Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Giveaway!!

My whole family is from Nebraska which was all fine and good until the dissolution of the Southwest Conference and Texas A&M's consequential move to the Big 12.

As I type this, Trey is reading over my shoulder making sure I don't make any ridiculous sports analogy he will somehow be held accountable for by his man-friends.

That O.k., Baby? Now get yourself to the office where, I'm sure, you will find much bigger fish that need fryin'.

Anyway, now that Texas A&M and Nebraska actually play each other, I get all kinds of vicious hate mail from my grandparents, et. al. who still reside in the Cornhusker state.

I don't, really, I just like saying things like that to get a rise out of Grandma. She's feisty.

I promise, I have a point to this post.

My great-uncle and some of his life-long buddies decided to do something with their time in retirement to give back to their community and beyond. They call themselves the CrossMakers and make hand-carved, cedar crosses that are just the perfect size and shape to fit into your hand.

The volunteers get together twice each week over coffee and cut and sand down the donated wood. So far they've given away about 800 crosses to local churches and hospitals and have sent hundreds to our troops overseas as a means of encouragement.

They also sell the crosses on my favorite site Etsy at www.thecrossmakers.etsy.com. Head over and check them out. If you're looking for teacher's gifts this year, these are perfect!

My great-uncle was so generous and sent me several to give away. Head over to their site, come back and tell me what you think in the comments section, and I'll pick some winners on Monday, November 1st.


I have three sets of four crosses each so I'll randomly choose three from the comments left below...unless you say something disparaging about Texas A&M, like how we're at the bottom of the SEC rankings. Then, you're name might "accidentally" get removed from the hat and flushed down the commode.

"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."

Colossians 2:13-15

60 comments:

ty said...

Those are beautiful. My granddad had a woodshop for FOREVER, and he always made something for all the grandkids for holidays. I have lots of wood pens with my name carved in them :)

I collect crosses, so if I don't win one, I'll probably buy one! :)

And PS - my word verification is "bless." If that's not a sign, I don't know what is!

Candy said...

These are beautiful and I love that these men gather for fellowship and produce these crosses to bless and encourage.

Throw my name into the hat!

Love you!

Candy

Birdie Pearl said...

These crosses are beautiful! I love the spirit in which they are made and the blessing they send! I will keep the Aggie comments to myself! Have a good one!

Susan said...

I would love to be a fly on the wall during their cross-making sessions...can you imaging how much great stuff you'd hear!! I'd love to win some crosses...what a great giveaway! Miss you...come to A-town soon!

Howell Fam said...

These are amazing. What a precious thing to do with retirement!! Great idea for gifts!!

The Adlers said...

Those are beautiful and I can think of so many people I would love to give them to. What a wonderful thing this group of men is doing!

Annie said...

What beautiful crosses, and what a great example being set for us by this group of friends!

Lindsey said...

Such a beautiful example of friends coming together for encouraging one another and people they have never met.

kaseye said...

LOVE THEM!!!!
Kasey

Tyra said...

My Cooper would love one of these. If I don't win, I'm going to buy one for him. =)

shell said...

these are so neat! i would love to use them as gifts!

Paul and DeeDee said...

These are so beautiful! I think they would make a really beautiful teacher gift! And I am seriously holding my tongue just for you:)

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

they are SO beautiful! i am in a contemplative prayer group right now, it's about twenty "twentysomethings" and we get together once a month to pray, read, talk and encourage one another. i just forwarded a link to the etsy shop... i think we may need to place a mass order!

Jan said...

I love the hanging crosses for the rear view mirror. They are lovely and I will getoen for my kids teachers.

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful! I will be ordering some gifts soon! Thanks for sharing.

Mecca93 said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous! Gig 'Em Aggies!! BTHO Texas Tech.

Pat said...

I love the crosses! What a great way for those men to share their faith.

I just discovered your blog yesterday and have had fun reading your previous posts. Your sense of humor cracks me up!

Sheila said...

Those are beautiful! They are also very unique. I won't say anything about football, because I don't watch. :) I'm all about basketball and baseball.

The Rowlands said...

very creative~ I think i would hold one and rub on it while i was anxious or stressed about something...to remember who is in control :)...which would be often in my current life stage...ha!
I am a red raider....and a fair weather fan :) i never understood how you guys stood up the entire game....i am way to lazy for that :) and the yell call thing????

Julia said...

I'm an Aggie (class of 1995, WHOOP!) and love those crosses! I think I really need them...

It can be our little secret that the real reason you gave them to me is because we're both Aggies... and we lived on the same street (I'm an ADPi)... and again, because I need them. :-)

Kelley said...

Those are so pretty!! Hope yall are all well!! We miss yall!

love Kelley and Annie

Just Me said...

I'm loving these crosses, maybe even more than I'm loving my Aggies:0), but that might be pushing it. We just spent way to much $ to take our three kids from Georgia to the Promised Land--oh sorry, I mean Kyle Field to see a game. Too bad the football wasn't so great against Missouri! But hey, the band was fabulous as always and we enjoyed being "home". We wandered around campus for a bit after the game and I wondered why all these babies were walking around--what are their mamas thinking???? Surely they were younger than 10 and already in college :) Gig'em Ags!!!

Cheryl said...

Not an Aggie, but the thought of having that cross in my hands as I am giving things over to God... reminding myself that HE is much greater than I. You see, I tend to take things back..... it's kind of a joke that the Lord and I have.... Cheryl, you know my love that I am in charge..... I do, but don't you think I should take this back for just a sec and do this... hold on and I'll give it right back to you..... UGH! 55 and I still haven't learned!!! I know that he sighs, and lets me learn. I am a work in progress.

www.acoastalpointofview.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

what a unique cross! I know I would love one and would love to gft these to my fellow young life teammates! definitely going to check out the etsy website!

Anonymous said...

Love the crosses...my favorite is the heart at the top of each one...by the way I am an Aggie too! Go Ags!

Susie Sanders

Anonymous said...

Bee-U-Tee-FULL!!!

Wow, what a gorgeous and powerful reminder of Jesus to everyone who sees them.

Gig 'em Aggies!
Shannon Hill Hutchens

LInda said...

Hey there! What a unique cross - I have never seen one like it before!I love it! They're beautiful! BTW...the story about your snake made me laugh uncontrollably!! I would have freaked out!

The Smittys said...

those are beautiful! and btw, i read your blog through my reader... tonight was the first time i have seen the new layout and header! they are great!

60 toes said...

love your blog and would love a set of these crosses.

I found your blog through Gwen Davis Liptetska, I think you all were Thetas together at A&M. Does this win my extra entries(lol)?

When I first read your blog and realized your husband was Trey Hill, I couldn't believe what a small world it was. I went to elementary and middle school and chruch with Emily. I have vivid memories of having Bible Studies at the their family's house. Out in the guest house, sweet memories those were.

Anyway, I digress. It is fun to read your blog. If you are tracking your visits, I am the one from the edge of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

BTW, I met Gwen through the Navy. Our husbands are both pilots, what a small world.

missy said...

your family is from nebraska? wow. i am a fan of your blog. i am a fan of your ministry (through mindy and garrett). i was a theta(at nebraska). and NOW...you have legit cornhusker blood? wow.

but i will be sure not to say "go big red" in this post lest i lose my shot at one of those crosses. :)

Stef said...

I am an occupational therapy student and I was just given an assignment to create a sensory kit, a box filled with items that soothe or stimulate in appropriate situations. I have been racking my brain because I knew I wanted my faith in the kit, He calms me, but cross jewlery arent SMOOTH which is the sensation driver I am looking for. These would be perfect. If I dont get chosen ;) I will hop over to the etsy site for sure
Stefani

Margaret said...

I LOVE these crosses - I gave one to my mother in law while she was in hospice during this past summer. She held it all the time. She ran a fever during her last weeks. After she went home to be with Jesus my sis-in-law asked me if she could keep it - it had molded to the shape of her hand due to the heat in her hand. I was so pleased it meant so much to both of them.

Love following your blog (and meeting you last sunday in church where Trey preached).

Lindsay said...

These are great!!!

Leventhal Family said...

Those are AWESOME! So unique! I love them!!!

Jamie West said...

I just KNEW we were kindred spirits! I am from Nebraska (Lincoln) and have been reading your blog forever, but had no idea about your crazy Cornhusker relatives. Incidentally, my husband is an Aggie, bless his heart, and the Big 12 "situation" has become a taboo subject in our house! I LOVE these crosses and would be honored to receive them to give to my friends. Thanks for the always entertaining glimpse into your life and ministry.
God Bless!
Jamie

lp said...

I want to leave the type of comment that will lead you to pick me as the winner. Perhaps I should serenade you? Maybe I'll leave that alone..

Christy Roseveare said...

Beautiful works of art. Love your site.

Amy said...

Those are beautiful. Love your blog

Tracey said...

Gorgeous! These would make excellent Christmas gifts for our loved ones and teacher friends.
Blessings....

Anonymous said...

Love them and I bet they are so smooth and comforting - is that toooo weird? Anyway, my boys do woodworking in hs and I wish they would get on these - better than a gun cabinet! Yep, call me a redneck - Gig'em!

Anonymous said...

and the above anonymous would be Bonnie since I know you will want to pick me since I am yelling for the Aggies against the Huskers...and the Horns....

LibbyLibbyLibbyLibbyLibby said...

Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Me me me me me, I want to win. :) Me me me me me me me. Although my word verication isn't bless... its detsoli...not a good sign...

The B3+ said...

Absolutely beautiful! (I was born in NE...Kearney was the closest hospital to Amherst!) I would love to win one and share with my adopted children so they will always know the love and sacrafice of Jesus and that Jesus is holding them in his hand just like they hold this cross! Hugs!!

Laura said...

I miss you...
I love your blog and read it most days- I hope you know your shining all the way across the world.

Say hi to everyone in West Dallas...
Ps the crosses are amazing :)

Irish Laura

Alicia said...

This are beautiful! And Gig 'Em Aggies!!!!

Linden said...

i love this idea! how special!

Jessie said...

Two things. The crosses are beautiful. Also, I just read the snake post from the comfort of my bed and now I'm hesitant to step out.

Thanks.

Meredith said...

what a great ministry! i would love to have some to giveaway :)

Mona McCarty said...

The crosses are beautiful. Do I REALLY need to say that I love the Aggies to be eligible for the drawing??? (Roll Tide!)

Lea said...

Beautiful! I love this story and that you took the opportunity to publicly honor your great uncle! Obviously, he is an amazing man with an amazing passion for Jesus, and you obviously inherited some of his genes. :)

jnors said...

Gig'em! The crosses will come in especially handy while we're praying for a win. and world peace, of course.

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

Beautiful crosses.

I would never criticize those Aggies either. They just keep running out of time.

Dinglefest said...

A few of my bestest friends are Aggies. I love 'em, and they're all I know of the school, so I have nothing but affection for A&M. :)

And those crosses? Love 'em.

Kate in Austin said...

Beautiful crosses. How entrepreneurial of these men. God Bless & Gig'em.

Kim said...

WOW! Those are beautiful. I will definately have to order for some gifts. The retired guys are going to be busy! Thanks for offering the give away! OBTW I am a KState fan and so sad that Nebraska has defected from the big 12. But we love playing you Texas schools.

The Hidalgo Family said...

I couldn't care less about football but those crosses are beautiful!

Wallace said...

Love the crosses! They're so smooth and beautiful.

We saw you at the WDCS lunch but you were working the crowd, er, talking with somebody.

In fact if I won the crosses, I would give them to some WDCS teachers! :)

Anonymous said...

I want one!!! Is it too late to put my name in the hat?!?Love the crosses. They are beautiful. Let me know if he ever wants to donate to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep parents... www.NowILayMeDownToSleep.org. That's the organization I volunteer for when a baby is not going to make it at the hospital, a volunteer photographer comes in and does the baby's portrait for the family free of cost.

Love,
Christy Lafferty

carole said...

those are so lovely, and what a great way to encourage others. Love your fun blog and what you and Trey are doing.

Carole

Christina said...

This made me laugh when you spoke of sports analogies and your husband. I to to Highland Park Pres, and heard him speak the other Sunday. I have been sneaking around your blog, since Nelson mentioned it, and I am addicted to blogs, in general. :) I laughed because I ask questions like,"What does the bottom of the eighth mean?" Does that make you feel better? And your husband will likely feel very grateful that you make sports analogies instead of ask such silly things! :) You are funny, as Nelson said.
The crosses are lovely!