This week I’ve been celebrating my blog five-year birthday! Even my husband got into the spirit of things, bringing me blog-o-versary flowers! Yep, he’s a keeper.

I used Random.Org’s random integer generator to select the winners of my birthday celebration giveaways. Congratulations to Angela, winner of $20 to Mary Kay; Chelsea, winner of $25 in Shaklee products; Deb, winner of $25 to The Rusted Chain; Nicci, winner of $10 to Sarah Bee Creations; and Kristen, winner of $30 to Gussy Sews!

Huge thank you to everyone who stopped by. Your comments made my week! And an extra-special thank-you to the lovely ladies who donated prizes to make this celebration extra-special.


And now, it’s time for THE SATURDAY EVENING BLOG POST!
This is where bloggers gather on the first Saturday of each month to share their latest and greatest blog posts. This weekend we are sharing our favorite post from July 2010!
I have selected “Letters to the Wounded, from the Wounded” for two reasons — first, it’s a bare-naked confession of where I’m at with God right now, prompted by an incredible post on A Holy Experience, and second, because Ann Voskamp, author of A Holy Experience and one of my very favorit-est bloggers and a woman I respect highly, not only found this post but commented on it and linked to it. Her kindness and her understanding of the struggle those of us who have suffered pain and loss and in the face of that still seek after God are a powerful encouragement to me. I was so humbled that she would consider my writing worth sharing with her own readers.

Please stop by Elizabeth Esther’s blog and check out the other “best of July” posts!