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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Gift of an Ordinary Day - Giveaway!

The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir
By Katrina Kenison

The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition--boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, as well as an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. It is a story of midlife longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of mothering teenagers--holding on, letting go.

Poised on the threshold between family life as she's always know it and her older son's departure for college, Kenison is surprised to find that the times she treasures most are the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life, the very moments she once took for granted, or rushed right through without noticing at all.

The relationships, hopes, and dreams that Kenison illuminates will touch women's hearts, and her words will inspire mothers everywhere as they try to make peace with the inevitable changes in their lives. (book jacket)

Thank you Hachette for these five copies to giveaway!
  1. Five copies to giveaway.
  2. Open only to U.S. and Canada.
  3. No PO Boxes
  4. All entries can be in one comment.
  5. For the first entry - you must tell me what you treasure most in your everyday world - and also leave an email address. Without this one, no other entries count.
  6. +2 if you are a new or old follower - but please let me know.
  7. +3 if you post this on any social network - No Limit - Go Insane! Spread the word! How many entries can you get! I'll give 5 more entries to the person who at the end of the contest has the most entries! If you post on Twitter - please use @kherbrand.
  8. +3 for referrals of NEW followers - if you already follow, you will not get entries for saying someone referred you - you can however get entries for referring new people...
  9. If you can think of an original way to get entries - put it in a comment and I will consider it - who knows - you might come up with even more entries!
  10. Giveaway ends on Sept 22nd.
In The Pool


Anonymous said...

Can I just say how much I loved this book? The writing was beautiful, and the message (slow down and appreciate each ordinary day) really spoke to me.

No need to enter me, I already have a copy :-).

lag123 said...

I treasure each moment that I spend with my grandson. I am a new follower. I just subscribed by email.


Julie said...

I treasure every quiet morning with my cup of coffee before everyone in the house wakes up!

I am a new follower


Linna said...

1. My family is what I treasure most.
2. +2 old follower

linna.hsu at gmail dot com

fredamans said...

Thank you for the entries.


The thing I treasure most everyday is family. Since losing my father last year, it has put a whole new perspective on life and family.

I am an old follower.

I tweeted contest; @fredalicious

I blogged contest; http://fredamans.blogspot.com/

Beth said...

I treasure each moment with my husband. He is battling cancer and now is in remission - praise the Lord!

+2 I am a new follower

bermudaonion said...

I treasure my friends, my family and my dog the most in my everyday world. I know that sounds cliched, but it's true. +2 I subscribe in Google Reader. Thanks for the great giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

AmandaSue said...

I treasure my dog, she keeps me from going insane LOL and even though I hate my job I treasure that I am lucky enough to have a job with the economy the way it is. Thanks for the chance to read this book.

- And I'm a follower thanks!


Holly said...

I treasure my family and my time with them. I treasure the privilege I have of being a stay at home wife and mother.

This books looks terrific.

Erin said...

I treasure every moment spent with my family.

ellybean (at) connected2christ (dot) com

Anonymous said...

What I treasure most is my family's health.

I am an old follower.

wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I treasure waking up every morning...and thank God for this new day.

karen k

Anonymous said...

i'm a follower :)

karen k

Crystal said...

I treasure my time with my husband and kids. In a more shallow way I treasure my time at the end of the day with a cup of Sleepytime tea and some chocolates :)

I'm a follower.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Jenny N. said...

What I treasure most is sitting down and eating dinner together as a family.

+2 Old follower


mindy said...

my mom she is old and frail but i treasure every day with her minsthins at optonline dot net

Sheila Deeth said...

What do I treasure most? Family I guess. And I feel like this book might have lots to tell me about how to treasure what I have, with my youngest about to leave again next weekend...

I follow.
sdeeth at msn dot com.

Brenda said...

I treasure every moment I can spend with my 94 year old grandmother who still drives and works 20 hours a week! She is a marvel.

+3 Am already a follower

dancealert at aol dot com

Tiffany819 said...

What I treasure most is my family. My son and husband. They are my life. Thank you for the giveaway!

tiffanys819 at gmail dot com

Debbie Rodgers said...

There are so many things I enjoy everyday, but what I like most is talking with my husband several times each day.

tatamagouche AT netbundle DOT ca

+2 I follow your blog

QuenKne said...

I treasure my family the most everyday - they are always there for me.

I became a follower today

I posted in Facebook


MoziEsmé said...

Moments with my baby girl! (Though sometimes I have to remind myself of that...)

And I'm a follower and all that!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

ellie said...

I treasure my family. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Things would mean nothing without my wonderful family.
Thanks for the giveaway.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Winning Readings said...

We've posted about this giveaway on Winning Readings:


janemaritz at yahoo dot com (first entry as Mozi Esme)

Mia J. said...

I treasure my time with my little girl, time goes by so quickly I try to get the best out of our time together.

mia at jacobsracing dot com

Marilyn Brant said...

Hi Kristi! The summer was a little nutty but with school back in session (yay :), I'm finally having a chance to catch up a bit...

One thing I treasure is being able to watch my son as he grows up, takes risks, tries new things and finds his own path. He amazes me.

+2 I don't follow you via the Blogger feature, but I pop in and read your post when I can--so I'll say "old" follower :).

marilynbrant (at) gmail (dot) com

Beth said...

I treasure my furry babies!

I'm a long time follower. :)

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

budletsmom said...

I treasure the first few quiet moments after I take my son to school.

+3 I am already a follower

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

Sarah Z said...

I treasure my flower beds!
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I treasure my cat.

13rubberducks [at] gmail [dot] com

NatalieA said...

I treasure my animals! Thanks!

I follow, also!


enyl said...

I treasure my nieces and nephews more than anything in the world.

I'm a follower.


sharon54220 said...

I treasure having my daughter in my life after giving her up for adoption 23 yrs ago. It has been a fantastic reconnection. And now I'm gong to be a grandmother.

I am also a subscriber via Google Reader.


~Tami said...

I treasure the moments with my children, simply playing and laughing. They seem few and far between lately.

Pat B said...

I treasure my daughters more than anything in the world.

tooluckyducky AT hotmail DOT com

Dawn M. said...

My family and friends. I don't know what I'd do without them. :0)

I subscribe with google reader.

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What do I appreciate and treasure the most... The sun, the rain and the wind that hits my skin. The beauty of the world around me. The quiet moments and the hectic insane ones. The sound of children whether yelling, screaming, laughing or giggling. My friends and family who are a blessing. The roof over my head and the beautiful people who surround me. God and my ability to pray and acknowledge this wonderful world I reside within and am surrounded by.

Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

Aliya D.

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

Old Follower.

cqueen2 said...

I treasure every moment spent with my kids and family:)


wadesherry@hotmail dot com

+2 old follower

Rue said...

Looks like great read.
Thanks for the chance to win!
ruthann (dot) francis (at) gmail (dot) com

Debbie F said...

Please include me!

I treasure my children above all else!

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Debbie F said...

I follow!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Debbie F said...



dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Cherie J said...

I treasure my kids. My 2 year old and 6 year old are growing so fast and I treasure each moment I spend with them.

+2 I am a new follower.


Stacie said...

I treasure my children more than anything.

I am also a follower.


Belinda M said...

I treasure my car. Without it I would be stuck. I work so far away from home, having to take my son to daycare and everything else needed to be done on a daily basis

+2 I follow your blog

+3 shared here http://forum.coolcanucks.ca/21648-books-needlepoint-gift-ordinary-life-katrina-kenison-book-giveaway-sept22-canada

catss99 said...

I treasure my parents.
I'm an old follower


Miranda said...

looks like an awesome book


Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. I treasure my kids and my hubby!

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Karin said...

I treasure nature and its beauty, picnics, my mom, my dog, etc.....

karin56381 (at) gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I treasure my husband and my twins. They are my world.


Lee P said...

I treasure my family the most. Thank you for this giveaway and please count me in.

+2 Old follower
+3 Tweet: http://twitter.com/chinook92/status/4128758428


carol said...

I treasure my great husband and family. They are all special to me.
carolrector(at)hotmail(dot) com

carol said...

I'm a new follower.

flowerchild said...

i treasure my family

Anita Yancey said...

I treasure my little granddaughter most. Please enter me. Thanks!


Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!


Sandra K321 said...

I treasure my teenage sons and all of their activities that I get to be part of. It will be very different when the first goes off to college next year and the other follows 2 years later.

Sandra K321 said...

I follow your blog via google.

Edna said...

Please enter me into the contest to win this book, I am a advid reader and read every day, love books.


Anonymous said...

I most treasure my husband. Although he is very ill now, I hold fast to old memories and the love we've shared all these years.


I subscribe via email.


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