Favorite Christmas present, and Stuck giveaway winner


I’ve been in Kansas City with my family all week. Everyone is here: parents, siblings, nephews, future brother-in-law, 3 dogs, and all of the cookies in the world. Tomorrow, I load into a Subaru Forester with Becca and Michael, Gabe and Toad, Becca’s wedding dress, their wedding decorations, and all of our Christmas loot, and drive west back across Kansas for 9 hours to Denver. Heaven help us.

This is my favorite Christmas present I received:

That, my friends, is the Gregory Sage 55. If you wake up one day and I’m gone, you’ll know it’s because I loaded it with everything I need to keep myself alive and just… walked away. Because someday, that is what I fully intend on using it for.

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Thank you to all who entered the Stuck giveaway! It’s an amazing study, and if you’re looking for a soul-filling challenge, Jennie Allen has good stuff. I’m excited to check out Chase and Anything, as well.

There could only be one winner, so I used my trusty pal RANDOM.ORG to pull a number. Multiple comments from the same person counted as one entry.

And the winner is:

8! Leah Van Hoozer!

Leah, I’ll send you an email to get your mailing address. Congratulations!

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Maybe I’ll write a 2012 recap before 2013 – my Google Reader tells me that recap posts are all the rage this time of year. If I don’t, though, suffice it to say that 2012 stretched me in ways I didn’t know I needed to be stretched (and, to be honest, I still don’t WANT to be stretched). I have worked really, really hard in all sorts of ways. Someone recently asked me if I was happy, and I said no.

But you know me – I’d be miserable if I was happy. SMILEY FACE.

What I do know is that I love the people in my world, and while faith does not come easily for me, I’m hanging on for dear life. I hope that 2012 has seen you hanging in there, too.



  1. Michael Rhyne on December 28, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Hanging in there, Annie. LOVE your pack! I had a Kelty Tioga for many years, just in case I needed to walk away from it all. I did, on occasion, for a few days at a time, anyway. Folks like us need that pack. Happiness? What IS that, anyway? I’ll settle for knowing that I am living, seeking, loving with reckless abandon, and serving my brothers and sisters in such a way that they just might see the face of God through me. You are doing all those things, my friend. Peace.

  2. wreckless on December 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    not surprised that your gregory bag is also my favorite. i’ve had my eyes on that back and saving up pennies for it! ;) backpack in central high desert amazing wonderous oregon. i double dog dare you.

  3. wreckless on December 29, 2012 at 3:05 AM


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