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Fifth Monday Giveaway: Five Books & Five Winners

Since June has five Mondays and there are only four LIHs
released each month, I have a special giveaway today.
Five winners will get to choose between my last
two Love Inspired Historicals, shown below.
Click here to read the back cover copy.

If you already have both books, that’s OK.
You could give your prize to a friend.

Choose between…

and…

Copyright Ā© 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
Ā® and ā„¢ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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New Endeavors

When I announced my retirement in my May 15 blog post, I mentioned how excited I am to embark on this new chapter of my life. One of the things I’ve been looking forward to is having time to volunteer at church.

I’ve assumed a position in our Kids World program that’s affectionately known as a Bin Babe. A dear lady and I meet with our Children’s Director once each week to fill five bins with supplies that will be used the following Sunday by our elementary teachers, making their jobs easier.

Because I love organizing, I was given permission to do some rearranging of the many supplies we have on hand. I’m just getting started, but my first project of finding a new home for the most-used craft items is complete, thanks to some clear plastic shoe boxes. Looking at this shelf makes my heart happy.
I have plans for many other organization projects, including creating an inventory of all our elementary department supplies using an Excel spreadsheet. Can you tell I’m detail-oriented?

Having time to do something that brings me so much joy is helping smooth the transition from my writing world to my new role as a retiree. There are moments I miss telling stories, but I’m helping Sunday School teachers tell the most important stories of all, which fills me with a deep sense of satisfaction.

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Questions for You

What’s the most enjoyable volunteer position you’ve ever held?

Are you a detail-oriented or big-picture person?

Is organizing something you enjoy?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either Her Motherhood Wish
or Make-Believe Beau (your choice) by leaving a comment
on this post with the answer to one of the questions above.
I’ll be choosing five different winners this week!

You must answer at least one question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, June 3 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, June 5.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my May 22 post!
Colleen F. will receive a copy of Taking on Twins,
a June LIH by Mollie Campbell.

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Keli Gwyn

51 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Volunteering at the Anderson Library. I think I am a little of both details and big pictures kind of person. Organizing at work so things operate more smoothly is ok but at home not so much.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, a library would be a fun place to volunteer. I have fond memories of the Anderson Library. I did some research for high school papers there.

      I’m an equal opportunity organizer. I used to organize things at work whenever I was given the chance. I’m always organizing or reorganizing things at home, which can make it tough on Gwynly at times. He’s a good sport about it, though.

  • When my youngest daughter was in elementary school I volunteered in her classroom every year. So I feel like I went through elementary school twice in my life! I loved helping the teachers organize their rooms, grade papers, stuff folders etc. etc. I loved learning all over again! Yes, I am an organizer. I love organizing myself and others! I’m bossy that way!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m sure your daughter’s elementary school staff appreciate your volunteer work and your organizational abilities.

      I spent much of my daughter’s elementary years volunteering at her school, too. I was the Parent Club Coordinator for three years running. I was at school so often that the students thought I worked there.

      P.S. I grew up as the oldest of four. My younger siblings would tell you I’m bossy, too. šŸ™‚

      • I’m the oldest of 3 and I’m definitely a bossy-pants šŸ™‚ I too was at the my daughters school so often that the kids thought I was another one of the teachers! Then eventually through volunteering in the library I did get a job there šŸ™‚

  • Robin in NC says:

    I really loved assisting with a brownie troop & VBS!!! I guess I’m still a kid at heart when it comes to crafts. šŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, how fun it must have been to Volunteer with that Brownie troop and VBS. Those endeavors are great ways for adults to have fun with crafts and craft items.

      I’m currently making glue and bead sun catchers–or trying to anyhow. My attempt doesn’t look much like the sample so far. Good thing I have three more weeks to practice before Kids Kamp kicks off.

  • jcp says:

    i’m a detail person. (Make Believe Beau if I win please.)

  • CeciliaLynn says:

    I love to volunteer with the kids at church but also with Spevial Olympics.

  • Jasmine A. says:

    I live in an economically depressed town and I have some health problems that limit what I can do so I haven’t really had a job. I’m in my late 20s and I don’t want to waste my life away, and I want to be useful at least in some small way, so I volunteer. In fact, I call myself a volunteer by trade. Anyway, the three places that I’ve spent the most time at are with my local Friends of the Library, my local no-kill animal shelter, and my local museum. I truly love all of those places since they involve my favorite things, reading/books, pets, and history, so it would be hard to choose one as a favorite. If I had to choose I’d probably say the museum because that is where I do the most and spend the largest amount of my time each week.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jasmine, I’m sorry you’re dealing with health problems and the limitations that come with them. I’m glad you’ve found places you can volunteer and make a difference. All three of the places you volunteer sound like fun. Books, cute puppies and kittens, and history are all great!

  • Deana Dick says:

    Volunteering as a Children’s pastor for 15 years was the best experience I ever had. I love children and I loved their hunger for the Word of God. We kept track of salvation and gave each one a new bible and certificate.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, what a special position you held. I’m sure you touched many children’s lives for Christ. Thanks for all you did.

  • Jordann says:

    I consider myself to be an extremely organized person. Organizing things os one of my favorite things to do, besides reading of course! šŸ˜‰

  • Nancy Faivre says:

    I love for things to be organized, I want to be able to know exactly where to look when I need something.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nancy, I totally get that, which is why I’ve created a Bin Babes bag filled with the items I use all the time. I like having scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, etc. handy and not having to search for or ask for them all the time.

  • Brenda W says:

    I never volunteer for a position. But several years ago, when I regularly visited the genealogy rooms in 2 libraries, I enjoyed helping people find the right book and the right info.
    I am a detail-oriented person.
    I enjoyed organizing when I was younger but now, it’s a big problem. I need to focus on organizing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, even though you haven’t officially served as a volunteer–yet, it sounds like you enjoy helping people. That’s great.

      Being a detail-oriented person has it ups and downs. Sometimes I wish I could turn off my eye for detail. It, coupled with my perfectionism, can make life interesting at times. šŸ˜œ

  • Robin Warren-Busigo says:

    For a number of years, my kids and I volunteered at Christmastime, to deliver presents for families in need. That was so much fun. I have also volunteered on numerous school committees at my kids schools, during elementary and middle schools. It was great to help the schools with bookkeeping and expenditure tracking. I have read to kids in schools too. Those years sped by so fast.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, I love that you’ve included your children in your volunteer endeavors. What a great way to teach them the joy of helping out and helping others.

      I hear you on how fast our years as the mother of young children fly by. One day can seem unending, but before we know it, we’re looking back and wondering how our children got to be so grown up so fast.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I do like organising. I’m the person who makes lists about lists. There is something very satisfying about crossing things off.

    Storage containers, labelled, are my friends.

    My children think it’s a bit much until they need to find something and then know exactly where it is.

  • vera wilson says:

    I enjoy working with the seniors. Visit nursing homes, read to them, answer letters for them, do a little mending,take them outside to set for a little while.

  • I volunteered in Canada with an organization that helped immigrants get settled in their new country. I loved it. I met the most interesting people. Your volunteer job seems like a perfect fit for you.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    I like organizing Keli,in fact finally started getting my closet in order. (Whew,what a job!:) ) Thanks again for the giveaway! (Hope you had a blessed Memorial Day!)

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, tackling closets can be fun. The one in my office is looking good. Sadly, the rest of the room could use some attention.

  • Becky Smith says:

    LOVED both of these books!! I’m very detail-oriented and I love to organize and to see everything move smoothly!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, thanks for your kind words about my stories.

      Sounds like we’re a lot alike when it comes to being detail oriented and enjoying organizing things.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I’m a Hospice volunteer and enjoy visiting with patients who are facing the end. It’s a blessing to share their lives and the love of God while visiting. Some of the patients have become “family members” just because we connected in our spirit with one another.

    I’m an organized individual. Having SS supplies organized is a big help instead of always thinking you have to buy more because you can find the leftovers from another project.

    You’ll be miss Keli as an author. I love your books and have shared the ones I have of yours with family and friends. God bless.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, those of you who work with Hospice patients are such gems. The Hospice team that came alongside our family years ago when Carl’s mother was in her last days was such a blessing to us.

      Thanks for your kind words about my books. They mean a great deal to me.

  • Joan Kurth says:

    The best volunteer job I have is rocking babies in the NICU. In August I will have done this for 10 years and it is the most wanted volunteer job in the hospital.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    I volunteer in the Church Library and have for almost 40 years.
    The library is 75 years young.
    I love to read and that’s what got me in trouble, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Tamara Leger says:

    I have been volunteering as the coordinator of and team member of the TERRA Herb Gardeners for almost 8 years. We steward the Pt Defiance Park Herb Garden. We have three planting areas near the park’s Rose Garden (friendly rivalry) and have about 45 flourishing herbs that we care for on a monthly basis, including signage about each herb’s use, a brochure with a map of the garden for visitors when we’re not there and our in-person interpretation of the garden when we’re there for our monthly maintenance. I have a particular passion for herbalism and herbology and love the garden so much, I made sure my husband is right out there with me learning and sharing!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tamara, what fun to see a comment from one of my longtime friends–all the way back to middle school. šŸ™‚

      Your volunteer position at the herb garden sounds like it brings you a great deal of satisfaction. I’ll have to pick your brain about herbs at our high school reunion this summer.

  • Maryann says:

    The two most enjoyable volunteer activities I have done recently are being a Vacation Bible School teacher and doing the card ministry for shut ins and sick members at church. I am detail oriented but I am not an organizer. Sadly this year I am not teaching Vbs because I am having cancer surgery again but I already donated the decorating supplies I had bought for the classroom.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Maryann, I’m so sorry you’re battling cancer. I hope your surgery is successful. May you sense the Lord upholding you through this difficult time.

      Your heart for others shines through in your choice of volunteer activities–loving on children and loving on those who could use a special message to show that others care. What a blessing you are to so many.

  • Jeanne Nickelson says:

    It’s funny, when I take the tests to tell if I am detail-oriented or a big-picture kind of person, I tend to test in the middle. It’s the same with red/blue tests; I know I prefer blue, but the tests only show a slight tendency to pick blue over red. I am more detail-oriented, I think, but can see the big picture (usually). šŸ˜€

  • Hannah Gridley says:

    I have two favorite volunteer jobs: in the past, I taught English as a Second Language to international adults. Now I play music as a member of a community orchestra. Both are delightful for different reasons. šŸ™‚

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Here are the names of the five winners, each of whom can choose between Make-Believe Beau and Her Motherhood Wish: JCP, CeceliaLynn, Robin W, Vera W and Tamara L. Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be in touch.

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