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Baubles. Doodads. Tchotchkes. Trinkets. Whatever you call them, I’ve cleaned them out of my house. I actually completed this challenge 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been devoting my online attention to co-creating our new SEVENS website with my husband. Here it is the last day of February and I’m rushing to get this posted. Sheesh. That’s SO “Niki.”

This was an easy one for me. I have finally grasped the difference between hanging on to good memories and relationships instead of hanging on to the STUFF that accumulates from them. I’ve slowly whittled away at my belongings for the last 5 years, so the knickknacks I had left were pieces that I loved and brought me joy. BUT, the quest towards minimalism has made me a bit ruthless; especially with my Willow Tree collection.

(This is not an actual picture of my collection.)

I couldn’t bring myself to just drop them off at the thrift store, so I chose to gift them to friends and donate the rest to our Speech & Debate team for their fund-raising garage sale. I did the same with my teapot collection a few years ago, and I haven’t missed them at all. My collecting days are behind me and I now own a total of 7 knickknacks.

I hate dusting, so completing  this month’s challenge was a VERY good thing. 2 months down, 10 to go. I’ve got this!

Remember this is MY journey, not me telling you to get rid of all your sentimental ornaments. You probably have your own list of the things you’d like to de-clutter. Go for it! You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.

In the spirit of de-cluttering *ahem* giving , I’d like to offer the chance to win this “Angel of Courage”. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner on Friday, March 4th. Good Luck with the give away and on your own de-cluttering journey!

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Thank you for entering my drawing!

Stop back next week for a chance to win a copy of Boy-sterous Living by Colorado author, Jean Blackmer.

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small headshotJoy. It’s all about J-O-Y with her. I’m talking about my friend Kim Woodhouse. I’ve blogged about meeting her at a writer’s group, asked for prayers on her family’s behalf, celebrated with them when they were chosen by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show, and shared pictures from the “reveal day.” For months, I talked about this amazing family to anyone who would listen, and now I have the honor of telling the world (along with several other bloggers) about her new book!

My anticipation of this book release was great, and I was not disappointed. I was thrilled to read Welcome Home! and learn more than I ever knew about Kim, Jeremy, Josh and Kayla. I cried, laughed, and cried some more. I continue to be impressed with Jeremy’s patience and strength, Kim’s perseverance and joy, Josh’s tender and loyal heart, and Kayla’s sweet spirit and hope. 🙂 I am thankful for the thousands of people who have touched their lives, walked through many trials with them, and encouraged them to never give up.

Kim's Book cover

From the back cover:

Overwhelming trials . . . met with overcoming joy.

Kayla Woodhouse is not your typical twelve-year-old. Due to a rare medical disorder, she feels no pain, doesn’t sweat, and needs protective cooling gear just to go outside. With her restrictive lifestyle; countless hospitalizations, including brain surgery; and the resulting mountain of hospital bills, what’s a family to do?

How the Woodhouse family has faced seemingly impossible challenges is a story that has captured the hearts of America. Millions of people have experienced glimpses of their lives on Discovery’s Mystery ER, The Montel Williams Show, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (recently voted one of the show’s all-time best episodes!).

Now Kayla’s mom, Kimberley, takes readers behind the cameras to reveal their family’s journey as never before told. From medical sleuthing to cross-country moves, from freak fires to battles with insurance companies, Welcome Home proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. This candid life story reveals both success and failure and demonstrates how, even during tough circumstances, to shift your life from heartbreak to extreme joy.

Peek inside the Woodhouse family’s life (and their famous house) with a 16-page photo insert.

I’m going to give you the opportunity to do just that! For a chance to win a signed copy of Welcome Home!, leave a comment at the end of this post. On Monday morning, September 21st, I’ll draw a name using random.org.

This book was the reminder I needed to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). Kim lives by this verse, clings to it, and rejoices in it, and her story is a wonderful example of faith for the rest of us!

kimberleywoodhouse.com has it all! Learn more about the Woodhouse family, check out Kim’s other projects, sign up for her monthly newsletter, invite her to speak, shop her store, leave a note of encouragement, and more!

*Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win Welcome Home!*

It’s available for purchase from Focus on the Family, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Parable Books, and Amazon.

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