Thursday, November 20, 2008


First of all, can I just say that hosting a giveaway is absolutely agonizing?!

I want everyone to win and I don't want to disappoint anyone and I want to be sure I do the drawing exactly fairly and I can get myself totally worked up into a Type A frenzy. I am soooo not like The Preacher's Wife, who just scrolls up and down and lets her kids point to names! (And she knows I love her dearly!!)

So here's what I did: I couldn't really use the Random Generator since there were folks with more than one entry and I couldn't figure out where to insert them in the numbering system. So I created a table/spreadsheet with three columns (Comment, Blog Button in Sidebar, Featured in Post) and typed each person's name and/or blog in the appropriate column(s), and cut them out, folding them each once.

Then since it's certainly not a trifling matter, it was only appropriate that I put them all in my trifle bowl! Closed my eyes, stirred them up, prayed that God would guide my fingers to the ones that needed to be blessed by the book or encouraged by the win, and pulled out 3 names.

I'm either methodical and fair or need therapy for my OCD! (Don't feel like you need to tell me which one it is!) I'm definitely worn out and ready for a nap!

Oh -- so you want to know who won? Well, if you insist. . . .

Congrats to Shannon (The Beautiful Letdown), Nise' (Under the Boardwalk), and Mel ( A Voice for Moms). Email me your addresses, ladies, and I'll get your book on its way to you!

Thanks to all of you for your great response - I'm going to try to get the next Booked for the Holidays up sometime Sunday if I can but no later than first thing Monday morning!

Don't forget that you have until tomorrow at noon to comment on Wednesday's post to win My Mother's Wish!


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Mel said...

Wow you went to way too much trouble in chosing the winner, everyone would have been happy if you had just closed your eyes and picked...


Nise' said...

I loved your method! It is so like me! LOL. Thank you so much.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Sweetie, you are my friend and that was 100% OCD! LOL!


Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

I ditto Xandra..

I need to teach you the scrolly method. It's much less stressful.

As for multiple entries, ask your contestants to enter themselves with additional comments if they qualified.

And there you have it. :)))