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A few weeks before we found out the gender of our baby I started writing a post sharing some of my thoughts as our sonogram approached. It was entitled “#lifewithoutpink” as I referred to a few years back when someone tagged me on Instagram asking if I would add the hashtag #lifewithoutpink to a photo I had posted of my boys. It was a fun boy-mom thing and I’m sure this person didn’t even know I had lost a daughter but it kind of felt like a punch in the gut. A reminder of loss and what I can often talk myself into believing is a big gaping whole in my life. A life without pink.

I could never find the right words to finish that post.

As you know, sonogram day came and went and all of a sudden pink is entering my life again. In fact, pink is entering my life very soon as my due date quickly approaches.

Maybe the words for the post never came for a reason. Ever since losing Cora I have tried so hard to make sense of God’s plan for my family. I was sure that Levi, Griffin, AND Jake were all girls. SURE. Not because I have great motherly instinct–obviously I don’t–but because I thought that surely we were ready for another girl. I remember when we got pregnant with Jake up until the day he was born thinking that two boys and a girl sounded like a pretty perfect plan. And if I am really honest with you I thought we deserved another girl after losing Cora. That feels really embarrassing to admit but it’s true. I have done a lot of wrestling with God over the past almost nine years. I have poured out my heart and spoken my desires. I have cried out both in confusion and with a completely broken heart. I miss Cora like crazy and sometimes I still fight so hard to try to understand.

Last fall we actually thought we’d be welcoming our fifth baby in May 2017. I went in for my 10-week appointment and was shocked to find out that I was only measuring at six weeks. I had either miscalculated something or I was miscarrying–I knew that day that I would miscarry. A May baby had seemed so perfect for our family and we were heartbroken. We weren’t even sure we wanted to try to get pregnant again. Going through more loss sounded too hard.

I don’t know why I always try to take the reigns and figure things out on my own. While we were preparing our hearts to be done having babies, God had other plans. Early this past summer we found out we were expecting again. We trudged through those weeks before the appointment very timidly trying not to get our hopes up. We made it to the 10-week appointment and everything looked great. Praise the Lord! I was thinking all along we would not find out gender but the Mac boys (including daddy) all wanted to know, so we decided to find out. Boys usually win around here. Haha! The gender vote was 5-0. We all thought it had to be another boy. This time even I thought it was a boy for sure. I heard Levi tell one of our friends, “We all are kind of hoping for a girl but we all think its probably a boy!” Isn’t that the cutest?! And honestly, while I would have loved to have another daughter, I thought four boys sounded pretty awesome too. I hope you know me well enough by now to know that I am crazy about my boys. I can’t imagine life any other way. Each one has been the perfect addition to our family. God’s plans are always better and I love being a boy mom!

We walked into that sonogram room ready to hear “Boy!” and instead found ourselves saying, “For real?! Are you sure it’s a girl?” I was so excited and so shocked…and I have to admit a little confused. I had tried so hard to figure out for myself why it just made sense for us to have another boy; even convincing myself that God could use our story in a more powerful way if we didn’t have a “happy ending” of a girl. I was taking the reigns of my life again. Putting myself on the the throne and trying to figure things out in my own way and my own timing.

I just finished studying Romans 8 in Bible study and was reminded again that whatever situation I find myself in God has placed me there for my good and His glory,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Those can be hard words to swallow when we find ourselves in the middle of tragedy and difficulty, I know. But as believers these words offer us great security. A promise we can live by. We may not always feel or see that God is working for our good, but we know with certainty that He is. What do we know? God is working in all things–He has all things covered. As we continue reading this verse in context (read all of chapter 8!) we see that God’s “good” doesn’t mean getting what we want and it doesn’t mean that the things he uses for good in our life are always good in themselves. Verse 29 tells us that the “good” is being conformed into the likeness of His Son. He is changing us from the inside out. Even when our plans seem good to us, God often has something better in mind. We can be confident that God is at work in the center of our very worst times, our very best times, and even the very mundane times in our lives. He was working for the good of my family when Cora died and continues to work for the good of my family as we are just weeks away from holding our second daughter. I don’t have to understand, but it is my prayer that I would always give my heart and mind to trust His perfect purposes.

All God’s gifts are good, but, oh my goodness, this little girl feels like a very special gift from the Lord. We have had our seasons of mourning, and as a friend so sweetly reminded me, this season is definitely a season for rejoicing. We are praising God for the life he continues to bring to our family. We are so undeserving of His kindness to us. It is my prayer that as we continue to share parts of our grief as well as our joy, that you would see that God is both completely good and completely sovereign all the time. The end of Romans 8 reminds us that nothing can separate us from God’s love for us. Will you trust God’s perfect purposes with your circumstances today?

So here we go. Our family’s story has looked so different than anything I could have planned or imagined. I am thankful for God’s patience with me as He continues to gently remind me that He is on the throne. He is so good. Just a few more weeks until we re-enter the girl world. This boy family may not know what hit us as the pink starts to find its way into our home but we are so ready to love on this little lady like crazy!

*photos taken by my sweet friend Ashley of Ashley Opliger Photography

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  • Dena - Praying for continued blessings on your family, your delivery and your sweet new little “pink” one ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • k&c's mom - Yours was the first blog I read, and I’ve followed and prayed for you since your loss. I know that God used your journey to prepare me for the loss of my husband. I know that ALL of your readers are more than thrilled for you and this upcoming pink bundle of joy! Blessings on you!ReplyCancel

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  • Cat - I needed this today, for a situation that is very different. However, God’s word is always true. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • Michelle - Beautifully spoken Jess. The leadership you show with your faithfulness in understanding God’s plan is so inspiring to me. Thank you for the timely reminder that we aren’t in control and need to wait for Him to show us the way.ReplyCancel

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  • Toni Dreist - I really think this is one of my most favorite posts youโ€™ve ever done. I weeped with you when you lost your precious Cora and I am rejoicing over your new daughter that is soon to arrive. I trust Him completely and it has been you that has helped to lead me to continue having that trust. Faith plays such a huge role in our lives. Your family continues to be in my prayers and my thoughts of a smooth delivery will be right there with you. Much love and hugs and we all canโ€™t wait โ€œmeetโ€ your newest Princess Mac. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐ŸผReplyCancel

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  • Kimberly Oyler - so excited for you, jess!! it’s going to be amazing! I can’t wait to hear her name and see her sweet face! love you friend!ReplyCancel

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  • Heather - I love this story Jess! Thanks for sharing your heart! You ministered to me today! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•ReplyCancel

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  • Sue - Thank you so much for this beautiful post. You have been such a witness and inspiration to me since you lost Cora. I read your blog and rejoiced for God’s goodness every time you had one of your beautiful boys but I was especially moved and so grateful to hear that He is giving you another daughter. Thank you for always pointing us to Him even after the most unspeakable loss. I will be praying for joy, peace and good health for the Mac family.ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Kelly - Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement! You look beautiful and I’m so excited that your family will include a bit of pink again. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Claire - I’ve been praying for your family since little Cora got sick and the link was sent to me in a prayer chain. So, I’ve watched your pregnancies and babies being born, and each time, I have prayed for a girl for you. I love this post. It really shows God’s perfect plan. He knew you weren’t yet ready for a girl. I am so happy you will have another baby girl to love very soon. Cora can never be replaced, but she is probably so excited to see you with another girl.ReplyCancel

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  • Susan - Aaaah – I am so excited to see all the pink again. I have followed your journey since Cora and what a journey it’s been! You (and Joel) are such a testament and an inspiration. Your baby girl is going to be so loved and so protected by all those boys. Isn’t it amazing how our hearts just find space for more love??? Can’t wait for the newborn pics – please don’t leave us hanging for long!!
    Sending much love to you all, Sue xxxReplyCancel

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  • Angie - J-
    I came home from a disappointing appointment for our oldest son today (likely another surgery in his future). I sat down w/my devotional book, but opted to first do a computer search for reassuring words about our current circumstances. I’ve followed your story since Cora’s illness as our youngest child (a daughter after two boys) was 6 months older than Cora; and for some reason checked in on your Instagram before opening my devotional book. I followed your most recent post to read further on the blog.
    I am thanking God for using you and your thoughts as precisely what I needed to read today and at this moment. God *is* good and sovereign.
    Too…I recall taking a picture of our laundry basket one evening as I folded laundry b/c it was a new kind of joy to see pink and sparkly items mixed in for the first time. We had a miscarriage prior to having our daughter in the mix of what turned out to be 3.5 years of unexplained (humanly speaking) infertility. I am empathizing with so much of what you typed in this post…so much familiarity of a past time for us and our boys.
    Best wishes navigating through times of grief and joy this month; and thanks to God for using you in my life today.
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  • Amie - Ohhhhh how I love your faithful loving heart! I think and pray for you often and miss uโค๏ธ May your next few weeks be filled with love and peace! So excited to meet Miss Mac! Thank you for always being such a sweet reminder of Godโ€™s love and family for me!!!!Hugs to you all! Love u๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—ReplyCancel

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  • Meghan - This is so beautiful, Jess. I love your honesty and how you use this space to glorify our Heavenly Father so authentically. Rejoicing for your family as you await the arrival of your newest little one.ReplyCancel

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  • Carolyn Dewey - Hi Jess! I haven’t kept up with Newton blogs, except for Debby’s, which is where I just read your exciting news. We are so happy to hear about your growing family and look forward to hear when baby girl arrives. Your boys are so handsome!!! God bless the Macs!!!ReplyCancel

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  • Wendy Harmon - Hello Jess – I have written before, I have followed your blog since Cora was sick – we had daughters the same age and my heart broke for you all and my heart has rejoiced for you with every new birth and your boys are SO adorable. I’m sure you are human to the core, like all of us, but I follow your story through the years from a far (Atlanta GA) and am amazed at your faith and your openness to share not only your high points but your low ones too – and you are so right, God is still he same God through it all, and still holding us close! I could not be more thrilled to see PINK back in your home soon – those cutie pie boys will be so amazing with her!! PLEASE keep sharing, and thank you!! Prayers from Atlanta!ReplyCancel

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  • Linda - I’m so happy for you and family. I have read your post for about the whole 9 years. I have seen your pain and your joys. Your faith in the Lord has always been there. Your story has a new chapter. Thank You so much for sharing and blessing us, your readers.ReplyCancel

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  • Muriel Siadak - Jess I to have followed you and your family since Cora was ill. Although far from Kansas your words of gods live is so true. Sending pink stars and joyous prayers to all of you as you wait for Miss Mac to arrive.
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  • andrea siebert - oh Jess-can’t wait to see you hold that sweet little girl in your arms!ReplyCancel

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  • Amy - So glad that God has sent you another little girl. Prayers at this time of year and as this little girl makes her way into your family.ReplyCancel

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  • Joyce - Wishing you all the best as you welcome this new little life into your family. Thank you for sharing your faith and encouraging each one of us to keep trusting God for His perfect plan for our lives.ReplyCancel

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The winner of the DaySpring giveaway is….

Kelly Ratiliff! Congrats, Kelly! You should have an email from me in your inbox today.

For those of you who didn’t win the giveaway there are some great deals still going on at DaySpring. Make sure to check out the newly added items to the Christmas Sale, Ornament Sale, BOGO Mugs, and Calendar and Planner Sale.

Here is a little gift idea that I shared on Instagram. I stacked up the Flamingo 18-month Agenda Planner (which is marked down to $15), the Live Original Jumbo Notepad, tied it together with a cute ribbon and tucked in a gift card on top. This would make a fun teacher gift or gift for a friend who loves cute office supplies.

I was so excited to see that the Manger and Star Wooden Cake Toppers are part of the Christmas Sale! Yay! These Cake Toppers are marked down to $4 (originally $10). They come in a cute little box and you could easily tie a bow and cute tag around them and have the perfect, meaningful gift that can be used year after year. I am so excited to gift these to all of my friends. We will be adding this to our birthday cake for Jesus this year too!


DaySpring is also offering you an exclusive discount. Use code SHINEHISLIGHT to get $20 off any $60 purchase + free shipping. You can combine this offer with the Christmas Sale…load your cart up with 15 cake toppers, get $20 off + free shipping and you will have 15 gifts ready to go for just $40! Or, grab a few cake toppers, maybe a cute planner, and finish up your Christmas shopping using the discount code. Happy shopping!

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  • donna - I have followed your blog since Cora got sick. I follow it to see your family and home, not to see advertising.ReplyCancel

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Giveaway #5

The last giveaway is one of my favorites. Actually all the giveaways have been my favorite, but if you would love to capture the beauty of your days through photography this giveaway is for you!

I took Ashley’s SnapShop Online Photography course to learn to use my DSLR camera. This course taught me how to shoot in manual and I have never turned back since. I am so glad I learned how to use my camera. So glad. Since taking the DSLR course I have also taken the phone course and I continue to learn so much from Ashley as she adds new material to her online course all the time (Ashley is the best teacher!). Whether you would love to learn how to use your big camera or just how to take better photos on your phone, this online course is packed with the tools to help you do both!

Ashley is generously giving away ย 2 – 1 year SnapShop memberships (one for you and one to share with a friend). It is always more fun to go through a course like this with a friend! Here’s how to enter:

Giveaway Details:

2 – 1 year SnapShop memberships

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Friday, December 8th at 10PM (CST)

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me who you would give the extra membership to if you won. Thatโ€™s it!

And if you are ready to start taking the course today or would like to give a membership to SnapShop as a Christmas gift you can use the code JESS15 to get $15 off the registration fee through Sunday, December 10th. This is such a great deal for all the material you will have access to! There is a $5 monthly fee to keep up your membership and you can cancel at anytime.

*disclaimer: affiliate links used

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  • Erin - I’d give the membership to my friend Becky, she loves photography as much as I do!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsay S. - I have wanted to take this course forever! I would give the gift to my sister who received a DSLR camera from her husband last Christmas. She has been saying how she wants to learn to take better pictures. This would be an AWESOME gift for her that I would love to give her. Thanks for the opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

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  • Jill Brandt - I would share with my friend Michele. Oh this would be amazing. Thank you!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah V. - If I won I would give the extra membership to my friend so we can take it together. Then I will have to buy a membership for my mom also because I know she would love it too!ReplyCancel

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  • Megan - I would give the course to my friend Meg!ReplyCancel

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  • Elizabeth Kelly - I would share with my friend, who is in the process of completing their family through adoption, as our family is!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jenni J - Iโ€™d share it with my sister-in-law. We both want to know how to use our โ€œfancyโ€ cameras.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa H - Iโ€™d love the course for my mom. She loves taking pics with her iPhone.ReplyCancel

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  • Lane Connerley - Wow! I would looooove to win this! And I would give the extra one to a sweet friend!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica Wheeler - I would LOVE to share with one of my friends who just adopted a baby girl! ๐Ÿ’—ReplyCancel

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  • Kendra - I would give the extra membership to a friend who I know would love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Janelle - The extra membership would go to my sister. She would love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • Emily W - Iโ€™d love to win! Iโ€™d give the 2nd subscription to my sister!ReplyCancel

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  • Danielle - I would give it to my sister!ReplyCancel

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  • Sneha - Iโ€™d love to share this with my sister.ReplyCancel

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  • Christa M - I love Ashley and her faithfulness in speaking and portraying the beauty of God. Snap Shops is on my Christmas list this year. I would give the other membership to my friend who is about to travel to Rwanda and Iraq for missions the next several years. Thanks for doing this, JessReplyCancel

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  • Vicki - I would be thrilled to win and would give to my friend Emily who started taking pics with her husbands canera!ReplyCancel

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  • Leatha - I would give the membership to my friend Michelle. Thank you for this opportunity to learn, win and share!ReplyCancel

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  • Katherine M Carnahan - I would give the subscription to my friend Donna. She would love learning with me.ReplyCancel

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  • Jody - My little brotherโ€™s girlfriend. She got a DSLR for graduation.ReplyCancel

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  • Leah S - I would definitely gift my dear friend Jordan!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda Donovan - I would give the membership to my sister. She has 8 kids and loves taking pictures of them. โค๏ธReplyCancel

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  • Laurel - Guess! Parrish SmithReplyCancel

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  • Cara L - I have always wanted to try out the SnapShop course! I would gift the extra membership to my baby sister. She loves taking pictures and I think she would love learning some new tips and tricks.ReplyCancel

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  • Cassie M - I’d love to win this! I’d gift the other membership to my mom-she loves photography and we could learn together!ReplyCancel

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  • Jen Christians - I would give a membership to my friend Jeanie. She has 5 beautiful kids, and works harder than anyone I have ever met! She has been through a lot this year.ReplyCancel

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  • Brandee T. - I would love to take this course, and I would gift the 2nd membership to my friend Casey!ReplyCancel

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  • Tessa - I would give it to my sister Shannon because she loves to take pics of her kids too!ReplyCancel

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  • Jayme Watkins - I would give it to my mom! She has always taken such good pictures and I know she would love to learn more and take better pictures of her grand babies!!ReplyCancel

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  • Deb - I would share with my sister in law, Lisbeth.ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica Hershberger - I would share with my friend Katie. So awesome!ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley H - This would be perfect to share with my sis!ReplyCancel

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  • Erin Newberry - My sister Darci BriarReplyCancel

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  • Susie Q. - I passed down my previous dslr to my best friend and I know she would find this course so useful.ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - I’d love to learn how to use my camera and phone better! I’d share the other membership with my sister. She introduced me to both of you online; she’s such a giver and I’d love to help treat her!ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie Thorne - My fellow photog friend Kelley! We have vowed this is our year of learning!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarahann - Oh my goodness! Iโ€™m so excited just about the idea of possibly winning this!!! I would give the other membership to my amazing sister-in-law, so we can learn together!ReplyCancel

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  • Tessa - I would give the other to one of the other commenters because I know they want this as much as I do and would really appreciate it! So if I am drawn go ahead and draw another name with me.ReplyCancel

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  • Somer - I would give it to my daughter. She is and always has been a better photographer than I am.ReplyCancel

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  • Kaitlyn - I would give the extra membership to my step sister! Weโ€™ve both recently invested in DSLRs and weโ€™re trying to figure everything out!ReplyCancel

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  • Laura @ The Turquoise Home - I would love to win and gift the other one to my sister-in-law, Emily!ReplyCancel

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  • Cory - I would give a the extra membership to my daughter…ReplyCancel

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  • Christy beasley - A sweet yoUnder girl I know who has a passion for photography and is about to get her first camera for Christmas!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren - The other membership would go to my sister! She just moved to Colorado and I’d love to see what she’d capture in her new beautiful surroundings!ReplyCancel

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  • claire nicholls - I would love to win this competition for myself (just brought a Canon 80D) to photograph my daughters with (aged 2 & 5) and my sister who is due with her first baby on the 27th December.ReplyCancel

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  • Joanne Haidle - Iโ€™ve been wanting to take an online photography class for a long time. This one looks great! Iโ€™d give the gift to a friend Christine Quiring who is also interested in getting better photos.ReplyCancel

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  • Ashley - I’ve loved following Ashley (she has the best name ๐Ÿ˜‰) via blogging and instagram and would LOVE to win the membership. If I did win, I would give the other membership to my great friends’ daughter who is just learning the ins and outs of photography.ReplyCancel

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  • Deborah - I would love to give it to a friend! Honestly, I have a couple that come to mind but would probably want to check first to make sure they would use the awesome content!! I’d give my sisters first dibs ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - I’d give the extra membership to my 16 year old daughter, and we’d go through the course together. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Kim Heilig - I’d give the second membership to my sister Casey! She moved far away and now we rely on pictures to share life together in between our visits!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica - I would give the extra membership to my sister.ReplyCancel

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  • Allison Shipe - I would share with my sister Leigh! I got a DSLR camera last year for Christmas and love it!! But i could definitely learn more! That is my New Years resolution to really learn to use my camera. My sister does not have much experience at all with DSLRs but she is definitely the artsy one of the two of us. I am having my first baby in May and would love for her to learn so she can help take pictures of my new little family ๐Ÿ˜Š. (And i just know sheโ€™d really enjoy it!)ReplyCancel

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  • Dani M. - I would give the second membership to my sister, Katie. Sheโ€™s already a great photographer but I know Ashley has amazing things to teach!ReplyCancel

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  • Beth Livingston - I would give the second membership to my cousin who has a DSLR and is afraid to take it out of auto mode. I think this would give her the confidence she needs to make the switch!ReplyCancel

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  • Abigail - I would give the other membership to my sister! We both want to improve. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

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  • Paige - Iโ€™d give one to my sister in law Michele. We both want to document our family life, kids and church. Weve got these awesome cameras but no idea how
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  • Sara Ackerman - I’d share it with my friend Annaleise who also loves photography!ReplyCancel

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  • Lauren Montavon - Ahhh I would so love this! I would share it with my sister,together we need loads of photo help!ReplyCancel

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  • Dulcia - I would give it to my friend Lidia ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠReplyCancel

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  • Katie - I would give the membership to my sister-in-law who has followed Ashley Ann almost as long as I have! (Since right before Firecracker was born… It just occurred to me she never calls her that anymore.) ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to improve my photography, especially of my littles!ReplyCancel

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  • Alayna - I would give the extra course to my sister in law! I love Ashleyโ€™s blog and her story! Thank youReplyCancel

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  • Emily K. - I would share with my mother in law because she just upgraded her smartphone and has no idea how to use the camera. And I’ve been thinking about doing this course for a couple of years!ReplyCancel

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  • April Rigsbee - Thank you for the opportunity. I’d give it to my daughter. What a wonderful, usefull skill for a young person to have and I love learning with her.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy M - Iโ€™ve been wanting a membership for so long! If I win, Iโ€™d give the other to my friend Lesley, whoโ€™s creativity and thoughtfulness always inspires me. โค๏ธReplyCancel

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  • Kari - I took her course several years ago and would love the opportunity to gift a year long course to my sister-in-law who recently had her second baby and is a wonder at getting pictures of her kids on an almost daily basis.ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel - This is awesome! I’d share with my sis!ReplyCancel

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  • Marcina - I think I would give this to my friend Andrea or my cousin Sandra.ReplyCancel

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  • Kayla - I would give it to my friend Kelli to capture pictures of her two little ones!ReplyCancel

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  • TIna - I’d give it to my artsy sister! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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  • Tammi Satterfield - I would give my extra membership to my daughter. She ia about to graduate and will have more time for fun things like photography.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy Miller - What an amazing giveaway! I would love to give one to my sweet niece!ReplyCancel

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  • Kathryn Chastain - My sweet sister-in-law, so we can both learn to take better pictures of our kiddos!ReplyCancel

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  • Mindy - I would gift one to my daughter! She is asking for a camera for Christmas.ReplyCancel

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  • Amy R. - I would love to share with my friend Kristi. We both love photography and would LOVE to learn from Ashley!ReplyCancel

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We’ve been busy decking the halls around here and I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas items from DaySpring with you. I love these three things so much that I am giving all three away to one of you!

For Unto Us a Child Is Born Framed Wall Art

I hung this sign next to our Christmas tree and I love it so much. This verse is one we have memorized as a family and it is such a good reminder to have on our walls.

Nativity Wood Blocks

I love having kid friendly nativity sets around the house. I added this wood block set to my collection and it is so adorable!

Manger and Star Wooden Cake Toppers

I was so excited when I saw these on DaySpring this year. I love the simplicity of them. Wouldn’t these be the perfect addition to a birthday cake for Jesus?! TODAY ONLY (11/28) you can get these wooden cake toppers free with any purchase. Check a few items off your Christmas list and snag these for free! Just add items to your cart and then select the ‘Free Gift’ prompt during check out.

Make sure to check out these great deals as well…

Cyber Week Markdown Specials

BOGO Weekend: Everything on this page is Buy 1, Get 1 Free


DaySpring is generously giving away all three of these items to one of my readers. So fun! Here is how to enter:

Giveaway Details:

Framed Wall Art, Nativity Wood Blocks & Wooden Cake Toppers

ONE winner chosen at random

ONE entry per person

Giveaway ends Friday, December 1st at 10PM (CST)

To enter, click this link to sign up for DaySpring’s newsletter then leave a comment on this post telling me that you are signed up. That’s it!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram (@jessmcclenahan) for more giveaways later this week!

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  • Danielle Flaming - Hi Jess! Merry CHRISTmas! Thank you for hosting this fun giveaway! I just love those sweet nativity blocks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m so behind in the social media world – CONGRATULATIONS on expecting a BABY GIRL! I feel like my heart might burst for you! God is SO good! I will be praying for you and your sweet family! Blessings to you!

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Hey guys! Next week I am teaming up with some of my favorite shops to host five days of giveaways. These five shops are generously giving away some amazing prizes so you aren’t going to want to miss it! I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what is coming up because all of these shops have great sales going on this weekend. If you are checking off your Christmas gift lists this weekend make sure you check out these deals…

Katygirl Designs | Katy has a 4-day sale going on Friday through Monday. Make sure to check out KatyGirl Designs to get some great deals this weekend. I love her Scripture calendar, teacher gift set, and she has some great Christmas photo card designs if you are needing a Christmas card!

SnapShop Online Photography School | If you haven’t registered for Ashley Ann’s SnapShop Online courses you need to! Or if you have a friend who would love to learn how to use his/her camera better this would be the best gift. Ashley also just put out a great photography gear guide for those of you with photography gear on your wish list. I have taken both the DSLR and phone courses and would recommend them to anyone! Useย the discount code GEAR2017 for $20 off your registration. Offer ends 11.25.17

Star Kids Company | My boys are big fans of Star From Afar. This will be our third Christmas using this interactive nativity set and it is quickly becoming a tradition around here. Friday through Monday you can get your Star From Afar set shipped for free. No coupon needed.

DaySpring | DaySpring has a sitewide Black Friday sale going on today. Use code FRIDAY17 for 30% off any purchase. Make sure to check out the Markdown Specials (you can use the 30% off code on top of the sale price) as well as the BOGO Weekend sale. Here are a few of my favorites for Christmas. You just might some of them as part of the giveaway next week (hint, hint).

Glory to God Porcelain Christmas Ornament

Nativity Hurricane Candle Holder Trio

For Unto Us a Child Is Born Framed Wall Art

Nativity Wood Blocks

Manger and Star Wooden Cake Toppers

Sarah + Abraham | If you need adorable Christmas labels for all those gifts you will be wrapping up, check these out. Now through Monday, Sarah + Abraham is doubling all label orders. No code necessary. I can’t wait to get these tags to top our gifts with!

Don’t forget to check back next week to enter the giveaways. I am @jessmcclenahan on Instagram where some of the giveaways will be hosted as well!

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