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A “Grateful” Giveaway!

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It’s finally here!  My first giveaway!  



November is the month of Thanksgiving–which seems to get swallowed up between Halloween and Christmas at the stores—and just as well.   Heaven help us all if they figure out a way to commercialize Thanksgiving!  



So for this giveaway, we will focus on being thankful!



I am giving away a triangular knit shawl made from Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the color "Baroque".










It is plenty wide enough and long enough to wrap up your shoulders and arms on a coolish morning while you have your quiet time, or maybe on a cool evening while reading blogs on the computer!  



Along with the shawl is a lovely bound blank journal (and a pen–not pictured!) so you can create your own gratefulness journal!






But this isn’t "just" a gratefulness journal.



About 9 years ago I was challenged to start a Gratefulness Journal about my husband.   A place where I would write down the things I was thankful for in him.   Now at first, that was easy.  But you can only say, "He’s such a good husband/father/provider, etc." so many times!   It has been good for me to really think specifically what I am grateful for.



And to be honest, the times when I was a bit upset at him were the very times I needed to be writing in that journal….and I did!  It’s amazing how quickly a "big issue" gets scaled down to less-than-a-minor-glitch when you start focusing on what you have to praise God for in your mate!



I had misplaced the journal when we packed up our room for the remodeling, but I’m on a mission to find it and pick up where I left off!



And I challenge you, my readers, even if you don’t win this journal, to get one and start it.



"Oh, but I’m not married", you say?



You’re not off the hook either!   A young lady can write what she is grateful for in her father, and even her brothers!   It will be a good practice to be in so when you do marry, you’ll have a head start on "looking for the good"!  



And if you are a single mom for whatever reason, you can give thanks for perhaps a Godly woman who is your mentor, or for God Himself–specifically how He is helping you as you look to Him to be your all.



How to enter:




1.  Tell me one thing you are grateful for today about your husband (or daddy, etc.).    It can be about his character, something wonderful he’s done, how he’s weathered a trial, his quiet steady support….


2. Tell three friends about this giveaway and let me know that you did.


3. Post about the giveaway and link back here on your blog or facebook or twitter or whatever else is out there that I am so-not-savvy-about!     Just let me know that you did!


4. Tell me that you are going to start a Gratefulness Journal for your husband (or daddy).   And please DO IT!  If you want to wait to see if you win this lovely journal, that’s fine, but MAKE SURE YOU DO IT!  It will be an incredible blessing to you, and if/when you choose to share it with your husband or daddy, it will certainly bless him as well!


This giveaway runs from today, Monday, November 2, through Saturday, November 7, at midnight.    I will let Random.org pick the winner and announce it (hopefully!) on Sunday, November 8!



You may enter as many times as you like!   If, for example, you enter today, you will tell me one thing you are grateful for in your husband or daddy, etc., then maybe tell me you told three friends and posted about it on your blog.


If you happen to twitter about it tomorrow, and you want to come tell me, you must tell me another thing you are grateful for in your husband or daddy, etc.!   Does that make sense?  For each day that you comment about something you did, you also share something you’re grateful for!   And it counts each time you do it–as long as it’s not the same thing!


And please, no generic "He’s a good husband/daddy/provider"!   I want specifics! 



Happy "Thanksgiving"! 


87 Responses to “A “Grateful” Giveaway!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good job, Trisch!!

    I am so thankful that my husband makes work "fun" for the kids!! Everyone loves working with dad!



  2. Jennifer says:

    I am so thankful for my daddy and how he supports us all:)

  3. Piglet2u says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea! And the shawl is beautiful!

    I'm thankful that my husband is such a talented computer repair technician and that he works so hard at this job.

    Thank you Trish, for doing this. I certainly will start my Thankfulness Journal for my Pooh and hope I will start it with the one you are giving away.

    I will post a link to your blog on my Twitter and I will share the link with 3 of my friends tonight.

    I think that's all I need to do to enter, yes?

    God bless you for this lovely outreach!

  4. Piglet2u says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I posted the link to this page on Twitter and sent an e-mail to 3 of my friends.

    Another thing I'm thankful for about my husband is that he prays to the Lord from his heart.

  5. tami aka agodlyhomemaker says:

    i am thankful that my husband doesn't cheat on me! that may sound simplistic but i have 2 friends who are going thru this at this very time and it is heartbreaking. so i am thankful that i am not!

  6. tami aka agodlyhomemaker says:

    i will start a grateful journal :) about my husband and all 7 of my kids. i need to.

    i forgot to add my email above it is


  7. Heather says:

    I am grateful for my Father who is a strong man of the Lord and very wise in making decisions regarding our Fellowship and my personal life. Though I am going through a rough spot in life, I realized recently that I need to be more thankful for all that God has done for me. I plan to start a gratefulness journal…thanks for the inspiration!!! God Bless

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just posted your link on Facebook!

    I'm thankful that my husband seeks God's direction and leading in EVERY area of his life! He is extremely successful at his company as a result. As well as being a great father and husband!



  9. Anonymous says:

    First entry:

    I am very thankful for how my Husband has no problem helping me with dishes, straightening up or doing anything else that I might need help with. He is always cheerful and willing to help me with anything I need. I have to be careful not to take advantage of it, because I do NOT want to become lazy. :)

    Kelley A.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I posted about the giveaway on Facebook….. :)

    Kelley A.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I also "tweeted" about the giveaway on Twitter @ http://www.twitter.com/Living4Jesus69

    Kelley A.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Whether I win the giveaway or not, I am DEFINATELY starting my own Thankfulness Journal about my Husband! Thank you for sharing that great idea!

    Kelley A.

  13. croctoria says:

    I'd love to enter!!

    What I'm thankful about my daddy today….he's always witnessing to people! We just found out today that unknown to us, the guy he witnessed to on a park bench the other day was related to one of my favorite singers…and we wouldn't have known unless daddy was willing to share the Word!

  14. croctoria says:

    I told MaidenPrincess (A Window Into My Heart), Lana (Musings of a Servant Princess, or Sunshine Princess), and Melanie (Complete in Thee).

  15. croctoria says:



  16. Anonymous says:

    I posted you facebook. Your favorite internet hotspot. Just kidding.

  17. Eshell says:

    Ok. I posted on FB ( the previous no namer post) and on our family blog.


  18. Eshell says:

    Oh, where do I begin. I am grateful for his humor, hard work, gentleness, patience ( he needs that with me) and his amazing love for his family. I am grateful he is self-sacrificing, loving, He is everything I desire to be.

  19. Abigail Knapp says:

    I am grateful that daddy is loving and kind.

  20. Brookelyn Knapp says:

    I am grateful that daddy is a honest hardworking man.

  21. Anonymous says:

    1. I am grateful for my husband because he is ALWAYS there for me. My aunt just passed away this morning…he stopped working to be with me. The love he shows reflects in our boys!

    I told three of my friends through emails about this giveaway, and your wonderful blog. (Bev, Bev, and Trina)

    3. My blog…homesteadblogger.com/specialmom42000 will have your blog link. (I hope I can link!!)

    4. I would love to start a hubby journal…I write him little notes and put in his lunch on his steering wheel…etc…this will be fun to share, and pass on through the generations.

    Blessings, Kelly in MI

  22. DB says:

    I am thankful my dad being willing to admit that he is wrong.

    Thanks for this assignment- it's something I desperately need to do. I'm sure you know what I mean. :)

    Have a blessed week! :)

    Love and a {hug},

    DB :)

  23. Amy says:

    first, I love the shawl. shawls always make me feel pretty.

    One thing that I am so grateful for with my husband is that no matter how tired he is, he always has a last little bit of energy to do something kind for me or the kids.


  24. Anonymous says:

    I'm thankful that my husband is such a hard worker, that he is such a good father, and that he loves me even when I'm unlovable. :)

    I've been going to make a shawl like this for a few years now. Can you tell me about how much yarn it takes?

    Grace & Peace,

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  25. ourcountryschool says:

    This is my very first time doing this so here it goes. LOL! I posted about this on my blog at


    I also told 3 dear friends.

    As for the one thing about my dear husband. There are several! But just last night he blessed me beyond measure when he took me to the Revival at church last night to hear the musical guests and further added joy to my heart by coming up to the alter with me.

    I am truly blessed and I love the idea of this Gratitude Journal for my husband! I am going to start one in deed and give it to him as a Christmas Gift.


    Sister Carrie

  26. Anonymous says:

    I told 3 of friends about this giveaway! :)

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  27. Anonymous says:

    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook. :)

    Another thing about my husband that I am thankful for is that he takes an active role in the home education of our children!

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  28. Anonymous says:

    I "tweeted" about this giveaway. :)


    I'm also thankful that my husband loves children and views them as a blessing. We just found out that baby #5 is on the way! :D

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  29. Lisa says:

    I am so thankful for my dh.. he has been my rock thru all the good times and thru some really rough waters. He is so sweet and tender towards me, and I am SO BLESSED to be married to him!

    I will post about this giveaway on my blog at TheBeehiveBuzz on Blogger.

  30. Amanda m says:

    I am so thankful that my husband is so thoughtful. He will bring flowers home if I have had a bad day! :)

  31. Piglet2u says:

    Hello Trish! I am entering again. This time I will post this on the gasbuddy message board and I did send this to 3 more friends!

    I certainly will start this journal for my DH and I'd treasure the shawl. It would feel like I had you close by to have it to snuggle up with. What a comfort that would be.

    I'm thankful that my Pooh defends me when neighbors are unkind.

  32. Piglet2u says:

    I'm thankful that no matter what the devil may do to break us apart, that my Pooh does not sever our marriage.

    I sent this to another dear friend.

  33. Piglet2u says:

    I grateful that my DH continues to provide for us.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Since today is a new day, here is another thing I'm grateful for about my Husband:

    I am very grateful that my Husband does not rush decisions and he takes his time even when I'm trying to "hurry him up." :)

  35. Anonymous says:

    Oops, the last entry (subject: 5th Entry) was by me too.

    I posted about the giveaway on Facebook again: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=1818499925&ref=profile

    Kelley A.


  36. Anonymous says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway at: http://www.twitter.com/Living4Jesus69

    By the way, that is a beautiful shawl!


    Kelley A.


  37. Anonymous says:

    I posted about the giveaway on my blog: http://www.theknightsfairmaiden.blogspot.com


    Kelley A.

  38. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    I am very grateful for my husband and one reason is that he is an honest man, and is known by others to be also.


  39. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    Posted about your giveaway here:



  40. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    I absolutely will use this journal. As I read your post it spoke to me. I don't always acknowledge all that my husband does for me/us or all that he is, and it is something I need to focus on.

    Please include me in your journal.



  41. ~Desiree~ says:

    I am thankful that my dad has promised to keep me pure until the right time. And I will start a thankfulness journal:)

  42. Anonymous says:

    This is Totally off-subject, but I love the photos (esp. the one that shows your covering from the back!). :)

    Ann vosKamp would be proud of your 'Gratitude Journal'! :)

    I'm going to print this out for our two 'maidens' (and might for our 'knight' as well, actually!) as I think getting a head start on this discipline is a GREAT idea!

    grateful for Him who is Rock, Fortress, and Might,


  43. Julianne says:

    I am grateful for my dad's encouragement. He always has faith in me and lets me know it! His encouraging words have given me the courage to do so much in life.

    I plan on starting a father/brother gratefulness journal. I think it is a great idea!

  44. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that when Pooh is sick, he turns to me to take care of him.

  45. Piglet2u says:

    I forgot to add that I will send an e-mail to a friend each time I post something I'm grateful for about my Pooh.

    Since I'm here, I'm also grateful that my Pooh actually enjoys vacuuming!

    p.s. If I win the journal and beautiful shawl, I will come back here to add the first few things I posted that I am grateful for about my precious Pooh.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I'm so thankful that my husband is willing to help me get the children to bed at night. He almost always puts the 3 year old to bed and it's so helpful!

    I "tweeted" about this again today!


    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  47. Anonymous says:

    I also posted this to my Facebook page.

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  48. Anonymous says:

    I'm going to start a Gratefulness Journal about my husband. (I'll probably add things about our children as well.) I actually have a couple empty journals already so even if I don't win the contest I can still get started. :)

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  49. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that my Pooh is still receptive to my love.

  50. jhul says:

    I'll start a gratefulness journal for my husband soon.

    I am so thankful for my husband, i can somehow ask him to cook or wash dishes when i feel tired.

  51. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that my Pooh turns to me when he's down.

  52. piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that my Pooh is such a talented musician.

  53. agardenfull says:

    Please include me! I am thankful for the way my husband strives to show the children Jesus and creation in all aspects of play ~ camping, riding, singing… he is very good about bringing their minds in and focusing on how God is on control even in the little things that (most ~ sigh) of the time slip my mind in my busy day.


  54. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    I am grateful for my husband and the way he leads our family teaching us about the Lord.


  55. Anonymous says:

    I am so thankful for my dad! He is an amazing man! Always thinking of others.

    ~Maria Smith

  56. Anonymous says:

    I'm thankful for my husband because he is such a giving man. He always thinks of our needs before his own.

    I "tweeted" about this giveaway again.


    Leah ~ terrytribe@gmail.com

  57. Anonymous says:

    I posted about this giveaway at Facebook! :)

    Leah ~ terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  58. Anonymous says:

    This is very neat giveaway. I love the idea of writing a journal focusing on what we are thankful for in our husband. The shawl is also gorgeous!

    I am thankful for my husbands warm and loving hugs, for his taking time to eat breakfast with us each morning before heading off to work and for his sense of humor.

  59. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry in the comment about where I explained how I was grateful for Hugs, breakfast together, etc. I forgot to put my e-mail.

    It is Abbi@abbisbridal.com

  60. Piglet2u says:

    I'm so grateful to my husband for eating a large bowl of my homemade "Jewish Penicillin" and finishing. It shows me that he appreciates me and how I made this out of love and concern for him.

  61. piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to my husband that even though he was feeling ill, that he worked on my laptop computer and got it running better!

  62. piglet2u says:

    I'm so grateful that my husband does things and is things that keep me thinking of new things to be grateful to him for and of course so grateful to the Lord for how he made my Pooh.

    I'm also so grateful that you designed this blog giveaway because it has helped me to look up and not down when I think of my Pooh. When I count my blessings, I'm able to smile. : )

  63. Mirage @ http://everypreciousjoy.blogspot.com/ says:

    I'm thankful that my husband got home from work in time to help me put the kids to bed. He loves them so much and is so proud of them! It melts me to see him with them. And they adore him and respect him. They behave so much better when they get to see Daddy every day. So I'm thankful he got home in time tonight to snuggle them and help me tuck them in. :)

  64. Anonymous says:

    Trisch, your shawl is beautiful, but not as beautiful as your smile! You are just precious!

    OK, I am grateful for so many things about my husband, but the one I will list tonight is his faithfulness as a husband and as a father and a grandfather. He can always be counted on to be there for us. He's a treasure!

    Love, Jean

  65. Anonymous says:

    Did you make the shawl, Trisch? It is beautiful!

    Let's see, I don't have to think very hard to come up with the first quality I admire most about my husband and that is his faithfulness. He is a faithful husband, father, and grandfather who can be counted on to always be there when we need him. He is a treasure.

    I am looking forward to starting my gratefulness journal for him. Maybe I will give it to him for his birthday.

    Thanks, Trisch, you're a treasure too!

    Love, Jean

  66. Piglet2u says:

    I'm so thankful that my Pooh sent me his last text of the day before he goes to sleep and that I was awake to receive it so I could talk to him one last time tonight!

  67. DB says:

    I'm thankful that my dad(and my mom) encourages us to grow in the Word, and our personal walk with Christ.

    Love and a {HUG}

    ~DB :)

  68. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that my Pooh has not given up on me.

  69. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    I am so thankful that I have a hard working husband that provides for our family without complaint~Even when he is extremely tired he continues on for us daily and allows me to be a stay at home mom to raise and teach my children.

  70. Anonymous says:

    I'm so thankful that my husband has a vision for our family! He's not blindly following the world's idea for success. He's more concerned with teaching his children to love the Lord their God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength!

    I "tweeted" about this giveaway again today.


  71. Anonymous says:

    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook! :)

    Ack, I forgot to add my email address to the above comment. Here it is – terrytribe AT gmail DOT com

  72. angdesa says:

    very nice shawl!!! :)

    I am very thankful for my husband's spiritual leadership of our family. :) That would be the very first thankful thought of my hubby.

    Angela :)

  73. angdesa says:

    I am going to start a Thankful for Hubby journal regardless of the winner of your giveaway. I think it is an excellent idea. I may even keep it a secret and give it as a birthday gift to him after a while and start another one. Thanks for the idea, Trisch! :)


  74. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to Pooh that he shows his gratitude for a good meal by taking the trash out afterwards without being asked.

  75. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to Pooh for having confidence in my nuturing and nourishing when he's ill.

  76. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to Pooh for having confidence in my nuturing and nourishing when he's ill and for loving my chicken soup (Jewish Penicillin)

  77. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to Pooh for the strong hugs he gives me when I need them so much.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I'm thankful for my Husband's understandin attitude. He is always willing to wait patiently and ask questions to better understand me, or what it is I'm thinking.

    Kelley A.


  79. Anonymous says:

    I posted about the giveaway one last time on Facebook!

    Kelley A.


  80. Anonymous says:

    I also tweeted about the giveaway on twitter:


    Kelley A.


  81. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful to have a husband that I love so much. I'm grateful to Pooh because he never gives up, no matter how tough his struggles.

  82. Amy @ http://lifessmalltreasures.wordpress.com says:

    Today I am very thankful for my husband and that he likes to grocery shop for us~Especially today while I am nursing an aching back ;).


  83. Anonymous says:

    I think a gratefulness journal is a great idea to start for my husband. I love journaling and it will remind me to think of good things about him and to pray for him daily. I'm so thankful for his ability to provide for this family and by doing so he allows me to be able to do what I love; stay home with our children and homeschool them.

    The shawl is beautiful. I do not own a shawl, but would love to have one for the upcoming cold evenings. Thank you for your generosity!





  84. Catz says:

    Oh that's sush a beautiful shawl, I wish I knew how to knit!

    I love the idea for the greatfulness journal! It would be a great thing (once it's filled) to put in my hope chest…a.k.a. my dresser. :)

    I definitely will (try to) start my own greatfulness journal for my daddy……hopefully with the one in your giveaway!

    One thing I'm grateful for about my daddy is the way he laughs and that he loves spending time with me and the family! (Okay two things:)

  85. Catz says:

    I posted about your giveaway on my blog at http://theforesthideaway.blogspot.com/2009/11/shawl-gratefulness-journal-giveaway.html

    Thanks for having this giveaway, Miss Trisch!

  86. Piglet2u says:

    I'm grateful that Pooh made me his last call Friday night before he went to bed. (He's away.) It made me feel loved!

  87. Marci says:

    I am so thankful that my husband is always there praying for me. I have been having some health issues and he prays over me each morning.


    I am telling more than 3 friends and I will post it on facebook. :)

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