Happy Halloween... and Samhain. I had wanted to be posting reminders so that I would get lots of entries in the birthday contest, but life has been swinging back and forth from the very high to the very low in the past few weeks, and I just didn't get here.
This was a disappointment to me, because I believe that we all carry powerful stories along with us and that stories shared are one of our strongest connections with each other. They uplift us, keep us from making someone elses' mistake, bring out the compassion inside us, and make us laugh. They are part of what makes us unique as humans, and many of your stories have helped me this week.
You see, while I have been experiencing the euphoria of having a sweet and wonderful baby granddaughter, I have also been feeling the pain of loss at the same time, as two friends lose their battles with cancer. One passed away earlier this week and the other moved into the hospice in my small town up on a ridge about five miles north of me. I spent three afternoons with her and her hubby, sitting and being a companion. I will be knitting and sitting, talking and being present as life changes over the next several weeks, and then also going to see my baby grrl and becoming part of her world... the new and the old, the seasons turning... the mystery of Samhain made manifest in my daily life. Your stories all help me to see what is unfolding as part of the constantly turning wheel of change in our lives, and help all of us remember to value each precious moment.
In the spirit of this contest about life-changing events, I decided to reach out to some of my fellow bloggers and ask for promotional help yesterday... more entries came in but I also decided to extend the deadline by an additional week, to Friday, November 6 at midnight PST. If you haven't entered, check out the rules here. If you also feel like giving a shout out, feel free to link to this post or the earlier one.
An update on prizes:
There will be two winning entries: one randomly drawn from all the wonderful stories submitted and one that touched me the most (purely subjective). The two prizes are a $25 gift certificate to my favorite bookstore - which can be spent online or at their brick and mortar location, where you would be able to say hello to my lovely SIL Linda, and a prize basket of goodies from Fibers, the LYS where I work!
I will announce the winners on November 9th, and share some of the stories I have received... and thanks to all of you for sharing.