A gift for you on my birthday!

Today is not only my birthday, it is my thirtieth birthday!

I’m pretty excited about it, actually. I think I’ve earned thirty by now: 11 years of marriage and a fifth baby on the way. When I was in my late teens I couldn’t wait to be twenty — a real grownup! I feel similarly with thirty. Turns out when you turn twenty, even if you’re married with your first baby on the way, people still act like you’re a kid. Well, so now I’m thirty. That’s a real grownup, right? Of course right.

Anyway, I wanted to do something fun on my birthday here at my blog, so I am giving away a book! I will imitate the hobbits and give a gift on my birthday.

I have a slim paperback called The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women’s Work by Kathleen Norris. It’s an interesting and thought-provoking little book, based upon a lecture she gave. Then she ended up incorporating the content into her full-length book Acedia and Me, which I now own, making the little booklet a redundancy on my shelves.

So I’m giving it away — maybe to you!

It does have some underlining and a note here or there, but all lightly in pencil.

All you have to do is leave a comment. I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

being rendered temporarily mindless as we toil is what allows us to approach the temple of holy leisure. When confronting a sink full of dirty dishes […] I generally lose sight of the fact that God is inviting me to play. — Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and Women’s Work

14 Responses

  1. Fittsy
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    I’ve read the book from my library, but would love to own it.

    Happy Birthday, Mystie. And I agree, you’ve done quite well in your first 30 years. May God bless you abundantly in the second 30!

    ~Rebekah

  2. Willa
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    I love that book.

    A very happy 30th, Mystie!

    We do hobbit presents here too : ).

  3. Amanda Evans
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    Many happy returns! May your kids be obedient and helpful today.

    I always looked forward to being a real grown up too. I’m still looking forward to it, but the older I get, the more I wonder if people ever really feel grown up.

  4. Tress
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    Happy birthday, Mystie! May your next 30 years be even better.

    (I own the book, so no need to include me when picking a winner.)

  5. Lisa H.
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    What a wonderful idea.
    Happy Birthday… I remember thirty…. a looooong time ago! Enjoy this wonderful time in your life.
    What a blessing!

  6. Anna
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    Happy Birthday! I wish I had felt so optimistic about hitting the thirties! :)

  7. Auntie Jan
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    Happy birthday, dear ‘oldest’ niece! When I was 30, I was blessed to conceive my first child! And yes, it seems like yesterday, but she’s 22 now…..

    Don’t put me in the drawing, just had to send along my best wishes. So, I’m shopping for lavender yarn?

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Yes, Auntie Jan! Lavender yarn it is!!

      • Auntie Jan
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        Woot! I’m on it!

  8. Rébecca
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    Happy birthday !
    I’m 29 and expecting my 5th child also (not showing yet though), and strangers still call me “miss”… It makes me want to say “well I’ve been married almost 10 years and have 4 children, but thanks for the compliment !”

  9. Amy @ Hope Is the Word
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    Happy birthday, Myst

  10. Amy @ Hope Is the Word
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    Oops–I hit enter somehow before I meant to. What I wanted to say is that I’m a regular reader but rarely comment because I read on my iPod and it’s a pain (not to mention easy to make a mistake!) to write comments on. Anyway, I glean a lot of very helpful information from you; I’ve especially appreciated your recent posts about the ordering of your days a la Leigh Bortins’ schedule. We’re joining a CC community for the first time this year, and I thought her schedule particularly appealing, too, when I read it in the Foundations guide.

    I’m 38 with 3 children (had my first at your age now), and I still don’t feel grown up. :-)

  11. Brandy @ Afterthoughts
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    Oh, Mystie! I missed your birthday! I wasn’t on my Reader for a number of days…until today. :(

    So: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    I felt the same way at 30. I had Number 4 on the way and people didn’t seem as freaked out about a 30yo having 4 children as a 20-something. I *like* being in my 30s and I think you will, too.

    I hope your day was lovely and I am so sorry my birthday wishes were belated…

  12. dawn
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    A very happy belated birthday! I’ve had the time of my life in my 30s … best decade so far! Enjoy :)