Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ever Grateful to Stop and Give Thanks and a Giveaway

When our boys were little and November rolled around, I would cut out paper leaves in red, yellow, orange and brown. At dinner we would draw or write on the leaves the things for which we were thankful. The boys got older, we got busier, and I stopped making leaves. This summer as I was reading 1000 Gifts, I issued a challenge to the boys (it had to be in the form of a challenge, right? – They’re boys after all!) to start their own gratitude journals.

As our weather turned crisper, I started thinking about those paper leaves and a new challenge was issued: write more in those journals and we will share them on Mondays at dinner. Hubby joined in and is keeping his list on his phone. The boys have even started a game where one person names a number and someone else reads that number from their journal.
Last Monday, we gathered at a deli and shared our lists. I’m so grateful that our boys enjoy showing thanks! This Monday, we will gather at our table decorated with our Ever Grateful Reversible Table Runner from Dayspring.
I was so excited to open this when the Dayspring box came to my doorstep! The workmanship is wonderful and I love the colors! There’s a hint of color, but it is very neutral and won’t clash with other d├ęcor or tableware. One of the best parts is the message, “Let there be thankfulness to God”.
I love the warmth and inspiration it brings to our table. The runner is 72” long and 14” wide and coordinates with other items in the Ever Grateful line. It’s on sale this month and you can find it at the Dayspring Online Store.

Did you find other wonderful things when you looked? Thanks to the wonderful people at Dayspring, I am giving away a $20 coupon code to the
Dayspring Online Store. This will be very simple to enter – visit the online store and leave me a comment telling me your favorite Dayspring item – that’s it.

If your profile page does not show your email address, please include your email address in your comment. I will use to select a winner and will then notify you via email. (Contest will remain open through November 10.)
Disclosure: I received an Ever Grateful Table Runner free from Dayspring in return for my blog review. All opinions are completely mine and true.


  1. I really want to get the wooden caddy this month!

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  3. Annette, the table runner is pretty & there are several things I'd like to get from Dayspring, but so far, my favorite (besides the necklace I already own) is the wood pedestal found here:
    Thanks for your blog & such a fun giveaway!

  4. I Loooooove the wooden silverware caddy, from this very collection! Thank you for the entry. :)

  5. I love, love, love the Ever Grateful tableware! =)

  6. the Jesus is the Gift table decor :)
    How fun! happy day to you, Annette

  7. I love the children's nativity set?

  8. Thank you to everyone who entered! I used and Jessica Heights is the winner. I plan to do another review and giveaway in February so check back then and sooner of course too! Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Stopping by from Inspired Deals Reviews to say “Hi.” New follower, too. Growing Old With Grace Hugs, GraceinAZ


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