Monday, February 7, 2011

 It's not a birthday with out gifts...

So guess who is about to enter the excitement that is "the 30's"?

Yep - on Friday I will be waving bye-bye to my twenties.

Wow were my twenties a ride.

Got married one month after I turned twenty.

Had my first children one month before I turned twenty-two.

I've pretty much had my heart won over,


pieced back together,

and rebuilt

in my twenties.

Not a decade that I could ever take lightly or forget.

Is it weird that I am excited about turning thirty?

I don't know, it's just neat for me to look back,

see this scared,


 insecure girl

and the chasm there is now between who I was, and who, by God's grace, I am now.

And really, what's a birthday without gifts, right?

I'm going to be giving away a $5 Starbucks gift card and a really great book!

The book is called "For Women Only" by Shaunti Feldhahn.

Let me tell you - this book has really changed the way I view men, and has greatly helped the way I relate to my husband! Whether you are married or single, this is a wonderful book in giving insight into the guys God has put into our lives.

It isn't just a woman writing her opinion on the subject. Shaunti conducted a national survey - interviewing thousands of men, helping us to support and love them the way they wish we knew how to.

I have to admit, I resisted reading this book for a couple of years. A man's mind can be a scary thing. :) Really, it can be, but I am so glad that I finally read this eye opening book!

I will be giving one copy of this book away, along with the gift card, to a randomly chosen commenter from this post.

Simply leave a comment and you will be entered to win!

This give away will be open until Saturday evening. I was going to close it on the actual day I turn 30 - but that day is far too packed full with all of the fun that entering a new decade can entail.

The dearest friends,

the most delicious food,

The dress,

The man,

A night without kids.

Yep, the winner choosing will just have to wait. :)

And no, I am not being paid for this at all. It's simply a book that has proven very beneficial to my marriage and I highly recommend it.

And you all know how I feel about coffee. -Just a few of my favorite things.


Kristin said...

I, too have enjoyed that book. Great hearts think alike again:)

CANNOT WAIT to share your birthday with you!!!

Sara said...

Wendi I hope you have a FABULOUS birthday!
And yes, I too have procrastinated reading this book.
(without the kids) OH YES GIRL, ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

Anne Elizabeth said...

Wendi- Happy Birthday! I turn 30 in March. ;-)

Marissa Kaye said...

i learned of your blog from Londa (the sneaky mommy) a while ago shortly after our son Malachi died at seven months. just want to say, thanks. i'll be 25 in a couple weeks and feel that i, too, will have much to say about personal/spiritual growth in this decade known as my 20's.

happy birthday

Melody said...

Happy 30th! I turned 30 in November and found my first gray hair in December...HA!

This book sounds great!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I'm so glad to see someone excited to turn 30, its great inspiration for me in a few months. That book sounds like something I need, I can not understand the male brain!!!


BARBIE said...

Welcome to the 30's club (not that I am there anymore). I had a blast in my 30's. I would love to win the book and Starbucks card! Happy Birthday on Friday!

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

I have wanted to read that one! I hope I win, then I can give you your Starbucks card right back! So looking forward to Friday! See you tomorrow!

Katarina said...

Hope you have a fantastic birthday!!
I love how God can use years we would not choose to travel on our own to help transform us into the women He wants us to become. Praying that your 30's are filled with wonderful moments and many chances for God to use you!

Anonymous said...

Hope your b-day and your whole next year is overflowing with blessings! You inspire me so much through your blog, and I want to be just like you when I'm 29 :)
I would love the book! So hard to understand guys and I want to be able to love him the way he wants.
Take care! Cecilia

Amanda said...

oh wendi...happy coming up birthday. LOVE that book! :) and knowing friday is your birthday makes me want this baby boy to be born on that very day...because you would be the most fabulous person to share a day with! :)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Happy Birthday!!

If you pick my name, put it back in the hat and let somebody else win :)I already have that book and you are right, it is sooooo good!

Enjoy your night out!!

The Bannon Clan said...

Happy birthday! Looks like an interesting book.

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Happy Birthday! I love sharing a birthday month will all the sweetest gals! :)
Enjoy Friday...every minute of it!

katrina said...

Happy Birthday! I also just turned 29 on the 30th of Jan. I have not looked forward to 30, but you have brought a fresh way of seeing it. My sister Christina told me about your blog and I think its wonderful and so refreshing. Thanks

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday on Friday:)
Would love to win but mostly would just love prayers! Hubby passed away on Christmas Eve and I am just struggling to get through the days! Blessings, Cindy

Stacey said...

Sounds like a much anticipated birthday!! Hope it is all you dream it will be!!!

Some days I could really use some insight...

Rach@In His Hands said...

Enjoy YOUR special day!

I love that I get to celebrate MY day just one day after yours!

30 looks beautiful on you, friend.

Lindsay said...

the 30's have been some of my best years :) and I'm soon to be 35 :)

Curt and Kristyn said...

Um, I don't care about winning anything, just commenting because I am excited that there's somebody out who is excited about turning 30. I thought maybe I was the only one. I have over a year to go though.

BaronessBlack said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a lovely day!
My third baby is turning one tomorrow, so I'm thinking all the BEST people have February birthdays!

Cottage Mommy said...

Happy Birthday! February IS a good birthday month...I'll add you to my growing list of friends that celebrate in this love filled month! Hope your day is wonderful!

Little Candle said...

I have heard good things about that book...I would love to read it! If I don;t make it back here on Friday, have a wonderful birthday!!! I will be celebrating with my own birthday boy on that day...I think it's cool you share the same day. Hugs!

Jackie@Our Moments, Our Memories said...

Sweet Wendi - I hope this is the most amazing birthday yet. Welcome to the 30s! ;) And I cannot WAIT to see a pic of THE dress - you're gonna rock it!

That book looks like something I need to read, for sure. And seeing you mention Starbucks on your blog always reminds me of the chat we had over a caramel macchiato too long ago..

Happy birthday, my friend. :)

Becky G said...

A book and a cup of coffee...sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon :)

Anonymous said...

Wendy, I am so proud of you. I love reading your post even though I don't comment often. I am really not writing to enter the contest. Just letting you know how I enjoy reading your post. Love, Aunt Lois