A couple of days ago, I posted an announcement that, due to financial issues, the giveaways for the Essay Challenge and Ireland Challenge would be canceled. Shortly after that post went up, I received e-mails from Michelle and Wendy, offering to sponsor the prizes so that I could hold my giveaways as planned. I can’t express how much their kindness touched me. So, if you are participating in these challenges, keep reading! You have until November 30th to meet your challenge goal and be entered into the giveaways. Michelle will be sponsoring the prize for the Ireland Challenge, and Wendy will be sponsoring the prize for the Essay Challenge. Please take time to go visit their wonderful blogs – not only do they write fantastic reviews, they are amazing women.
On a related note, I am astounded at the depth of friendship I can feel toward – and from – people I have never met in real life. I have never met Wendy or Michelle in person, but I have absolutely no doubt that if I ever do, I could sit down with each one of them and have a conversation like old friends. In addition to the wonderfully generous kindness from these two gorgeous ladies, I have received so many words of kindness and encouragement from all of my blog readers. I also received an Amazon gift card from the lovely Kelly at The Written World, which arrived in my mailbox on the day I finished packing up the last of my books. My husband laughed at the irony, while I relished the thought that Kelly knew what a pick-me-up that would be for me – and that a gift card for books is ALWAYS the appropriate cheer-Carrie-up gift.
Hard times suck. There’s no way around it; they just do. But, often, it seems like it is in those times that we are most blessed by the people who care about us. I have certainly seen that as our family has gone through this time – both with real life friends who have helped financially, my family who has graciously welcomed us into their home (and done everything they can to make it our home, too), and from some of the people I only know online, but whose friendships are just as dear to me as if we sat down together every week. I am feeling very blessed.