Monday, April 25, 2011

Celebrating the Easter Season and The Garden of the Good Shepherd Sticker Calendar Giveaway!

I'll be back sometime soon with pictures from our Easter Sunday Celebration, but first I wanted to post a few links and a giveaway!

Since 2008 our family has been celebrating the Easter Season with The Garden of the Good Shepherd.  The first few years we did daily activities corresponding to the symbols and bible readings for each of the 50 days.   You can find all of our old planning posts on this page.

Last year Charlotte and I worked together once again, this time creating a set of plans we named "The Good Shepherd's Garden Party!"   My children really loved this and are looking forward to having our Garden Parties once again this year.

I purchased our copy of The Garden of the Good Shepherd: A Sticker Calendar to Count the Fifty Days of Easter from Amazon (and laminated the stickers, to make it more re-useable), but it looks like it is currently sold out.   It has been selling out frequently over the past couple months, so keep checking and you might be able to find a copy.   It is also available at Liturgy Training Publications and Aquinas and More.

For those that would rather not purchase the calendar, Charlotte illustrated a wonderful printable version to color!

 

Last year a couple of my children asked if they could create their own posters using the printables in addition to our calendar.   I never did get around to posting any pictures last year, but they really loved this addition as well.

by Rascal (2010)

by Twinkle Toes (2010)

We did make a couple additions to the last two Garden Party Plans for this year (adding the Edible Thrones and the Peacock Cupcakes we came up with at the last minute), and you can download the revised documents, in addition to all the other documents, at Scribd:


(Note:  These plans are just our suggestions.  You can customize the plans for your family.  We loved seeing all the variations that were shared last year in the link-ups!)

Also, I DO have an extra calendar set that I would like to giveaway!   Please mention in the comments below if you'd like to be entered into the drawing.  I'll draw a name on Thursday night, so I can get the calendar in the mail on Friday morning when I am in town.   At least the Easter season lasts for 50 days, and you can "catch up" the stickers for the first week or two if you win the calendar!

The First week of Easter's Garden Party Link-up will be posted at Catholic Cuisine on Monday, May 2nd!  Is anyone planning on joining us this year?

UPDATE: Comments are now closed for the giveaway! Thank you everyone for participating!! I will announce the winner soon. :)


Congratulations, Grace!
   
Please email me your address as soon as possible, so I can get it on it's way to you and your family!!

Thank you all for participating.  I had no idea there would be so much interest!  Additional copies of the Sticker Calendar are still available at Amazon.  

Happy Easter!! 

85 comments:

  1. Please enter us into the drawing:) Thank you!

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  2. Oh, please enter me!!

    Thank you so much!

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  3. I've been admiring these plans for a couple of years now and would like to attempt at least some of the fun this year. Please enter me
    beverlykloesel(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
    Thanks, Jessica! Love all your ideas!!!

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  4. You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! I would love to be included in the drawing. Thank you!

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  5. Would love to be entered to win this you have such great ideas. karlak@gmail.com

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  6. Since Amazon's out, please enter me in! Thanks!

    And Easter blessings to you all.

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  7. Hi Jessica :) We will be joining you and Charlotte again this year! I would love to win another sticker book... Thanks!

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  8. Wow! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!! Please enter me in the drawing as well!

    Thanks again,
    Karra
    kebattaglia@gmail.com

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  9. Please enter me in the drawing! Laura Dilanji - gldilanji@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  10. Enter me, too, please, and thank you for the chance!

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  11. I would love to be entered too!!! Thank you!

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  12. This looks like such fun! Please enter me.

    Katie

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  13. Please enter us in the drawing! Thank you for your wonderful blog! We get so much out of reading it!

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  14. Please enter me!

    Thank you for doing this giveaway.

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  15. This would be a blessing for our homeschooling. Thank you.

    Lisa

    jmj@aimhighgroup.com

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  16. Who could pass up such a great giveaway?!?!?!? Not me! Thanks for your generosity and inspiration!

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  17. Thank you, Jessica! We'd love to be entered in the give-away!

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  18. P;ease enter me - thank you!

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  19. I would love to enter into the drawing...thanks for the opportunity.

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! We'd love to use this in our home!

    Easter blessings to you!
    Jenny

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  21. Thank you very much for the give away. We would love to enter the drawing.
    Thanks,
    donnaannmoore@yahoo.com

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  22. I've been reading your blog for over two years now; you are an inspiring Mama. Would love to be entered to win the giveaway! Thanks! Kelly

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  23. Oh I would love to win! Please enter my name in the drawing! Thanks. :)

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  24. I would love a chance to win!
    Thank you :)

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  25. We are joining you this year. We've already begun the sticker additions, but I think making our own posters is a great option for my art minded children.

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  26. Hi Jessica,

    I just came across your blog a month ago and it is amazing! Your family is adorable! How do you do it all (run a house, keep it clean and care for the children)? I have three little boys, 5, 3 and 8 months. And it seems there's barely enough time in the day...


    Would love to be entered in for the calendar.
    God bless you and Happy Easter!

    Katie V.

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  27. Thank you for posting the garden party docs! We did the readings and calendar last year but it will be so fun to do the tea parties this year. The kids will really enjoy it. And the shopping lists will be hugely helpful!! Thanks again.
    Also, I'm glad to hear the laminating worked. I think I'm going to do that this year before our stickers are totally wrecked. Great tips!

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  28. I would love to be entered! Thank you!
    mollymaureen@gmail.com

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  29. Please enter me in your drawing.

    Thanks so much!

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  30. You are too generous! Please count me in!:) God bless you!

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  31. sorry....Nuwer9980@yahoo.com

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  32. Thank you for all your hard work, we'd be lost without you! Please enter us into the drawing, we'd be thrilled to join you and yours for tea! ~Kara
    justonehandful@gmail.com

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  33. Thank you for coming up with some fun ideas to do with our children!! I love love love seeing what all you with your children. I have loved seeing what you do with the girls in person at Little Flowers. My Branch and Blossom so miss doing those fun activities... Maybe I will have to attempt some Garden of the Good Shepherd Teas in our mobile life!! Even Bud would love that! Thanks for a fun give-away! I would be thrilled to win!! {{Miss y'all - Hugs}}

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  34. We bought the Good Shepherd calendar a few weeks ago after reading your blog. We are going to do this. After a Lent that was a "living Lent" by reason of some particular circumstances in our lives, we are looking forward to a small Easter activity to keep us in a spirit of joy. I have just discovered your blog and have enjoyed looking over your recipes and the cuisine site, too. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. Looking forward to planning our first Garden Party. Kids are looking forward to it, too!

    Lauren

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  35. Thanks Jessica- I'd love to be entered. I appreciate your blog very much and have used many of your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a very blessed Easter season,
    Marianne

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  36. You are truly an inspiration and resource for bring our Cahtolic faith alive! Please enter us! Thank you.

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  37. I've been following your blog for a couple months and love it! Your ideas are excellent. I'd love to win a copy of the sticker calendar.

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  38. I've been checking out your blog for a couple of weeks now and am totally loving it. You're a great inspiration. Please enter me in your drawing! Thanks!

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  39. I love reading your blog and I would love to be entered into the drawing! God bless.

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  40. What a generous offer....please enter me!

    Thanks! :-)

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  41. I would love to win this! Happy Easter!

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  42. I would love to win this! Happy Easter!

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  43. Thanks as always for your wonderful ideas, Jessica. My girls would love the calendar. Please enter us. Thanks so much for all you do to bless us all.

    Lara in Canada

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  44. Oh wow! Great ideas...please enter me into the drawing! Thanks!

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  45. Hello I would like to be entered in the give away contest. Thanks
    Heather K

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  46. Please enter me into the drawing. God bless!!!

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  47. Jessica....Keep blessing us with your blog, been a follower for at least 2 years.

    Enter me
    Nancy

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  48. I would love to be entered.
    Thank you!

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  49. Please enter me in the drawing :)
    I love all the magical things you do!
    You are an inspiration!

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  50. Hi Jessica,
    I would love to be entered...thanks for such a great giveaway :)

    Thanks Jessica,
    Janel in NJ
    ccd4thgrade@yahoo.com

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  51. Please enter us in the drawing.Thank you,Crystal

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  52. Oh yes, we would love to be entered too. Thanks so much for sharing your plans with us!

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  53. I would love to win this. I have had my eye on these for a couple of years, now, but somehow it never seems to make it into the budget :)

    I love your blog, and all your great ideas. You are so encouraging. I hope I can get up the courage to start a Little Flowers group at my parish. I'm going to have some questions for you soon!

    Good luck to all the entries in this giveaway and a pre-Congratulations to the winner!

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  54. Hello!! I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thank you for sharing this to us.

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  55. Please enter me in the drawing! Thank you! :D

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  56. I would be so grateful to be entered in the drawing. Tomie de Paola is my favorite!! Thank you so much

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  57. We'd love to be entered - I've been trying to get one on Amazon for the longest time - it seems they are always sold out.

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  58. Please enter me, Ms. Jessica! I can't wait to celebrate the full 50 days! :) I've seen your's and Ms. Charlotte's posts about it - I've been wanting to try it with our family!

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  59. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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  60. I would like to be entered in the drawing! Thank you so much for all you do, your ideas are such blessings.

    Jenn

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  61. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease add me in for the drawing! :) THanks and God bless you all. Happy Easter! :)
    GOd bless,
    Mary @CHeerios

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  62. Please enter me in your drawing as well. Love Tomie DePaola's work.

    reedfamilypa@yahoo.com

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  63. My littlest just got Tomie de Paola's Book of Bible Stories in his Easter Basket - we would love this calendar, too!

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  64. We would also like to be entered into your drawing, love your blog!!!

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  65. Please enter me in the drawing. My girls would love this!

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  66. We would love to be entered to win this! I have been following the garden parties looks like so much fun.

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  67. Please enter me in the drawing!!!
    Thank you!!!

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  68. Please enter me! The kids would love this!

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  69. I am a big fan of your blog. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks, Kelly (Catholic homeschooling mommy of 4).

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  70. Please enter us in the giveaway. Thanks!

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  71. I'd love a copy, Jessica! Please enter me!

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  72. Please enter me in the giveaway as well. Thanks so very much.

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  73. Please enter me in the drawing. I've wanted this lovely calendar for so long but the budget is a bit tight right now. It is so kind of you to share! Thank you for all the great ideas you share on your blog. Wish I could do them all!

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  74. Please enter me too!
    Mom7_06@yahoo.com

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  75. Would LOVE to use Tomie's book to countdown to Pentecost :) :) with all of our daughters :)
    Please enter us!
    Thanks, Elizabeth

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  76. Please enter us! What a fun way to celebrate Easter!
    Mary
    marykora@yahoo.com

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  77. Thanks so much for all your great ideas in celebrating Eastertide! Please enter me in your drawing and God Bless you!

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  78. Please include my family in the drawing. I just love your blog and seeing all the beautiful ways to enrich our domestic church.

    Many Blessings!

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  79. Oh yes! I'd love to be in the drawing!!

    God Bless!

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