My Not So Wordless Wednesday

Last week I posted my first giveaway and said I would announce the winner on Tuesday. Only I didn’t. But for a good reason…I was observing the world wide web day of silence in honor of the victims of Newtown, CT. So if you were waiting to see if you won the note cards, please forgive the delay. But before I say who won I have one other thing I’d like to share with you. And I am going to ask that you share it to.

I tried to find a way to show this video directly but couldn’t so I’ll just post the link. Ana Grace was one of the children killed last week. Her mother posted this video clip of her singing “Come Thou Almighty King” accompanied by her brother on the piano. Her request is that the video be seen so that the world will know the victims and not the shooter. It’s less than a minute long so please, take a moment and watch. And then share it on your facebook or blog.

Now onto the winner of the set of note cards…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnd the randomly drawn winner is:

Paula from Life As We Know It

Congratulations, Paula! Leave a comment letting me know you sent me your address at whatmartysees@gmail.com and I’ll get these right out for you:-)

I’ll be sharing this post at Paula’s link up party today and Picture Perfect Blog Hop and visiting with This Girl’s Life for the first time.

My First Give Away

I first started blogging about six years ago. My kids were little and they gave me plenty of stories to share and it was a good way to let family and friends keep up with us.

We debated the best way to cut waffles, took a poll as to whether the edge brownie pieces were best, and found ridiculous time consuming games. (Seriously, boomshine. Click at your own risk though…it’s addictive.) 
There would be the occasional bouts of silence, words that I wished I could take back, and others that I wish I would remember more often. 
I stopped blogging back around April. After months of quiet I realized that I still wanted to blog but I wanted to do it differently and Life Through My Lens was born. I still tell stories about my family and share recipes and I am showing a lot more of my photography. I’m trying to be more deliberate so there are fewer words to regret and more worth remembering.
Since it began in August I have met many new people and welcomed back old friends. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and encouragement that has been shared here and on other blogs. 
When I logged in this afternoon I noticed that I’ve had almost 4000 visits. I know there are blogs who see that much traffic in a week but it seemed like kind of a lot to me.
So I decided to celebrate by hosting my first ever give away.  I am going to give a set of four note cards to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you enjoy about the blogging world.
The front of the card is one of my favorite images. I love hydrangeas and the soft white teapot just looks soothing to me. 

The top inside of the card is printed with a beautiful benediction from Numbers 6 and the bottom half is blank for your personal message.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, December 18th. Winner will have one week to contact me at whatmartysees@gmail.com to give me an address in order for me to mail the cards.