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Every year we take a trip to the Flint Hills with Joel’s family in the spring. This year our Flint Hills trip fell on Mother’s Day. It was the perfect, sunshiny day for a Mother’s Day picnic.

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We always eat first but the kids finish their food in record speed and are soon off exploring. Which means the adults finish their food in record speed and are soon off making sure no one drowns.:)

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The big adventure this year was catching little frogs. The big kids were catching tons of frogs so these three decided they could catch some by themselves too.

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They were on quite the mission and were so proud to announce anytime they caught a frog.

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It’s hard to believe that these three only have one more year until they start school. They love each other.

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More frog catching.

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In between exploring we tried to sneak in a few extra food breaks. These kids are hard to keep up with!

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Joel waded in the creek pretty much all afternoon. He’s such a good daddy.

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He was pretty much the designated lifeguard too.

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Oscar loved his first trip to the Flint Hills. We always seem to have a few babies around with this group!

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And since it was Mother’s Day I had to have a picture with my boys. Hard to believe next year I will be squeezing one more little one. Can’t wait!

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This is actually my favorite Mother’s Day picture though.:)

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We left our picnic spot and drove over to the “picture tree”. While we were getting all the kids gathered I caught these two having a little chat.

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It gets crazier and crazier each year trying to get a picture of this crew of cousins. It was also super sunny and they weren’t loving that…lots of squinting eyes this year!

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I know these trips will be some of our favorite memories to look back on. So thankful for family.

You can check out our past Flint Hills trips here:

2011 * 2012 * 2013

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  • May 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Megan - So fun! I love this tradition! I went to the flint hills last month on a photo shoot trip with my dad. You can see some of my photos here if you’d like. http://trulymegs.blogspot.com/2014/04/flint-hills-photo-shoot.html?m=1ReplyCancel

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  • May 16, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Stefanie - Look at all those kids! Awesome pictures. It looks like you had a great time!ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2014 - 10:29 am

    dana - Where do you go in the Flint Hills? This looks like such a great spot! And we’re always looking for places that are close to us that our boys would enjoy exploring. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Carolyn Dewey - Simply marvelous fun and memories!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Mary Ann - Darling photos….I love the one with the 3 little kids, the one with you and your boys (with their cheesy smiles), and well….all of them because they shows a lot of family love and happiness. I can’t wait to see your new little one….so exciting for your family to add another McClenahan!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Lea - What wonderful memories! This is what life is made of for sure! Such great pics of what was apparently an enjoyable time for all.
    Happy week!ReplyCancel

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  • May 24, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    morgan - Cute photos:). I am a PT and I wanted you to know that Oscar looks like he may have torticollis. This is correctable but should be looked at by a doctor and then have treatment from a PT.ReplyCancel

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  • May 26, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    creole wisdom - Jess, it looks so pretty up there! I was chatting with a friend’s husband the other day who is from Kansas and he was telling me how much he misses the natural beauty of his state. The Flint Hills look especially stunning.

    And Happy (belated) Mother’s Day :)

    I’m praying hard for a continued healthy pregnancy and easy L&D for you.ReplyCancel

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Way back in January Levi had a birthday. How is this year going by so fast?

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He decided months before his birthday that he wanted a toad party. I think it all started last summer when he would go “toad hunting”. So toads it was…and we threw in some frogs too.

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My friend, Julie, made these adorable cupcakes. She is so great. I just send her a picture and she comes up with something fabulous. Levi was pretty thrilled with them too.

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This was the dessert table…obviously.

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Levi loves the dirt and worms custard at Freddy’s. So we decided to come up with our own dirt and toads.

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Each jar had a little scoop of ice cream, crushed Oreos, and a few gummy frogs on top. There were lots of extra gummy frogs to eat too.

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For favors we sent the kids home with bean bag frogs.

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I used this tutorial to make them (except I didn’t end up adding the beads on for eyes). They were super easy until I had to turn them inside out…that took forever. It was definitely a labor of love. And I heard they didn’t hold up too well once they got home. I’m not sure if it was kids throwing them or my sewing.;)  My boys still have their frogs…so I guess a few of them held up.

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The table was lined with a roll of drawing paper and lily pads that I cut out.

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I made some lily pad garland out of felt too.

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I really wanted to hide these “toads” outside so the kids could go on one of Levi’s “toad hunts” but it was January…and freezing cold…so the toads just sat in the middle of the table and looked cute instead.

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We had soup and sandwiches for lunch.

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And a room full of cousins…and a few friends (Levi is convinced they are his cousins too). My kid table is getting full!

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How is he four years old already?

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He loved his birthday.

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Toads and lots of cousins…he was a happy boy.

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The presents are always pretty fun too.

Happy birthday, Levi! You are a joy to our family in so many ways and I am so thankful that I get to be your mama and plan toad parties with you.

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For those who are wondering…

frog cupcakes…Julie

gummy frogs…Amazon

frog and toad poster…Amazon

beanbag frog tutorial…Purl Bee

lily pad felt garland…felt from Benzi Design, made by me

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Molly - love this party! so cute. i love the challenge of taking an off the normal path party theme and rocking it. and boy you did! so fun. ALSO love your kid table. We are finishing our basement and i am totally thinking we will need one a lot like that! so neat!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 10:30 am

    kim - I always love your “party” post. Your attention to detail is so great. Can’t believe he his 4 already. I remember waiting to read/see picks when he was born :-) Thanks for sharing your sweet family.ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Mary Ann - Adorable!! My grandson turns 4 in 3 weeks…where did the time go. They are so grown up!! What a cute party!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    amber - Such a great, fun, boy party:)! Super cute. I once threw a pig party for my pink pig loving girl & made little stuffed pigs for the kids to take home. I’ve never made favors like that again. Lol! It was so much harder than I thought it would be. But we still have them & they are a really sweet memory:). Thanks for sharing the toads…ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Lea - Oh, what a perfect little boys party. What little boy doesn’t love a toad. So, so cute! And, I love the children’s table. I know that has and will come in handy for years to come. Happy week!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

    creole wisdom - What a perfect party, Jess. I don’t know where you find the energy to create such lovely details! I know what you mean about a sewing project being more work than you think it might be… I made 18 aprons for a bridal shower last year and wondered if I had lost my mind about halfway through :/ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    Jamie - I really just want to copy all of your parties! I love them all. Really.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Allison - What an adorably unique party! Love it! FYI, the link for your friend Julie is coming up as a for sale site..ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Jessica Johnson - This post and party is precious. And I feel like I need to start every post “Back in…” And I don’t have a pregnancy to blame. So many cute details. Good job, mama!ReplyCancel

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  • May 8, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Stefanie - What an amazing party! You did a great job!ReplyCancel

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  • May 9, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Ann - You need to plan a trip to Conway, Arkansas, just 30 miles north of Little Rock, the first week-end in May. We have ‘Toad Suck Daze’ (named for the area of the Arkansas River and the lock & dam located there). It is a big festival with a Toad Master, Toad Races(the kids find toads and bring them or they can use a toad that is provided), Toad shirts, LOTS to eat, plenty of crafts for sale, carnival rides, antique car show, and it is all downtown so easy for a stroller!!! Starts on Friday and ends on Sunday. I think this was the 32nd year…well know singers on Fri and Sat evening with worship music on Sunday. So much to do! Look it up on the web.
    Love watching your boys grow, can’t wait for Mac #4 this summer.ReplyCancel

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DaySpring sent me a few beautiful pieces from their new Daily Grace Collection. I just love everything!

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The sugar bowl and creamer set is my favorite. My Bible study ended this week and I was needing some teacher gifts for the boys’ fabulous BSF teachers. I decided to put succulents in the sugar bowls and creamers and added a few fabric flags to each one.

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I thought they turned out pretty cute.

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I was trying to think of some other fun ways you could give the sugar bowl and creamer set. Here’s a few I came up with:

*Fill the creamer with coffee beans (or chocolate covered expresso beans) and add a gift card to a coffee shop

*Fill the sugar bowl with sprinkles and add a gift card to an ice cream shop

*Fill the sugar bowl with lemon drops (or a favorite candy) and add a Sonic gift card

*Put a succulent in the creamer (or sugar bowl) and add fabric flags…I found these succulents at Home Depot for 2.98 and they were the perfect size to just slide the container into the creamer

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I think these would be so fun to give as a set too…maybe for Mother’s Day?

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You could even throw in a few dessert plates.

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A coffee gift card and a cute succulent. Sounds like the perfect gift to me!

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And honestly, any piece from the Daily Grace Collection would be a great gift. DaySpring ships so quickly…so if you are still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift you are in luck!

Use the code FREE30 to get free shipping on your regular priced purchase over $30.

The serving bowl, dessert plates, cake pedestal, and divided serving dish are a few of my favorites.

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DaySpring is generously giving away THREE sugar bowl and creamer sets. Yay!! You guys are going to love these. Here is how you can enter to win:

Giveaway Details:

3 Daily Grace – Sugar Bowl and Creamer Sets

THREE winners chosen at random

One entry per person

Valid for US residents only

Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 7th at 8pm (CST)

To enter visit DaySpring’s Daily Grace Collection

then come back to this post and leave a comment telling me your favorite Daily Grace piece.


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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:04 am

    Cat Kotaka - I love it all! The teapot is super cute!ReplyCancel

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    Jessie C. - I like Live a Grateful Life – Salad PlateReplyCancel

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    KL - I love the sugar/candy dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 5:49 am

    KJ - Sugar bowl/creamer set and the divided serving dish are my favorites!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Kara - That teapot is adorable. Thanks Jess!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Rachel N. - The sugar bowl is so sweet…love your little vignettes!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 6:23 am

    andrea - I think I like the creamer best – wonderful ideas too as I’d been praying about this for the end of the school year. Praising God for the good news on the sonogram and for the way He is growing you in your inner (wo)man. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Amanda Donovan - I love the teapot and the tall serving bowl.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Cassie M - I have been looking for a little cream and sugar set and I love this one! I also love the cake stand! Thanks for the fun giveaway:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 8:23 am

    kasey - I love the place cards. They would be so cute for a party!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Amy Childs - I like the divided serving plate!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Michelle S. - Everything is beautiful but my favorite is the cake pedestal!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Erin - I would love to add the cake pedestal to my collection. So pretty!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Anne - Love the “Blessed and Grateful” chalk art!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Celeste - I like the “A Grateful Life is Blessed” cake pedestal.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Sam - The cream and sugar set for sure!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Abbi - My daughter would choose the teapot, but I actually need the creamer and sugar, so it would be a tough call. :) very cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Kari - Love the candy dish!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Katie D - I like the “all by grace” dessert plate. Really that sums it all up. Nothing good is from me, but it is all by God’s amazing grace.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Tracy J - I adore the cake stand! My sweet husband was washing mine a couple of weeks back and it it slipped and broke! He told me to find a new one and I just did! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Erin - i would love to put little plants in the sugar and creamer set – adorable!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Danielle B. - I love this collection! I especially love the sugar and creamer set:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Sherry - It is so hard to pick a favorite, but I would have to go with the platter! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    Ashley - I love the cream and sugar bowls and the tea set! Dayspring has so many adorable things!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Mandi Stoltzfus - I loooove that cream and sugar set! Super cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Rachel E. - I really like the pitcher!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    amber - Such cute ideas!! Thanks for the inspiration:). And I think that the sugar bowl & creamer set is my fave. Way too cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Heather L. - Well, they are all quite lovely … but, I’d have to say my favorite is the sugar bowl / creamer set … I think this is also being influenced by the amazing way you have shown these as teacher (or Mother’s Day) gifts! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Julie Harris - Oh the words on everything! I love all the pieces and am trying to think where I could put another set of dishes in my kitchen! But I think the sweet creamer and sugar bowl is the most practical as something that could sit on the counter as daily encouragement.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Jenny S. - It is all so cute but I would get the divided serving dish.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Lindsay - I love it all but the teapot is my fave. Too cute with the chalk label.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    Diana Y. - Love the teapot, but everything is adorable!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Melissa - Too hard to choose! I really like the All By Grace dessert plates and the sugar/creamer set.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    Julie A - I love the cute place cards, that you cam write on with chalk! So cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    rachel beverlin - I like too many things :) the sugar bowl/creamer set, the little teapot and saucers, the vase…everything! Super cute idea with the little succulents too Jess! ~RachelReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Celine - how can i choose?! day spring always has the best collections. i’m still smitten on the creamer & sugar bowl though. love them!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    Lindsey W - I love the cake pedestal and dessert plates – what a sweet housewarming or hostess gift they would make!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    dawn - The sugar bowl and creamer set are for sure my favorite right now. I think they would be a great addition to our home. Thank you for a chance to win!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    amy - I think the sugar and creamer set is my fave! I love your ideas for them! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 7:05 pm

    AshleyG - I am moving to Scotland in a month (!) so I love the tea cup and saucer.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    Tina - I love the “Live a Grateful Life” teacup and saucer.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    Kirsten - I love the teapot!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Kristy W - I love the teapot and the creamer/sugar set! What a fun collection!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Samantha Lund - The three piece place setting. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Kristin - Love the small vase!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Carol Knott - I love the teapot! So cute:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Kristina - I like the divided serving dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    k&c's mom - I love the teapot.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    Tonya - I love the creamer and sugar set, but I also love the butter dish!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    Tamara - I love the cake plate! The creamer is a close second.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    Aly - I love the sugar bowl and creamer set and the cake plate too!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 12:29 am

    Amanda Ortiz - I love it Alllllll!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Tara - Everything is so cute! But I especially love the teacup set. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 3:28 am

    Brittany - I LOVE the divided serving dish, everything is so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 6:17 am

    Hannah j - I love that sugar/creamer set!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Jamie - I LOVE what you did with the sugar and creamer set! The 16 inch platter would also be so much fun.ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Tiffany Milne - I have a slight obsession with cake stands and the beautiful one in this collection is no exception!! I also love the sugar/creamer set and the versatility they offer!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Melissa Stutz - I love the sugar bowl and creamer set! They are just the right size and a beautiful message!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 8:46 am

    becca h - I honestly love it all and could see myself using all of them on a daily basis, but I love the idea of the chalkboard place cards. Such a great idea and a simple touch to make something a bit more fun! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Corrie - I love the 9″ pitcher…but I’d say the creamer and sugar bowl are a close second. :)
    THANKS for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Lyndsey Sander - I would love the cream and sugar set for my daughter’s teacher!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Megan - Love it all! Love the small vase and the sugar/creamer set … All adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Stephanie A. - they are all so cute !
    but I would pick sugar and cream set first :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    KatieK - You’ve sold me on the sugar bowl and creamer set! Everything is so cute and I love your photography!! (Ps. Our BSF just ended last week and I wish I had thought of such a cute gift to give to my kids’ teachers!).ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Amy W. - I love the cream and sugar bowl. Perfect for when I host our small group bible study for all the coffee lovers :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 6:40 pm

    Carley - I just got back from a women’s retreat where the theme was grace! This would be a perfect reminder of what I learned. I love the chalk mugs!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    MaryBeth (@misaacmom) - Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Teapot is so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Ponnee vickers - I love the “Live a grateful life” teacup and saucer.ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Amy - I like the dessert plates!ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 9:42 pm

    Amy S. - I love the blessed & grateful vase! Would look lovely with some flowers fresh from the garden! Or even with the dandelions that we have all over our yard! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 10:27 pm

    ellie - definitely the sugar bowl and creamer set – SO cute, and can use as two separate gifts – YES PLEASE.ReplyCancel

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  • May 4, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    Stephanie - The teapot is so cute. Would look adorable on my dining room table as a centerpiece.ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 6:27 am

    Bridgette - Love the serving platter. The whole series is adorable!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Jenny d - I love the “a grateful life is blessed” wall decal and the tea cup and saucer! Your succulent gift idea is the sweetest!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Heather - Hard to choose but I think my favorite is the cream & sugar set. Such a great collection!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Heather Wadley - I love them all but I think Daily Grace-Great God, Grateful Heart Pitcher is my favorite!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Corrie Holt - I love the divided serving tray!! And I like the tea cup and saucer set as well. All very neat things!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Debbie - So cute! I love your gift ideas!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Suzanne - I love the Daily Grace 3-piece setting!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 9:25 am

    Jill W - I thought all the pieces were pretty awesome, but I have 2 favorites — the sugar/candy bowl and the big creamer. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Amanda L - The cake pedestal is so cute–I love the sugar/creamer set too!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Shelley - I love the Blessed & Grateful creamer. Thank you for the giveaway! :)ReplyCancel

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    megan - i just love the candy dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Adrienne R. - I love everything but especially the pitcher and the vases!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Elizabeth - I adore the cake plate that reads “A grateful life is blessed.” I truly believe this is true. Thank you for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Leslie - I just love the creamer and sugar set! :-)ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Jessica - I love everything!! I really love the cake stand!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Bridgette Melton - I love the creamer and sugar bowl. And your ideas for gifting them are so creative!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Heather S - My favorite is the Blessed & Grateful creamer!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Tiffany B - Love the cream, Blessed and Grateful for sure. The entire collections is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Kristi Rediske - I love the Daily Grace line-I can’t narrow it down-I love the creamer and sugar set but I also Love the divided plate-:) I live in the town that dayspring is in, they have a big sale once a year, and they have an outlet store, you should come.ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Marisa F. - I love all of it! I really like the “Live a Grateful Life” teacup and saucer. :)ReplyCancel

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    Morissa - I love the grace for today serving bowl!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    kristine hanson - the 16″ platter! LOVE!ReplyCancel

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  • May 5, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Allie H - How do you choose just one?!?! I do like the Open Your Heart Bowl…I also like how they have a verse on the back.ReplyCancel

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    Macie - love the teacup set!!ReplyCancel

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    EmmaG - Love the cake stand!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 7:17 am

    Leatha - I like the “live a grateful life” teacup and saucer!ReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - Grace is my word for this year! I would love the Grace for Today wall decal to put above my living room window!ReplyCancel

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    Brady W. - The cake platter! Hands down!ReplyCancel

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    Danielle - i love the sugar bowl and creamer set! it’s all so cute.ReplyCancel

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    Awbree - I adore the creamer and sugar set! So adorable and what perfect sayings. I love them with the little plants and flags. How perfect!! I think I may need a set :)ReplyCancel

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    LeeAnn Taylor {The Mosaic Life} - This one is definitely my favorite! Daily Grace – Great God, Grateful Heart – 9″ PitcherReplyCancel

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    denise - Daily Grace – Grace for Today – TeapotReplyCancel

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    Jennie - I like them all, but teacup and saucer plate be a must use for me daily :)ReplyCancel

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    Liz Markley - I love it all – too hard to choose!ReplyCancel

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    Frances - The little creamer set! :)ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - love the desert plates — and the cake platterReplyCancel

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    kari - Divided serving platter is adorable, also the chalk mugs!ReplyCancel

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    Kate B. - The “Grace for Today” serving bowl is lovely!ReplyCancel

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    Sarah - I love the place markers that can be written on in chalk – I am totally loving all the chalk items! Makes things feel that much more homemade and comfortable for serving friends and family.ReplyCancel

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    Jessica T - Daily Grace – Teapot and Teacups Set, lovely!!ReplyCancel

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    Beth - I love them all, but especially the chalkboard and place cards.ReplyCancel

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    ann - I really love the cake pedestal!ReplyCancel

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    Debra - I like the divided serving platter and the Grace for today serving bowl. A good daily reminder that God’s Grace is available for each day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Katie Girdner - They are all wonderful!! The teapot is especially cute :)ReplyCancel

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    Rachel H. - My favorite is the Sugar Bowl and Creamer Set! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Michelle - Grace for Today vinyl wall artReplyCancel

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    Mary Beth - My favorite piece is the cake pedestal – always wanted one of those.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Julie - It’s a beautiful collection. I like the “Live a grateful life” cup and saucer set.ReplyCancel

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    Christina Burrell - My favorite is the teapot.ReplyCancel

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    JoAn - I think I see a bowl. That’s what I like best.ReplyCancel

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    Beth Clark - I love all the Grace Collections. I love the Grace for Today dinner plate and the Grateful Life is Blessed Cake Pedestal.ReplyCancel

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    Debbie - hard to choose ~ love them all!!ReplyCancel

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    Karen M - Love the tea pot!!ReplyCancel

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    joyce - It’s all beautiful, I do like the mug though!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Jamie Arlt - I love the Grace for Today tea pot and tea cups! Not only do I love tea and host several tea parties at much church but that saying “Grace for Today” is kind of what my preacher says, he says we need to ask God to give us “Grace for the Moment”ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Andrea M - I love the “Blessed and Grateful” creamer… already given it as a gift to a dear friend!ReplyCancel

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    Deb C - My favorite piece is the divided serving tray……love the words in each divided section!ReplyCancel

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    Ann - I love the Open Your Heart bowl!ReplyCancel

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    AlyssaZ - Ack! I’m dying over those chalkboard mugs and cake pedestal!!ReplyCancel

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    Nan - Looks pretty good — like the serving bowl as the inside “grace for today” is so aptly placed. Also like the creamer/sugar bowl set. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Teresa - The grace for today bowl! :) Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Teish - I love the grace for today dinner plates! I may need to get the wall stickers too!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Chelsea - Love it! Everything’s so beautiful! I think my favorite is the salad plate though…It’s so simple, and yet so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Hope - Love the blessed and grateful creamer!ReplyCancel

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    michelle linhardt - I love the divided serving tray, but they are all gorgeous and useful!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kat - LOVE the Daily Grace – Grateful Heart – Memo Chalkboard.ReplyCancel

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    Marcy (@BenAndMeBlog) - Grace for today serving bowl :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Suzanne - I love the How Grateful and Thankful I Am – Art Print. Always a great message to hang in any (or all!) rooms of my home.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Amy - Sugar bowl and creamer….and the divided serving dish are my favorites! What cute ideas for teachers – thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Andrea Shirey - My favorite is the divided serving dish – always a use for that! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Louise - I love any written reminders of what the Lord’s done! But I’ve never tried putting them on my dishes; ingenious. I really like the sugar and creamer set, but the platter runs a close second!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Jill S - Love the Daily Grace coffee mug! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Kimberly White - I love it all, but would probably get the most use out of the creamer & sugar set!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    becky j - Oh my :) I love the creamer best…oh to be grateful for ALL I am blessed with..thank you {squeal}ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Sarah - Beautiful collection! I love the sugar/candy bowl! The sugar/creamer set is adorable, and I love the teacher ideas you shared with us.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Heather Huizenga - I am in loooove with the teapot! Wow. Great stuff. What a cool reminder that there is enough grace on a daily basis.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    RJ - The cake pedestal :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Gwen - my favorite is the grateful for all God gives platter. Not because of what it is, but because of what it says.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Melissa - The creamer and sugar bowl are adorable!ReplyCancel

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    Laurie - I like the dinner plate. Since it’s an item that you would be likely to use everyday, you would get frequent reminders about God’s grace!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    esther - I like the serving bowlReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Katie - I think I like the pitcher best!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Krista - I love the tall serving bowl or the cake stand. They both are beautiful and functional pieces.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Cecily R Bornemann - I like the teapot and tea cup set.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Jody - Love the message on the cake pedestal, but the platter won me over, too… It would likely get more use & be easier to store!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Linda Poplees - Daily Grace – All by Grace – Mug, I like that it has a scripture on the bottom. Great, inspiring pieces.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    Ele - Daily Grace – All by Grace – Dessert Plate is so wonderful! I like to eat on small plates , it looks like I have more food. This is a perfect plate and what a sweet massage.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    Sandy Dour - I love the sugar and creamer setReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    Phronsie - So many cute pieces! I think my favorite is probably…it’s so hard to choose…the cake pedestal or the divided serving dish. (They’re both at the top of my list!)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Julie - love the sugar bowl and creamer set. your gift ideas are absolutely wonderful. I never would have thought of flowers in the sugar bowl!!! Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Annette Adams - Daily Grace-Great God, Grateful Heart – 9″ Pitcher. This is a neat idea for always knowing what is in the pitcher!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Emily Adams - I love the Daily Grace – Live a Grateful Life – Divided Serving Dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    Valerie - I love the sugar bowl and creamer set.ReplyCancel

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    Beth Brown - It is hard to pick just one! I like the Grateful for All God Gives 16″ Platter though as one of my favorites!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Julie Sunne - My favorite piece is either the serving bowl or teapot. Nice!ReplyCancel

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    Jen - I appreciate all the reminders to be grateful that we are blessed. Creamer and butter pieces are my favorite . Simple and elegant!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Gigi - My favorite is the regular bowl. I might have chosen the cake pedestal, but it doesn’t have a cover!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Julie Sunne - Love the serving bowl and teapot. Nice!ReplyCancel

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    Darlene Taylor - I could use a teapot and sugar creamer for sureReplyCancel

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    Jennifer Short - I like the Daily Grace Grateful Heart Memo chalkboard.ReplyCancel

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    Debbie Martinez - I love the mug!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Gabrielle - It’s hard to pick just one, but I have been wanting a cake pedestal for some time, so I’d have to say that would be my first choice!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Kathy Andrews - I really like the cake platter.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Heidi - My favorite is the sugar bowl and creamer set…just adorable and so many ways to use them!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:54 pm

    Laura - I really like the 9″ pitcher.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Michelle - Love the pitcher!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Kim weikert - My fav is the chalkboard to write verses or encouraging words. Just what a family needs to keep things in perspective!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Linda - I love the creamer and sugar bowl. I collect sugar and creamer sets and would love to add to my collection.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Heidi @ Decor & More - I have had my eye on that sugar and creamer set and love them with succulents in them! Great idea – thanks for sharing!
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  • May 6, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Mycerdia Dukes - My fav is the blessed and grateful vase. It’s adorable.ReplyCancel

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    Calista - I really like the memo board, the place cards, and the 9″ pitcher! It’s hard to choose just one.ReplyCancel

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    Mary Dapelo - I love the 7″ vase. It is beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Cheryl Jacobo - Definitely the sugar bowl and creamer set and the pitcher!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Jen Bowman - This is such a simple beautiful collection – it is hard to choose just one piece! I’m going to select the vases, large or small, as I can just see bright pretty flowers popping out filling the space with sunshine!!!
    Thank you for the chance!! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Renee Pedersen - I love the creamer and sugar bowl. I love it with the little plants in them!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Mitsy - Ok, so it’s hard not to love all of the items in the collection, but if I just have to choose one it would have to be the creamer/sugar set. I would use it every day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Kristin Smith - I like the 9” vase…beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Terri Wilkinson - Love the creamer and sugar bowl but also love the dessert plate. I do tea parties and have lots of tea items but these plates could go with any tea cup and saucer that I use. The rectangular platter would be amazing to have as well for tea parties. So hard to narrow down what I like. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Kim - The cream pitcher. So little and cute. Love the idea of chocolate covered espresso beans and a coffee gift card!ReplyCancel

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    Marilyn - I love the teapot with the chalkboard on it. Great way to label what kind of tea or other warm beverage is in it.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Susan Gruener - Thank you so much for the giveaway.
    I love the platter – you can do so much with platters! :)
    The saying is perfect for how I live my life, “Grateful for All God Gives”…ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Jen - All the items that say, “grace for today”…it is the reminder I need right now! Everything is beautiful! Thanks for using your gifts.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    lisa @ being stepmom - My favorite Daily Grace piece is All by Grace – Mug.ReplyCancel

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    Joanna Bachmann - Love the whole line, but really like the creamer and sugar bowl as well as the teacup and saucer. The chalkboard is really cool too.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    heather.d - such a beautiful collection! I think the cake pedestal is my favorite!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Lesley - Love the Blessed and Grateful vaseReplyCancel

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    Pam - I love the teapot and teacup set! Super cute!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    Mercy - I like the divided tray. And I love this giveaway!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Jessica - The creamer and sugar bowl are super cute.ReplyCancel

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    brooke - My favorite is the cake pedestal… Thanks for the giveaway! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    Rebecca Cox - Loving this Daily Grace – A Grateful Life Is Blessed – Cake Pedestal! So cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    Tracy - I love the 9″ pitcher! I’m always looking for something pretty enough to set on the table, but lighter than the lead crystal one we got for a wedding gift. :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Michelle - The candy dish with the words “grace for today” is beautiful and simple! I also like the long divided dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    lorraine tuohy - ANY PIECE IS A PERFECT REMINDER OF WHATS REALLY IMPORTANT( BUT ESPECIALLY LOVE THE SUGAR BOWL AND CREAMER!)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Anne - I love the creamer and sugar . . . and these teacher’s gifts are darling! Also, the divided serving dish looks really pretty too!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Shannon - I love it all – but I think the sugar & creamer set is a perfect gift! :)ReplyCancel

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    Lana - I love the Grateful for everything God gives platter!ReplyCancel

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    Stacy - I like the tall serving bowl and being able to write on it!ReplyCancel

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    Jessica B - I like the “live a grateful life” tea cup, and also the sugar bowl & creamer set. Cute gift ideas! Thanks for sharing these!ReplyCancel

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    srhingst@msn.com - The teapot is my favorite!ReplyCancel

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    Michelle - I love love love the teapotReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - Ooh, I like it all but my favorites are the cream & sugar and the coffee mug!ReplyCancel

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    Ann - I really like the teapot with the chalkboard decal!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Ann B - LUV, LUV, LUV the serving bowl!!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda T - I REALLY like the divided serving dish. But I’m kinda partial to the teapot & teacups, too. :)ReplyCancel

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    Laurie Brinson - I love the sugar and creamer set.ReplyCancel

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    Jill F - Love, love the cake stand. I collect them, but also love anything using chalk, so love the chalkboard! Love DaySpring and just found your sweet blog!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Naomi - I don’t have any pieces from this collection so I don’t know which would be my favorite.ReplyCancel

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    Brenda Galiher - I can just imagine that Tall Serving Bowl on my table… all the pieces are beautiful, with a beautiful message. ThanksReplyCancel

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    Katie - Love these! Great gift ideas. I like the place cards, so cute and meaningful.:)ReplyCancel

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    Kathleen - My favorite is the “Live a Grateful Life” Salad plate. I can take it to work & be reminded of God’s love & care for me plus it’s a message I can share with my colleagues (& not be admonished for “separation of Church & State”).ReplyCancel

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    Janet - The creamer. Simple graceful and to the point.ReplyCancel

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    janie - I love the cakeplate! But I actually live them all.ReplyCancel

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    Belinda - I like the large vase “Grateful for all God gives” chalkboard below to write what I am grateful for :) I also like the remembered of the verse of Psalm 7:17 on the bottom and of course on each piece of the collection. What a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness to each of us!ReplyCancel

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    Melissa Joy - I had already been admiring that divided serving dish, and think it is just lovely! Your ideas for giving these with the special personal touches are so sweet, Jess. Love it.ReplyCancel

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    Christa Nolan - I love the Daily Grace Pitcher! This collection is absolutely wonderful and your gift ideas are really great. I might just have to use them!ReplyCancel

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    Tara H - I like the cake pedestal. :)ReplyCancel

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    Lillian - I like the teacup & saucerReplyCancel

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    Angie K. - I like the memo chalkboard. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

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    Jeanine Q - Well, I really like the teacup and saucer. It’s a great way to start your day. I also like the cake pedestal! Great way to celebrate!ReplyCancel

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    Cara YEh - It’s a toss-up; sugar bowl/ creamer set or tea pot! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    Joyce - It was hard to choose! They are all so wonderful! I love the teapot and teacup set! I also love the cake pedestal.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Rae Marr - The tea cups are my favorite! Love that they are handleless. They could also be used as little tidbit bowls to hold all sorts of things!

    My gift pairing would be with any of Ann Voakamp’s One Thousand Gifts books or daily calendar! And, cute fabric flags, of course.

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    Lori - My favorite piece is the “Grateful for All God Gives” 16in. platter because it is symbolic of all that HE does give!ReplyCancel

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    Diane S. - I love the tea cup & saucer!ReplyCancel

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    Sylvia - GRACE ~ Every day I am so aware of God’s Amazing GRACE in my life! Your “Daily Grace Collection” is simply beautiful and encouraging. How wonderful it would be to use the sugar bowl and cream set and the 16″ Platter when serving guests! Thank You!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    wilma - I’m always looking for a new coffee mug ;) I prefer variety over matching sets…I also like the butter dish – because we buy real butter, it’s nice to have it soft, but covered.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Rachel - I like the sugar bowl and creamer set. I also like the divided serving dish and the large vase. It’s such a good message.ReplyCancel

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    Tammy J - I like the Live A Greatful Life teacup & saucer set.ReplyCancel

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    Ingrid - I like the Grace for Today teapot!ReplyCancel

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    Kristin B. - I love the cake pedestal, but the entire collection is GORGEOUS!!!ReplyCancel

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    Deborah Watkins - I have a large picture of 3 cows in my dining room. We call the cows Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy. I have a small collection of milk glass pitchers underneath the picture as a way of connecting the cows with the milk… included in this small collection is an already purchased blessed & grateful creamer. As soon as I saw it I couldn’t resist. Would love to win the sugar bowl and give the other creamer as a gift to my sweet daughter. Thanks for the contest! DeborahReplyCancel

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    laura - I love the Daily Grace teapot and teacups set!! So adorable!ReplyCancel

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    Maryjayne - Love the sugar and creamer. Great teacher ideas. As a retired teacher, this would have been a real treat for a gift!ReplyCancel

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    Andi - I love the Daily Grace Pitcher best. My second favorite is the small vase but all pieces in the collection are beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 6:10 pm

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    LisaJQ - I love the Daily Grace – Grateful for All God Gives – 9″ Large VaseReplyCancel

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    Dottie - I love the sugar and creamer setReplyCancel

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    Maribeth Uhlenhopp - It is *ALL* so cute!

    Love the rectangular platter, the cake plate, & butter dish!ReplyCancel

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    Rebekah E - Love the teacups and teapot set – and the divided tray set. They are all so very adorable!ReplyCancel

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    Marcy - I really like all of the Daily Grace pieces – esp. the sugar and creamer! Your gift ideas are great too! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

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    Lisa D. - I love the cake pedestal! It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Nita - I like them all, but the 9″ pitcher is my favorite! Such a great idea you had for the creamer and sugar.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    Lori - This will make the best Mother’s Day gift. This will work great on the window sill. Thanks.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - Just beautiful!! Love these!ReplyCancel

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    Joyce M. - Daily Grace – A Grateful Life Is Blessed – Cake PedestalReplyCancel

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    Anna Ciapponi - I really like the sugar bowl/creamer set. Thanks for sharing your ideas.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Linda - My favorite is the sugar bowl and creamer set.ReplyCancel

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    Gina Thompson - I like the Live a Grateful Life Tall serving bowlReplyCancel

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    Sharon - Teacup and saucer!ReplyCancel

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    Genevieve Y. - I love the teapot and teacups set!ReplyCancel

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    allyson reed - My favorite is the daily grace creamer and sugar bowl set :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Hilda - I love them all!!!
    If I have to pick one it would be the divided serving dish:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 8:46 pm

    Kelly L. - Definitely the creamer pitcher!! LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Dawn Watkins - The place cards!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:08 pm

    Vicky Hill - I love the vase! I also like the pitcher and mug. Great way to show God’s love.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Michelle D - The sugar bowl / creamer set is adorable! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    Tara - I love the whole collection but I would gave to say my favorite is the Great God-Grateful Pitcher! It reminds me of how my Gid just keeps pouring His blessings over my life daily! ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    Kelly - I host fellowship for church at my house and I would love to serve cream and sugar in those bowls.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    andrea siebert - i love all the little creamer sets/cup sets!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:45 pm

    juli - I loved the divided dish but thought all the pieces were cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Dana - I like a lot of it but the Great God 9″ pitcher is a favorite!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Anita - So hard to choose a favorite, but being a coffeeholic, I really love the mug! ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Cristi - I love the serving bowl! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Rose Nadler - My favorite is the Daily Grace – Blessed & Grateful – 7″ Small Vase. Big on bottom, so it doesn’t tip over!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Karla - I love the platter!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Aimee Price - My favorite is the live a grateful life teacup and saucer set, absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    Tisha C - This Daily Grace set is simply adorable. I really like all of the pieces, but I especially enjoyed the adorable teacher gifts that you made from the succulents & the sugar bowl & creamer. As a stand-alone item, I guess that my favorite piece is the divided dish.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 11:16 pm

    Candace - I love the tall salad bowl, although all of it is darling.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    Vicky D - I like the Daily Grace – Great God, Grateful Heart – 9″ Pitcher.ReplyCancel

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  • May 6, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    Andrea S - I love the teapot – the black chalkboard section on it is perfect for writing the name of the tea ! I’d love to have one of these at work – where we literally write the name of the tea on a chalkboard above the teapot.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 12:15 am

    Elizabeth - I really like the Daily Grace – Grace for Today – Teapot.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 1:00 am

    Angela E. - Actually, every piece from the the Daily Grace collection is beautiful, but my most favorite is the “Grateful for All God Gives” 9″ Large Vase because I am grateful for all the blessings God has given me, and I always use the word, “Blessings” instead of “Sincerely” or “From” whenever I write a note to someone. Plus, I really like to have a flower vase.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 4:28 am

    Carla S - I like the grace for today serving bowl.ReplyCancel

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    Karyn Fontana - I love the 9 inch vase.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 5:26 am

    Kelly Jo - I really like the “live a grateful life” tall serving bowl! It’s unique and beautiful!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 5:40 am

    Jordyn - I love the cake pedestal!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 6:14 am

    Laura - I like the blessed and grateful serving bowl with the chalkboard label!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 6:20 am

    Aimee Hand - I like the cake plate and the wall art that says blessed and grateful.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Julie - I like Daily Grace – All by Grace – MugReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 6:54 am

    Sharon Wilhite - I really like the pitcher (and the wall art). Such good daily reminders!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Jami Whaley - I love the teapot!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:05 am

    couponfamilyS - I love the cake stand and platter. We all need to be reminded of His grace on our lives. Love being a homeschool teacher too. Grace gets me through the day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Dara - Serving bowl is my favorite…but kinda wish it were in the blueReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:11 am

    Bethany - I like the little dessert plate that says “all by grace”. It reminds me of when my pastor says “It’s either all by grace, or it’s not grace at all.”ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Ruth - I love the “grace for today” butter dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Linda - In my bathroom is a plaque saying “Begin each day with a grateful heart”.
    This dish collection, of which I really like the salad bowl, would be a great reminder in the kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to “be grateful” for someone in our lives.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:50 am

    StacyB - I love the serving bowl and the divided serving dish!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Amy KW - I love the small bowls, the cups, the pitcher, the chalkboard…..I guess — all of it! :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Donna Scott - The sugar and creamer are so sweet!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Melissa Clark - I love them all, but especially the teapot and teacups and the 3 piece place settings!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 9:43 am

    Wendi S - Love the sugar and creamer set!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Beth S. - I love the name “daily grace!” And the idea that items we use daily could sweetly remind us of His abundant blessings and grace and to always be grateful is a wonderful gift to us and to the people who sit at our table. I love those items we would use at our table daily: the butter dish, creamer, sugar bowl, and 7″ vase! Who wouldn’t be encouraged with those items everyday!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 10:17 am

    Heather Hudgins - I love the “A Grateful Life Is Blessed” – Cake Pedestal!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Kathleen Stump - I love the creamer with the idea of the Fair Trade coffee beans – two gifts in one!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Ava Sophie - I wish the giveaway was for more than just the US ;-) I must just share that my favorite is the teapot ;-) Beautiful and lovely all at once…ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Bethany - I love the sugar and creamer set :) All so cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    elizabeth d - I love the Daily Grace 16″ platter. I would use it for a table decoration in which I write blessings to my friends and family to sit on my dining room table centerpiece!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Jennifer T. - The butter dish is adorable! Everything is very cute!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Leslie Miller - I love this whole set! :) But one of my favorites is the Memo Board:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    Cara L - i love the creamer dish! what a sweet reminder.ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Amy - I like the grace for today pieces. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Lois - My favorite is the butter dish! There are so many wonderful items in this collection. Thanks for making me aware of the possibilities :)ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 5:32 pm

    Carla - my favourite is the prize! – the cream and sugar set!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Amanda C - The divided serving dish is my favorite :)ReplyCancel

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    Lesley - I LOVE THE DIVIDED SERVING DISH!ReplyCancel

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  • May 7, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Meredith W. - I especially like the memo board and candy dish.ReplyCancel

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  • May 8, 2014 - 4:56 am

    Shelly - I have been eyeing this collection since it came out!! I really like everything about it and would love to win! You created LOVELY gifts with them!! If I have to pick just one thing . . . . Perhaps the salad bowl?ReplyCancel

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  • May 8, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Channon - I like the 3 piece place setting!ReplyCancel

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27 weeks

A little over a month ago, just the week before Hope Spoken, I went in for my 20-week sonogram for Baby Mac #4. We see a specialist because of Cora’s cancer which is always a little nerve-racking in itself, but we had done it before prior to the healthy births of our two boys and we were expecting everything to be fine once again. We watched those amazing pictures of our baby flash up on the screen. We saw the cute little face, the sucking lips, we laughed about this baby who wouldn’t hold still the entire time…wondering how crazy our lives were going to be in just a few months…and we instantly fell in love. And then a few minutes later as we were sitting in the office talking to the doctor (who was filling in for our regular specialist) she told us there might be some problems. She handed us a list of things that could go wrong with the pregnancy or be wrong with our baby, gave us some options for testing and even asked if we would ever consider terminating this pregnancy. My heart broke into a million pieces as I even imagined choosing to end the life of this precious mover of a baby who was made in the image of God no matter how many “abnormalities” he/she had. Logically, it seemed like there was still a pretty good chance that everything the doctor was telling us could be nothing, but we felt like she was encouraging us to go ahead and grieve…to grieve the unknown. I could go into a lot of details because honestly it was a horrible appointment, but that’s not what is important. I felt an amazing peace sitting in that very un-peaceful room that day. And I am certain it was because the Prince of Peace was right there with us. The picture of hopelessness this doctor was painting for us contrasted with the strong and secure hope we have in Christ was so distinct. But as we walked out of that office, with the pictures of our baby and the list in our hands, I felt myself getting stuck in the “what-ifs”. I started negotiating with God.

Not us again, Lord.

We have already done our hard thing. And it was really, really hard.

I can’t live in a state of grief again.

Surely you are going to protect this baby and everything will be fine.

Please don’t take another one of my babies from me. Please, Lord.

We had decided not to share about the sonogram with many people because there were so many uncertainties and we felt like the reality was that we really didn’t know much. But I ended up sharing a little at Hope Spoken because I felt like it was an important piece of my journey. I was feeling like I was in a spiritual battle those weeks prior to the conference. I couldn’t think clearly, I was having trouble writing, my boys were disobedient and fighting a lot, and then we got the “bad” news at the sonogram. I found myself thinking again, do I really believe all of this that I am sharing? Is this really what a life of blessing looks like?

We of course were praying like crazy for the health of this baby, pouring out our hearts, and laying our desires for his/her little life at God’s feet. But we were also praying that if this was not His plan for this little one that we would trust God with the story He has written for our family. That it might be hard, but it was going to be okay. And He would be right there walking with us either way…showering his abundant blessing on our lives.

At 25 weeks we went back to the specialist for another sonogram. Talk about a night and day difference between appointments. I had a shorter sonogram and right away we knew that all the areas of “concern” were back in the normal range. Praise the Lord!!!! We didn’t even talk to the specialist that day. The PA told us that the specialist had signed off on my scans and that everything looked perfect. She didn’t even see a reason for me to come back.

I know very well that God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we think is best. His perfect plan can look very different from our plans. And sometimes His plan involves pain and heartache. We are so thankful that His answer to our prayers for this little one was health. But I know some of you are facing answers to your prayers right now that are hard and painful and don’t make sense to you.

The afternoon after the first sonogram I spent some time alone in the Word trying to quiet my anxious heart. I had been reading through the Psalms and read Psalm 23:

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherds crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. -Psalm 23 (The Message)

As I wrestled with God that day about the “unknowns” I felt a peace begin to return as I meditated on the Truth of His Word. Not a peace like I didn’t need to worry because the baby would for sure be healthy. But a confident trust. Knowing that my God, my Shepherd, was still walking by my side.  And if the baby was not “healthy” by the worlds standards or his/her days were numbered too short, He was going to give me the grace to handle that when it came. He was going to continue to provide for all my needs, allow me to catch my breath, and give me constant security in a world that often feels very insecure. A friend had just shared with me the night before that they were learning that we can’t always be worrying about the “what ifs”, but instead we need to rest in “I AM”.

Thanks to all of you who were praying for our sweet baby. We are rejoicing and so, so grateful for “good” news. We can’t wait to love on this new little addition to our family. 27 weeks down…only 13 to go!!

Yet even as we rejoice, I know there are some of you who are in a waiting period, or even walking through Death Valley right now…facing disappointment, heartache and grief. I pray that no matter where you are on your way, you would be confident in the goodness of our God. That you would trust in who He is, your loving Shepherd who is walking by your side. And that when your emotions and circumstances try to tell you otherwise, you would bathe yourself in the Truth of God’s Word. He is always true to His Word.

I pray that we would not be women you get stuck in the “what-ifs”…

but that we would be women who rest in I AM.

 

 

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  • April 30, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    rose - I know from experience about potential baby health problems while pregnant and I KNOW the relief you are feeling now. Though the real relief comes after the birth with themm in your arms, right?
    You are going to have a beautiful baby and I just know they will be very healthy. Enjoy your awesome news!

    I can’t wait for he/she to be born. We are done adding but that baby fever is strong..lolReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Cari Chastain - After Caden died our next ultrasound was horrible. The “specialists” scared us with all their talk of what could be. It turns out it was nothing to worry about. But it stops you in your tracks and makes you repeat to yourself what you know to be true. When we don’t know what He’s doing, we trust who He is. Praising and praying with you. CariReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 5:34 pm

    babykatesmom - There is such beauty in these words. Praising Him for a healthy #4!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Melissa - Such a blessing to read this post. Last week, I miscarried my baby #4 but I’ve found joy in my sorrow because of Jesus. I have been finding hope from Isaiah 26:3 “He will keep in perfect peace all who trust in Him, all whose eyes are fixed on him.” Rejoicing with you for your baby’s health, but more so the fact you’ve been given God’s perfect peace because you trust in Him! He is such a kind God.ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Lori - Oh Jess! I had no idea! I know all too well the feeling of sitting in those exact rooms and hearing “bad” news about your baby! So thankful that you got good news the next time around! Love you sweet friend and praying for health for you and baby!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    Deborah - I’m so glad your scans came back OK! And you are right to say that God would walk with you regardless of the baby’s health. And that He is good no matter what.ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Lea - Jess, this is such a touching post and I rejoice with you and your husband on this good news regarding this precious life you are carrying. Our daughter just suffered her 4th miscarriage in 3 years. They were at 12wks, 14 wks, 18 wks and 11 wks. She has a 5 year old little boy and had not one problem carrying him. She has seen specialist and there just seems to be no explaination. She and her husband know that God has a plan and they continue to trust Him for their future and another child.

    I’m so glad that I found your blog, it is so refreshing and inspiring. Blessings abundant to you in the days ahead!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Stefanie - I’m so glad you received good news! Praying the rest of your pregnancy is uneventful!ReplyCancel

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    Amber - :-) beautifully wriitten :-)ReplyCancel

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    Meggie - So thankful for good news and praying for the remainder of your pregnancy and baby #4!ReplyCancel

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    Amie - Awwwww! I love you! Always in my prayers!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Debbie - I have followed you a long time, and you simply amaze me. My daughter is pregnant again. Her first baby, a son, was born with a heart problem. He is five now, and he is my beautiful grandson, who has come so far. My daughter is seeing a high risk doctor because of her first pregnancy. She goes for her first test tomorrow. I have a peace about this pregnancy, and I believe she has too. Whatever the outcome, we know He is with us. You help me with your story. I just wanted to say thank you and if you wouldn’t mind saying a little prayer for my daughter as well. Thank you and God Bless you!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    Erin - I’m an avid follower of your blog. I don’t often comment, but I couldn’t pass up commenting on this one.

    My heart broke for you as I read about your first sonogram experience. I can’t even imagine the fear and heartache that would most certainly come in that time, even with such a strong faith as yours. You continue to show, time and again, the integrity with which you live your life by constantly taking your fears and worries and struggles to the Lord. You are an incredibly wise, strong woman, and I have learned so much from your story – your struggles and your strengths.

    Thank you for your authenticity here. It really blesses my heart. I often wish I could meet you; you would make for an amazing mentor!

    I’m so glad to hear that the second sonogram looked so much better and am continuing to pray for health in the rest of your pregnancy and delivery for both you and the newest Baby Mac!

    Sending love and hugs from a fellow sister in Christ!ReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    Kelly - Praise The Lord for a good scan. I will continue to lift your precious family in my prayers (as well as those who commented above). Thank you for continuing to show me that no matter what I’m facing, as long as I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, I will never be alone. Blessings from the windy plains of NW OklaReplyCancel

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  • April 30, 2014 - 9:55 pm

    Alyssa - Jess, thank you so much for your authenticity and openness. I am so so thankful that your baby is healthy and growing well, I know that’s such a blessing to have assurance about, even though God will walk by your side through everything. I’m coming up on huge year anniversary of losing my second son (my only miscarriage) and it’s so so hard to see the “plan” sometimes, but posts like this help me rest assured in The One Who Brings Me Peace, my Rock and my Salvation, and know that He is always good and that He never ever leaves.

    So thank you. So much. For being real. And demonstrating a faith in God that I don’t see very often.

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  • May 1, 2014 - 1:03 am

    Sharon - I have been reading your blog for a long time but never have commented before tonight. As I sit on the cusp of our “feedback meeting” with the doctor in regard to my son your words of encouragement are exactly what I needed. Your gentle reminder that God has a plan, that He is in control, and that He is with us is just what I needed as I face this appointment tomorrow. Thank you! Continued prayers of health for you and baby.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Diane Taylor - Hi Jess – sorry I haven’t commented in awhile. I still read your blog – and I was so overjoyed for you and Joel about baby mac! Joy mixed with some sadness – I drift over to those “what if” moments so easily. I miss my son so much –2 years after his death I still long to see his face, hear his voice, hug him, tell him I love him. I mourn the dreams I had for him, getting married and having his own children…..so while I am ALWAYS happy to hear about new life, it always goes right to my heart of what I will never have again (at my age having babies is just not in the cards anymore). It always goes to my “what ifs”. I am working on getting to that “I AM” stage. Know that I continue to pray for you all – and here’s to a healthy baby mac!!!

    xxoo – Diane (mother of Jonathan Daily, 4/25/87 – 3/1/12)ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Kimberlee Jost - Praising God with you. I will continue to pray through the next 13 weeks.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 11:32 am

    Toni :O) - My heart was in my throat reading this thinking no, not them, not again…whew…I am breathing better now after reading further and just so happy that all is okay with sweet Baby Mac #4. You inspire me to be more faithful, to leave all trust in Him because He does great things…He is so good. Thank you for the reminder today and praying for a smooth pregnancy here on out. God bless you.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    Corrie - Jess, I just HAD to comment!
    I too am 27 weeks pregnant with our [second] baby. And like you, we went to our 20-week soon and came out reeling from words like “abnormalities” and “trisomy” and “markers”.
    Like you, we did another scan with a specialist and rejoiced when we learned that our baby appears to be “okay”, in the human sense of the word.
    (tho’ as of last week, my placenta started abrupting and I am now on bed rest…so hopefully this is where our paths diverge! :o)
    Like you, I battled fears for our sweet baby ~ and ourselves. Like you, I wrestled with God. Like you, I turned to Scripture. Like you, I was given complete peace in the middle of turmoil. And like you, it came thro’ Psalm 23. I was driving down the road (the good old days…before bed rest!) and the LORD brought v.6 to mind : “Surely goodness AND mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” And it hit me : I KNOW God is good. Regardless. Even if my baby struggles her whole life or if her life is numbered in gestational weeks. GOD. IS. GOOD. But being good, He KNOWS His goodness doesn’t always line up with what our human minds can fathom…and so not only does His goodness accompany us on this journey, but He also offers His mercy for our brokeness. Because “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are ~ yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
    BLESSINGS to you and your dear family!ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Jennifer - You’ve just encouraged me so much. Thank you.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    creole wisdom - Thank you, Jesus. I’m so grateful that baby Mac #4 is doing well. Hearing you share this story during Hope Spoken truly touched my heart. It’s just challenging to understand and know the will of God sometimes. But, all we can do is trust.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    grace - those last two lines- <3ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Cindy - I’m so very happy to hear that the baby is within the normal parameters. My youngest daughter has been going through a similar scare. She couldn’t believe it when the doctor told her there was still time to “end the pregnancy.” She feels like you and whatever happens, happens. She also feels calm about the outcome. We pray it will all go well but are ready to accept whatever God has in mind. I pray that all of your prayers will be answered in the positive way that you wish they will be. Thank you for sharing this with us, I know it must have been difficult for you. As always, you’re in my prayers.ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    momof3 - Jess, your strength amazes and inspires me! God led me to this post on the day I needed it most. Thank you for being so brave and using your well spoken words to help others. You have helped me so much today, I thank you for that.

    Praying for you and your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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  • May 1, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    Arlene Britt - Hi Jess,

    Just yesterday, God gave me the inkling to email you, to tell you I had been praying about you and your little one. Praise the Lord for wonderful news after the sonogram. I listened to you speak at HopeSpoken and we spoke briefly after the second session (I am also a bereaved mother).

    Thank you for sharing and you will continue to be in my prayers.

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  • May 2, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Melissa Joy - Oh Jess, I am praising the Lord with you for His hand of mercy upon your family, and your sweet little baby specifically. I know those terrifying ultrasounds, especially the ones that follow past horrific griefs… and I am so thankful that the Lord spared you from further grief at your follow-up… so thankful that He gave you grace to endure the hardship of the unknowns during those impending weeks… so thankful that His Spirit is growing His fruit in you and for you and through you for His glory. THank you for glorifying God here so we can join in with you. Amen.ReplyCancel

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  • May 3, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    Aly - Oh Jess, our God is so good. Glad to hear that your follow-up appointment went well. Praise Jesus!ReplyCancel

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  • May 11, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! You’ve been on my prayer list since Hope Spoken and I am so, so glad to hear! Praise the Lord!ReplyCancel

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