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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heart of Africa Giveaway!



 Every year I love giving away something special. . .straight from the Heart of Africa. While this year has been a bit of a whirlwind--meaning I haven't had the chance to blog as often--I appreciate so much those of you who continue to faithfully follow our life and take the time to pray for our family and ministry. 

Thank you!

I think I'm thankful most this season for having at least part of my family home. With my kids in boarding school, holidays have become extra special and never long enough! We are really enjoying the time we have together.

What about you this holiday season?

I’ve been thinking lately in particular of several friends who have really struggled this year. When life hits hard, it can be difficult to stop and remember what we are thankful for. But God has continued to show me that even when things seem the darkest He is light!

I’d love to hear about what you’re thankful for this holiday season. Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be automatically entered. I will draw three names on December 20th. Drawing will end at midnight, PST.

One winner will received the ‘Mug with coffee and tea from Africa’ gift. Two other names will receive—hot off the press—a copy of Hidden Agenda. Winners outside the US will receive an ebook copy. (Sorry, but the Africa gift set can only be delivered to a US address.)

*Please leave your email so I can contact you if you are one of the winners!*

Merry Christmas!!!!

Lisa Harris

PS Both Hidden Agenda and Taken will be released in the next few weeks. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, you can do so at these links!

Hidden Agenda is book three in my Southern Crimes series and Taken is romantic suspense set in my favorite city. . .Paris!

“A non-stop chase that is constantly set on high-gear, fans of Lisa Harris will revel in the constant race from one place to another. Readers will most definitely be unable to catch their breath before the fantastic ending is revealed.” Suspense Magazine on Hidden Agenda

Giveaway is void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

117 comments:

  1. Litany L1:17 PM

    I am Thankful this holiday season for my my family and my health. The doctors thought they might have to give me another pacemaker but by the grace of God they delayed it and just put me on another type of medicine. Prayerfully it will work. So I am grateful for not having another Surgery.
    email address: businesschef08@gmail.com

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    1. Praising God with you! That is wonderful news. Merry Christmas!

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  2. I hope I'm not duplicating this post. I hit enter and it disappeared, so I'm going to try again. I'm am so grateful that I have God in my life. He's been with me through some health issues this year and so far I've come through with flying colors. I'm also thankful for my wonderful, sweet family and dear friends. It's been a year of renewal of sorts and here, at this time of year I feel such gratitude. Merry Christmas Lisa, many blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Wonderful things to be thankful for, Shirley! And that feeling of renewal. . .what a blessing. So thankful God has given you what you need for this moment! Merry Christmas!

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  3. I've been blessed in so many ways. I'm particularly thankful that I've been able to participate in short term mission projects around the world. I go to help but always receive such a blessing. Never would have thought this for the later years in my life!

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    1. You are so right that when blessing others, you're the one who often is blessed the most! What a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of others as well. Merry Christmas, Sandi!

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  4. I am thankful for my family. My dad got very sick two years ago and we spent Christmas in the hospital. I am thankful he is still around and cherish the time I still have with all my family.

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    1. That is a huge blessing! Merry Christmas, Wendy!

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  5. Anonymous2:43 PM

    love your books!!!! & tea! :)

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  6. Anonymous2:45 PM

    thankful for family & friends!!

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  7. I also posted and then it disappeared so I hope I am not duplicating here...
    Merry Christmas to you Lisa! I am thankful for my healthy family and also my online teaching job that means I don't have to commute to work on these wintry days!
    dawn.nicol at gmail dot com

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    1. I love not having to commute as well, Dawn! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I am thankful for family, friends, my job, a roof over my head and wonderful authors like you who interact with their readers and provide wonderful faith-based stories like yours. Merry Christmas!!

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    1. You are so welcome! Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  9. I am thankful for my family and friends, and getting to spend time with them.

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    1. Yes, enjoy the holidays with them, Stephanie! Merry Christmas!

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  10. I'm thankful that my family is well and will be at our home over the holidays and that my Mother who had heart problems this past year is also during better

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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    1. That is a wonderful blessing to have your mother doing better! Merry Christmas!

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  11. I am thankful for a daughter who loves the Lord with all her heart. She is raising money for a mission trip to Africa next summer and God is providing.

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    1. That's fantastic, Pam! We have an intern with us right now and she's a huge blessing to us!

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  12. I am thankful to be able to have my sweet family and Jesus. That's what the holidays are about!

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    2. You are so right! Merry Christmas!

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  13. I am thankful for my family, friends & our church that is very mission minded, local & in other countries!
    mary-hart@att.net

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    1. That's wonderful, Mary! Merry Christmas!

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  14. I am thankful for a God who loves me unconditionally. I am also thankful for true friends who are there in all seasons of life.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Praise God He loves us, Caryl! Merry Christmas!

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  15. I am thankful for my family and for facetime! Since we can't all be together, I love being able to see my son and his family in real time!

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    1. I know Skype has been such a huge blessing for us to be able to see our family as well! Merry Christmas, Vicky!

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  16. I am thankful for family, good health & I get to celebrate CHRISTmas He is light! PTL :)
    Enjoyed reading your blog today...

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    1. Thanks, Deanna. Merry Christmas!

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  17. I am thankful for the time we had with my grandma. She died in October and I miss her very much! But, 16 years ago she had a kidney transplant and could have had complications with that; but she didn't. We got her for another 16 years! Very, very thankful for that!

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    1. So sorry for your loss, but praise God for the extra time you had with her. My grandmother died 18 years ago and I still miss her, but am so thankful for the times we did have together! Merry Christmas!

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  18. I am thankful for my wonderful hubby and four kids! They are a huge blessing! Loved your pics on your blog yesterday! Merry Christmas!
    rbgillihan@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Merry Christmas!

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  19. I am thankful for the God-blessed relationships with friends and family that become richer as time goes on.

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    1. What a wonderful blessing! Merry Christmas, Vicki!

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  20. I'm thankful for my family and home. I'm enjoying what I've read so far of Hidden Agenda. Another great read in the series.
    -Kim huletthouse at mchsi dot com

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    1. Thanks! And Merry Christmas!

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  21. bn1005:21 PM

    for family

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. They are a blessing! Merry Christmas!

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  22. Alyona5:25 PM

    Thank you, Lisa for using your gift of writing and your passion for Africa to glorify our Savior and to edify believers. Love your books - reading each one is like taking a mini-vacation, and they always leave my heart soaring. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of creativity. lscott@wesleyan.edu

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Alyona! Merry Christmas!

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  23. This year I am thankful for good health, good friends and family. Also, we are having wonderful weather here in the deserts of Arizona.
    jwisley8@me.com

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    1. We're on the warm side here in Mozambique, no snow on the forecast, but I won't get too cold. LOL Merry Christmas!

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  24. I am extra thankful this year for family and friends! My mom just finished treatments for uterine cancer, my aunt is recovering from a knee replacement and MRSA, and a very special Angel enabled me to get a "New" used car! This has been an extra special blessed year!!!

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    1. Praising God with you, Stephanie! Merry Christmas!

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  25. I am thankful for my students. They are a fabulous group and make it fun to teach reading.
    heather at thesunsetwont dot com

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    1. How wonderful, Heather! Merry Christmas!

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  26. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Looks great!
    I am thankful that there isn't as much snow this year as in previous years!
    emilee@kreykes.com

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    1. After living for years in a tropical place, I'm not sure I could handle a bunch of snow. . .maybe just a dusting? Merry Christmas!

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  27. I am thankful for where I am in my life - a job in my church I love, wonderful friends and family to enjoy life with and no stress. God Bless and wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you as well, Ann!

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  28. I'm so thankful for my family always being there to encourage me and for God's presence. It's been a year of struggling with anxiety and it hasn't been fun but I know I'm growing in my walk with the Lord and that makes it worthwhile.
    kawaii dot katers at gmail dot com

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    1. So glad you have a the support you need! God is good! Merry Christmas!

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  29. I am thankful as an Army family we are getting to spend this Christmas together! Also, we are going to be traveling home for Christmas to spend time with our family.

    SoldierNMe@gmail.com

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    1. That is wonderful, Lanitha! Merry Christmas!

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  30. This year has been a hard one for me since I've been through 3 major surgeries and am currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer. Yet through all of this God has been with me and He has surrounded me with wonderful friends and family that are supporting and encouraging me every step of the way. I would have to say that is what I'm most thankful for this year.
    debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Praying for complete healing, Debbie, as you go through this difficult time. Praising God with you for the support he has given you! Merry Christmas!

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  31. I've some dear friends from South Africa - how I'd love to have this prize package!!! I'm thankful for friends Father has put in my life, both live and in person, and online!! I've an AMAZING circle of AMAZING friends!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lisa!!!

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  32. I am thankful this year in that whenever major problems have occurred in my life, God has sent just the right person to make things right. One huge problem was with my septic system. God sent a very knowledgeable excavator, who was able to pinpoint the source of the problem and give me good advice on how to make the corrections. He did all the necessary work, and more, at a reasonable price. There were many smaller issues, where God worked everything out. I am so blessed. Many blessings and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    may_dayzee (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

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    1. Praising God with you, Kay! Merry Christmas!!

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  33. Wow, this looks like a wonderful series. I love suspenseful stories. I definitely need to pick these up. Thank you for the opportunity to win and for sharing.
    Merry Christmas
    eppersonkatrina@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Katrina! Merry Christmas!

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  34. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful giveaway! I am so very thankful for my precious family!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You are welcome, Britney! Merry Christmas!

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  35. Thankful I am free to worship God. What a Blessing He is the reason for the season. Thankful for my family.
    Blessings
    Diana
    joeym11(at)frontier(dot)com

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    1. Yes, freedom to worship IS a blessing we can't take for granted! Merry Christmas, Diana!

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  37. Anonymous10:10 PM

    I have so much to be thankful for this season. Here are my top 3:
    1. I am thankful for the friend who led me to Christ 11 years ago. God's grace has made an immeasurable difference in my life. Christmas has new meaning and brings greater joy than ever before.
    2. This year my husband is home for Christmas and not deployed. Yeah!
    3. For the first time since I left home to join the military (19 years ago), my father is coming to see me for Christmas. That's a God thing too.

    Amanda Geaney
    geaneymail(at)gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Amanda. What a blessing that your husband and father will be with you this year! Merry Christmas!

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    2. Thank you Amanda for your service and I'm thankful God has blessed you with your dad coming to visit you. Jenny

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  38. I'm not sure my comment went through. I'm so thankful to make traditions with my children. And to teach them the knowledge of why we celebrate. They love jesus:) kricket62@gmail.com-at-gmail-dot-com thanks!

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  39. I'm thankful for so much. I'm thankful that at the age of 43 I finally get to spend this CHRISTMAS with my soul mate. Most of all, though, I am so thankful that, even though my mom's health is declining rapidly, she is still here to spend Christmas with. Being her caregiver has been very hard emotionally the past couple of months but it's also been very rewarding. I feel so Blessed even through all of the stress. God is good and if we make it through the next 8 days I will forever be grateful to have one last Christmas with my mom.

    Blessings,
    Wanda Barefoot
    abookloversretreat(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Praying that this time with your mother will be extra special even though I know it is hard, Wanda. Know you are a blessing to her during this time as well! Merry Christmas!

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  40. I just finished reading Hidden Agenda. I had a hard time putting it down. Loved the story.

    I would really like to win the African giveaway.

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    1. Thank you, Lena! I know you love the tea from here. :-) Merry Christmas!

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  41. Anonymous1:07 AM

    So thankful for our Heavenly Father and my family he has blessed me with!!!

    Blessing to you and your family
    Camille
    csewell4@hotmail.com

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  42. Anonymous1:24 AM

    I am thankful for all of God's blessing especially the recent ones just because it shows that he always cares and always is there we just don't always pay attention! a_stonecipher@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, He is always there. A great reminder! Merry Christmas!

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  43. I just moved, but I am so thankful to have the chance to live nearby family for the first time!

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway- my sister and I are actually traveling to Africa on a mission trip in a few months!!
    Bschwe@gmail.com

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    1. Glad you will be with family, and praying you have a wonderful mission trip!! Merry Christmas!

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  44. I am soo thankful for my loving and caring family......that is what life is all about

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    1. Wonderful! Merry Christmas!

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  45. Anonymous5:18 AM

    I am so thankful for my wonderful husband, three great kids, a daughter-in-law and son-in-law who truly feel like my own, and six of the most adorable grandkids. Life just can't get better than that!!
    nancy@kennethssales.com

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  46. Anonymous8:32 AM

    I am thankful for my salvation, my husband and family, my friends, and opportunities. I appreciate the give-a-way. My sister went to Africa many years ago on a mission trip. She loved it. I have always wanted to go. This would be neat to win. Merry Christmas.
    amanda.travis@yahoo.com

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  47. My family is definitely struggling this year. My husband is very depressed about Christmas because we haven't even been able to get anything for our boys or each other. My oldest son's birthday is Christmas Eve so he'll come first of course. I'm okay with getting nothing because I'm just happy to have my family together. Prayer would be much appreciated . Jenny

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    1. Praying for you, Jenny, as you face this difficult time, especially during the holiday season. He does care for you. Glad you can be together! Merry Christmas!

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  48. Hi Lisa, I am thankful for Christian authors like yourself, who have the God-given talent to write wonderful Christian suspense novels. Love your books and can't wait for the next one. Keep writing! Thanks! Joy from joyfulhandknits@gmail.com

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  49. Hi, Lisa! I didn't see my comment, so I am trying again.
    I am thankful that, after five years of unemployment, our son has a job and is back in church with us.
    Thanks, Michelle moma3homeschool(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. That is a wonderful blessing, Michelle! Merry Christmas!

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  51. I'm thankful for the true meaning of Christmas, my family, and to be a 3 year cancer survivor!
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I know Christmas must be extra special when you can reconnect with your children. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    straitfromthehive(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Thankful for God's protection for our three youngest girls in a rollover accident on our dirt road a week or so ago. Also thankful for the gift of Jesus! jkdubbs1 (at) gmail

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  54. I am thankful that i have am saved by God's grace and will hold on to that fact with Faith that he will return to take all of us that are save to heaven to be with him. Can not wait for that day to arrive where we will be with all our loved ones that have gone on to heave before us.

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  55. I lived 1200 miles from my family for three years while going to school, and have know been home for about a year and a half. While I was going to school, Christmas was the only time during the year I was able to come home. I am so thankful to live close to my family once again. Being able to spend time with them on a regular basis is a blessing. It is especially wonderful to get to enjoy this Christmas season with my family!
    Email: PjoyC@live.com

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  56. Thea C.1:44 AM

    This time of year, I realize anew how much I have thankful for. I am thankful for the free gift of salvation that was so freely given to me. I remember the day so many years ago when I learned that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me so much, that He sent His son to live and die for me. Tears still come to my eyes when I think about that precious gift. I am thankful that I am able to spend Christmas with my family. So many times in life we get so caught up in situations and distractions that we neglect to treasure those rare and beautiful moments with our families. Merry Christmas to you and yours! God bless!!!!!

    Email: sootmania@yahoo.com

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  57. Time to spend with family and friends, but most importantly rest.
    Briannakjames@yahoo.com

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  58. I'm with you on the rest part, Brianna! :-) Merry Christmas!

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  59. I am most thankful this year for my family this year. Mom and dad and my husband have all had some serious health health problems this year. My best friend has cancer and so does her daughter. Both are inoperable and incurable. Her other daughter just lost her son to a head on collision. All of this has made me thankful for the time I have with my family.

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    1. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jan. Sometimes it seems that everything hits at once, doesn't it. Praying for a blessed time with family!

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  60. Giveaway is closed now, but thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and left a comment! Wishing you all a very, merry Christmas and a very happy new year! Lisa

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