Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Mom is “The Giving Tree” & Giveaway UPDATE: CLOSED

This is for you Mom, because I love you.

Dear Mom:
Have you ever read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? It is my all-time favorite children's book. I'm going to mail you a copy because I want you to know that you are my giving tree and I love you. The story is about a little boy (yes, I'm a girl, but work with me here) who is loved by an apple tree. The tree will do anything for the child. "Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy." When the child needs money the tree tells him to sell her apples and so the story goes... "When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. And the tree was happy."

I want you to know I appreciate all the things you have given me (and continue to give). I hope someday that I can give you a fraction of what you have offered me. I know I make you worry. I know I haven't always made the best decisions and choices; but you have always been there for me. As we both get older I miss you more and more. I wish you lived closer and could come over every morning for coffee like you used to do when I lived in New York. I miss those mornings. I wish my boys could spend more time with you and Poppy. They miss you too.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you just how much I love you and I wanted to share it with the world. It isn't Mother's Day. I don't need anything either, so don't worry that I am going to call and ask you for something. I am just thankful you are my mommy and I love you.



Lisa

Although this was a post for you mom, I hope that others will go to http://www.forallthewaysyoucare.com/submit/ and recognize their caregivers as well.

Giveaway:

Because I am in a giving mood as well I am offering 1 lucky follower a copy of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. In order to win you must be a follower of this blog. I want to give back to you. This is required for this giveaway!

For additional entries:

  1. Tell me what is special about your mom/aunt/or other female role-model. (1 entry)
  2. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway --"The Giving Tree Giveaway hosted by @lisasamples of Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1: http://bit.ly/3GmPNE". (1 entry per tweet)
  3. Add me to your favs on Technorati. (1 entry)
  4. Stumble my blog. (1 entry)
  5. Repost this giveaway on your blog. (2 entries)

Please make a comment for each entry including the link of your tweet, blog post, and/or technorati/stumble info. Giveaway ends 2/28 at 9 pm EST. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, BUT COMMENTS ARE STILL VERY WELCOME. I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING YOUR STORIES.

72 comments:

♥georgie♥ said...

I follow...this is one of my FAV books too...and I dont own it

♥georgie♥ said...

I technorati'd you

~Jamie said...

I used to teach kindergarten, and every year when I read this book, I would cry... every single time... I would always warn the kids and they were always so cute when it happened!

It always reminded me of my dad who gave up being a rock and roll man to go to work every day instead when he had his kids. This is one of the best books ever written.

~Jamie said...

I tweeted it!

Bethany and Scott said...

Awesome post. I look forward to many more so I can get to know you I am following your blog. I love that book and I know that my four kids would too:)

Mary Ambrosino said...

Brings tears to a Mothers eye. A fitting tribute to Mothers everywhere...........

Betty said...

http://twitter.com/its_me_betty/status/1199734979

Betty said...

My mom has been an inspiration to me. She took care & raised her brother & sister at the age of 8 and started working to support her family at that age as well. My grandmother became very ill and was bedridden for years. My grandfather was a traveling sales man and my mom took on the responsibility as the older child to take care of the family. She has had a rough life but has never given up and always looks for the positive in everything.

Betty said...

I stumbled your blog. :)

Kathleen said...

Don't count me in this, but I wanted to comment about how much I love this book and how touching your post is. I have a well-worn copy of this, and can't wait to share it with my son.

And I'm giving YOU an award this time! Check it out

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wendy said...

I am now following.

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wendy said...

My mom has always been special to me. She taught me to be able to laugh at myself and nott ake everything so seriously, an invaluable gift in these diffucult times.

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Marissa said...

I am a follower

Marissa said...

Many ladies can't say this one but I admire my mother-in-law :) She gives me hope when I feel I am failing. Also she is the first to help. I can call at anytime and she is there immediately. She is the best person to shop with and the best person to lay around with and talk about absolutely nothing important lol

Nancy said...

This is a fabulous book, and I would love to win a copy. Yes, it makes me cry when I read it aloud to children, too!

Nancy
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Nancy said...

Oops... I forgot to say in the above post that I am a follower.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

My Aunt Sue is one of my female role-models. She is always giving of herself to someone: her children, grandchildren, sister, nieces, her church, and her community. When I think "salt of the earth", I think of my Aunt Sue.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

janetfaye said...

My mom was very kind and loving.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Priya said...

My Mom is the most patient lady I have ever met. My father is an avid smoker even at the age of 69 and the way she handles him and tries all she can to keep him away from smoking is truly praiseworthy. You can imagine how hard it can be at times to keep smokers away from cigarettes but she goes through all the tough times in such calm and composed manner I really think if I can ever have half of the patience that she has. Love you Mom...

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

The story touched my heart.
Too good.
Claps !!!

FaithChick said...

That is so sweet. I am new to the blogging world so I do not know how to do all of what you request but do love love the book. Thanks again for your comment on Blogging Moms. Talk soon.

OilGirl said...

Nice to meet you on Mom Bloggers Club! I am following your blog and would love to win this book for my 2 year old son.
Be Well,Jen

OilGirl said...

Tweeted your giveaway, count me in again! :)

Doré said...

The Giving Tree is my favorite book of all time. I even mentioned it recently in a post. I have a copy, but would love to have a new one for Brayden since mine is extremely worn. Thanks so much.

I follow you

3carnations said...

I loved this book when I was a child, and would love to share it with my son. I am following you in bloglines.

Thanks!

gahome2mom said...

My mom is a strong woman. She raised 3 of us even with the struggle of depression and mental illness. Thanks.

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MJ said...

I have the best Mom. she'll be 84 on the 26th. She has cancer but her spirit and determination are great!

windycindy said...

Hello, I think this books tells such a wonderful truth in life. It makes a wonderful gift and keepsake. My older sister is my best friend and mother figure. She is ten years older than me and we have always had the best time together. We lost our mom 9 years ago and we both help take care of our 90 year old dad. We play, laugh and cry together. Thanks for the lovely contest. Cindi
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Lori A. said...

This is a wonderful book. I don't really have any female role-models in my life. None of my siblings and I were close to my mother (who has passed away) and I am not close to any of my aunt's on either side of my family. I suppose if I had to pick someone it would be my sister-in-law. She is sweet, loving and care-free. I would love to be more like her!

ljatwood at gmail dot com

Lori A. said...

I technorati'd you. :) Is that karate chopping? :)

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4in4 said...

I follow you. :)

4in4 said...

http://twitter.com/analisa_roche/status/1212475361

4in4 said...

Technorati-faved (analisaroche).

Analisa said...

Stumbled (analisa-roche).

The Halton Mom said...

I look up to my Nana quite a bit. She's 75 and she's just choke full of wisdom and humor. I adore her.

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The Halton Mom said...

Followed you on twit but twittered you.

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Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

What an inspirational story! Great giveaway, I am following.

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Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

My mom is very special to me. She was a single mom who worked 3 jobs to raise me and my brother. She has always been there for me and she would do anything for anyone, always putting others before herself. The last few years she has been my rock and I don't know what I would do without her!

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sweetsue said...

My mom is my best friend! She is so special because she never does anything for herself. She is always helping others, and spending what little money she has on everybody else.
smchester at gmail dot com

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I signed up to follow your blog. I loved The Giving Tree as a child, and I'd like to introduce it to my daughters as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

Reva Skie said...

I follow.

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

My mom is really special to me. My siblings and I are a total handful for her but she keeps strong even when she has low blood pressure. She's the one that works long hours and comes home to clean the house and cook. I never really do anything special for her :( so it would be nice to give this book to her as a thank you.

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Liza767 said...

My Mother past away in 1997. She was very loving and caring. She had this box that if you got hurt or if you were feeling down you could reach in and get a present. She took care of all my brothers and sisters (there was 6 of us)and loved us all. She to me was the best roll model for me
liza121870@yahoo.com

Kim said...

My mom passed, but she was (is) special because of how many amazing memories she blessed us with. She was a TOTAL hoot and a sweet momma.

Kim said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted (kgail11)

Plowlady said...

OMG!!! first off, I have to say this...this is my FAVORITE all time book! when we lost everything, this was one of my treasures that is gone too, and i have no way right now to replace it...so, for me, this giveaway means the world to me!! mariannakeough at hotmail.com
OH! and my entry...what is special about my mom? well...way back when..when I was 18, I made my mom cry and I have carried that guilt for a long, long time...when I apologized years later, she had forgiven me a long time ago...do you know how horrible that feels to make your mother cry? well...to know she forgave me really means alot to me and has helped me in the forgiveness dept too.

Plowlady said...

I have you listed in my favs
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mariannakeough at hotmail.com

janil said...

I follow you now! this book looks so amazing!

Thanks for the chance!

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Aik said...

I followed! This book sounds interesting!

aikychien@yahoo.com

Aik said...

My late grandmother was a great person. She works very hard when she was young to earn money to pay for her children's education. She woke up at 3.00 am every morning to tap the rubber trees and continued to do the household chores. She slept only 4 hours a day. And because of her sacrifice, her children manage to become successful in life. She loved me very much when I was a little kid. She bought numerous sweets for me and the result was : a mouthful of decayed teeth.

Even though she's gone now, I will always remember her, for she lives in my heart.

Written by a granddaughter of Madam Soo.

aikychien@yahoo.com

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Sena said...

My mom is special because she took care of all of my 7 brothers and sisters with pure dedication. She always made sure we were well clothed, well fed and well educated. I don't think I could ever do that as well as she did!
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Bunny B said...

Follower :)
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Bunny B said...

My aunt is an awesome person because even with a career, she raised 4 very special boys who are responsible. I would love my kids to grow up like that :P
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Bunny B said...

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Dina said...

My mom is the youngest of several children, and started working and taking care of herself from an early age.

Dina said...

Follow you on twitter (a i t m a m a) and tweeted.

Dina said...

Fav in Technorati (a i t m a m a).

A Psych Mommy said...

Oh, The Giving Tree! I haven't thought of this book in ages--it's one of my childhood favorites! My mom is special because she always encouraged me to follow my heart--if it wasn't for her, I really wouldn't have discovered the world!

Jenn Brockman said...

This book is my all time favorite. I cry just thinking about it.

My own mother is still a caretaker. She lives with me and my children and helps take care of them both. One has autism and the other, ADHD so her help is invaluable.

intensev5 said...

My mom is my role model because she raised me and my sister as a single mother. My dad was killed in a car accident when I was 4 years old and she never remarried. Thanks for the giveaway ---- I would love to win this so I could read it to my children.

Jenn Brockman said...

This is my absolute favorite! I cry just thinking about it.

My mom is still a caretaker/giver. she lives with me and my 2 girls. One has autism and the other, ADHD.

Her help is invaluabe and she is my best friend.

YZgirl4 said...

My mom is the most generous person I know. My parents don't make much, but they always seem to help everyone around them financially and with their time. I am glad she taught me how to be generous and I hope I will be able to teach my girls the same.

Anonymous said...

MY mother was always there for me. She was the Mom who had the homemade cookies after school with the glass of milk. She died in 1988 so I have been without her several years now. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

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