Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Life:Beautiful Winners

The answers were beautiful... the reasons why our lives - despite their challenges and heartbreaks - are beautiful. I loved them... each and every one. Your tellings made me smile, cry, and even gasp. They were wonderful. Thanks.

I wish I could send each 85 of you a subscription. But I'm no Oprah. So, in no particular order (at all), here are the randomly-drawn winners of the Life:Beautiful subscriptions, together with their comments:

"I always think my life would be more beautiful perfectly arranged like that lovely picnic. But it is in the mess that the true beauty of God's provision -- husband, daughter, son that I couldn't imagine having just five years ago -- shines through."

"What makes my life beautiful? These days its a phone call from my Marine son in Iraq. Just hearing him say *Hey, Mom*, and knowing that, at least for this moment, he is safe can light my entire week!"

"Hmmm, there are so many beautiful things about life. One of them are those brief moments in the midst of crazy, hectic fun or sublime merriment where you pause, take a deep breath, glance around meaningfully, and realize just how blessed you really are--that profound stillness filled with thankfulness directed to the God who has graciously allowed us to enjoy all things."

Congrats, ladies! I'll be in contact shortly for your information and Life:Beautiful will be on its way to you soon thereafter.

To the rest of us - thanks for sharing your lives, your families, your hopes and your thoughts with me. It means more than you'll ever know. The community we have here at this blog is one of the many, many things that makes my life beautiful. God's blessings on you all! -Brin


beautiful dreamer said...

You are a light. Keep shining.


Christian - Modobject@Home said...

Congratulations beautiful ladies!

Thank you, Brin, for doing the giveaway.

April said...

Oh, I'm so excited! I never win ANYTHING, Brin! THANKS!!

Harbor Hon said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Brin, noticed the John 3:16 board and it brings back a song I learned in mission school. It was sung to the tune of Silent Night:

John 3:16
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he
Gave his only begotten son
That whosoever believeth in him
Should not perish but have
Everlasting life.

I've never forgotten that and it still makes a big impact on my life. xxoo

Anonymous said...

You're AWESOME!!!

Deb said...

Congratulations to April, Polly & Jean!

Jean M said...

Wow, I can't believe I won!! I'm so thankful. Thanks Brin! You're lovely.

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

Congrats ladies!! have such a big heart!!

I think I'm going to sign myself up for a subscription. It looks like a wonderful magazine.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to all winners, wonderful answers! Your so sweet Brin!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Congratulations to the winners! But we all are winners for knowing you Brin. Thank you for the wonderful gift of you, that is the only gift I ever need.

Minnesota Kathi :)

Polly said...

Brin, this is wonderful! I picked up a copy of Life:Beautiful at the store the other day and was completely entranced. And now I'm going to have my own subscription, thanks to your generosity!