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I was the girl who basically got pregnant on her honeymoon. My husband and I dated for 4.5 years and he is 4 years younger so once we got married…You know the deal “my clock was ticking”

We had two kids fast. My older two are 18 months apart. We had our boy first, then got a girl. We felt like 2 kids was perfect. I sold or donated all our baby stuff, my maternity clothes, their baby clothes. We even visited a snip snip doctor.  I posted an instagram post pleading with God to act fast if he had plans for us being more than a family of 4. The vasectomy doctor we consulted with questioned our decision. It was wonderful that he wasn’t interested in the money he’d get from the procedure. He said “You guys are so young” “Take the info home and really think on it”

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The more I prayed, the more I felt that God was telling us how the world needs more kids who grow up in loving, God fearing households. SO… a third we had.

I’ll never forget the day after my dad told me he had prostrate cancer. He didn’t want to give me the news while I was pregnant, but he knew I needed to know and he needed my prayers.  I had arranged to pick up a couple pairs of maternity shorts from a stranger who was on a ‘mommy buy/sale/trade site’ in my city. Upon arrival to her porch I found the bag of shorts and a diaper bag with this note. I immediately started balling (silly hormones) God knew that I needed a smile. I was so upset and worried about my dad and this strangers ray of sunshine was JUST what I needed. AND I rocked the crap out of her cute bag.

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Fast forward to today. My dad is heathy (in remission), this stranger is now my friend. Sweet Caroline bump bump bum. (Yeah I just sang that outloud) And I am indeed having all the ‘fun’ with #3.

Now, let’s get to the point of this post. ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! 🙂

This same stranger, now friend, Caroline text me one day saying “hey, I accidentally ordered two of Ann Voskamps The Way of Abundance and I want you to have one” I explained that it was one I had already read and she should gift it to someone else. She insisted that I take it and use it for my new business venture. Her heart is gold! What a good idea for a giveaway 🙂

The book comes with a darling leather bookmark. The children in the photo are NOT part of the giveaway, but if you ask me in an hour, I might change my mind. 🙂

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I normally take 2 years to read an entire book. BUT Ann’s books are easy reads and she hits home on so many topics for women. I may or may not have a woman crush on her. If you don’t get her emails, you are missing out. You can sign up for them  here

Mother’s Day is coming up. This would be such a perfect gift idea. I will even buy the book and package it with ‘fancy’ pens and a journal. Please send me an email at gracefullygifting@gmail.com if you’re interested in getting this book for a mom you love.

Taken from Amazon ( a little blurb about The Way of Abundance) 

In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann’s online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.

You can enter the giveaway one of three ways.

  • Find the post on Facebook or Instagram and comment with a favorite verse that helps you get through trying times. Double entry for tagging a friend. – when you’re there, be sure to follow or like me
  • Using my website, leave a comment on this blog post that includes a verse that helps you get through trying times.

With Grace and Grit,

Ashley

Side note: These thoughts are my own. I was not hired by Ann to help promote her book. (although I would let her hire me ) 🙂

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Gracefully Gifting

Six years ago I became a mom. Ever since my first was born, I struggled with finding the perfect work/home life balance. DOES it exist? My most recent 'real world' job the workload was cluttering my mind and spirit. After 11 years in sales/marketing and advertising, I recently decided to quit my job so that I would have energy and 'room' for what is most important. Now, as a mom of 3, wife and Jesus lover, I am now following my passion of gift giving. Thanks for visiting my site.

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