Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!!! *giveaway*

It feels weird to even write this because it feels somehow self-serving and arrogant. But, hey, everyone has a birthday. They come around once a year. And this year I feel like sharing it with all of you.

First, a little story. This past weekend I went to a writer's conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. I was sitting in one of the sessions by a memoirist named Rhoda Janzen (who wrote a hilarious memoir called Mennonite in a Little Black Dress), when she suddenly said, "I will be 47 next Tuesday." Well, I immediately sat up in my chair and looked with surprise at my friend, Sarah, sitting next to me because I have never in my life met someone who had the exact same birthday as me. I do have a friend who shares my birthday, but she's not the same age as me. Rhoda and I were born on the exact. same. day. Somehow I find that weird and interesting.

So anyway, I went up to her after the session and introduced myself and wished her a happy birthday. I'm sure she'll never remember me or our brief meeting, but I will. And I wonder how she will be celebrating today. I wonder if she will do something more than go to the gym, walk the dog, and do laundry.

I hope so.

Anyway, in honor of Rhoda's birthday (and mine), I've picked up a few goodies that I'd like to give away to one lucky reader/commenter. A bit of a "favorite things" giveaway, only not quite so grand as Oprah's.

First, because I love books, I'm giving a $10 gift card to Borders. Second, because I equally love coffee, a $10 gift card to Starbucks. And third, because I love clothes and because I was in the store yesterday buying some things for Maggie, a $10 gift card to Old Navy.

Just leave me a comment below. I'll give you a second chance to win if you'll follow me. (And please be sure I have your email address so that I can contact you if you win.)

I'll announce the winner on Friday, so tell all your friends to come on by!

Happy Day!



  1. First, Happy Birthday, dear sister-in-law. Hope you have a wonderful day.

    Secondly, wow! What a generous giveaway. I'm signing up. :-)

  2. happy birthday shelly! hope your family spoils you today.

  3. Happy birthday, Shelly!! I'm so glad to know you!

    When I went to college, I met a girl who had my exact same birthday. It totally freaked me out. Since then, I've learned that Katie Holmes also was born the same day I was, and that also freaks me out. I mean - does that mean that in some alternate universe I could be married to Tom Cruise?? (Kidding. Of course. But it's still a little bit weird to me!)

    I hope you have a GREAT day!

  4. If I have my baby today, in honor of your birthday, do I automatically win??

    Either way, I am signing up. Happy Birthday, dear friend, you are such a blessing to me!


  5. I hope you have a fabulous bday! I think it's great you're doing in give-away on your birthday. And...I didn't leave you that nice comment on Facebook to butter you up so I'd win. I didn't know about the give-away yet, I promise! :)

  6. Happy Birthday Shelly! I have met 2 people who shared my b-day, sadly one has passed on, and the other I have not seen since I was oh 12? He was actually the same age, born on my birthday and if I remember correctly born in the same city!! Here's to you today! Happy Birthday

    Tamara Tipton

  7. Happy birthday!! I love my birthday. I must not have gotten enough attention growing up because I always run around telling everyone it's my birthday. LOL! Hope you have a great day:)

  8. It’s easy to get caught up in the ‘day to day’
    Walk the dog, go to the gym, wash piles of laundry that never go away.

    My new favorite thing is checking a blog
    I read about great adventures; losing myself in the words and get in a fog.

    I’m not quick to comment every time
    I think about what I read and rehash it in my mind.

    I have a few favorites, this being one
    I check quite often to read what Shelly’s done.

    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite authors. Hope you have a great day!

  9. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  10. Happy Birthday, Shelly! As I read your post I thought, "I have had someone that I've shared my exact birthday with and I've known them my whole life." In fact, we were born just minutes apart -- that's because I am a twin! I'd love to meet someone else who shares my exact date and isn't a genetic match!

  11. Hope you're having a great day :-)

  12. Happy Birthday Shelly! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  13. Happy, Happy Birthday! :) Hope its a good one!

  14. Happy Birthday Shelly. Hope you have a blessed day.

    "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever".

  15. Happy Birthday Shelly! I hope I look as good as you when I am 47! :)

  16. Saw a tweet about your giveaway. Happy Birthday.

  17. Happy Birthday to you Wild thing! Hope it is a glorious day. Now get out of the laundry room and go do something fun, for pete's sake, and for your sake!

    (I'll be your friend forever if I win!)

    (Ok, I'll be your friend forever even if I don't win. But it would make it oh so much easier if I won...)

  18. Are you kidding? Follow you? I already follow your every word!

    Did I say, "Happy Birthday?"

    Well Happy, happy birthday girl.

    And I like it that you're just a tad older than me. A very small tad.

  19. Happy Birthday, Shelly! I have a cousin and a friend with birthdays today, too! Hope your day is super special!

  20. Happy birthday Shelly. Sharing birthday can be fun! Did you know that you share with Adolf Hitler and Colin Powell?
    As for me, my birthday lands on a day when coupons expire. Now that's exciting!! Seriously, I look at the coupon and there it is, printed either on the top or bottom in bold print 1-31-....
    Here's to another year filled with blessings and extra sprinkles *clink*

    Kate H.

  21. Lisa Wegner MorrisApril 20, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Happy Birthday Shelly!

    My sister in law (Michelle) told me about your blog and I have really enjoyed reading over the past couple of months. How great that you chose to give gifts on your bday...

    Many Blessings!

  22. Delaina McCutchenApril 20, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    Happy Birthday to you!! May your joys be many and your stresses light and may you always be thankful that God gave you life!!

  23. I don't know anyone who has my same birthday, but one of my very best friends in Cincinnati has my exact wedding anniversary and we've both been married for 25 years today!

    Hard to believe we also graduated 25 years ago!

    Happy, Happy Birthday Shelly!

  24. Happy Birthday Shelly!
    I saw your article in Internet Cafe about "God giving us more than we can handle". I really like your thoughts and wanted to tell you that they impacted my day. I grew up in Michigan, great place! I have three daughters myself and gosh do I know a lot about still learning how to lean on God! They are 11,12,16. Blessings to your new year!

  25. Let me add to the good wishes--Happy Birthday Shelly. Your friendship has been a blessing to me over these many years.

  26. One of these birthdays, I'm going to kidnap you and we'll go walk on the beach and blow bubbles and read and talk and do all of our favorite things. Love that idea! In the meantime, I could go by Starbucks and Borders which are out at the beach, set up my chair on the beach and pray for you. THen read. That works too! Lif'es happiness to you.

  27. Happy Birthday to you!!! Hope your day is filled with hugs and kisses and phone calls from those who love you! I don't believe I have ever met anyone born on the EXACT same day as me. Although in my small hometown there are 4 other people born on the same day, just not the same year. Here's to another year filled with God's blessings and tender mercies! Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! And thank YOU for the generous giveaway! Blessings! Robbin

  28. What a neat idea ... a birthday giveaway to someone else in celebration of YOU!!! May your year be one of daily Happy Birthdays!

  29. Fun blog and a fun idea to give away the things that you love. Be sure to check in to my blog for give a ways for my soon-to-be-released cookbook!

    And...Happy Birthday!

  30. hi! hope you have a happy birthday! just found your blog today after typing in "intentional parenting." I just read through all of the series and have copied and pasted a good bit of what you've written on a sticky. :) Thanks so much for your words of wisdom.

  31. Wow, Mary! That's exciting! So glad the series has been helpful to you.

  32. Happy birthday! Thanks for all your writing - it is encouraging to me, especially the Intentional Parenting series as my husband and I prepare for our first baby in August.

  33. I follow you on Google Reader.

  34. How's this for birthday coincidence? A friend of mine and her husband were born on the same day, same year. Written in the stars! Hope your birthday was fated to be a good one this year, Shelly. :)