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anxiety, balanced life, book review, contentment, giveaway, parenting / 16.09.2015

  When I began a new high school in a new town a thousand years ago, there was an upperclassman/popular girl/cheerleader (key to my heart) whom I looked up to. She was beautiful and smart and kind to everyone. I remember soon after she graduated, she was back at the school as a substitute teacher (and later a teacher for many years).     We became friends (thank you, Facebook) many years later and then bumped into each other (irl) at a conference. She writes and speaks and works and has four kids. I have never been able to...

giveaway, some things you keep, writing life / 04.04.2015

I wrote a book. And it’s for sale. A real book! For years, I said I wanted to write my life story, but for years, my life was a jumbled mess inside my head. I had trouble sharing pieces of it because there was too much backstory, too much to tell that caused more confusion than clarity.   I have learned a lot from writing my book, some of which I plan to share on the blog eventually. But for now, I want to offer a signed copy of the book...

adolescence, beauty, giveaway, kids, living for real, parenting, purity / 22.02.2015

  When my daughter came home from her young girls’ church group, she had her arms full of gifts from her leader. One of them was a book called The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop.   How have I never heard of this children’s book?     On the day a princess was born, her parents gave her a very special gift from God – her first kiss.   As she grew up, the royal couple kept their daughter’s gift in their care.   They presented the “the kiss” to her when she...

addiction, balanced life, book review, contentment, death, depression, giveaway, pain, suicide / 14.08.2014

I was in my dim hotel room working on a blog post about hope. My family slept deeply nearby after a long day of extreme touristing, and I sat where I could see Niagara Falls lit with colors of the rainbow. I popped over to CNN for a distraction from my writing that was going nowhere and unfortunately found there the news of Robin Williams’ death.   My heart dropped. When I read his death was most likely a suicide, my hope went out that window and evaporated with the...

book review, giveaway, golden rule, make a difference, service / 17.04.2014

My family was cuddled in the living room watching TV when the doorbell rang. It was after dark, after bedtime really. We don’t typically get visitors at night, so the kids, intrigued, threw off their blankets and raced to the door.   It was quiet – no voices. My husband said, “I think it’s for you JJ.” I reluctantly got up,  leery of the silence.   Hanging on my door was an envelope with my name. When I opened it, I found a note to me from God.    "Dear JJ, You are loved. You...