Friday, January 2, 2009

Some Fun New Year's Giveaways!

A few of my blog friends are doing some AWESOME giveaways on their blogs, so I just had to share them all!

Merrianne is giving away a whole box of surprises! I'm dying to know what they are!My friend at April Showers is giving away gift certificates for Bath and Body Works and some awesome cosmetics!

Over at Forever and Always there's a fun giveaway for a pair of adorable baby shoes from See Kai Run. I really want to win this pair for Kirsten!
And then I was thrilled to see that I won a beautiful art print from my friend Shauna! I chose 'Security', the second image that is shown. It's gorgeous! Everyone can get one too from this generous artist and here is the information about it:

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post then send an e-mail to David ( with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice :)

David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at to see more of his precious art.

The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.

One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated
the exact feel I was looking for.

"My Child"
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.


  1. You are ONE LUCKY LADY!!! Those pictures from David Bowman are AMAZING!!! And you WON!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

  2. Ashley,
    I was so happy I 'knew' some one who actually won a gift. Especially this beautiful picture of Christ. I am going to post on it also.

    Congratualtions and thanks for letting us know about the other giveaways!

    PS You might want to change your mind about naming a daughter Natalie when you see what my precious Natalie did to my blog...LOL She might just fill your life with laughter and surprises when you least expect it:)

    Happy new Year!

  3. Ohhh, I saw those pictures on Shauna's site and they really are awesome!!!!

  4. i am so glad you WON!!!!! Ashley.. you totally deserve that!!!!!!

  5. and maybe will PICK YOU to win my giveaway!!!!!!!

  6. Congratulations on winning. The pictures from david bowman are really great. I am glad you pointed it out.

    ps I love the Innocence picture..


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