Monday, January 21, 2008

Sharing A Bit of Good News.....

Dear Readers, I hope this Monday finds you all happy, healthy, and hopefully warm! It is bone chilling cold here at the Quill and I dread each trek beyond my door. My sidekick, Sophie, and I are huddled together under a blanket enjoying a little snuggle time. Things have been quite busy here over the past few days and I wanted to share a bit of news with all of you who so graciously cheer me on and encourage me.

On Friday afternoon I was doing a little blog browsing and stopped by one of my favorite sites, Cheaper by the Half Dozen, and saw that there was a writing contest going on over at Lysa TerKeurst site, so I thought I'd pop over there to see what it was all about. The contest was for Proverbs 31 Ministries. The winner would be published in their magazine. The deadline was for that day. I started to dismiss it by thinking that it was too late to get an entry in but I just felt a nudge from the Lord to do it.
I picked out a post and re-posted it with all your comments of stepping out swirling in my mind and knowing that Vee had dusted of her pom-poms and was cheering me on and Cindy had her fingers crossed, which would probably prevent her from crafting, that I'd better do it. I totally expected nothing to come of it but it felt good to obey and to get out of my comfort zone, that was reward enough for me.

I was up before sun up as the mysterious malady that has been plaguing me decided that I did not need to sleep but be painfully miserable at the hour of 4:00 A.M. I shuffled to the kitchen to put the kettle on and turned on my computer to send a message to my cousin. I clicked over to my blog and found a comment telling me congratulations. "What for?" my foggy brain asked. Then it dawned on me, the contest. "Nah! That can't be it." I thought to myself. After spending the weekend reading all the entries and having my heart filled by so many wonderful writers, I had chosen a favorite and was rooting for her and thought my chances were slim to none.
I thought I'd go check anyway and got the shock of my life, I along with two other entrants had won, plus there were four honorable mention winners! Well, I tend to get a little over excited some times and I ran through the house, barreled through the bedroom door and pounced on the bed beside my sleeping husband who popped straight up into sitting position and wondered what was going on. I told him I won, he congratulated me, plopped back down and looked over at the clock, sighing that he could sleep some more and promptly began to snore! OK, so much for that reaction. I try again with darling daughter. I burst into her room and hop on the bed saying, "Guess what? Guess What?" when she almost slugs me for scaring the bejeebers out of her and mumbles, "Uh huh, that's great." and pulls the covers over her head. My little sidekick, Sophie, is excited because I am excited and she wants to run around the house too and celebrate whatever it is I am celebrating and I about got her too excited and we barely made it out the door before she had an accident on the floor! Well at least she was happy for me!
I am very excited to see where the Lord is leading me in this new journey and thankful for each experience He has given me to share through writing. My heartfelt thanks goes out to each of you who pray for and encourage me, in the words of an old song, "I'm drinkin' from my saucer, cause my cup done overflowed!" I feel very humbled and honored and I ask you to visit each of these ladies and assure you that you will be blessed. Congratulations to each one!
The winners:

Honorable Mention:
Graceful by DeeDee
A complete list of all the entries with links can be found on Lysa's blog here.

I hope each of you, my dear friends, has a wonderful day!


Miss Sandy


Gerry said...

Congratulations, Miss Sandy!!! Gold stars to you. I attended SheSpeaks last year and really enjoyed it. I went for the speaking rather than the writing and it was great. If you can go, do it!

The Feathered Nest said...

Yaaaaaay!!!! And why are all of your readers so not surprised at this at all! Do you see wonderful things down the road for you? Follow the path! I'm so happy for you, Sandy ~ Congratulations...and I would love any treasures you may find that would not be heavy...I will gladly pay you shipping if you calculate postage as well. Wishing you a wonderful week, xxoo, Dawn

Sand Flat Farm said...

Congratulations, Sandy! See there, what did we all tell you! Keep up the good work - this is only a starting place! Vickie

Cindy Is Crafty said...

I would congratulate you, but in my mind it was a given! :O)

Congrats again, Miss Sandy! You deserve it, now get the puppy some Depends for the next win!

Linda said...

Thanks for alerting me to my award, Sandy! And congratulations to you! I'm glad to have found your blog.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh I just loved reading this and about your sidekick's excited little puddle. You can hardly fault her for that! LOL! I will follow your links as soon as I can.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Dear Miss Sandy,

Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment on my blog.

I've enjoyed visiting yours, and plan on coming back soon.


Sharon said...


Shari said...

Hi Sandy, I am sitting here this morning and lingering at your site because it has just soaked me in...the music is drawing me closer to our Lord just by listening to it and knowing He is so thrilled you won this contest. I pray good things for you and can't wait to see what God has in mind for you. I have my side kick on my lap and another furry creature posted above my shoulder, purring. I pray you will come to She Speaks this is truly life changing. Blessings this morning and always, Shari Braendel, Proverbs 31 Ministries

MrsJoeB said...

Your joy reminds me of Psalms 16:1"You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand". God can do more than we imagine--expect the unexpected from Him! He was running around your house in joy that morning too!! Soak it in!!
In His Graces~Pamela

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Sandy, what a sweet, sweet story & so well written. You really are a great writer. I admire that. You expressed it so well in that article, no wonder you won such an honorable mention! And such a good thing to remember each day.

Congrats, Miss Sandy!


Anonymous said...

Miss Sandy I'm so happy for you and you deserve it! Vicki

Mariel said...

I am excited for you!!! I just followed a link to your blog and LOVE it! I look forward to all your writing! Beautiful!!

Denise C said...

You write beautifully! Congratulations!!!
I will lift you in prayer as you follow this path with the Lord.

I am glad that Little Sophie was excited at 4am with you!!!
Blessings to you!

Sand Flat Farm said...

Sandy - I will put my thinking cap on about someone to do a hand-painted cup/saucer - hmmmmm.....

Carol said...

Miss Sandy,
I had to come back and visit you today to see the pictures again. Do you take all of these photos yourself? They are beautiful. You should think of a writing a book with your photos to go along with it.

And by the way, I was doing quite a happy dance at my house too. This will be my first time ever to be published. I am still in shock. As we southern gals like to say, "Aint God good?"

Hugs to you,
Carol from sheep to the right

sarah said...

What a wonderful follow-up! I feel your excitement jump off your site and am so happy for you and all the winners that you all opened your hearts and pens to pour out what the rest of us needed to hear.

Angie said...

Congratulations Miss Sandy. I'm happy for you and so glad I found your little cottage to visit in the process of that little contest. Blessings, Angie

Heather@Mommymonk said...

That's funny to hear you say you had chosen a favorite and was rooting for her. YOU were my favorite and I was rooting for you (I even suggested yours as the winner to Lysa via email).

so, heartfelt congratulations!

Catherine Holman said...

Congratulations, Miss Sandy! You shouldn't be so surprised. You're definitely blessed! I also wanted to let you know that I don't do any china painting and wish I could refer someone. If I hear of anyone that does, I will let you know.

MrsProverbs31 said...

Congratulations, Miss Sandy! You deserve it. I'm going to have to come back to read later on. Got to run errands and a funeral to go to. But, God has been good and I want to read what you wrote, to learn both the writing and spiritual aspects. God bless you.

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