Tuesday, June 22, 2010

And so it begins.........

What a day it was yesterday! We went to the new house for a final walk through, then to the Title company to sign papers. It was a little nerve wracking, as I got very sick on Sunday and my hubby locked his keys in his car on Monday afternoon. It was a day filled with excitement and some fun too. After we got the keys we went back to the house and had a pizza party!

But I know what you really want to know is - who won all those prizes!! Well before I tell you, I thought I would answer some of the questions I posed to you this past week. A few comments asked why I had not given my answers. So here goes -

Day 1 - I think most of you who read my blog know that I live in the Sunshine state of Florida. I love living here, mostly because we have nice warm weather 9 to 10 months out of the year. We have three children. A daughter who is 29, a son who turns 26 TODAY! and our 18 year old graduate :-) I have homeschooled our children all the way, and now I get to retire and move on to the next phase in life.

Day 2 - If I was not a quilter was a pretty hard question for us quiltaholics, right? Well I would love to play a musical instrument. I would love to play either the piano or the cello. I am always in awe to hear someone sit down at a piano and play beautiful music.

Day 3 - If money was no object, wow, what would I do? I don't really know, except that I would want to help people. Not people who are just looking for a hand out, but families that are struggling, widows, young people, old people. The list could go on.

Day 4 - The happiest moment in my life would have to be when I married the greatest guy in the whole world. I am blessed beyond measure to have a husband that puts up with me and loves me anyway. There are several saddest times. One would be when my Mom passed away, and when we lost several babies in miscarriage, and when my best friend died 5 years ago. These are things that ripped out my heart. The good news is, I know I will be reunited with each one of them one day, when we walk the streets of gold.

Day 5 - I had two teachers that influenced me growing up. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Hiegel, and my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Kenyon. They both encouraged me and gave me confidence to do things I never thought I could do. There were others I am sure, but they stick out in my mind. And there are many who inspire me today. I am inspired by women like Elisabeth Elliot and Amy Carmichael. People who have given all of themselves with no desire for anything in return.

Whew, well I am sure you are glad I am finished with that. So now on to the winners!

The Random Generator was working up a sweat today.

Day 1 - Nicole (no blog)
Day 2 - Carrie Cottage Cozy wins the Yellow package
- ledamewood wins the Blue package
Day 3 - Danielle
Day 4 - krisvog wins the Target gift card and the Red fabric
- Sewn with Grace with a Target gift card and the Turquoise fabric
Day 5 - Pat

There will also be an extra surprise package for Carrie and freeindeed. Okay girls everyone needs to send me your mailing address. I am not sure how quickly I can get these all mailed. We are starting to move into the new house, but I will not delay in mailing. Thank you all again for celebrating with me! I have enjoyed getting to know each one of you. Friendships certainly crosses the cyber space miles.

Happy Quilting!


NanaNor's said...

Hi there, What a wonderful post and such good information~feel like we've been friends for a long time(I homeschooled my two daughters in jr high and high school), love quilting, grandkids etc. I am blessed beyond measure by an incredible hubby.
Blessings on your new home.

Allie said...

May God shower your new home with blessings - may it be filled with love and laughter, peace and abundance. I'm so happy for you!!!

And congrats to all the winners, it's been fun getting to read all the comments and getting to know everyone better.

Pat said...

Congrats to all the winners and I wish you many years of health and happiness in your beautiful new home!

lesthook said...

Congrats on the new home and also to the winners!

Linda said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and happy moving in to your beautiful new home.

Quilt Hollow said...

Blessings on your new home and the many memories ahead.

Polly said...

God bless your beautiful new home and all who enter it! Polly :-)

SewCalGal said...

What a wonderful post. I'm so happy to hear you have the keys. Now the serious work begins...the big move-in.

Congratulations to all the winners. I'm really happy for you.

And, oh, how I wish I had a Mrs. Hiegel for a teacher.


Lis said...

Congratulations to all the winners and I sew enjoyed reading all the comments - thanks for adding your answers to your questions HCQ. Be happy.

Carrie P. said...

Congrats to all the winners. It was a great giveaway and it was nice to read more about you. You have been blessed in life and I know God will continue to bless you and your family in your beautiful new home.

Shelly said...

Oh, Jocelyn, your new home looks absolutely wonderful. Congratulations on all these new things happening for you. What an accomplishment to have home-schooled your children all the way. You deserve a beautiful retirement. Does the new house come with a sewing room just for you?

Becky said...

Hooray! The house will now become your home. Thanks so much for sharing your answers to your questions. In many ways, there are parallels in our lives. My step-son just turned 30. Our son is 19 (just a year ahead of your children) I too am an educator, except I was in public education for 33 years. I, too am transitioning to a new stage. We are not moving, but there's sure lots of projects and "redos" that need to be done in our home.

Is that you in the photo? Would love to know who is who in the photo:)

Good luck in the move! Congratulations to the winners! This was a fun give-away!

Take care!

andsewon said...

Congrats to all the winners of your fun giveaway!
Sorry you were ill.. hope the stress is off now.
Have fun settling into your new home!!!


Laura said...

Congrats to all the winners and to you for your new home! It's beautiful!

Crispy said...

Congratulations to all the winners :0) You really will have to post pictures as you fill your new home!!


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Thanks so much for your generous giveaway! I am thrilled to have won the day #2 Yellow package and now I see I am getting an extra "surprise" too. I am so excited. I feel like a little kid waiting for her birthday package to arrive in the mail!

Hugs and many thanks, Carrie

I love your new home...the garden and deck are wonderful You must be sooo excited. Hope you are feeling better!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

I became your newest "follower" today too. I look forward to keeping up with your comings & goings! ;)

Julia said...

Best of luck with your move. I love learning more about you.

Stacey 18 said...

Congratulations on the new house. Hope you are feeling better. I have a clippy thing to put my keys on my belt loop. Unfortunately I locked my son and keys in the car when he was younger...learnt my lesson the hard way.

Thanks for coming to visit us at 3 sisters. Have a great rest of the week.

From the 3 sisters 365,
Natasha, Stacey and Holly

Loris said...

Congrats to all the winners! Enjoy your wonderful new home :-)

Terri said...

Oh!! I love new beginnings!! Mind you....I don't love to move, but this is so exciting!! I'm thrilled for you.
Congrats to your winners.....I've been away from my blogs lately so I have to catch up on the last few posts. hugs!

ledamewood said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the house. I know you are probably exhausted, but hope you'll stop by the blog and give us an updates.

Since I'm one of the winners, thanks for the congratulations everyone. I'm so excited, and thank you Happy Cottage Quilter for having such a great giveaway.

Kim D. said...

Wow, that's the most beautiful front doorway. Wishing you lots of love and blessings in your home. I hope your move goes smoothly.

Congrats to the lucky winners!! Whoo Hoo, such nice gifts. Enjoy!!

Ivory Spring said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Jocelyn. Happy nesting in your NEW NEST!!!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

my best wishes for all your family living in that new and fantastic house! I'm in love with the garden and deck, they are wonderful!

Darlene said...

May you and your family enjoy making new memories in your new home. Thus starts the beginning of a new chapter. Blessings!