A Prayer Request and Giveaway Winners

by | Oct 7, 2013 | Giveaway, Prayer Request | 20 comments

With all those fun giveaways last week, I had quite a few entry slips to cut and fold today!  It was actually just what I needed to help stop the tears and keep my mind off missing my babies…

Before the furlough, Sean was scheduled to take his vacation leave beginning today and had planned to take some of our children to visit his parents. (It has been 3 years since our last visit and they haven’t met our youngest yet… We would have loved to all go, but we can’t all fit in our mini-van – especially for this long of a drive – since we are one seat short, which is why it’s been so long since our last visit.) We went back and forth over canceling the trip, but decided to not put the visit off any longer, especially with winter (hazardous driving conditions) coming.   He ended up taking the five youngest (he is a crazy brave man!) and I am home with just the older boys (it is so quiet here).  Could you please remember them in your prayers?

Anyways, on to the winners of the giveaways, before I start crying again…  

Mommyof3 is the winner of the Catholic Mosaic giveaway, sponsored by Krista, and offered on the feast of St. Jerome

Jacqui is the winner of the St. Therese the Little Flower Daily Journal offered on the feast of St. Therese

Marie is the winner of Angel in the Waters and Catholic Treasure Box Book 1 offered on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels!

Julie is the winner of The Greatest of These is Love, sponsored by author Megan Therese Schuelke, and offered on the traditional feast of St. Therese!

Elm is the winner of Mama’s Notebooks sponsored by Heather Wood, and also offered on the traditional feast of St. Therese!

Heather Wilson is the winner of Can you find Followers of Jesus? Introducing Your Child to Disciples, also sponsored by Krista, and offered on the Feast of St. Francis

Congratulations to you all and I will be contacting you soon for your mailing addresses!
(or if you see this first just email them to me at jessica.showerofroses(at)gmail(dot)com)
And thank you to Krista, Megan, and Heather for sponsoring some of the giveaways! 

I wish I could send each and every one of you a gift!  Your comments are always such a joy to read.  Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and support!  I will offer up an extra rosary, on this beautiful feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for all of you and your families!  


  1. Katie V.

    Thank you so much Jessica. Im sure the house must seem so quiet! Count on our prayers for your sweet family!

  2. Julie

    Praying for your whole family during your time apart!

    I am overwhelmed with gratitude from the blessing of winning the book "The Greatest of These is Love"
    I emailed you my address. Thank you and your giveaway sponsors for your generosity! A true blessing!!!

  3. Barbara

    Ah, you're such a good mom. But, make sure those boys know how much you are enjoying your time with them (I'm sure you are!) so they don't feel like chopped liver (I've been there ;-)).

  4. Christine

    Thinking of you. Hope they have a safe trip. I dont like it when the family is apart either.

  5. Anonymous

    So happy for all of the winners! Know that I am praying for your family. May God bless your husband and children as they travel, and you with the others at home! Bernadette 🙂

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks, Julie! I hope you enjoy the book! I will forward your address to the author and she will send it to you directly. 🙂

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you Barbara! The boys very disappointed that they were staying home and would have loved to be able to see their grandparents again, but they were also excited for the break. In fact, the other night when our oldest babysat so Sean and I could run a few errands we came home and he said "I can't wait until Monday… I don't know HOW you do it!" lol I think the older boys have been needing a break just as much as I have.

    I am feeling a little better knowing that Sean survived the first day (almost anyways – he was about to take the kids to get some dinner and then swimming at the hotel pool to burn off some energy before bedtime after being in the car all day) and I got to say hello to everyone. Just one more full day of driving and they will arrive – it's a 22 hour drive each way!

    And the boys and I do have a few fun things planned for our time together! 🙂

  8. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Bernadette! I so appreciate all the prayers! God bless you and your family too!

  9. Barbara

    Praying for their travel — that is a huge trip! He is an incredible man — he gets great credit for just the intent!

  10. Kimberlee

    Oh dear! I'm so sorry your family has to be separated like this! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers until you're reunited again! Hugs!

  11. Julie

    Jessica, I'm sure it's a challenge being apart but it will be a grand adventure for Sean and the little kids and for you and your boys too! And what a blessing for your in-laws to have this visit. Hope it all goes well, at home and away. God bless! Julie

  12. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Kimberlee! Even though our youngest will be two in a couple months, this is the first time I've been away from him overnight. I miss him (and of course Sean and the rest of the little ones) already! Thankfully I have many projects to work on while they are gone, so hopefully the time will pass quickly.

  13. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Julie! Yes, despite the challenges and tears, I am so happy that the little ones have this opportunity to take this trip with their dad! My in-laws are just going to love getting to know them. 🙂

  14. Marisa

    What a blessing to have such a good husband. I hope their trip goes well without mama. It is painful to be away from our little ones, so hopefully this time goes by quickly. Enjoy your time with the older boys. Blessings and hugs, Marisa

  15. 9peasMom

    Prayers for your family as they travel. Congratulations to all the winners!

  16. Saiorse

    Oh, prayers for their safe travel – and God Bless him for taking them by himself! Travel with kids with 2 adults is a challenge – let alone with one. And, prayers for you – while it might be nice to spend time with the older boys – the silence in the house must be deafening. I miss my crew when we are just away for a single night!!

  17. Angie

    I will be praying for you! It is so tough to be apart from one another. I will also pray for lots of fun times with the boys. God Bless You!!

  18. Anonymous

    Jessica, I just noticed that I won a book! I am so excited and so thankful. We have been super busy this past week with getting a lot of school done before we take a 2 week break. God Bless you and thank you so much. I am sure you are ready to see your kids that are gone.
    God Bless,
    Heather Wilson


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