"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I've never done this on my blog but know that many others do. It's such a great idea, especially because it's an incentive for those lurkers who I love hearing from to come out of hiding. This is your chance and you may just be a winner! Of course, my regular readers are invited (and expected) to join in the fun.

I've been thinking about what prize to give away. This is what I came up with. I've decided to give away something that has truly touched my heart. (Sorry, I'm not giving away the hubby or the kids).

This was the very first book that I read when we began our journey into the world of adoption. I was riveted to it and ended up reading the entire book in less than 3 days. I just could not put it down!

The Strength of Mercy tells the story of how God led the Beazely "family to Romania in search of one special child", and eventually to assist countless families in the same pursuit through their agency All God's Children International. They vividly share the heartaches and joys, along with the miracles that God created along the way.

At the time I read this book, I was ready to run with the baton even though I couldn't see the finish line. The book reminded me of the importance of waiting patiently on God. I know. Easier said than done. But, this family did just that, and God DID reveal his plans for them and accomplish His purposes, for His glory.

It is also a great example for us mothers. The author and her husband have to make some difficult parenting choices. The choices that they are faced with cause one to reflect on what our real goals are for our children. If they decide to break away from the plans that we had for them, will we be able to support them? To give them back to God when he calls them? The Beazely story is truly incredible, as Kay Arthur states in the forward: "There is something significant in this story for you!"

So, if you haven't read it and are ready to be moved to the core of your soul while following one special family's adoption journey, this is what you do. Leave me a comment (with an email address if you don't have a blog so I can contact you if you are winner). It's that easy! The giveaway ends on Friday, October 3rd, at midnight!

By the way, you will be receiving a brand, spankin' new copy that I have purchased, since I am not about to give away my copy. :0

I promise you that you will love the book! Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Hi Ohilda! Here is my comment and entry for the book...
Love your new layout on your blog too....


Sherri said...

Enter me! Because I haven't read enough books on adoption........

I LOVE the new layout. I want mine redone.


Ruth said...

Ohilda - I havent't read this one - would love to, though not sure my dh wants me reading any more of this kind of book :-)


redmaryjanes said...

Sounds wonderful...sign me up :)

Jennifer said...

That is the most excellent book--I LOVE it. If only I could get dh to read it...

mom2-4boys said...

Pick me, pick me... Please!!! I am raising my hand (can you tell I went back to work in a school). I would love to read the book. Maybe I could read it out loud when my husband is trying to get to sleep!

I do love the new layout.


geminirn said...

NO NO PICK ME.....LOL!!!!Sign me up girl,i could always read another great book!

Trish said...

Ohilda, I just today decided to check out your blog, sorry girl, I'm so busy I haven't been around in awhile. Enter me pretty please!!!!! Oh, the park is just Lakes Park, they built a whole new playground area. Lets meet up soon okay??? Hugs, Trish p.s. I love the new blog layout!!!!

Ronda said...

I am not sure what I love more-giveaways or good books! Sign me up.


Shanna said...

LOVE the new layout! Great job!

I am shocked.....a book on adoption that I haven't read or heard of?? Sign me up my friend! I would love to have that book.

Hugs to you,

The Byrd's Nest said...

You are right, it is an awesome book!

By the way, this is not an entry, I am supposed to be getting rid of my worldly possessions. lol

The Princess's Mommy said...

Oh I haven't read this one either! Please sign me up!

Love ya,

Michelle said...

This book sounds wonderful. Please count me in!!


Michelle said...

Oops!! Sorry, please don't enter me twice. I meant to tell you I love your new look. I have a thing for ladybugs, too. And I'm glad to see you kept the verse in your header!

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

What a great idea!!! The book sounds fabulous and a must read!!
I hope you meet some new friends who come out of lurkdom!

Don't eneter me in the give away, just wanted to come out and give some love!


mommy24treasures said...

Hi Ohilda you don't have to enter me I just wanted to say love the layout and that I love your generous heart!

The Ferrill's said...

I'm in! And your blog looks SO ADORABLE!
Ohilda I so enjoyed reading your post to AJ...it had me laughing and tearing up...I can feel the joy he brings to your family!
I am praising God for His miracle in Susannah's life!
And that video of the comedian was HYSTERICAL!!!!!!!!!
Again, I'm so blessed tonight by reading your posts. I love you, friend!

Charlotte said...


I got the book, so don't enter me ! But can you please help me ~ please share next week my fundraiser for my adoption. My good friend, Nikki @ blogs for a cause is making me the blog of the month for October, $5 from each purchase goes to my adoption. See the sweet blog she made me ~ www.myarcticprincess.blogspot.com


The Coleman's A to Z said...

Hi Ohilda! Coming out of lurkdome. I've been following your blog just prior to your travel to AnnaGrace. I'm on Heritage's yahoo group. I've very much enjoyed following your lives. Would love to read that book, my library doesn't have it. :-)


Kelly said...

It would be awesome to read something besides Spanish, Psychology and Economics. I don't remember the last time I read for pleasure :( I think it was the classic "The Good Earth". I have followed your blog (okay, i was a lurker for the longest time) since AJ was born in your heart and Kai was waiting on his mommy and daddy to bring him home. Wow, it's been 30 months already?...geesh where does the time go????

Clair said...

Would love to read this book. I read Saving Levi by Lisa Bentley-it was about adopting a child from China.
clairjuly at yahoo dot com

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Girl, I am gone for a week and you change your look and start giving stuff away!?!?!? Love it love it all!

Have a beautiful weekend my friend,


Walker said...

Count me in! Your blog looks soo good!! I love it!
Also, that little AJ is PRECIOUS, ..DUDE! lol!
I would have covered him with kisses! lol!

love & hugs,

Nicole said...

Ohilda, HI! Love your blog makeover! I've been so bad at commenting recently! The book sounds really interesting!


Suzy said...

I'd love to read this book, and I LOVE giveaways!

Jill W said...

Sign me up! I love your new look! What a great giveaway!

Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said...

I would love to be entered! I come from a family full of adopted kids! Love stories about how much adoption impacts lives in a positive way :o)

Starla said...

Been a busy week and haven't been here until today. I love you new blog look. I really, really need to take the time to re-do mine. I have the instructions...just have to see if I can figure it out. :)
Haven't read this book...would love to!
Many blessings! Starla

Mom of 5 said...

How fun !
I am in.
Love the blog look !
It is darling ...

Sara said...

Hi Ohilda!!
Count me in :-)
Right now I'm reading Big Steps for Little People, by Celia Foster. Very Good.

Yes, your blog is adorable....it always is though.

Waitingfaithfully said...

Just checking in on my dear friend . . . look at the lurkers come out, I love it!

I have the book, so will put a plug in here. It's G-R-E-A-T! I couldn't put it down, read clear into the night until I finished it. A truly moving "look what God did" story!

Love you friend~


Brookeann said...

I think your family is wonderful. The baby powder stories still make me chuckle (same experience as a nanny). Thanks for writing your true "heart".

The Ferrill's said...

I'm in! ;)

Jill said...

Ohilda, LOVE your new layout! I have NOT read this book! Put me in the drawing! This is VERY exciting stuff!
Jill K

Sally- That Girl! said...

Just came across your blog and LOVE IT!!!! I too love this book and consider it instrumental in my husband and I starting an orphan/adoption ministry at our church! Can't wait to continue to follow your blog!

skoots1mom said...

great site..
looks like a great book

love the music

Jen said...

I'd love to win!

Charlliesweb said...

Me me! I'm about to have a lot of reading time on my hands, I'd love to read this! :)

Charlotte T.

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