Thursday, September 4, 2014

September Means a Birthday Giveaway

September is my birthday month and as I've told you all before, I love birthdays. I've just quit counting them up. Not enough fingers and toes to count on for that. :) I'd have to call the fire department if I had a cake with candles. But if you don't count them, then you can consider Satchel Paige's question. "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" So, what do you think is the perfect age? 25? 35? 55? Or maybe the perfect age is whatever age you actually are.
I just sent out a newsletter with all the details, so if you're on my newsletter list, you may have already entered. (If you want to be on my newsletter list, just let me know.) I've gotten lots of e-mails, but since I had surgery yesterday, I haven't started going through them yet. The surgery went well. I'm sore, but the surgeon thought everything looked good. They will run more lab test to be sure they got all the cancer and I will have to have some followup treatments after I heal for a while. I do appreciate all your prayers and sweet concern. After I tell you about the Birthday Contest, I'll tell you another story, I think you'll like. But first the contest.
I do enjoy having birthdays and it's even more fun when I celebrate getting older by giving something away to my reading friends. This time I thought and thought and came up with nothing exciting to give away - well, other than my books. :) Then I remembered how green always fits. So 1st prize in my Birthday Giveaway is a $50 gift card to the winner's favorite online book place (Amazon, B&N, or Christianbook.com). Plus the winner gets his or her choice of one of my books. Two 2nd place winners will get a $25 gift card and their choice of one of my autographed books.
How to enter? It's easy. Just send me a message. You can send me a message from my website or leave a comment on a post here on my blog in September with a way to contact you. That's very important for without the contact info, I can't get in touch with you should you be one of the lucky winners. Comments on blog posts don't automatically include your return address. Deadline to enter is September 30 at midnight EST. You must be 18 to enter. For fun and for a bonus additional entry, you can tell me a birthday story. It can be about your birthday or someone else's birthday. You don't have to share a story to enter - any kind of message will do - but I enjoy reading your stories when you want to share one with me. I sometimes share a few of them forward here on my blog but I won't without your permission.
Now for the other story. Last night after my surgery, I was missing Mom. The other times I've had surgeries, Mom was always there for me, helping me with whatever needed to be done, sympathizing with me, loving me. Moms are just good at that. So I was missing her and when I went to bed, I was thinking about her and it was as though I felt a hand gently caressing my hand. It only lasted a minute, but I couldn't help thinking that Mom had reached down a little comfort to me. Just writing this today brought tears, but it was good.
Thanks for reading.
 




54 comments:

  1. For my mom's 80th birthday, we held it in her hometown in the meeting room of a restaurant, and lots of friends and relatives came. I enjoyed seeing and talking with them too.
    wandrnlady@aol.com

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    1. It is fun celebrating with your Mom. We had a party like that for my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. She had a great time.

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  2. Happy Birthday Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I'm surprised you're doing this with all you've been through lately. But, I'm also thrilled. I love your little giveaways. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ann! May you have a month of love, happiness, fun and surprises; a birthday you will remember for a long, long time. As for a birthday story, we grew up poor so we never had parties, we had cake and ice cream but no parties. When I moved to Michigan, I made new friends, had my own (little apartment) and a job. My second year there I had to work on my birthday and was bummed about it. My friend, picked me up and was going to take me for a drink but she had to run a few errands first. I was frustrated but kept my mouth shut. Then, when we were finally ready to go, she announces "Oh my gosh, I think I left the cat in the closet!" (when she ran the sweeper the cat would always hide in the closet) We lived in the same building by the way so when we got home, I just told her I wanted to stay home. I didn't know it but she followed me down the hall and when I opened my door "Surprise!" I stepped back into the hall I was so shocked! I cried. Then I kept saying "oh you guys, oh you guys" like an idiot. I'd never had a party much less a surprise party. I'll never forget that day, and remember it fondly every birthday. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers. Be well Ann shirley(dot)d(at)outlook(dot)com

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    1. Fun story, Shirley. Friends can be such a blessing. I like her excuse of leaving the cat in the closet. :)

      Thanks for your birthday wishes and your prayers. Got you entered in the giveaway.

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  4. I truly believe you did feel your Mom's touch. A mother's touch is something you always hold close to your heart. Blessings and get well wishes and lots of prayer, Ann. I sent you an e-mail with my entry & story. Linda

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    1. A Mother's Touch - just the words seem to bring comfort, don't they, Linda? I always enjoy your comments and hearing from you.

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    2. I really believe that you felt your Mother's touch, when we really need them, loved ones that have left us can reach out and do something only we will know about!!!
      Happy Birthday to you and Many More!!!
      On my oldest son's 1st birthday, we had a playmate over that was the same age, we put them about a foot apart from each other, all of a sudden after singing "Happy Birthday" to him, she reached over to my son and hugged and kissed him!!! It was so cute!!!

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  5. Happy September Birthday Ann. May many blessings be yours throughout the coming year.
    My 4th grandchild, Ella Elisabeth, was born on June 9, 2009 and on June 10, 2009 I had breast cancer surgery. Both events happened at the same hospital. I knew I could complete my treatments: radiation and anticancer mediations, because God had blessed us both.
    We celebrated our joint achievements this year together. Ella started kindergarten and I am cancer free!

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    1. Love that you're able to count your achievements alongside your granddaughter's. I'm sure Ella Elisabeth has been a special blessing in your life.

      Thanks for your birthday wishes. I'll enter you in the giveaway if you let me know a way to reach you, either an e-mail or let me know you're one of the people I know on Facebook.

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  6. Happy Birthday!!

    My mother turns 90 in January. She says she doesn't want a fuss, but I know she is enjoying all the planning just the same.

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    1. 90 is deserving of a fuss, Mary. My mother threatened us with I don't know what if we did a party for her. I think she didn't like the idea of being 90. Hope your mom has fun at her party.

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  7. My beloved mom is 83 and I can't help thinking how many more years does she have??? :( Cherishing the years I have had and continue to have..

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    1. I hope you have many more healthy years with your Mom, Sharon. I know you will cherish each of them.

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  8. Hi, Ann, I'm a Goodreads follower. In fact, it is through Goodreads that I discovered you, and I'm so glad I did.

    I pray that you have a speedy and complete recovery. May every trace of cancer be gone from your body!

    The story of your mom's touch is very sweet. I feel very blessed to still have my mom. She'll be 75 next year, and I'm planning to celebrate big time.

    Wishing you a beautiful September birthday. I always wished I had been born in September because of the beautiful sapphire birthstone. (May and the emerald was my #2 longing).

    My daughter's and my birthdays are 2 weeks apart, and the year I turned 50, she turned 21. We celebrated with a full-day spa package for ourselves. Massages, makeovers, hair cuts, and manicures, complete with a delicious lunch at the spa. Best of all was celebrating together.

    Blessings,
    Patti
    pattiamg27@gmail.com

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    1. It's fun to be able to celebrate yours and your daughter's birthdays together, Patti. Sounds like you both had fun that year. My daughter and I don't have birthdays in the same month but we're 20 years apart so we sometimes take a trip to celebrate the new decade. Maybe we won't wait for the zero birthday to do it again. And I totally agree about the sapphire birthstone. It's a lovely one.

      So glad to know you discovered me through Goodreads. I don't stay as active on there as perhaps I should, but there are only so many hours in a day.

      I hope you have a great time celebrating your mom's birthday with her. I've got you entered in the drawing.

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  9. Ann, I know the touch of your mother was there. I pray for you, dear friend and I know the love of your mother and God will spread over you.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie. It was a special feeling and one I needed at the time. Mom had many such experiences and so if anybody could reach back to let us know she was still watching over us, she could.

      I've got you entered in the drawing. Always good to hear from you.

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  10. I posted here yesterday and it didn't come up...think my computer got me again....

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    1. So worry your earlier comment didn't come through, Virginia. Computers can just be hateful sometimes. I just hooked up a new router and first it works and then it doesn't. Sigh.

      But I'll enter you in the drawing if you'll send your e-mail - either here or send me a message at annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net.

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  11. my mother too has Dementia, it is so sad that she is forgetting 9 children she had

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    1. That is the saddest thing. I think how sad it would be if she knew that she was forgetting. I was sorry my mother forgot me but glad she didn't know she wasn't remembering.

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  12. We celebrated my son's first birthday last week! He got to have his first taste of cake and loved it!
    alaine74014 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's always such fun watching those little ones get a taste of their first birthday cake. Glad he liked it, Aubrey. I've got you entered in my giveaway.

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  13. Have a blessed birthday & get well soon!

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    1. Thanks, Barb, for the birthday and get well wishes. I appreciate both.

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  14. So sorry to hear of your loss as well as the felling of not having Mom there after your surgery. I just had that same experience earlier this month but I di feel warm and loved in the thought that now she is just helping from above all the time. Happy Birthday--may the new year be so much better.

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    1. It is good to know and remember our mother's love, Anonymous. So many years those dear hands helped us.

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  15. Hope you have a very Happy Birthday and a great year.

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    1. Thanks, Carol, for the good birthday wishes. I do appreciate them.

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  16. Happy birthday!!! And I hope you get well really soon!
    My mum is celebrated her 50th birthday last week :)

    Oh, and thanks for the amazing giveaway too.
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Tell your mum happy birthday for me, Ashfa. At 50, you're only getting started good. Appreciate your happy birthday wishes too. :)

      I've got you entered in the giveaway.

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  17. Happy birthday, Ann! A memorable birthday for me was my 16th, but not for the common reasons. That was the year I carefully tried to blow out my candles, only to have a bit of my long hair catch on fire! Fortunately we got the flames out quickly and other than a bit of singed hair, I was fine. I'm always careful to keep my hair well up and away from those little flames! thimbleluvr at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hair on fire is not what you want for your birthday, Amy. Good idea to catch it back. I'll have to make sure my grandgirls know that. They all have long tresses right now. :) Thanks for sharing your "hot" birthday story. I've got you entered.

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  18. Ann, I am so sorry that you are going thru this birthday without your mom but the best thing is she is looking down knowing it was the month that she gave birth to a wonderful mother,grandmother and author. I have never had a birthday party I have given many as I love to do and I remember I gave my grandmother one I made her favorite dinner. Then we gave her 85 lottery tickets and she went thru them and said wow I didn't win much. I said well you have a lot of presents as I was washing dishes and getting ready to take them home my son was going thru to make sure she scratched them all low and behold he found a $20 winner she was thrilled. On the way home she took them in and we cashed them for her she was so happy. She liked the lottery tickets better than her presents I think as the cashier gave her money and she loved that. It's funny once one whom you love to pieces passes you remember silly little stories the ones that she was just so happy and I am happy that I moved from Ca to Ia and didn't miss very many of those .

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    1. I will miss mom on my birthday, Patty, but of course, with her memory loss, I was already missing her before she passed on. I can just see your grandmother working through those lottery tickets. I'm like her in 85 tickets, she should have had at least one big winner. But $20 is better than nothing. I know she was glad having you near on her birthdays and all the time.

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  19. Happy birthday! Celebrated a friend's birthday with a BBQ

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lucky friend, bn100. Thanks for stopping be.

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  20. Happy Birthday! don't have any stories, thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. Got your entered, Daniel M. Thanks for joining in my birthday giveaway fun.

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  21. Happy Birthday Ann,

    My little sister has a BIRTHDAY on September 27th and she will be 22.
    But my birthday is jan so it doesn't count.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. I guess that means you stay young forever, Danie, if your birthday doesn't count. :) Tell your little sis happy birthday for me. 22, so very young! Her birthdays are barely counting too.

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  22. Left a comment on your blog post along with a birthday story. tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks for the birthday story, Gail. I've got you entered in the drawing.

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  23. Hey Ann, I didn't know about your giveaway until just a little while ago. To be honest I can't remember if I'm on your email list or not since I'm very bad about checking that one...Love FB too much now...Wow, you are amazing having surgery and already back on here typing...

    When you were talking about the gunny sacks, we use to use them for races but too young for the days of wearing them as dresses.

    My mother's legacy for me was her love for music and missions. However, I surprised her when nearing graduation I told her I wanted to be a Summer missionary to Uganda in East Africa...found out later when I returned to the USA she'd been so scared for my journey since it was just so far away and I'd never flown before...several of my friends & I kissed the parking lot when we returned to America...the most amazing time of my life.

    Denise Glisson (prayerladyd@verizon.net)

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    1. I put my newsletter on Pinterest account so you can check it out there if you do that. I like messaging on FB too, but can't do newsletters that way. They didn't use the gunny sacks for dresses, but at one time they used cotton material for the sacks. That material could be washed and made great tea towels. Then they started making the material patterned. That's when they made dresses or whatever out of them. That was all going out before my time too. Sack races, on the other hand, were still going strong. Now the farm feed is usually in plastic or paper sacks.

      I can certainly understand how nervous your mother would have been with you so far away in Africa. But what an experience for you!

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  24. Dearest Ann, Happy Birthday to you and Many more!!! I too, had a that kind of experience with my Mom, I was about 36 years old and was making dinner! I was separating frozen burgers that I had made, was doing it with a knife and did not realize that I was pointing the knife right at my hand, and before I realized it, the knife went into my hand and out the other side, and I definitely needed stitches!!! I had had stitches once before so I knew the pain of the shot that numbs the site and was not wanting to have to deal with it at all!!! My Mom heard about me getting g injured and showed up at the hospital just in time to hold my hand and for me to have tears well up in my eyes! But knowing she had done that for me, made a half hour trip by herself, calmed me down and I got 5 stitches on each side of my hand and sent on my way!!! My Mom is very special to me, we have been through so much together, even since I was born! But now, for her, many of those memories are not remembered any more due to advanced stage Alzheimers and dementia, but that is ok, I will remember them for her!!! Her 76th birthday is coming up in October, so we will make it as happy as we can for her and make special memories for us and our children to remember!!! God Bless all the Mothers of the world for all they have to through and continue to go through from the day of our birth on!!!

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    1. That's a sweet story, Frances. There's nothing like a mother's love. That had to be a nasty wound and very scary for you.

      So good of you to keep remembering all the good times with your mother and loving her in spite of the Alzheimer's. Hope she has a birthday that makes her smile.

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  25. My contact info is: cavallofrances@yahoo.com. sorry, forgot to include that with my comment!!! Again, take care, and God Bless You for writing all your wonderful books!!!

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  26. Ann, I am glad you felt that special touch from your mom. We did not have Birthday parties just cake and ice cream but that is Ok I loved just being with my family.
    I am sending Birthday and Get well blessings your way. Also I want to thank you for the many ways your writing has been a blessing to me . I just finished reading Love Comes Home and it is such a great story . I loved reading about Rosey Corner and all the wonderful people "living there"!
    Blessings,
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes and get well blessings, Jackie. I'm so glad you enjoyed my Rosey Corner stories. I really liked writing their stories. Hope to someday go back to Rosey Corner again.

      Our birthdays were usually just cake and ice cream too with the family, but I had a special aunt who always brought presents. She made the day good for us. I remember being so excited watching for her car to come.

      I've got you entered in the drawing.

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  27. Happy Birthday, Ann! (And I love to see people with the name Ann without-an-e ... my middle name is Ann :))

    I've only recently discovered you and your books through the free kindle book "Scent of Lilacs." I love your writing style and your stories.

    I live in England with my family. My dad is a missionary pastor here. My 23rd birthday (in June!) was special, because the day after, I got to go out and spend the day shopping with my mom. My visa has been in question for the last year, and we knew I could be leaving the country any time, so having that time together was needed and special. Now that my visa has been refused and I'm making preparation to go back to the States, I treasure the memory of the time we spent together - especially lunch in the quaint teashop.

    My email is victoriarooney91[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. My birthday is December 30!! Dangerously close to Christmas!!! One thing those who know me know, you would NEVER wrap a birthday present in Christmas paper!!!! lol
    samiam@oh.rr.com

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