What joy the gospel gives me. I can approach the throne of God with confidence, not because I've done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I'm clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. ~ C.J. Mahaney

And the Winner is....

I get so excited when it gets close to time for drawing a winner in my give-aways.  I can't ever decide..."Should I draw early in the day?  Or, should I wait until later in case someone wants to enter who hasn't seen the give-away post?" 

Then I want to make the drawing as fair as possible.  I've used names on paper before.  I've also used a random number generator.  Both should be really fair, right?  Something about a random number generator just seems less fair to me.  I mean, let's say there are thirty entries.  Why does it seem as though number one and number thirty have a lot less chance of being drawn than one of the numbers in the middle?  I don't know.  That's just the way my brain works.

So I made up little paper entries for each person.  There were a total of 26 entries this time.  As I wrote each name, I couldn't help thinking happy thoughts about that person winning...."Joy is home on furlough!  I could save by shipping to Florida and not China.  I hope she wins!"  "Leann is a new bride.  This is her first fall in her own home.  I hope she wins!"  "Ellen faithfully enters every drawing and hasn't won yet.  She and I go way back to our first babies.  Hope she wins!"  "Diane smiles and keeps plugging on through adversity.  She should win."  "Tonya ministers with her family in Botswana.  It would be fun to ship her something from the States.  I'd love to see her win."

Bottom line, I wish everyone who entered could win.  Maybe I should just cut it it up into 26 little pieces and give each of you a scrap! 

So here we go.

Names into the basket....

...lovely assistant pauses her reading to reach in and draw a name....


Tonya, you win!!

I had no idea when I wrote that yesterday that her name would actually be drawn this morning!  I've known Tonya for quite a while.  Before she moved, we used to be neighbors and attended the same church.  She is also an adoptive mom and has nearly as many young 'uns as I do.  So this little piece of stitchery will be warming her table in Botswana with a little South Carolina love, and I couldn't be happier! 

Gosh, I wonder what time it is in Botswana anyway....  

Here is a link to Tonya and Scott's blog.  You can go check out what their family is doing in Botswana to share the love of Christ with the people there.  

Have a fabulous holiday weekend.  Be sure to share it with someone you love!


1 comment:

JoyinChina said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new table runner, Tonya! I know how much pretty holiday decorations can warm the heart when you're far from the States during the holidays.

Laura, thanks for including me in your post. I got a kick out of seeing my name in print. ;) The table runner is just beautiful. You're gifted at gracing homes with your lovely handcrafts and lives with your gracious words and godly character. Love you!