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Yesterday was my twenty-first birthday and it was wonderful. Started off with church, during which time we were introduced to the music minister we’ve been praying for for years. Then back home for a light lunch and chatting, hanging out. Then gifts! My family is so sweet and generous. I got several cute outfits, a couple of movies, books and CDs. I also got some cute decorative stuff for my room and…last but not least, a new phone! I was very surprised and happy. After that we had a delicious meal as a family and the traditional chocolate cake with chocolate-pecan frosting. Then we watched My Favorite Wife and photographed the super moon! It was exquisite.

One of the things I enjoyed about this birthday, was seeing who remembered that it was my birthday! I don’t have my birthday on Facebook or anything like that, so it was neat to see who remembered to give me good wishes. I don’t have hard feelings toward those who didn’t wish me a happy birthday…I hardly remember any birthdays outside of my immediate family, but those who did remember made my day extra special.

It is three of those extra special people who are about to receive the three prizes I am giving away. Thanks to everyone who shared about the Legacy House Fundraiser and Give-Away on social media, those who entered by liking the page or donating money. That meant a lot to me and I feel certain your funds and efforts will become a great harvest. And now for the lucky three winners, all special to me!

For the “Family is Forever” poster from Sevenly.org I would like to congratulate Cynthia (no last name necessary…she’s my own beautiful mom!) I promise I did not rig this!  The lovely Caitlin Giles!!!

For the “flock together” love bird from Noon Day Collection I’d like to congratulate one of my long-lastingest blog followers, Mr. Gil Rognstad!

And for the copy of Darling Magazine, the lovely Dee Kraft! (And she also happens to be my aunt, but no rigging-I promise!)

Thanks again for the wonderful birthday! Enjoy the prizes!

Everly Pleasant

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Rambellwood @ Eyrie Park

Another dream just came true! After roughly six years of following each other’s blogs, I finally got to meet Emma and Johanna Ramsey of A Banner of Crimson today! They came (along with Grace and James) just for the day, in order for James to tour our local university…and to grace us with their presence. It was really a wonderful day, I’m so glad it happened. Those girls radiate grace. I’ve “seen” them walk through much trial so gracefully, to extend grace to others, to accept the grace of God in their everyday lives. I guess it isn’t any wonder one of them is named Grace. I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful new chapter in our friendship. Our “reunion” certainly met up to my expectations and left me very happy…and very tired from talk-talk-talking. The lovely Birdie snapped these. We liked them unedited, so you get them tonight! I’m hoping Johanna will send me the ones she took as well (hint, hint!)

Alright, enough gushing for one night.

Everly

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a dream comes true

So, I still need to take a shower and finish cleaning my room and have a balloon inflated and make a poster and clean Posy’s house, but I wanted to make an announcement real quick before then! I’ll start with a little background story…

Once upon a time when I was a budding blogger (circa 2007) my mom showed me Ann Voskamp’s blog and I found it most inspiring. Through A Holy Experience, my mom also found A Study in Brown, authored by Tonia Peckover, good friend of and co-author with Ann Voskamp. I have followed both blogs ever since! I’m not certain what initially drew me to Tonia’s writing, but we eventually started communicating and I grew to see her as a mentor and mothering-friend of my cyber-life. When she would write about her daughter (m14) I would feel a kindred-spiritual gush. After a while I asked if I could please email with “m14” and maybe, after that, exchange mailing addresses. She was so kind as to say yes and, to make a long story short, Meagan and I have been emailing and pen-paling ever since. We’ve found so many things we have in common, from big things (home-education style, adopted siblings, beliefs) to funny little things (both loving Anne of Green Gables, superhero movies and fair-trade chocolate!)

And today, for the first time ever, Meagan and I will meet in real life. As soon as the house is in order, we’re dashing off to the airport to fetch her and bring her to Eyrie Park for a ten-day visit that we’ve been anticipating for many-a-month.

Here’s to an already beautiful friendship, Meg!

~Everline

p.s. I totally just stole that picture of  her off of her Facebook page, which is wrong on so many levels. Hopefully she’ll forgive me when I give her the balloon?

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