The Enchanting Rose Teacup and Mug Exchange Reveal

Greetings, my friends! Today is The Enchanting Rose Teacup and Mug Reveal! I am so excited to share with you all about the latest exchange; I had ever so much fun participating!

Each time registration for the Teacup and Mug Exchange opens up, I get so excited. This event is something I look forward to all year long!

I really enjoyed putting a lovely package together for my new pen-pal Emily, shopping around for a teacup and all the goodies to put together is always such a fun experience. *smiles* Emily, I am so happy to hear you loved your package so much and I am very excited to be your new friend and pen-pal!

The week of my birthday I received a package in the mail, and what a lovely package it was! The box – even from the outside – was so beautiful! Written on the side were the words, “Hostage Teacup!”, isn’t that hysterical? My new friend Mali spoiled me so much, I am beyond thankful! She sent me many yummy and pretty things – I love them all!

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Just look at that gorgeous teacup! Right before I participated in the most recent exchange, I had seen a photo of a tea cup with three “feet” and thought it was just so cute and unique, so when I opened the gorgeous keepsake box Mali sent the teacup in, I was so surprised and thrilled! She sent a lovely teacup decorated with daffodils (I love those…) and lots of gold accents, along with those charming little “feet”! *smiles* It will be a treasured addition to my small collection to be sure – I love it!

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Look how beautiful everything all put together is! Dear Mali sent three different types of tea, I was so surprised! Two are Asian varieties, one being a Jasmine Green Tea that is simply scrumptious (How did you know I love that flavor, Mali?) and the other being a delicious smelling green tea I can’t wait to try! She also sent me the Celestial Seasonings Fruit Sampler Box, one of my top favorites! I particularly am enjoying the blueberry variety, it is so good! *smiles*

Along with the tea, it came with a very useful, plus quite colorful, set of baking measuring cups which I have already put to good use. *smiles* An adorable book of tea themed stickers, which, if you know me well, you know that when I receive stickers I get rather excited, haha! She sent two adorable pens, and look at that cross stitch bookmark! Look how intricate and beautiful it is! Mali is such a talented seamstress; I have the bookmark in my Bible where I will cherish it for years to come. *smiles* Another charming bookmark came in her sweet letter, and I have to say those Skittles were quite the treat!

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Last but most certainly not least, just look at those scrumptious brownies! When I opened up the package and found homemade brownies on top, I was floored! They were so delicious – so soft and fudgy – my favorite!

Thank you ever so much for thinking of me in all of the ways I adore, my sweet new friend! You made my birthday week extra special, and you are such a cherished, beautiful new pen-pal. *smiles* Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the kindness you have lavished upon me.

Before I go I want to invite you all to pop on over to my friend Megan’s blog to enter her special Pen-Pal Themed Giveaway! After reading my post on pen-pals last week, your wheels may be turning as to how you can spoil your pen-friends – well look no further than Megan’s amazing giveaway! Please go and enter to win and to help her celebrate her four year blogaversary! *smiles*

God bless you all abundantly with a very enjoyable week!

Six Ways to Make Your Pen-Pal’s Day

Would you happen to have a pen-pal or two, or even ten or more? So do I! That’s why today I wanted to share with you six ways you can make your pen-pal’s day extra bright when they open their next letter; because to be honest, who doesn’t just love finding a beautiful, handwritten letter in their mailbox? *smiles*

  1. Include a treat!

    One way I love to make my letters into little packages is to include little goodies for the recipient to enjoy! A neat idea is to include yummy drink packets such as tea, cocoa, instant coffee or even Kool-Aid. *smiles*

  2. Decorate your envelopes.

    Who doesn’t love opening their mailbox to find a gorgeous envelope all decorated with stickers and washi tape? Have fun and make your envelope unique; you can write the addresses in different colors using special fonts, and you can also draw pretty designs. A creative option is to make your own envelope out of scrapbook paper, calendar pages, or even a brown paper grocery sack! A way you can also witness to others about Christ through the mail system is to write Scripture or use Christian stickers on the back of your envelopes. There are so many ways to turn a plain envelope into a work of art!

  3. Use unique stamps and return address labels.

    It is surprising how many unique kinds of stamps the postal service has to offer! You can purchase many different themed ones; such as pets, flowers, movies, holidays and much more. When it comes to return address labels, there are lots of options as well. If you are on a budget or do not want to spend a lot of money, you can make your own creative labels or even just write your address specially on the envelope in lovely fonts and colors. *smiles*

  4. Be creative with your writing mediums!

    This is where it gets especially fun! When writing your letter, there are literally hundreds of creative options you can use! There are pretty stationary sets you can purchase, or you can decorate paper you already have with stickers, washi tape, and drawings. Writing with colored pens is also an enjoyable option!

  5. Include little gifts.

    You can have such a great time in this area. There are so many small things you can include inside your letter that will be sure to make your recipient’s day a happy one! A few ideas include: stickers, bookmarks, Scripture cards, sticky notes, gum, a small notecard for the recipient to use, a photo of yourself or a pet, a hand drawn piece of art or handlettering, washi tape, small woven keychains or bracelets, a story or poem you have written, a copy of your favorite recipe, a postcard from where you live or from a recent vacation, a packet of flower seeds, hair ties, and so much more!

  6. Remember their birthday

    A special way to make your pen-friend feel especially loved and cherished is to ask them for their birthdate, and remember to send them a card or package when the time comes! It will bring them so much joy and happiness as they celebrate their special day to know that their friend thought of them and loves them so much!

I hope these ideas have been helpful to you all as you decide how you would like to spoil your pen-friend! Let’s keep the lost art of letter writing alive, encouraging and uplifting people – one parcel at a time! *smiles* God bless you all abundantly as you strive to bless others!

A Special Interview With Author Isabella Morganthal

Greetings, everyone! Today we have a very special guest being interviewed here on the blog, so please give a hearty welcome to Miss Isabella Morganthal and please enjoy the interview! Shall we begin? {{smiles}}

Livy: Hi, Bella! Welcome to my blog, I hope you will enjoy your stay and have fun with this interview! It’s a pleasure and an honor to have you here.

Bella: Oh, Livy, it’s a joy and honor to spend time with you here today! I’m so excited for this opportunity to visit your lovely site.

Livy: Would you mind telling our readers a little about yourself?

Bella: Absolutely! I’m a twenty-year-old writer, dreamer, and child of God. I love lemonade, Beauty and the Beast, summer evenings, and singing in grocery store aisles (a.k.a., embarrassing my twin sister). I began writing when I was around eight-years-old, and I founded my own magazine ministry, The King’s Princess, when I was fifteen. At eighteen, I published my first book, I Dare You: Finding Your Passion and Lighting Your World. Since then, God has been faithful to see me through the publication of four more books, including a small guide for writers on publishing. A friend and I launched our own writing coaching business, Cheerleader Sessions, in January and we’re very excited to see where God leads that. More random facts about me: I am that crazy cat lady you read about, the ocean is my happy place, and my motto is, “Make Jesus famous!”

Livy: So to start, who is your biggest inspiration in life? Why?

Bella: Oh my, that’s a really hard question. There are so many people who have influenced me, inspired me, and guided me on my journey of writing, dreaming, and just life in general. If I was to name my biggest writing inspiration, I would have to say Ann Voskamp. She takes words of black and white and turns them into an art that evokes such beauty. If I could be half the writer she is someday I would be happy. :) Of course, there are people in my life who have inspired me more than they know such as my mom, my twin sister, dear friends, and you, Livy! God has blessed me with so many people to inspire and influence my life.

Livy: Why thank you! You are such an inspiration to me, too! :) So, how old were you when you made the best decision of your life by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior? How has this shaped you into the woman you are now and how has it influenced your writing?

Bella: I love this question! I grew up in church and a Christian home, but I made that decision to accept Jesus for myself when I was five years old, and I re-dedicated my life to Him when I was fourteen. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for Christ. Knowing Him has pulled me through the darkest moments of my life and anchored me in His love. Without that I would be nothing. Knowing Christ influences every aspect of my writing. Not only the actual words I put on paper, but also the way I share my writing and by directing the glory to Him. I could write whatever I want, but I find that I have a unique calling as His child to write what He asks of me and share it with His people—to share His good news with them.

Livy: What is a favorite quote of yours?

Bella: I love so many quotes. One of my favorites is by William Wilberforce when he said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” There’s so much power and truth in that statement.

Livy: Who is your favorite author? Do you have any Christian book recommendations for our readers?

Bella: Well, my favorite authors would be my twin sister, MacKenzie Morganthal, and also Ann Voskamp. :) There are so many! My friend Beth Jane released her first novel this year, The Shield Series. My sister has two novels out, Not Abandoned and Out of the Dark. My friend, Livy Jarmusch has several titles out, my favorite of which is her novel, The Coronation. Non-fiction, some of my favorite titles are, One Thousand Gifts and The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp, The Reason by Lacey Sturm, Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth, Kisses from Katie and Daring to Hope by Katie Davis, and Love Does by Bob Goff.

Livy: What great recommendations, I love several of those! I personally own all 5 of your published books, I have been so encouraged and inspired by them! What is your favorite genre to write in? How did your passion for writing get started?

Bella: You are so kind, dear. Well, my favorite genre to write in is non-fiction/article/devotional writing. Which is funny, because I became passionate about writing and got my start writing fiction! In homeschool, my mom gave me a creative writing assignment. I crafted a story about a girl and her horse. After finishing my story, I was hooked. I started writing more adventures for this girl and her horse and called it a “series.” I wrote fiction novels my whole childhood. I will still write fiction, and I still love doing so, but my true passion is in my blogging and my devotional writing.

Livy: What are some of your favorite things in life? :)

Bella: Oh my, I love the “little” things of life. Such as envelopes in the mail covered with stickers, or bare feet on cool, freshly mown grass in the heat of summer. I may have a slight obsession with Starbucks’ shaken white iced tea and lemonade, Chick-Fil-a, and Red Robin’s bottomless steak fries. I adore dance parties in the kitchen and having water balloon fights in the summer. And so, so much more.

Livy: To end with a fun question, if you could travel anywhere in the world and you could bring only one person with you, where would you go and who would you bring with you?

Bella: That is a very difficult question, haha! There are many places I would love to go, people I would love to see, friends I would love to travel with. I think I’d have to stick with going to Uganda though, because my heart is there. And taking someone with me…I would take you! :D

Livy: Aww, thank you! I hope and pray we will be able to go and serve in the country of Uganda together in the future, that would be a dream come true!

Thank you ever so much for joining us here today, Bella! You are a wonderful friend and inspiration to me in my life, thank you for shining your light into the lives of so many people!

Bella: Thanks for having me, Livy. It’s been a pleasure!

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Isabella Morganthal (21) is a dreamer living in Pennsylvania. She is the author of five books and blogs regularly at: Worth it All Blog. She desires that all of her writing glorify her King, Jesus, and it is also her desire to support other young writers in their craft. She is a writing coach with Cheerleader Sessions. She’d love to hear from you and you can contact her through her blog or Facebook page.

I hope you all enjoyed reading this interview! Please do visit Isabella’s wonderful site and give her some love, she would be most thrilled to hear from you!

God bless you all abundantly!

Spreading God’s Love…

God, please show me ways to witness to people! I want to bring people to You so badly! The teen girl prayed, sitting on her bed deep in prayer. Flopping onto her stomach, Jinger hung her head over the side and stared at the pile of assorted magazines and books that lay strewn about. Tracts a friend had recently shared caught her eye. Reaching down, she snatched them up. Sitting back, she gazed at what lay in her hands. The answers to all her questions – her prayers. Lord, I can use tracts! Thank you so much for answering my prayers….

Her thoughts whirled; remembering a container of tracts her parents kept in their bedroom. Taking a running start, she slid down the hardwood floor and took a flying leap into their room. Peeking into the closet, she quickly spotted the container and took it in her hands. Sprinting back to her room, she jumped onto her bed and grabbed her boom box, turning up her favorite Christian band. Opening the container, she was amazed at everything that met her eyes….

Standing in line at a grocery store checkout, Jinger nervously ran over in her mind what she had been rehearsing all that day. Making her way to the counter she paid for the snack she had picked up. Now is the time. Come on Jinger, you can do this! “Have you gotten your million dollars today?” She asked the elderly lady at the register, handing her a tract.

“Why, um, no….” The lady took the bill in her hand and looked down on the message below. “Thank you!” She smiled and watched until Jinger was well out of sight. Looking down at the message, she read “Christ died for you, so that you can live for eternity with Him in Heaven…..” Sitting down heavily on the stool beside her, she read the message over again. Jesus Christ died for me to forgive me for my sins? I want to know more….. I’ll have to look up this verse it mentions… John 3:16….” Reaching for her phone, she typed in the words and was in awe of what met her eyes.

Every day, Jinger went about her life from that day forward purposing to leave tracts wherever she went. Walking the length of her driveway, she looked down at the booklet in her hand. It was a tract that included the Gospel of John. Lord please soften the heart of our mail carrier to be receptive to your word… She prayed the words out loud and deposited the tract into the box, having no idea what an impact she was having on the world around her.

We as Christians need to be like Jinger, spreading God’s Word to everyone in our lives. We are to make disciples of all the nations, including our own. I pray we all have the courage to take a stand and to proclaim God’s Word to everyone, despite any odds.