Saturday, April 1, 2023

Blogging Break and a Winner!

 


Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" ~Mark 11:9


I can hardly believe that Palm Sunday is upon us!  Does it seem to any of you that the Lenten season has come and gone so quickly?  Personally, I'm so glad that Easter is on the horizon, and that our visit with daughter, Sarah, son-in-law, John, and the girls starts this very day upon their arrival this afternoon!  We will, of course, be celebrating Easter early since they will have to depart for home a week from today.  Here are some of the gifts awaiting Virginia, Savannah and Alexandra.










These fun and meaningful gifts should certainly make them happy!

While they are with us, I'll be taking a blogging break, not only from my blog, but from others, too.  I want to focus every precious moment enjoying their company.  I so appreciate your understanding.  Of course, I'll have plenty to blog about in the weeks that follow.

And now, to announce the winner of Cheryl's latest book, Homespun Devotions - Volume Two.  Give a shout out to Kim Jolly!!!  Congrats, Kim, and thanks to all of you who participated in this contest.

May each and every one of you have a blessed Holy Week and Easter!

Amen!

45 comments:

  1. thecontemplativecat@blogspot.com here. I am in a battle with Google. Your grandkids will love these gifts! I would love those gifts, too. Palm Sunday, already?

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    1. Yes, Palm Sunday already! Can you believe it? The kids should be here in a few more hours. I can't wait!
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Martha Jane: Enjoy your family time. HAPPY EASTER!

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    1. Thanks, Cecelia!
      Happy Easter to you, too, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Th difference between Grandma buying Easter goodies and Grandpa buying Easter goodies is that Grandpa goes for 100 percent sugar highs (says this Grandpa).

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    1. Believe me, Glynn, the girls all had their share of sugar highs while they were with us! Danny is all too generous with the ice cream and unexpected goodies at every turn. We are already missing them so much, and wishing we had the whole week to do over again. At least we know they arrived home safely.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. Dearest Martha Jane,
    Well, what a perfect visit for Palm Sunday weekend!
    Yes, it comes as a very FAST surprise this year that we're now at Palm Sunday suddenly.
    As for me, it is a JOY to be five weeks and four days past accident.
    That means I'm past most of the pain—can't complain about what is left and hard to believe how a person does heal.
    It proves that prayers to God for strength will be heard!
    Big hugs and enjoy your special family time ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Mariette

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    1. Prayers are most certainly heard and heeded, Mariette. I'm so glad the worst is now behind you. Have a blessed Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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    2. Happy Easter to all of you! Did mention your post here: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2023/04/exotic-flowering-vinesbird-poop-gifts.html

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  5. Enjoy your break happy Easter! Congrats to the winners

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    1. I enjoyed the break immensely, Christine, especially with the grands here. They went home yesterday, and I miss them so terribly. Hope you have a Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  6. Easter blessings to you and yours, Martha! Enjoy every moment with your dear family. The girls will be thrilled with your gifts AND with their time with you. Have fun! xo

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    1. I did enjoy every single moment, Terri, and only wish we could do it all again sooner than later. How I miss them already! Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Love all the gifts awaiting the girls! So much fun! God bless!

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    1. They loved them, too, Karen. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Wishing you a Happy Easter and a happy blogging break. smiles

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda. Hoping you have a very Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  9. OH, I am SO happy for you to have your family coming to visit! What a blessing it will be for all of you! I know you are in "hog's heaven" having those kids there for a whole week! Just have a blessed time and don't worry about us. And Congratulations to Kim Jolly, for receiving the book! I know she will love it, and I am so glad she joined in and was the "lucky" girl to receive the gift! (blessed, not lucky). Happy Happy Easter, Martha!! Enjoy your family!!!

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    1. Our time together was priceless, Pamela, and I miss them all so much that it hurts. So grateful to God, though, that they made it home yesterday safe and sound. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. Congratulations, Kim! You're going to have such a wonderful time with your best girls and their parents! Enjoy every moment!

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    1. Every moment was enjoyed to the max, Myra! I miss them already and wish we could start all over again. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Hope you have a nice time away from the blog but an even better time with your family. I do know this: Kim will really enjoy Cheryl's book. I have reading and using it this past week and have been blessed (as you like to say). :) Happy Resurrection Day early!

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    1. The family time was simply the best ever, Bill; just wish we could do it all again this week. I know Kim will love Cheryl's book, too. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  12. May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your family a very Blessed Easter. May the Lord bless you all always.

    Thank you fro your e-mail last week, to which I have replied. Your continued prayers are very much appreciated.

    Enjoy your time with your family and see you again soon.

    God bless you all.

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    1. We enjoyed every single moment with our family, Victor - they got home safely yesterday, and I can't stop missing them. Thanks so much for your faithful prayers, my friend. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Enjoy your family's visit and have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

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    1. We enjoyed every single moment, Bill. Happy Easter to you!
      Love and blessings!

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    1. We did, Bill. Having the grands with us was glorious!
      Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. Those gifts are so darn cute. Hope you had a wonderful visit.

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    1. Our visit was beyond wonderful, Debby. I only wish we could have had more time together. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  16. So glad your family can visit you for Easter, Martha. May it be full of joy, laughter, and wonder-filled moments!

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    1. It was more glorious than I could ever have imagined, Nancy, and I miss them already as they went home yesterday. Thank the Lord, they arrived safe and sound. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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    1. Happy Easter to you and yours, Beckie!
      Love and blessings!

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  18. Thank you again so very much for promoting our book and for all you do to encourage and bless so many, dear Martha. Congratulations to Kim! Lord willing, we will be mailing her book to her this week. Many blessings to you as you enjoy your precious time with your loved ones.

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    1. I was so happy to be able to promote your excellent book, Cheryl, and glad you will try to get Kim her copy as soon as you can. Yes, we had such a great time with the family; I only wish we could do it all over again. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  19. Congratulations Ms. Kim! See you on the other side Ms. Martha. God's blessings folks.

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  20. Enjoy your break, dearest Martha.

    Happy Easter!

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    1. I enjoyed it to the fullest, Veronica, thank you. I'm just missing my grands so much right now and am already looking forward to seeing them again. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  21. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Have a blessed Easter.

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    1. I did enjoy every minute with my family, Marja. I only wish they could have stayed longer. Happy Easter!
      Love and blessings!

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  22. Have a lovely time with your family Martha Jane, you deserve it. God bless.

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    1. We had such a monumentally great time, Brenda, I just wish we could do it all over again.
      Love and blessings!

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