in ICU, then CCU. Upon learning this news, my husband immediately flew out to be with him & I stayed behind to care for our 2 younger daughters (thinking he would only be in the hospital a few days). The surgeon called us & said the bleed in his brain closed within 24 hrs & he should be released in a few days. It was a blessing that the bleed closed but he was still in alot of pain and ended up staying in the CCU for over a week. My husband & son were still in Denver at the hospital on Xmas Eve & Day & knew no one in that city. They were lonely & sad that they were missing Xmas in Bham & my daughters & I were sad they were not here with us. To my “boys” surprise, a woman & her son these kind & thoughtful strangers reaching out to them! The following year, our family spearheaded a gift giving campaign to seek out others who might be forgotten in hospitals, nursing homes or underserved communities. We put a note in our Xmas cards asking for wrapped gifts or $ to be delivered to our home & left a basket on our front porch. The community overwhelmingly responded with hundreds of gifts and $ to purchase what we lacked! We delivered our gifts and made personal visits (with many friends in tow who also wanted to participate) to several hospital patients & nursing home residents who no family in town. We also partnered with Mission Bham & hosted a Xmas Party to kids that were left out. What a joy! This was our way to “pay it forward” to the “angels unaware” that visited my lonely husband & son that cold Xmas in Denver. The next year, friends asked if we were coordinating the project again. We had not planned to but did since there was so much interest & continued the tradition until my son went to college! The project evolved not only with visits to hospital patients & nursing home residents but also having my son’s MBHS basketball team involved by hosting a party for needy children in underserved Bham areas. They even played basketball with them & one year all the kids came to MBHS and played a game with the team at halftime! We estimate that we have delivered 1000′s of gifts to those who otherwise might have been forgotten at Xmas. All this was due to a stranger who was kind to my family one cold Xmas Day! What a priviledge this project has been to my family and “our elves” who made it all possible! We all learned that it is much more of a blessing to give than receive! So, watch out for angels unaware because they are all around if you just take the time to be sensitive to them!
Comment by Roxanne Given December 22, 2012 @ 10:45 am

SUCH A SWEET, SWEET STORY AND WE THANK YOU FOR SHARING. WE HOPE THE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS CAN ONLY CONTINUE!

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FOR DAY 12 WE ASKED ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT ON THE GULF COAST. CONGRATS TO TERI! TERI HAD TO SAY THIS:
Living in Birmingham, AL the last 20 years, my family have many vacation memories on the Gulf Coast…Seaside, Water Color, Rosemary Beach, etc…all our equally beautiful! As fate has it, my husband and family were tranferred to Wrightsville Beach, NC and now we live at the beach full time. While its a great new lifestyle experience living on the Atlantic Coast, home will always be in Alabama and our favorite beaches will always be on the Gulf Coast. We would cherish the 30A book and proudly display it on our coffee table! Merry Chrustmas and Happy New Year!
Comment by Teri December 23, 2012 @ 10:39 am

WE HAVE TO AGREE….THERE IS NO WHERE ON EARTH QUITE LIKE THE GULF COAST AND HOPE TO SEE YA SOON!

THANKS AGAIN YALL! WE HAD FUN READING ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS!!

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