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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back-to-School Giveaway!

I am now and always have been a bit of a word nerd, a girl made happy with book pages and fresh paper.  For that and many reasons, Fall is my favorite time of year. 

It always started in early August, though there would be a month still until the school year began.  I began my plea early and often, pestering my mother to take me on the best shopping trip of the year.

For me, it was never about fashion.  New school clothes were fine, but a girl like me really got jazzed about rows of unsharpened pencils, Pee-Chee folders, and piles of college-ruled notebook paper.  Back-to-school was always an exciting adventure – the thrill of scaling the mountain ahead, fully equipped with all the right supplies for the journey.

Now, it’s my kids’ turn to oooh and aaah over fresh new school gear, blank pages, and the shavings of brand-new pencils.  Our classroom is the dining table, but also the meadow, the zoo, the Internet, the beach, the factory, and the shade tree, and our education is ever-widening, often on display for the world to see.  It is a little far-reaching, this thing we call school, in that we try and incorporate as much life into our education as we incorporate education into our life.

This year, we’ll be rocking DaySpring’s new Back to School with a Purpose collection, and showing those in and around our not-always-at-home-school that love and grace and faith and fun rolls right in there with the way we educate.  It’s true.  I do know where love comes from, and I gotta smile when the joy of new school supplies helps us spread the word.  After all, it’s no secret.

It’s also no secret that I love my readers, and just for sticking through me here, I’ve got a little somethin’ for one of you.  Who wants $20 to spend in the DaySpring Online store?  Ooooh, all those hands raised – now it’s really looking like back-to-school time around here! 

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  1. I have to say, the God Recycles line is pretty awesome. :) (Oh, and I totally agree with you about college ruled paper...do babies need school supplies? I think mine might!)

  2. Oh, and I like you on Facebook, too. :)

  3. Babies will need them one day!  :)  But there's plenty of cool stuff over at DaySpring, you don't have to use it on school supplies if you win.  Maybe a nice new coffee mug or something pretty for mama instead.  :) 

  4. These are so cute! I haven't looked at Dayspring's line in awhile, I may need to do some shopping :) 

  5. I "liked" you on Facebook!

    I love all things from DaySpring :-)

  6. Very true! However, Mama might just want a little bit of school supplies too. ;)

  7. Check you out...doing your own giveaways!  ;)  From one "school supply nerd" to another, CHEERS!!!  Of course, I read and comment, even when there's nothing in it for me except to have a good read, or even be inspired by your words.  Love and misses... <3

  8. These are rad just like everything over at Dayspring. While I may have no use for these, the kids I teach at Sunday School would love them.

    PS. I love reading your blog. It just reaffirms and strengthens my faith.

  9. Oooh I like the idea that babyies need school supplies too =)  They do have some cool kids Bibles over there I'll have to check out.