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In the aftermath of such a horribly sad day last Friday, I just couldn’t write about cookbooks.  Like me, you probably find yourself thinking often about the families who are suffering so much.  I pray for them as I go about my day, knowing that there is nothing they can do but press through this deep path of suffering, and hoping they have faith in Jesus, the source of true comfort and hope.

Today, I have a wonderful Sunday Visit for you and a new giveaway for you to check out.

First, I can’t say enough good things about my friend, Ann’s post, Buying for a Less Privileged Child.  Many of us will have a chance to give gifts to children we don’t know, but who would not have much of a Christmas apart from the generosity of strangers.  She writes,

Having worked in child welfare, I’ve learned a few things about giving to children in need.  It’s important to consider some of the challenges multi-stressed families face and how this can play out in an appropriate gift selection.  It’s important to remember that these families often live without many necessities we take for granted, including adequate food and housing.

She goes on to share 20 quick tips on how to choose the best gifts for these children.  Our hearts may be in the right place, but a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in truly blessing a family.

Next I want to point you to Something Ivory, written by my young friend, Kate.  She is the co-author of a beautiful cookbook, Finger Lakes Feast, and is giving away a copy on her blog.  The book is complete with stunning photographs, interesting facts about food in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and of course, delicious recipes.

Kate’s giveaway ends tonight – and she is on the east coast, so don’t delay in entering your name to win this lovely book.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway of Mary Ostyn’s book, Family Feasts for $75 a Week, which will wrap up early this week.

Lastly, Claro Candles is running a special campaign for the victims and families of the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT on 12/14/12. All proceeds from the purchase of this special candle are going directly to emergency support for any healthcare costs, missed work, funeral costs, or any other needs that the families may have. I read on the website that some people are choosing to have the candles they purchase sent directly to Sandy Hook Elementary – Claro Candles will write your message by hand and include it in the package.

Have a lovely Sunday – hold the people you love close.