The Balm Contest for November: “What are You Truly Thankful For?”

November 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm 5 comments

Today is the last day to enter The Balm‘s Contest for November:

“What Are You Truly Thankful For?”

Marissa Shipman (The Balm’s Founder and CEO) and Carly agreed to sponsor the November contest. I have mentioned their cosmetic products before, such as my favorite concealer timeBalm anti-aging concealer. Their Plump your Pucker lip gloss is one of the best lip glosses/plumpers on the market. The Balm wants to award this month’s winner with some of their fabulous cosmetics.

When I think of gratitude, I cannot help but compare my life with the life of those that have lived before me. In this picture of the “The Gleaners,” by Millet, I am reminded of the hard work and preparation that had to take place before the harvest. This harvest was such an integral and essential part of life. It still is, but we are far removed from the harvesting process anymore. Harvest time has taken on an entirely new meaning: racing here, buying this, decorating with seasonal trinkets, raking leaves, thinking about weather or not the furnace will last through the winter… It is for this reason I was so pleased by the entries of this month’s “Truly Thankful” contest.I was incredibly touched and reminded of the simple gifts that we all are privileged to have, particularly our freedom to express those ideas.

Take a moment to read the entries from the the Truly Thankfulcontest post.

Real World Martha:

Hi Jen, I would like to share how thankful I am for the freedom of religion. I am so thankful someone doesn’t tell me i can’t or here’s how. I can go to my place of worship and don’t have the threat of being killed.Debbie aka The Real World Martha 🙂

Mo Mommy:

(This is long and kind of sappy, bear with me)This was such a lovely topic because it really got me thinking. I mean, I’m thankful for a place to live and for food and for that great Other Mothers where I can buy my kids nice clothes without going broke :), but what is the ONE thing I’m most thankful for? It really gave me some thought…So I decided, it’s people. I have had the opportunity so many times to be on the receiving end of enormous acts of charity and love from truly generous and wonderful people. It may not make everything better, but it sure helps the way I deal with things. I’m married to a person who would do anything I asked of him, and who gave me the three most important persons I know, my kids. I have friends who put down whatever they are doing when they are needed, and who risk baring their soft underbellies to truly connect with others. Friends who have been hurt by the world or by other people but who still believe in the power of love. I have met men and women who take what life hands them and just keep going, people who have taught me so much about what being a wife, especially a military wife, means. I have seen beautiful tender moments from afar, and I have seen them up close as well. I am so thankful for the people who looked beyond my appearance and helped me in my long journey to Christ and the temple. Honestly, what is this world without other people? I couldn’t be more blessed than to be surrounded by the people I am, they make it all worth it.

Cat Jackson:

I feel thankful for a lot of things (family, friends, husband, health, etc.), but I think the BIGGEST thing I’m thankful for is my life.I’m thankful that I’ve been able to experience this planet for the many years I’ve been given, and that I (hopefully) still have many more years left to continue experiencing it.I’m thankful that I’ve been given the ability to wake up each morning and choose how I’m going to live my day, and I’m thankful that I’ve been given the strength and peace of mind to really ENJOY my days.Woo! Yay life!

Jeannine J9:

I am so thankful for my friends and family, and the ability to truly appreciate them and all the blessings that life offers, especially the simple gifts that surround us. I am grateful for the ability to dance and love life, to serve and have purpose, to hope, to have choices, and to dream beyond the known and believe those dreams can come true.Thank you for reminding me of all that I have to be thankful for. Here is a poem that reminds me of the spirit of Thanksgiving:A Potted Plant-Hafiz (Translated by Daniel Ladinsky)I pull a sun from my coin purse each day.And at night I let my pet the moonRun freely into the sky meadow.If I whistled,She would turn her head and look at me.If I then waved my arms,She would come back wagging a marvelous tailOf stars.There are always a few men like meIn this worldWho are house-sitting for God.We share His royal duties:I water each day a favorite potted plantOf His–This earth.Ask the Friend for love.Ask Him again.For I have learned that every heart will getWhat it prays forMost.


I have many things to be thankful for: family, health, friends, food….but I am most thankful for the opportunities and chances I receive everyday that I wake up. Every moment I’m given is another chance to fulfill my dreams, to make life better, not just for me, but for others. Sure, sometimes I lose sight of that because life isn’t always easy. But then I watch the news, or read an article about the horrible atrocities others are living through, and I’m quickly reminded of just how lucky I really am.Thanks for the giveaway!

Elaine Rosser:
I have been blessed by God for the love of my husband and 2 beautiful children!

angelaandconnor at gmail.comLately Im thankful for a lot. My dad’s health (or that is no more new problems), and that he is still here with me. My son (who the doctors told me would never happen). My scholarship. And I know this one is selfish.. but I am SO thankful that my car is still running!!

Jynell:I’m thankful for my children and that I was blessed enough to be able to have 3 perfect pregnancies and 3 beautiful & HEALTHY children.

Engelflugen:  I’m thankful that i got the chance to make a new life for myself in Germany and that I got out of my homeland right when i needed too- spiritually, personally and politically…. i’m also thankful for my newfound relationship with my mom, “accidentally” meeting the love of my life and my great new job. i am also thankful that most everybody in germany can speak english!!! happy thanksgiving jen + family!!!

Cecilia:I am thankful for my wonderful family. A husband that has been my best friend for how many years? Hold on… Ah yes 23 years! And a daughter that has never been an ounce of trouble. Oh and I can’t forget my 4 pets that listen well, and don’t have accidents in my house.
I am happy for the wonderful (now) husband that I found in Iraq!!!  He’s my everything. I am also thankful for my grown children, and that they are all healthy adults!

Thank you so much for entering, and many thanks to The Balm for sponsoring this contest!  The winner will be selected by a random drawing tomorrow at my In-laws home on Thanksgiving Day, and will announce the winner that evening after I get the kids to bed!The deadline for this contest is today, November 21st, 2007.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. engelfluglen  |  November 21, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I’m thankful that i got the chance to make a new life for myself in Germany and that I got out of my homeland right when i needed too- spiritually, personally and politically…. i’m also thankful for my newfound relationship with my mom, “accidentally”meeting the love of my life and my great new job. i am also thankful that most everybody in germany can speak english!!! happy thanksgiving jen + family!!!

  • 2. jen38  |  November 21, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks so much, I loved your comments. Yeah for rekindling a relationship with your Mom and starting one up with someone special!

    Happy Thanksgiving My Ethical Friend, you are so wonderful! Good luck on the drawing! xo Jen

  • 3. jen38  |  November 22, 2007 at 9:16 am

    This is a test to see if I calculated my time zone correctly. I think I was off 7 hours, no wonder Marcia got confused!

  • 4. jen38  |  November 22, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    That wasn’t right either, how about this?

  • 5. jen38  |  November 22, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Yeah, I can count!


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