May Day Giveaway in Honor of Our Queen and Mother

by | May 2, 2013 | Giveaway, Marian, Reviews | 109 comments

O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,

Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May…

I love the month of May!  Summer is right around the corner, our school year is coming to an end, and the whole month is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary!  (You can find some of our past feast day celebrations during the month of May in the archives.)   I finally made it to town this afternoon for groceries (we have been out of pretty much everything) and picked up a small bouquet of flowers for Our Lady. (My statue isn’t included in the giveaway, but you can find it here.)  I pulled out my old, but favorite, Handmaiden of the Lord CD (a gift from my husband years ago) to play this month, and I also keep finding myself humming Queen of the May.   Mother’s Day is coming up and I thought it would be fun to start the month with a giveaway – or five…  The following items have been generously provided by Krista and Jesse Tree Treasures in honor of Our Blessed Mother.

#1 – The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
sponsored by Krista – Thank you Krista! 

“The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has long been the Church’s daily liturgical prayer to Our Lady, and these hours of praise have been used by Priests, religious and the laity throughout the centuries. Lay people used to flock to the great Cathedrals to publicly recite The Little Office during the Middle Ages, and during the great persecution, when the practice of the Catholic Faith was illegal, the Little Office was highly recommended by the Church.”  

Read more here

#3 – “Be a Son-Flower”-Follow the Son
#4 – Chosen

Inspiring Women of FAITH Necklaces 
sponsored by Jesse Tree Treasures – Thank you Angie!

“These unique pendant necklaces are a beautiful witness of faith. Each one is named after a woman of the Bible and a quality she possessed or portrays a quality of a woman of faith.  The necklaces are set in a silver pendant tray and come with an adjustable clasp chain. They are beautifully packaged in a coordinating organza bag. Each necklace also includes an inserted card that lists the name of the necklace and related scripture verse.”

 

#5 – St. Therese the Little Flower Daily Journal
I purchased one of these for myself and purchased an extra for one of you!

“Many spiritual directors recommend daily spiritual reading, followed by meditation and simple journaling of thoughts and inspirations. Journals become a record of our walk in the spiritual life. This Saint Therese the Little Flower Catholic Journal was designed specifically to guide you in the practice of journaling. This high-quality lay flat wirebound journal provides ample space to write and is filled with illustrations and inspiring quotes from Saint Therese the Little Flower to guide you on her “Little Way”. Also included are how-to tips to begin constructive journaling; not simply putting thoughts and feelings on paper, but directing them to help you make truly virtuous choices!”

[Update:  I purchased these Journals from Casa Maria Bookstore when ordering the Mananitas CD for Chiquita’s birthday.  They are also offered at an incredible price from Tan at the moment (You can visit TAN Books via my new Affiliate link here!), even with the shipping charges it is still less expensive than the Amazon price.  I’m considering ordering a number of copies to use as prizes for next year’s Little Flowers Mother Daughter Tea Party.]

UPDATE:    Thank you! 

If you would like to be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of the above items, just leave a comment on this post before Midnight (PST) on Sunday, May 5th.  Also, please leave your email address, or have it linked in your profile, so that I am able to contact you should you win. I will update this post with the winners on May 6th. 

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

  1. scmom (Barbara) “What a lovely drawing! All very nice gifts. I post every day in May for Mary…one small thing I can do for love of her.”
  2. Joy Beyond the Cross – “I love, love, love all of these beautiful items. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! God Bless!”
  3. Melody – “I sure would love to win any of these. 🙂 Happy May! Ave Maria!”
  4. montanamama90 – “I would be so happy to win any of these! ~Kaylyn”
  5. Kerry – “How thoughtful of you, Jess. What a lovely giveaway. Please enter me. My email is …”
Congratulations to you all!  I’ll be emailing you soon for your mailing addresses. 

We know very well that the Blessed Virgin is Queen of Heaven 
and Earth, but she is more Mother than Queen. 
~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

109 Comments

  1. Tricia

    Oooh, I sure would love to win that St. Therese Journal. My husband and I need a journal to share reflections in after our marriage club meetings and after our bible reading time together. I haven't gotten around to buying us a journal yet, this looks like the perfect one.
    Tricia
    http://www.adobecreekacademy.blogspot.com
    (you have my email)

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  2. Unknown

    I love the Esther necklace. At Easter my husband and I, and some other newly wedded friends of ours went on a conference and the whole theme was 'For such a time as this'. We're still feeling very inspired by Esther.
    Happy month of Mary everyone 🙂
    Rosey xx

    Pinkandrosey@hotmail.com

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  3. Roxaline

    On my goodness! I wouldn't know which I like best! They are all wonderful!! I love your Mary statue!! I told my hubby that I wanted that one for Mother's Day this year!!!

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  4. melody

    I sure would love to win any of these. 🙂 Happy May! Ave Maria!

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  5. Christine

    Neat idea! These all look like wonderful things.

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  6. Anonymous

    I would be blessed to add any of these items to my collection of Marian things!

    Andrea
    maotto@tds.net

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  7. Unknown

    These all look so great! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thank you for everything that you do! God Bless.
    mrs.sarahemason@gmail.com
    Sarah Mason

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  8. Teri

    Love that St. Therese quote!! I would love to win any of these!
    teriannm AT gmail DOT com

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  9. Anonymous

    You are such a generous friend! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that we've made it safely into May and will be delivering a May baby hopefully today or tomorrow! God Bless, Emily

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  10. Barbara

    What a lovely drawing! All very nice gifts.

    I post every day in May for Mary…one small thing I can do for love of her.

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  11. noreen

    Hi Jessica, what a lovely way to celebrate the Month of Mary! Thank you to you and to Jesse Tree Treasures! I would be happy to win any of the above items. So, if I am to win, then the Blessed Mother has picked it out for me 🙂 God bless.

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  12. mom24

    I agree, the St. Therese journal would be great. Thanks so much!
    Lisa

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  13. 11onmyown.com

    I would love that journal! In formation as a Third Order Carmelite, I am encouraged to journal daily Lectio Divina. I can't splurge on lovely things for myself 🙂

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  14. Anonymous

    Thanks for a chance to win. I love the month of May. Such a beautiful month.
    Ann huan0225@yahoo.com

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  15. Musical Mama

    Thank you for the giveaway! What fabulous prizes! I love your blog, and I am looking forward to gathering a few May celebration ideas from those links once I have a few spare minutes. 🙂

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  16. Candy Hartmann

    I would love to win any of them! I made a beautiful alter yesterday honoring our Mama Mary! My e-mail is hart4u@cinci.rr.com Thanks and God bless!

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  17. Maxine

    Your statue is so beautiful! We just got a very nice kneeler from a friend and I can't wait to make a little prayer corner with pictures and statues and flowers. We just have to find a good spot!

    About the giveaway, I'd love to be entered. The necklaces are very pretty. Thanks, Jessica. {maxinepatricia (at) yahoo dot com}

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  18. Cmerie

    I would love to win. I am in need of a new journal. 🙂

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  19. Ashley

    I would love to win any of those, but the St. Therese Journal is beautiful.

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  20. Angie W

    These are all wonderful prizes! Please enter me. I have to crack out some Mary plans for the month!!

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  21. Christine

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The St. Therese journal would make a nice gift for one of my daughters.

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  22. Elizabeth

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

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  23. Annie

    I love May for the very same reasons. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  24. Anonymous

    What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for providing inspiration to so many families, Jessica. May God bless you always. From your Northern Neighbour, Kelly

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  25. Vicky

    Thank you for a lovely drawing! You have been such an inspiration to my family. Following your blog has helped us learn more about our faith and how to become holier individuals.
    God Bless, Mrs. Palmertree

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  26. Megan

    What a fun giveaway. Please enter me!

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  27. Lovey Dove

    Great gifts for the beautiful month honoring Our Blessed Mother!

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  28. Mary

    Thank you – this is Just lovely! Happy Month of Mary!

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  29. Mimi G.

    These are all so lovely! Thank you Jessica for being so kind and loving! God bless your day 🙂

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  30. Karen

    What a beautiful giveaway in honor of Our Blessed Mother!

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  31. Kim Montee

    I would love to have The Little Office book. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  32. Nikki

    This looks like a great give away, would be happy to win any one of them. sceanac (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  33. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing all the beauty of Our Holy Faith! Love your site! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. Wendy

    What beautiful giveaways. You are such an inspiration to me as a new homeschool mom. You have given me so many resources and I am so grateful. Your family is in our prayers.

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  35. claudianhel

    Your blog is so beautiful and always inspiring! I'd love to win the St Theresa journal! Blessings for you and all of us! Greetings from Florida! 🙂

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  36. Anonymous

    What amazing giveaways!!! Thank you for inspiring me 🙂
    Gina B
    kingbreen@gmail.com

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  37. Anonymous

    Would love to win! Thank you for your wonderful, inspiring blog!

    Pcmaneyfamily @ gmail dot net

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  38. Anne in NC

    What a generous giveaway! I'd love to win any of the above, but I'm especially drawn to the first necklace. "Mary treasured all these, pondering them in her heart" is something I think about a lot.

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  39. Joy Beyond the Cross

    I love, love, love all of these beautiful items. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! God Bless!

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  40. Karra

    What a wonderful giveaway!! Thanks so much!

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  41. shauna

    Thank you for offering these beautiful gifts to your readers!
    God Bless, Shauna

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  42. allison

    Thank you for hosting this give away! What a wonderful selection.

    +JMJ+
    ~allison
    thedunphycrew @ gmail…..

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  43. The Cotter Family

    Jessica, You are the best! Thanks for all you do to promote Catholic family life! Lisa – lisa[dot]cotter[at]focus[dot]org

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  44. Mom2Seven

    Oh, I would love to be entered! Thanks! +JMJ+

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  45. Sue K

    I would love to win! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!!

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  46. Amy

    Thanks for your thoughtfulness!
    amytrksak AT gmail DOT com

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  47. Ana Paula

    Thank you so much for this give away!! I'd love to win any of these amazing gifts!
    God bless you and your beautiful family! You are all an inspiration to our family!

    aplivingston@yahoo.com

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  48. Anonymous

    I would love to win a prize–thank you for your blog!
    kaw384@yahoo.com

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  49. Anonymous

    I like each one of them. However, what I really like most is your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your faith experience with us.
    Mcr226@Yahoo.com

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  50. Mary F

    St. Therese is a favorite of ours, too!

    We're looking into your recommendation of that St. Therese video and were glad to see your planner recommendations of a few days ago. I miss having my TAN calendar that has so many more Catholic dates on it. I look forward to having their 2014 or Michele's planner! ('Sorry to be late to the comments.)

    Thank you for all your beautiful work. Our children have their Papal Lapbook in varying stages of finished, too. Thank God for Zip Lock bags!

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  51. Karla in MN

    OOOOOO…I have the Little Office, but any of the other prizes sound lovely, should I win! Blessings!

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  52. Christine M.

    The journal sounds great to keep track of one thousand gifts or many other uses, and the prayer book also is especially nice. Blessed month of our Lady.
    cqmac@msn.com

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  53. Patty

    Everything is so beautiful and those who win will be truly blessed. God bless you and your beautiful family!

    valdezpatty77@yahoo.com

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  54. Jennifer Elia

    Thank you, Jessica, for another great givewaway. Happy May and an early Happy Mother's Day to you!

    PS That is a beautiful statue!

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  55. Unknown

    I thank you for this post. I love all of them. I immediately went to Amazon and got the Little Divine Office. I couldn't be a day without it. The journal is lovely and I would love winning it. But my favorite is the necklaces, it is difficult to choose.

    Thank you for the youtube link, also. As a convert I do not know many Marian songs. That link has proved a wonderful array of beautiful songs for me to listen to as I read my Bible in the morning with my cup of coffee.

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  56. Anonymous

    Everything is lovely! I bought the Little Flower journal for one of my daughters whose confirmation name is Therese- it is just beautiful! Another daughter loves the color orange, so that necklace really jumped out at me! I may have to get one for her, or maybe I might win it!! God bless you and your beautiful family, Jessica!

    Sherri
    sursumcorda9@verizon.net

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  57. Martine

    Would love to win any one of the gifts – they're absolutely lovely

    catoct96@gmail.com

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  58. momof4

    I love your blog. I have been a reader for may years. I would be grateful to win any of your precious giveaways!
    Happy May! Jennifer in WV
    Jentalk4@gmail.com

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  59. Stacy

    Everything is lovely, I would be pleased to win … any of these items! Blessings to your family.

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  60. Anonymous

    Lovely! Blessings!

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  61. texasgal

    The necklaces are beautiful, where can they be purchased?

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  62. Anonymous

    Your blog is such an inspiration! Any one of these prizes is a wonderful way to start the month of May!
    patgroetsch@yahoo.com

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  63. Clerc-ified

    What lovely items! I especially love the first and fifth options. Thank you for the chance to win, as well as this amazing blog. It always leaves me smiling with new knowledge and ideas on how to further my family's faith.

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  64. Christi

    Awesome! I am a convert so I am always lookign for ways to increase my and my children's devotion to the Blessed Mother! Thanks also for introducing me to that song!

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  65. Christi

    Oh and my e-mail is t_ane at yahoo.com! 🙂

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  66. Krista

    So glad to see all the interest in the give-a-way, Jessica! And it is my pleasure to offer "The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary"! Thank you for providing the opportunity to all your followers!

    God Bless and good luck to all!

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  67. Kim

    Love this! Thank you for such a wonderful way to begin our Mother's month!

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  68. Sarah

    Beautiful gifts. You always find the best treasures! Have a wonderful month of Mary!

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  69. Jessa @ Shalom Sweet Home

    What a great idea! 🙂 Love those beautiful necklaces! Happy May!
    Jessa @ Shalom Sweet Home
    (shalomsweethome at gmail dot com)

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  70. admin

    Thanks for doing a give-away…what fun! :o) Becky (near Portland OR)
    fancyrockfarms (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  71. Matthew M

    Would be great to have such a prayerbook.
    matthew (at) chantcd dot com

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  72. JenniferM

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Wonderful items!

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  73. Marisa

    Beautiful necklaces! I couldn't believe when I saw the one "…pondered these things in Her heart." My beloved cousin quotes that so often, I would really like to win it, and give it to her! Thank you for the chance. God bless you!

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  74. mel

    Great mother's day ideas, all of them! My 11mo loves the video of your little guy on his ride on toy. 🙂 too cute!

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  75. Anonymous

    Beautiful gifts! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    knenay@frontier.com
    God bless!

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  76. Anonymous

    Blessed be Our Heavenly Mother! What great gifts, I'd love to win. toniarolando@msn.com

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  77. Kerry

    I received my St Therese Journal today and I absolutely love it! Thank you so much, Jess, for brightening my day! And thank you for the kind note you included as well.

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