Day Twelve - 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

Today is my last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways and I wish so badly I had a gift for each and every one of you. Every time I read a new comment I would hope that person would win and then I would read the next comment and think....'oh I hope she wins' and so on and so on. But...I'm not made of millions. Only hundreds.....Dad!!

{Ok so my dad and I have a running joke...whenever one of us has a hundred dollar bill in our wallet we slyly flash it to each other as to have out-done each other with the $$ in our wallets...except most times, my dad flashes back his wallet with more than one!}

I have two in there right now DAD. Beat that!!

OK...back to the giveaway...sorry. We started this 12 days with a Keep Calm and Carry On Ring and I thought it would be appropriate to end with it's sister....
the Keep Calm and Carry On Necklace.
Again in your choice of grey or turquoise!

Leave a comment to win!
Tweet and/or Facebook it for another entry.
Winner will be announced sometime on Christmas Day!

Now to wish you a Merry Christmas and let you know my Christmas thoughts.
My mom said it well in her Christmas letter. It was so good I am going to share it with you here. They are my same feelings.

{Most of you know we lost my younger brother, Jason, and my great Aunt Lorraine a couple of months ago to cancer. It has been a tough year.}

'We said good-bye to two very special family members. Everything we've learned about dying, we learned from Jason. Keep a sense of humor. Enjoy good food. Hug without reservation. Wipe away tears from someones cheeks. Plan for tomorrow; you just might see it. Love unconditionally - really. Tap your hand to music if you can't sing. Say thank you....all....day....long. Let someone serve you. Your body is not an indignity; it's a gift. If you're tired, sleep. And in the end, endure it well.

Everything we've learned about service we learned from Aunt Lorraine. Every person is important. Be a friend to someone no one else likes. Mope about bad news for a day or two then go see who you can help. Don't wait to be asked. Volunteer. Live in the moment, and give of yourself. He has no hands but ours.

Everything we've learned about faith and comfort we learned from our Savior. Keep your heart focused on what really matters. Teach by example. Forgive if you want that same gift back. Judge not. Some comfort comes from a hug; some comes on your knees. "Ask and ye shall receive" really happens. He came for a reason, and this is His season. Rejoice, no matter what.'

I honestly couldn't have expressed my feelings this Christmas season any better. Thanks, Mom.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas
and a happy and peaceful New Year!

Winner of yesterday's giveaway....the NieNie Calendar.
Commenter #13...picked by Random.org. I promise!
As I counted down, I actually screamed...."NO WAY!"

It's my sister, Jill, and she was just a little upset when she found out that mom had donated the calendar for the giveaway instead of giving it to her!
You have to read her comment.

And, if you are interested, I posted a Deck The Halls....Holiday House Tour of our house here yesterday evening.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve Day!

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  1. I've been up early cooking for Christmas-tired already. Thanks for offering all the lovely giveaways! It's been fun! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

  2. so adorable! thanks for ALL the giveaways :)

  3. Oh - I would love that!!! Thanks for all the giveaways and have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. I'm a new follower--thanks to WIWW. LOVE your pretties! Hope you have a great Christmas!

  5. so pretty! i'd love it in either color, although i think i'm partial to the gray. i am so glad i stumbled across your blog - your posts + pictures are so lovely.

    merry christmas!


  6. I have a mild addiction to anything that carries "Keep Calm and Carry On". This would be a nice addition to my collection. :)Merry Christmas to you and your family! You are awesome!

  7. I think this little necklace would be a nice reminder to me when life just gets hectic, stressful and I feel like screaming "uncle"! Merry Christmas!

  8. the message from your mother's christmas letter was beautiful and a wonderful reminder...thank you for sharing that. i love the necklace!

  9. Oh, I LOVE these necklaces! "Carrying on" can seem hard to do at times, but it is the kindness and compassion of those around us that can make it possible. Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. I think this should be my mantra for the new year! Thanks for the fun April!

  11. Merry Christmas Eve and then some! Very impressed with your successes this year!

  12. Merry christmas from mickey and minnie and devyn too!! xoxox

  13. Merry Christmas Kennedy's! Thanks for sharing your Mom's letter, it was perfectly put!

  14. Love these necklaces---and with two little girls running around me all day, i could use the reminder!
    Either color is beautiful!
    :)Wendy G

  15. Thanks April- it's been so fun keeping up with you over the holidays..Merry Christmas!

  16. I think the turquoise would be perfect! Happy Holidays!

  17. the middle part of this post had me crying, it was so nice to read.

    those necklaces are adorable!

    have a very merry christmas.

  18. Ooo, I just got a print for my house that says that! Thanks for all the giveaways, too sweet!

  19. i am a little bummed i didn't get the gift from mama shari. lol... Have a great Christmas. we will be thinking of you guys tomorrow wishing we could run over to your parents for a Christmas hug. Love You!

  20. This is my for st time commenting. I have been following your blog for awhile though. Happy holidays to you and your family. And I would love the necklace in turquoise!

  21. I have to try 2 times to get this one! I put a note on FB. :)

  22. Another adorable item! Thanks for all the fun giveaways! Have a Merry Christmas!

  23. April I have been tempted to buy one. I think i might after the holidays. :)Have a great Christmas.

  24. Oh- you know I love that one! If I happen to find it under the tree tomorrow, I know just the friend to pass it along to!

    A very merry christmas to you and your family!

  25. Love it. picked up one for my cousin...would love one for me.

  26. I just read your Mom's Christmas message. I don't know what it was but it surely resonated with me. It brought tears to my eyes, made me stop, take a deep breath and remember the things that are truly important. Thank you for sharing something so personal. The message was such a gentle reminder, I couldn't help but to print it and share with my family!


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