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Because It’s Tuesday :: A Giveaway

Two weeks from today my oldest two girls are going to school.  One of them to First Grade, one to Kindergarten.  Both attending public school for the first time.  And while I’m confident this is the best decision for us right now (more on that in a later post, maybe), it’s still a bit disconcerting to think of them being away from me all day.  However, I can literally see the door of their school from my driveway, so there is some comfort in knowing that they are right next door.

These two weeks are for getting everyone ready for a new routine, squeezing out a few more beach days (hopefully), finishing up a few of our summer projects, and enjoying the time together during the day.

We had a great vacation in Puerto Rico last week.  Also, more on that in a later post.  The Lord blessed us with time away from the kids, which we needed, and we came back feeling more prepared to face the challenges that await us each day in being parents.  We’re already dreaming of our next vacation, even if it won’t be for a couple of years…

I shared with you last Tuesday about how slow can be uncomfortable, and about Emily P. Freeman’s newest book that came out.  Well, for those of you who may have purchased a book from August 11-28, there is a free Conversation Guide available for download here.  This would be a great tool for discussing the book with friends, a Bible study group, or just for your own further learning.  And, if you haven’t purchased a copy yet, you still have a few days to take advantage of this free offer!

Because #itssimplytuesday today, I’m also GIVING AWAY TWO COPIES of Simply Tuesday!!

Simply Tuesday giveaway

Yes, you read that correctly!  Two copies of Simply Tuesday are just waiting to get into the mail, on to your doorsteps, and into the minds and hearts of two of you!

TO ENTER:   Just leave a comment on this post telling me one ordinary Tuesday-like thing that you are celebrating today.  For example:  a flower, baking cookies, coffee with a friend, dinner ready on time, a quiet moment with the Lord, a folded pile of clothes, etc. 

Also, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away.  I approve all comments first.  Because, spammers and weirdos and such.

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRY:  Subscribe to Life with Truth  and never miss an update.  Just click here and look for the “Get Notifications” option on the right-hand sidebar of my home page, enter your email address and click submit.

I’ll choose two random winners and announce on Saturday, August 29, so you have a few days to enter.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!


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  • Reply Kim B

    A 10 year old that refilled the sippy cup of his little brother without being asked. He saw a need and filled it 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply Angela Robbins

    I’m celebrating some one-on-one reading time with my almost 2yo!

    August 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Becky

    I’m enjoying a quiet nap time!

    August 25, 2015 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Sara

    A quiet moment of snuggling with my three year old as we hid under a blanket waiting for daddy to come home for lunch

    August 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Abigail Waples

    Enjoying a cup of hot tea and a book while the toddler sleeps 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    A 2 year old who didn’t throw a fit when we left the park this morning! 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Ivey

    I enjoyed baking a pie with my 3 year old!

    August 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply sherri lynn

    Coffee with a friend this morning – it was so nice to get out and have a little adult girl time! 🙂 You’ve raved about this book so I would love to read it!

    p.s. I can’t believe the girls are going to school next week!!!

    August 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Rene' @

    A night out tonight with dear friends from highschool 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Lesile

    Today I’m celebrating a few things…a early and quiet start to my day to be with the Lord, a verse that you shared on IG that really encouraged me, time with two dear friends and their kiddos, a relaxing naptime, leftovers form yesterday!! Just to name a few! 🙂

    August 25, 2015 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Em G

    My two year old is napping right now after a two day strike (teething molars)!

    August 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Katie M. Reid

    I am thankful for our new house…a haven in the country. Unpacking some more today on this simple Tuesday. Would love to win! Can’t wait to read this gem.

    August 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Janelle Higgs

    Quiet time before the kiddos got up this morning and lunch with a friend!

    August 25, 2015 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    I am celebrating a beautiful cool(ish) day! Its gorgeous outside today!

    August 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Meredith

    Listening to two sweet little singers in the back seat while driving…singing about Jesus!

    August 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    i am enjoying everyone napping and the silence that is brings. so needed today

    August 25, 2015 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply MIL

    I enjoyed an August tradition of making peach jam, and it just happened to be, “Simply Tuesday.”

    August 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Sydni Jackson

    Taking a long nap!

    August 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Christy Dowell

    Playing Minecraft with my 8 year old.

    August 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Cassie Petersen

    Would love to win! Love your blog, Lauren! Today I enjoyed my sweet three year old, particularly her little voice asking questions and telling stories. God bless!

    August 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Lydia

    For beautiful fall like weather!

    August 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Stephanie spalding

    I celebrated just being together as a family!

    August 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Brittany R

    Eating snack outside under a 100 year old oak tree with my preschool kiddos at work

    August 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    I was able to take a little me time today and go out for a much needed walk for some much needed exersise with my best friend!! I can’t remember the last day we were able to take a walk together.

    August 25, 2015 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Packing my baby boy’s(Hudson) 3-6 months clothes away(already!) and replacing them with 6-9 and 9-12 clothes! Bittersweet! Reflecting on how quickly he is growing but excited to see his new developments and for his future!

    August 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Amanda E

    I’m celebrating having all the laundry done and put away and coming home to a hubby who made dinner last night 🙂

    August 26, 2015 at 5:31 am
  • Reply Sue

    Getting up to a clean kitchen! Coffee date with a special young lady who is getting ready to leave for college! Faithful team members helping to launch a new ministry. Our aawesome God who never quits!

    August 26, 2015 at 6:03 am
  • Reply Holly

    After a week of moving and saying goodbye to family moving across the world and hard talks and processing life changes, we decided to head to the mall on a Tuesday night to remind ourselves of the precious things–for him, it meant swinging golf clubs at Dicks Sporting Goods, and for me it meant smelling fall-scented candles at Bath and Body Works (we’re fairly stereotypical ;)). Simply Tuesday meant simply remembering the joy in the “everyday.”

    August 26, 2015 at 6:21 am
  • Reply Heidi W

    I pulled a lasagna out of the freezer, which got me off the need-to-make-dinner hook and gave me more time to get ready for one last trip before school starts! Your county must be on the same schedule as ours – we start the 8th also. And hurray for being close enough to walk our kids to school (you’ll love that!), but we’re not quite as close as you are!

    August 26, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Lynn

    Having a great day working at the bakery and getting a fresh loaf of bread for free!

    August 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Kiera Erickson

    I am celebrating the joy in my children’s faces as they headed back to school today. Always a bitter sweet moment for this mama’s heart.

    August 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Claire

    Enjoying have 3 of my grandchildren here while their parents are out of the country.

    August 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Suzanna

    A new package of trader joes cookie butter cookies 🙂

    August 26, 2015 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Enjoying simply Tuesday watching the monitors on James hospital bed ,being ever so steady and thanking the Lord!

    August 26, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Liz Baker

    Stocking my freezer in preparation for our school year to begin!

    August 27, 2015 at 5:09 am
  • Reply Daisy

    exploring a park with my littles in early fallish weather!

    August 27, 2015 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Daisy

    Afternoon tea with a friend while catching up on life!

    August 27, 2015 at 6:01 am
  • Reply Daisy

    I subscribed!

    August 27, 2015 at 6:03 am
  • Reply Jenny

    Snuggles from my little girl! 🙂

    August 27, 2015 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Meredith

    A new Bible study in a new town (Army family here) that is incredibly encouraging and has lots of friend potential 🙂

    August 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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