Grab Bag Giveaway

Grab Bag Giveaway

To enter the grab bag giveaway, please leave a comment telling me of an unexpected treasure in your own life!  Winners will be drawn using and notified via email! Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Open internationally! Void where prohibited. This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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  1. Hayley Gudgin
    on Jun 19th at 3:03 pm

    oh it’s like a virtual bran tub!!

  2. Paula Shreckhise
    on Jun 19th at 3:06 pm

    We had two unexpected treasures. After ten years since our second son was born we were pleasantly surprised with a daughter. Then six years after Rachel arrived, we welcomed Philip! So our kids were 19 years between oldest and youngest!

  3. Megan S
    on Jun 19th at 3:09 pm

    An unexpected treasure would be the new house my husband and I just bought. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Connie Fischer
    on Jun 19th at 3:09 pm

    My unexpected treasure came when my husband and I retired and moved to Florida nearly 20 years ago. We rented next door to a house where a young woman was also renting. She had just moved to Florida on her own to teach school. We became very close and today, she is the daughter we never had. We love her dearly and are thrilled to have become her Florida Mom and Dad and grandparents to her children. Just when you least expect, life brings you wonderful treasures.

    I would be thrilled to be your winner. I have read others of your books and as an avid readers and reviewer, I am eagerly looking forward your new book. Thanks so much for the chance.

  5. Carrie @ Reading Is My SuperPower
    on Jun 19th at 3:10 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my life has been all the friendships I’ve developed with authors and other readers since I started blogging 🙂

    • Cheryl Baranski
      on Jun 22nd at 6:19 pm

      That’s so sweet Carrie.

  6. Rachel Bartlett
    on Jun 19th at 3:12 pm

    Hi Sandra! I just graduated college in May with a BA in English with Secondary Education Certification. I had this idea that I would be hired right away, and I could enjoy a relaxing summer before beginning full-time work teaching in the fall. However, an unexpected treasure in my life is that I wasn’t hired. This may sound weird, but I believe God has been teaching me so much about being content and patient in this season of job interviews and rejections. I’m waiting on His timing and trying to discover His will, but I know He is good in all things. I have grown closer to Him in this season, and that is definitely an unexpected treasure!

  7. Cindy Smith
    on Jun 19th at 3:12 pm

    Meeting someone in an online writers group and finding a life-long friend when you meet in person.

  8. Jackie
    on Jun 19th at 3:13 pm

    A wonderful husband and two great children.

  9. Ashley Flint
    on Jun 19th at 3:13 pm

    My kids are my unexpected treasures. 😊

  10. Jackie Wisherd
    on Jun 19th at 3:15 pm

    Something that I treasure is my grandmother’s ruby ring. Since my sister and my cousin did not want it I feel like I was meant to have it. I wear it proudly every so often.

  11. Angela R.
    on Jun 19th at 3:17 pm

    When my husband brought home this little dog, I wasn’t too thrilled about it but she quickly wormed her way into my heart. Now she’s spoiled rotten and brings us both so much joy. 🙂

  12. Michele
    on Jun 19th at 3:18 pm

    We moved to this house in 2012. It’s been an unexpected blessing that my next door neighbor would become one of my dearest friends!

  13. Nancy Collins
    on Jun 19th at 3:18 pm

    My husband and I bought our first home late in life after we already had grandkids.
    I live in Denver, Co and we have some bad weather in the winter. We closed on new home in Dec,
    It was a fixer upper and as we both had full time jobs, very long days and nights began for weeks
    to get house ready to move in. We did the week of Christmas.
    I love flowers and plants and couldn’t wait to start planting, as spring come I was surprised
    when the snow covered yard reviled a treasure of plants left over from other owners,
    Most needed lots of TLC which they got, now my yard is full of flowers and plants and pretties on the block with my 55 roses…

  14. Marsha Johnson
    on Jun 19th at 3:19 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my friend Tiffany. She and her family moved into our neighborhood a year ago, and since then she has been an encouragement and challenge to me. In fact, her entire family has knit together with mine. God knew we needed them, for sure! Thanks for the opportunity to win such fabulous grab bags!

  15. Bonnie Thompson
    on Jun 19th at 3:20 pm

    An unexpected treasure is my husband’s life. He could have died 10 years ago from an Aortic Dissection but thankful through many praying individuals and great medical care his life has been spared. We are hoping for many more years as well.

  16. Lisa
    on Jun 19th at 3:22 pm

    I never won anything until a couple of years ago! Now I’ve won a couple of books! It’s so fun to win ! Even if it’s something small it brings a smile to my face!!

  17. gael Grissett
    on Jun 19th at 3:22 pm

    signet ring from my sister

  18. Alana Jara
    on Jun 19th at 3:23 pm

    I love your books! Crossing my fingers

  19. Lori Weller
    on Jun 19th at 3:26 pm

    My children are my greatest treasure. I had them later in life so I appreciate them every day. My youngest one is soon to be engaged( the first of my 3). It is so exciting to see the different changes in life they go through.

  20. Jackie
    on Jun 19th at 3:26 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my life is the joy my daisies that are blooming have brought.

  21. Dana Michael
    on Jun 19th at 3:29 pm

    My grandmother gave me her china. I was thrilled! I have it proudly displayed in my dining room. She worked hard for that set.

  22. Mary Beth Johnston
    on Jun 19th at 3:31 pm

    My grandmother passed away almost 5 years ago. I have a tea cup broach that she loved and always wore when we travelled anywhere. It means so much to me. More than I ever thought it would since I don’t like tea but it reminds me of her!

  23. Trisha Robertson
    on Jun 19th at 3:35 pm

    I too remember a store that had the paper grab bags with unknown treasures. I can’t recall what store it was, but I do remember the bags!
    My unexpected treasure would be my son! We weren’t trying to start our family, but it happened and we were thrilled with our unexpected treasure!!

  24. Melissa Alexander
    on Jun 19th at 3:35 pm

    Unexpected treasure is a note or letter in the mail from someone I haven’t seen or talked to in a while. Always a JOY to hear from old friends just out of the blue!! Makes ones day!

  25. Stephanie H.
    on Jun 19th at 3:39 pm

    The only unexpected treasure that I can think of is when my family and I adopted a kitten 3 years ago. He has been a great companion for us all and he loves to be around people all the time. It’s always fun to buy and enjoy grab bags because you never know what to expect. I love grab bags and I hope to win one!

  26. Brandi Phelps
    on Jun 19th at 3:39 pm

    While taking my daughter to swim lessons, I met another mom who became a good friend and introduced me to homeschool moms’ group. Our daughters are also very good friends.

  27. Maria Mast
    on Jun 19th at 3:42 pm

    Our surprise treasure was my two-year old who came along 8 years after the last one and after we had said we were done! 😉

  28. Amanda Henry
    on Jun 19th at 3:43 pm

    God has given so many unexpected treasures! But recently I was given a gift to visit London! A place I’ve always wanted to go but would never have finances to do so. But God put it on someone’s heart and I was able to go for a week! God is good and faithful!

  29. Sharon Sparks
    on Jun 19th at 3:43 pm

    Sandra, thank you for sharing the Chocolate Covered Cherry Dump Cake recipe. It sounds SO delicious — and easy too! Can’t wait to make it.

  30. Anna Sue Gaukel
    on Jun 19th at 3:43 pm

    I found an old coin purse in my mother’s things after she passed. I opened it up and it was filled with coins from around the world. I could tell they were coins from the places my father went as a sailor during WWII! That truly was a treasure to find hold those old coins in my hand!

  31. Vickie Carr
    on Jun 19th at 3:45 pm

    My unexpected treasures are my two children – now grown adults. The reason being, I was told many years ago I would not be able to have children. This from a well renowned fertility specialist. Fast forward two years and I am pregnant with my first child. I thought I had just gotten lucky, but two years after, another baby on the way. Two unexpected treasures!

  32. vanessa
    on Jun 19th at 3:45 pm

    An unexpected treasure for me, in hindsight, was being let go from my job. My Grandmother became ill and needed someone to stay with her. I was the only one in our large family that now had the time/ability, or opportunity as I now see it was, to do so. I was able to learn so much about her, my Grandpa, and their life together. It was amazing and I would go through all the hurt, anger, and sadness all over again if I could spend time with her like this again. She passed less than a year later.

  33. Kay Garrett
    on Jun 19th at 3:45 pm

    My husband and I moved to our dream destination in the Ozark Mountains last year. In preparation for the downsizing move, I was going through all the stuff and paperwork that had been handed down to me through the passing of my grandparents and parent. The last of which was my Mom having gone to her heavenly home two years prior.

    Among all the old papers, I found the newspaper article with my great grandmother’s obituary telling that she that she had been born and raised in the Ozarks and in particular not but a few miles from where we bought property and built our home. I never knew any of this or was too young to grasp it if ever told.

    Having been given detailed information on the property from research done by previous owner, we found out that the original owner was the same age as my great grandmother. It’s very interesting to me to think of the farmers of olden days going to town on Saturday that my relative and the original property own greeting each other or knowing each other as friends. It’s feels like I’m going back to my roots when we moved here.

    I treasure things like that little slip of paper and things that link me to my past more than worldly treasures.

  34. Laura Ellis
    on Jun 19th at 3:46 pm

    My two nieces have been an unexpected treasure. I don’t have children of my own and never knew how much I could love until they came along.

  35. Karen Jones
    on Jun 19th at 3:47 pm

    My unexpected treasure is our grandson who was adopted 14 years ago at the age of 3 weeks. What a treasure he is!!!

  36. Pat Moore
    on Jun 19th at 3:52 pm

    Seeing your items from England brings wonderful memories of my grandmother. She immigrated from England in 1898 through Ellis Island. I grew up with a love for English history & things from England. The only fiction I’m not completely into is Regency, King Henry VIII era, the 20’s-30’s era. I think I must have read too many books about those eras growing up. Regency books all started to sound alike – the same background characters, the same soiree’s,etc

  37. peggy carucci
    on Jun 19th at 3:53 pm

    when our daughter, Jennifer informed us of a new grandchild; it was an unexpected surprise. Nicholas is now 7yrs old and is truly a joy!!!!!

  38. Deborah O'Carroll
    on Jun 19th at 3:55 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my life… all the stories I’m writing. 🙂

  39. Sharon Brewer
    on Jun 19th at 4:00 pm

    My mother recently passed away and I had kept all the cards she had given me. It was a treasure to go back and read all the notes and letters she had written me.

  40. Patti Jo Moore
    on Jun 19th at 4:03 pm

    Hi Sandra! This may not seem like a treasure to some folks, but I absolutely LOVE seeing a plant that I’d given up on unexpectedly “bounce back” to life! Recently one of my African Violets had become quite pathetic-looking, and I was about ready to toss it (reluctantly). One day I peered closer and there was a teeny-tiny bud! 🙂 Soon there were more, and that once-pitiful plant ended up being full of gorgeous, deep purple blooms. That was a true treasure for this plant-lover! Blessings, Patti Jo

  41. Susan J. Roach
    on Jun 19th at 4:03 pm

    Our youngest son, Andrew is my most unexpected treasure! Nearly eight years after his brother… he’s 24 today, and still my unexpected treasure!❤️😊

  42. Laurie Iglesias
    on Jun 19th at 4:04 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my own life has been the knowledge and wisdom I’ve attained from mature friends, relatives and acquaintances.

    on Jun 19th at 4:05 pm

    My dad died when i was 2, none can take his place. But i have a Chief who has been apart of my life since i was 14. I love him like a father. He was my JROTC instructor and believed in me. He is my unexpected treasure in my life, beside my husband and children, he is the only one i have celebrated father’s day with.

  44. Christine Marshall
    on Jun 19th at 4:06 pm

    By favourite unexpected treasure was a small find from an antique store a few years back. It is a tiny broach that has a pansy needlepointed inside it! It is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever found 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to receive another unexpected treasure…they are few and far between these days.

  45. Kim
    on Jun 19th at 4:16 pm

    I love your books Sandra! I have had many unexpected treasures in my life, but my most recent is and old Pyrex butter dish that was used by my grandma. It reminds me of her and my childhood.

  46. Jennifer K
    on Jun 19th at 4:20 pm

    My church librarian became an unexpected friend.

  47. Crystal Ferry
    on Jun 19th at 4:29 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my life is a seashell that was hidden in the bushes of my husband’s first house. We dug it out and cleaned it up and now it lives on my bookshelf.

  48. Charisse Lewis
    on Jun 19th at 4:32 pm

    My unexpected treasures name is Milo, he’s my Rhodesian Ridgeback… I didn’t get to get him as a puppy as my DH said no puppy….a little over a year later his breeder got him back due to unforeseen circumstances….this time around he wasn’t a little puppy and he’s been with us now over a year… he will be my last dog and I don’t know what I’d do without him 💕💕💕

  49. Nicole Laverdure
    on Jun 19th at 4:33 pm

    My 1st granddaughter Sabrina was my unexpected treasure! She brings me so much joy!
    I love the cover of your book!

  50. Valerie Lee
    on Jun 19th at 4:34 pm

    The treasure I have discovered lately is my husband. Sometimes the best God has for you is right there, day after beautiful day.

    on Jun 19th at 4:45 pm

    I found a collectors plate of Anne Boleyn. I love it and look at it every day.

  52. Sandy Arnold
    on Jun 19th at 4:48 pm

    My unexpected treasures are my 2 1/2 yr old fraternal twin grandsons! Love them to pieces…gifts from God.

  53. Carrie Turansky
    on Jun 19th at 4:49 pm

    Hi Sandra, what a fun idea! You have a great collection you are offering reading friends! I am looking forward to reading Lady of a Thousand Treasures!

  54. Mary Lou Kleveland
    on Jun 19th at 4:50 pm

    What a fun giveaway!

  55. Robin in NC
    on Jun 19th at 4:54 pm

    Our rescue cat, Charlie is an unexpected treasure in out life. He makes us laugh on a daily basis with his shenanigans! Thanks for the chance to win!

  56. Margaret Nelson
    on Jun 19th at 4:58 pm

    When my sister died 9 years ago, her daughters only wanted 2 of her 3 cats. We took the 3rd one just so she wouldn’t get put to sleep. Blue turned out to be a very affectionate cat who just didn’t like living with other cats (and a dog), and cuddles behind my knees every night!

  57. Linda Palmer
    on Jun 19th at 5:05 pm

    My unexpected treasures in my life are first my youngest daughter and then my husband. My daughter was not planned, but has given me joy every day. My husband was/is God’s gift to me, when I had written off men due to bad experiences. And it’s almost 25 years of marriage this summer.

  58. Monica Kay Albright
    on Jun 19th at 5:12 pm

    Every moment that I’ve had teaching, whether at Sunday school or elementary school or even high school study hall, has been an unexpected treasure as I watch the students grow through the year.

  59. Julia Sands
    on Jun 19th at 5:12 pm

    My unexpected treasures are things from my Mama that have become priceless since her passing: her pearls, her handwriting, her prayer journals.

  60. CordiallyBarbara
    on Jun 19th at 5:13 pm

    An unexpected treasure? That’s a tough one. Because I can go as simple as a bottle of bubbles or as deep as the gift of grief….these can be unexpected treasures, I think. They offers gifts, such as children coming to play because you started blowing bubbles, and for grief, the gift of knowing how words don’t help but hugs do. Maybe I’m thinking too hard today.

  61. Penny
    on Jun 19th at 5:18 pm

    My treasure… is it okay to say my treasure was a person? God had indeed blessed me with many treasures in the form of people, but Cindy was the Pastor’s wife at my church growing up. She and her husband came to our church when I was about 11 yrs old. She was in essence a pastor too as she helped shepherd the flock of that church. I remember as I was learning more about God we sat on her porch until about 3am one morning as she patiently answered my questions. Cindy has since graduated to Heaven, but she was such an unexpected treasure in my life.

  62. Debbie
    on Jun 19th at 5:23 pm

    Congrats on your new book, the treasure bags are a nice and fun idea.

  63. Karen
    on Jun 19th at 5:25 pm

    My mother gave me a gorgeous lavender mug that says “Kitchens are for dancing.” I absolutely love it, and it was such an unexpected, just-because gift!

  64. Gail Hollingsworth
    on Jun 19th at 5:36 pm

    Sentimental but when my mother passed away this past Thanksgiving Day I inherited her wedding and engagement rings and the ring my daddy made her.

  65. Cheryl Olson
    on Jun 19th at 5:42 pm

    My unexpected treasure in my life has to be my youngest daughter Bethany. She wasn’t a planned member of our family and having 3 daughters already , I was a bit overwhelmed when she was born but she is the grand finale of my “little women” and my family was definitely not complete without her! She is without a doubt my biggest unexpected treasure.

  66. Leanne
    on Jun 19th at 5:45 pm

    Reading swag! How fun!

  67. Lucy Reynolds
    on Jun 19th at 5:52 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my dear husband that found me after I had left an abusive marriage.

  68. Andrea Stoeckel
    on Jun 19th at 5:52 pm

    A quickie trip to NYC thanks to spouse’s hard work with paratransit crossover recognition. My spouse is my unexpected treasure

  69. Linda Farabaugh
    on Jun 19th at 5:55 pm

    My kids are my treasure. I had them later in life. So they were unexpected. But I do treasure them. Winning this grab bag, would be an unexpected treasure too. But a welcome one.

  70. Joye I
    on Jun 19th at 6:01 pm

    Life is my unexpected treasure!
    I get up every day, put a smile on my face, and get busy doing things I enjoy. I love family and friends and interacting with them.
    I discover many treasures in the books I read.

  71. Kristen Willis
    on Jun 19th at 6:02 pm

    I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a few weeks after being married at 22. My unexpected gift is that my husband was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about 13 years later, when he was 37! (He likes to say he got it from making out with me, which is a great party joke but medically impossible). The reason this is an unexpected gift is that although I would never wish for anyone to have it, it has transformed our relationship – he now has greater empathy and understanding, and we can also share supplies, so there’s that. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest!

  72. Debbie Clatterbuck
    on Jun 19th at 6:04 pm

    While both my girls are treasures to me, my oldest was the unexpected one. I was sure I was never going to have any kids until suddenly I was pregnant. Of course I had help, but she was an unexpected treasure. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and good luck everyone.

  73. Angela thompson
    on Jun 19th at 6:07 pm

    Years ago my father in law was trying to sell an old picture in his garage sale and it did not sell. I asked for it since it looked old. I found out later from his sister it was an old oval picture of his uncle in 1898, when boys wore dresses . I have it on a wall at home along with a family reunion picture taken in 1928. I considered that a treasure

  74. Diana Lynn Montgomery
    on Jun 19th at 6:09 pm

    My husband! God gave me a wonderful man who cherishes me. He treats me like a lady. He respects me. He is honest and loyal. Celebrating 40 wonderful years of marriage. I say God gave me my greatest treasure

  75. Sylvia Stewart
    on Jun 19th at 6:21 pm

    I found an unexpected treasure through Facebook. I noticed that a new friend–one I’d never met–had bought a new teacup. It was the Silver Birches pattern by Royal Albert. I love pretty cups, and hers matched a demitasse cup I had in my cupboard. Since we are slowly downsizing, I offered to send it to her. When I went to pack it up, I discovered I also has a bread plate in the same pattern, so I sent her that, too. What a joy to give delight to someone else! Since then, we’ve become fast FB friends. Although we’ve never met, we feel like close friends, and do a lot of chatting about tea and tea parties.

  76. Nancy Griggs
    on Jun 19th at 6:24 pm

    An unexpected treasure is when a friend shows up at my door?

  77. Megan Potter
    on Jun 19th at 6:35 pm

    Unexpected Treasure- Several years ago I met someone at our church, she left after about a year and we stopped talking. Not long ago we reconnected and I found a treasure in her as we became Best Friends! Different kind of treasure but still 🙂

  78. Heather Garey
    on Jun 19th at 6:37 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my adopted daughter. After having 3 boys, she brings unexpected but welcome treasures to my life every day. Just finished reading Mists of Midnight for the second time 😄

  79. Bonnie
    on Jun 19th at 6:42 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my grandson, Barrett! I wasn’t sure if I would get to be a grandmother, and almost two years ago he was born! I thank God for him every day.

  80. PATTI
    on Jun 19th at 6:43 pm

    Unexpected treasures: Finding pictures, interesting genealogy finds, etc. on my family lineage!!!! It is never ending!!!!
    Thank you 🙂

  81. Vickie Craft
    on Jun 19th at 6:48 pm

    I’m 63 years old and I’m still waiting for my unexpected surprise. I know that one day it will come. I haven’t given up hope.

  82. Lisa
    on Jun 19th at 6:55 pm

    I recently had major surgery and have been laid up for several weeks. We had attended a church for 39 years and they had become our family. A few months before my surgery, we had started attending a local church, becoming the new kids on the block. I have been so blessed by the meals sent over, the offers to do housework, the prayers, the love shown us by people who don’t really know us very well. God has again surprised us with His love!

  83. Nancy Gallagher
    on Jun 19th at 7:05 pm

    One of the many treasures in my life is the small public library only a short walk through the woods from my house. I was able to work there for 26 years and still get to enjoy it in retirement.

  84. Kailey Bechtel
    on Jun 19th at 7:08 pm

    My unexpected treasure was my best friend from high school. Her family took me in and loved me like their own when I needed someone

    on Jun 19th at 7:21 pm

    Our unexpected treasure is our miracle grandson! My daughter in law has a rare blood clotting condition and they told her she would never be able to have children, but she surprised her doctors. It was a hard pregnancy for her, but our 6 year old grandson is absolutely perfect!

  86. Lori
    on Jun 19th at 7:21 pm

    Reading the comments here has been an unexpected treasure today. This is precious! Another is finding out last September that I have a great man of church history as a 16th generation grand-father. I am so overjoyed and still find it hard to believe.

  87. Elizabeth
    on Jun 19th at 7:27 pm

    I love finding other people’s book marks in library books! Its like getting a little introduction to the person who loved the book before you!

  88. MJSH
    on Jun 19th at 7:34 pm

    The best unexpected surprise was our fourth child. We thought we were complete with a family of five, but God had other plans! None of us can imagine our lives without her now.

  89. Joan Arning
    on Jun 19th at 7:48 pm

    I have a friend who was an acquaintance/casual friend for several years but in the last year we have become close friends. She is an unexpected treasure!

  90. Katie Andersen
    on Jun 19th at 7:54 pm

    My children are my unexpected treasures! It may sound cliche, but it is true!

  91. Anne
    on Jun 19th at 7:54 pm

    My unexpected treasures are my 4 beautiful grandchildren who give me joy and are pleasure everyday.

  92. Pam Morrisson
    on Jun 19th at 7:56 pm

    My unexpected treasure is not exactly tangible but such a blessing to me. I was diagnosed with macular degeneration last year & recently had my first eye injection. Not a fun experience. After some research I was fully prepare to expect injections once a month for the rest of my life. I have been to 2 more appointments since and instead of injections, was told they were seeing improvement. From what I’ve read, that is not the norm. So thankful for everyone who prays for me and for CBD oil which may actually be my unexpected treasure.

  93. Diane Estrella
    on Jun 19th at 7:57 pm

    Celebrating my daughter’s graduation with no family drama. That was an unexpected treasure!

  94. Debra
    on Jun 19th at 8:00 pm

    My unexpected treasure was a gold necklace from my aunt “Doogie”. That was her nickname, and it fit her perfectly. She left wonderful memories for us to treasure also.

  95. jean c.
    on Jun 19th at 8:05 pm

    Learning more about God’s power, love, and faithfulness in “uncomfortable”

  96. Ann Robertson
    on Jun 19th at 8:12 pm

    So many treasures—big and small–when our lives are intertwined in the Lord’s leading. One that stands out–Being able to adopt my son Matthew and how this adventure developed my faith, giving me a baby I couldn’t have given myself. Matt’s life is a treasure to me and so many others.

  97. Kirsten McElroy
    on Jun 19th at 8:12 pm

    My “bestie” Tammy is my true treasure. We grew up in the same small town in MI, but we were simply acquaintances. Flash forward 30 years, we reconnected on FB and quickly became friends. Now, a few years later, we talk every day and text each other constantly! I don’t know what I’d do without hearing her laugh each day!

  98. Barb Salzer
    on Jun 19th at 8:13 pm

    Until my sister was born after living with three brothers, I think I had resigned myself to having only brothers. Even though she is 11-12 years younger, she is a true treasure to me.

  99. Winnie Thomas
    on Jun 19th at 8:19 pm

    An unexpected treasure is all the wonderful, amazing friends I’ve “met” through Facebook, and especially through reading/reviewing/promoting Christian Fiction books for authors. I’ve been privileged to meet some of them in person, and it was such a treat for me.

  100. Cara Putman
    on Jun 19th at 8:32 pm

    What a great giveaway, Sandra. An unexpected treasure has been the gift of time in Rome with my family. We are spending more time together than we would at home.

  101. Faith Creech
    on Jun 19th at 8:32 pm

    Unexpected treasures come all the time! God is so good to me. He gives me new friends all the time. Of course my Hubbie is the best unexpected treasure ever!

  102. Vivian Furbay
    on Jun 19th at 8:50 pm

    An unexpected treasure: quite a few that the Lord has blessed me with over the years. Best of all is my husband John and the good friends I have had and still have.

  103. Candice Foster
    on Jun 19th at 8:55 pm

    One of my latest unexpected treasures are the voluntary spaghetti squash sprouts. I had thrown some spaghetti squash seeds into the garden in the winter & spring and nothing happened so I thought my experiment to grow them didn’t work. I bought two green house started spaghetti squash plants and planted them. Over the next several weeks all of a sudden my garden has all these squash sprouts coming up in random areas! I had to replant them into correctly spaced areas, but now I have 10 spaghetti squash plants. What an unexpected blessing!

  104. Pam Graber
    on Jun 19th at 9:35 pm

    As our peach trees have aged, they have not stood up to storms well. A year or so ago, one of my favorite trees snapped off in a storm. I was bummed. Down to two trees in my “orchard” (from a high of six), I knew we wouldn’t have much of a crop. But, when they blossomed, I noticed an almost full grown tree along the woods that was blossoming, too. I checked it out, and sure enough. God (or the squirrels) had planted another peach tree for us! Our crop last year was still small, but not nearly as small as it could have been. That was MY unexpected treasure!

  105. Malvina
    on Jun 19th at 9:37 pm

    Believe it or not it’s a go okmark of Neville from the Harry Potter books. He’s always been my favourite character and my daughter was delighted when she found it and gifted it to me. One of many special things I’ve been spoiled with over the years.

    • Malvina
      on Jun 19th at 9:37 pm

      Sorry, that should read BOOKMARK…

  106. Connie Scruggs
    on Jun 19th at 9:45 pm

    Our most recent unexpected treasure was adopting a four year old beagle in October last year. He has become so much a part of our family. He gives us lots of love and laughter.

  107. Shannon Capelle
    on Jun 19th at 9:45 pm

    Ive always wanted a Chihuahua and my dad brought me one abandoned at 3 weeks old and i bottle fed her like a baby! Shes my very own furbaby girl!

  108. Linda McFarland
    on Jun 19th at 9:51 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my husband and the life we share. Each day is more precious. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  109. Theresa C.
    on Jun 19th at 9:58 pm

    Two unexpected treasures in my life are my young step-daughters, whom I didn’t meet until I was 45 years old, and my own children were much older. I was thrilled to enjoy the company of young children again, and cherished their school holiday visits. They are both quite “girly”, a contrast to my daughter who was very much a tomboy 😉

  110. Catherine Wofford
    on Jun 19th at 10:06 pm

    I lost my first job due to a company closing our branch, and God gave me the best work-from-home job a few weeks later. I stayed there 9 years and was able to keep my children at home with me while I worked. It was wonderful.

  111. Linda Cantrell
    on Jun 19th at 10:09 pm

    My best surprised was the birth of my great-granddaughter and being able to keep her.

  112. Tammy Shelnut
    on Jun 19th at 10:40 pm

    A recent unexpected treasure is our chickens, given to us from my daddy. We’ve been surprised at how much joy and excitement they’ve brought to our whole family.

  113. Alison Boss
    on Jun 19th at 11:25 pm

    An unexpected treasure is our Havenese poodle named Ellie. My husband surprised me and our 2 daughters with her. She is a sweet little ball of fluff. Someone commented that she looks like cotton candy with legs! 🙂 She brings so much joy to our lives!

  114. Debrah Nash
    on Jun 19th at 11:52 pm

    A random treasure would have been being able to spend time and care for my sweet mother-in-law for the last 6 months of her life. It was a joy and I treasure those months because through the 40+ years my husband and I have been married she did so much for our children and for me. It was a privilege to care for her and simply just love her. Because of a capricious act that was meant to harm us,we were free to give that time to my “Mom”. I will treasure those memories until I also go home to be with the Lord.

  115. Nicki
    on Jun 19th at 11:54 pm

    My unexpected treasure is the peace I feel in this new season in my life.

  116. Pam Kellogg
    on Jun 20th at 12:04 am

    Some unexpected treasures I have are items that belonged to both of my grandmothers, including hats, jewelry, clothing, and dishes. I have embroidery silks and patterns from a dressmaker’s course my grandma took about a hundred years ago (she was born in 1883). My family has her 1914 wedding dress, plus a few blouses, a skirt, and high topped shoes from this era. I also have a large photo of this grandmother when she was perhaps a year or two old. These are all treasures since I love old things but are especially so because they help me remember my grandmothers.

  117. Andrea B. Brooks
    on Jun 20th at 12:25 am

    My unexpected treasures are being a great aunt, an aunt, and being able to volunteer at my local public library and also to clean at my church on weds. Another unexpected treasures are my mom buying me matching dishes to eat off of and being able to take an awesome trip to see family in July for my grandmother’s 90th birhtday!!

  118. Jennifer Tipton
    on Jun 20th at 12:47 am

    My treasure in my life is my family. My husband and my four boys mean so much to me and I’m so grateful to God that He has let me have them to love .

  119. Mary Koester
    on Jun 20th at 12:47 am

    An unexpected treasure in my life was discovering the genre of Christian Fiction, particularly Historical Fiction. It has become my go to genre and never fails to make me feel good. I know what I am getting when I read Christian Fiction. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like fun!


  120. Mary Preston
    on Jun 20th at 12:47 am

    Finding a best friend in the work place. A great treasure.

  121. Annie @JustCommonly
    on Jun 20th at 12:51 am

    An unexpected treasure would be my pups. I never thought I’d be open to having them, but they are just so lovable, I can’t imagine without them!

  122. Nina Sivula
    on Jun 20th at 1:01 am

    Everyday God surprises me with something new.

  123. Jennifer Guyer
    on Jun 20th at 1:17 am

    My unexpected treasure was beating the birds to the cherries on my tree this year.

  124. Erika
    on Jun 20th at 1:22 am

    My new job 🙂

  125. Dawn Venneberg
    on Jun 20th at 1:23 am

    My friends are a treasure to me. They care and pray for me. I always enjoy spending time with my friend whether we go out to eat or share tea!!

  126. Shirley Cochran
    on Jun 20th at 1:30 am

    My surprise treasure is how much my husband loves me even after 30 plus years and nine months of me being in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities and being left with issues walking.

  127. Diane Sallans
    on Jun 20th at 1:33 am

    My Unexpected treasure is that I am included in the lives of my brother’s ex-wife & their three children & grandchildren – she always says she divorced my brother, but kept me!

  128. Raechel
    on Jun 20th at 1:38 am

    <3 My unexpected treasure would be "meeting" my best friend through penpaling another person; we happened to both write the same person asking for a penpal and the middle-person connected us together and we've been best friends ever since!

  129. Julie
    on Jun 20th at 2:17 am

    An unexpected treasure in my life has been my first job as a nurse. It was a private nursing job and didn’t think I would like it, but it turned out very well.

  130. Amy
    on Jun 20th at 2:18 am

    My son suddenly developed a love of fishing. He’s getting to spend time with my husband fishing, and he and my dad are making big plans to fish together later this summer. Both of my grandfathers were fishermen and are gone, and my dad is passing some of their gear along. It’s so fun to watch them all bond!

  131. Una Ireland
    on Jun 20th at 2:42 am

    An unexpected treasure in my life is surviving a cardiac arrest almost 14 years ago. This year it will be 50 years living with a pacemaker device. I was 7 when I first got one. I’m coming up to my 15th device.

  132. Joanna M
    on Jun 20th at 3:14 am

    My unexpected treasure is the fact that I get to play with my nephews almost every day since mom works and I babysit! I just love those children too much <3

  133. Arletta
    on Jun 20th at 3:19 am

    I started working in the kitchen of a nursing home when I was 16 years old. My supervisor taught me to enjoy cooking and baking and made it fun. 35 years later, we are still good friends and she and her husband have become like the grandparents my kids don’t have.

  134. Lane Hill House
    on Jun 20th at 3:21 am

    My unexpected is kindreds I have met online!!! Praying for each other and sharing J*O*Ys! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House (And… my treasure would be your new novel!!!)

  135. Kim Bakos
    on Jun 20th at 3:24 am

    My daughter in law is an unexpected treasure. My son was only 18 when he married her, and I had only met her once. Love her tons and she is a great wife and mom.

  136. Natalie Morice
    on Jun 20th at 4:07 am

    I wanted chickens so that I could have fresh eggs. Little did I know that they would become my sweet pets. They are bantams, which means they are all very little chickens of all colors and sizes. What an unexpected treasure and quite the conversation starter too.

  137. Cheryl H.
    on Jun 20th at 4:20 am

    An unexpected treasure was finding out I was still pregnant a month after three doctors told me I had miscarried. The medical records state: medical phenomenon.

  138. Brenda Murphree
    on Jun 20th at 5:35 am

    My husband and I had 2 daughters. Our first 4 grandchildren are girls which we love very dearly and would have been completely satisfied. But lo and behold a grandson was born next then another grandson then another granddaughter. These grandsons were surprises and I have had to learn that they don’t just sit quietly like the girls do. But oh we love them even though we’ve had to learn all about little boys.

  139. Natalya Lakhno
    on Jun 20th at 5:45 am

    My five unexpected treasures are my hubby, two sons and two daughters 🙂

  140. Sheila Moore
    on Jun 20th at 6:14 am

    My unexpected treasure was a great friend I had lost touch with and we reconnected after 25 years. It was as though it was just last week. We got together for a weekend and have been catching up since. God is so good to allow us friends that even time doesn’t diminish.

  141. Amber
    on Jun 20th at 6:30 am

    My hubby, for sure. I found him 35 years ago and he’s still as shiny today as he was back then 😍

  142. Debbi Ware
    on Jun 20th at 9:39 am

    There are so many! I’d say our home that we now live in would be one of my favorite and unexpected treasures. Every day I look out my window and enjoy the beauty of nature and think how blessed we are .

  143. Natasha
    on Jun 20th at 10:18 am

    My children were adopted at 8 years old and we had no idea what they would be like… The ultimate life-altering grab bag. Ha! They are the most delightful little people. God surely had a great blessing in store for us!

  144. Shannon Cooper
    on Jun 20th at 10:49 am

    Our youngest daughter, Mallory, is my unexpected treasure!! 😉

  145. Pat Rzonca
    on Jun 20th at 11:05 am

    My unexpected treasure is my husband, Dale. I didn’t marry until I was 37. He was worth the wait. Always kind and understanding. Laughs at my sense of humor. Such a blessing in my life.

  146. Chris Roach
    on Jun 20th at 12:08 pm

    My unexpected treason is my Granddaughter. This 4 yr. old gem is more than I ever dreamed of and I thank God everyday for her. She is a joy in our life.

  147. Chris Roach
    on Jun 20th at 12:20 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my Granddaughter. This 4 yr. old gem is more than I ever dreamed of ad I thank God everyday for her. She is a joy in my life.

  148. Patricia
    on Jun 20th at 12:24 pm

    Jesus Christ is my unexpected treasure! He found and claimed me!

  149. Chava Baker
    on Jun 20th at 1:50 pm

    My two beautiful grandchildren are my precious treasures.

  150. Beth
    on Jun 20th at 2:24 pm

    This may seem small, but my unexpected treasures are my dogs. I never expected such joy from them. I prayed for the right ones and God delivered. He cares about the details.

  151. Jeanne Bishop
    on Jun 20th at 2:33 pm

    We adopted my mom’s little dog after her passing and this little bundle of joy is truly an unexpected treasure.

  152. Marguerite
    on Jun 20th at 2:37 pm

    With my late friend Lynda, visiting Five Islands, Maine again would be an unexpected treasure

  153. Chrissey D
    on Jun 20th at 2:57 pm

    Unexpected treasures- getting married this past year at 50 🙂

  154. Carrie K
    on Jun 20th at 3:55 pm

    An unexpected treasure is lazy summer days spent with my girls by the pool. A nice break from the school and dance routines during the school year.

  155. Emily Kopf
    on Jun 20th at 4:55 pm

    This might not be what you meant, but an unexpected treasure for me came earlier this year. I’m a college student, broke and barely making tuition payments. So when I opened my mailbox to find an envelope with no return address containing $200 in cash, well, that was definitely an unexpected treasure. I wish I could thank whoever it was who gave it to me.

  156. Carole Lehr Johnson
    on Jun 20th at 6:50 pm

    I got an unexpected treasure a couple of years ago. As a member of a local Christian writer’s group, I was fortunate to meet a new friend who has become my writing and editing partner. We have even made a trip to the UK together. It’s like I found a long lost sister! She’s quite amazing–as a writer and as a friend. Thanks, to my new sister in Christ, Tammy Kirby.

  157. Janet Estridge
    on Jun 20th at 7:03 pm

    You might say that my parents unexpected treasure was when I was born.
    I arrived 2 months early and wasn’t expected to live.
    Here am I entering this giveaway and I give all the Glory to God for allowing me to live.

  158. Martha T.
    on Jun 20th at 9:03 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my sister’s cat. When I am not feeling well,she will come and stay by me.❤️

  159. Meagan Pelletier
    on Jun 20th at 9:53 pm

    My unexpected treasure was becoming friends with the principal of the high school in the small town I moved to. We met while doing a play together and she gave me the job of my dreams

  160. Karen
    on Jun 20th at 10:10 pm

    My unexpected treasure happened this last week. My Mom came and visited us for a week. We thoroughly enjoyed her being here with us instead of going to hot, humid Omaha!

  161. Caryl Kane
    on Jun 21st at 1:17 am

    My unexpected treasure is the new friends that I met on the Israel tour in May.

  162. Linda Horin
    on Jun 21st at 2:53 am

    My unexpected treasure is my ex-daughter-in-law’s little boy with her new husband. We have remained close and I consider him as much my grandson as my other 5 grandchildren. He calls me Mom-Mom and his whole face lights up when he sees me. I am so blessed that they are willing to share him with me.

  163. Katheryn Gallant
    on Jun 21st at 7:12 am

    My unexpected treasure is my friend, Frances. She is so helpful and kind.

  164. Jennifer Dow
    on Jun 21st at 11:42 pm

    My favorite unexpected thing was a surprise birthday party when I turned 30! We had had so many miscarriages that year and my hubby wanted to bless me with something I’d never had…a birthday party! I had a sleepover once, but no real party. Birthdays were usually just my immediate famiy, a nice homemade dinner and a cake. When he threw that birthday, I was stunned at who showed up and also who didn’t, however everyone who was suppose to be there was and I truly enjoyed every moment!

  165. Rhonda LeClerg
    on Jun 21st at 11:56 pm

    After years of asking God to heal my marriage I am seeing Him do that right before my eyes in countless ways. My unexpected treasure is a new understanding of His grace and love.

  166. Gretchen
    on Jun 22nd at 5:21 am

    Family and friends

  167. Sherri Bradley
    on Jun 22nd at 1:06 pm

    All three of my precious grandchildren are my unexpected treasures. Each are a God given Blessing to all of us!!

  168. Barbara Raymond
    on Jun 22nd at 5:17 pm

    An unexpected treasure was our five granddaughters and two great granddaughters when our oldest son got married. The two greats came several years later. Lol

  169. Rebecca Booth
    on Jun 22nd at 5:18 pm

    My treasure is my house that I inherited when my parents died! I have lived here all of my 74 years!

  170. Deb Nichols
    on Jun 22nd at 5:19 pm

    Over the years I’ve had several unexpected surprises. The one that happened in the recent few months is my estranged daughter and I got back our relationship. She also surprised me and her stepdad (my husband) by buying us groceries online so all we had to get someone to take us to pick them up, and she had also wired us some money there for extras! That might not seem like much to some people, but when you’re living on fixed incomes and have no food, it’s huge!!! Especially since we had. Not spoken or seen each other in over three years!

  171. Adrienne
    on Jun 22nd at 5:20 pm

    My son is my unexpected treasure. When I found out I was pregnant with a boy, I was so disappointed because I really wanted a girl…after Logan was born, I immediately fell in love and wondered how I could have ever wanted anything else. Now I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

  172. Diane Bucci
    on Jun 22nd at 5:22 pm

    And unexpected treasure in my life was when my parents accidentally found my grandmother’s engagement ring and now I have it I always wanted to have it when I saw it on her finger and then it went missing but the day they cleaned out her bedroom after she had passed away it turned up and I was so happy to have this special item that was hers

  173. Tina Myers
    on Jun 22nd at 5:23 pm

    My son and daughter 5 grandchildren and my husband who’s always there for me helping me through all my surgeries I’ve had..

  174. Dianne Noland
    on Jun 22nd at 5:26 pm

    My unexpected treasures are my seven grandchildren by my youngest son. They have a large family and everyone of them is different in their own way! My daughter-in-law is a wonderful mom to all of them too!

  175. Kat Savage
    on Jun 22nd at 5:31 pm

    I’m in a health accountability fb group and in time began getting to know the members. One of the members and I really clicked and though she lives in the northern most state of the US and me the northern-most southern state, its like we’re old friends. It’s not huge but it is so God, in that as we grew to pray for each other in our group, we discovered that her sister, is a member of the very church family I am currently a member of. When we discovered it, it was just an amazing unexpected treasure, thankfully due to our oneness in Christ.

  176. Samantha Tyler
    on Jun 22nd at 5:31 pm

    Coworkers through the years that have turned into friends.

  177. Kate Bobb
    on Jun 22nd at 5:36 pm

    Pictures of when my grandma was young

  178. Steph J.
    on Jun 22nd at 5:37 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my daughter! She was a pleasant surprise and so thankful for her.

  179. lydioa denton
    on Jun 22nd at 5:38 pm

    My unexpected treasure was where iam living now.After going bankrupt and losing our family home, I did not think Iwould have a good home again.However after been on the housing list for 10 years we were offered a home 200 miles away.It turned into a beautiful rural home with only fields and country views and the best village around with the most lovely folk, made me feel I had lived there forever.

    • Judy Hewitt
      on Jun 22nd at 5:54 pm

      My unexpected treasure was a road trip across the country Ottawa to Vancouver (via Saoult St Marie and I94-I90 to Seattle) last November. We reconnected and shared many memories as we went west to visit our aging parents in BC. She just called the week before and as I am semi retired I was able to go!!!!

  180. Martha ^..^
    on Jun 22nd at 5:46 pm

    Due to medical issues (I had an brain aneurysm a few years ago), the career path that I was going to college for turned out to be one that wouldn’t be something I could long-term handle. My mom, who is helping me out, was really sympathetic to it and completely supportive of me choosing to completely change my major for school, even though it will add more years (and bills) until I’m settled. Not only that, I was granted a small merit scholarship from my new school, which I can keep as long as my grades are at a certain level. This is great to me, because it will inspire me to keep my grades up!

    Sorry this is so long! 🙂 But this whole situation is my greatest recent treasure–to be granted such grace from my mother, and such generosity from my new school. I love seeing how God guides my path! <3

  181. Barbara R.
    on Jun 22nd at 5:47 pm

    An unexpected treasure that came into my life was 2 beautiful Chow Chow dogs. I had not had any contact or knowledge of the breed. I soon discovered what a loyal and regal breed that they are. It was love forever.

  182. Kim Gregory
    on Jun 22nd at 5:48 pm

    I’ve had a number of unexpected treasures, but the one that this offer reminded me of was when my husband and if were first dating. I had admired a Gunny Sax (not sure of the spelling) top in a store window as we were passing by it. I had forgotten we had even seen it, when on Valentines Day my then new boyfriend came over with yellow roses and a Gunny Sax top. The one I had admired had been sold, but this one was even better. That he remembered when I hadn’t was the greater treasure. When he proposed to me, my mom made my gown and we fashioned it after that top.

  183. Sunnie
    on Jun 22nd at 6:01 pm

    My unexpected treasure was finding my mom’s biological father and his family for her.

  184. Sherri Myers
    on Jun 22nd at 6:16 pm

    My treasure is meeting a long ago friend again and beomcing best friends now.

    • Sherri Myers
      on Jun 22nd at 6:24 pm

      Opps, BECOMING, I really CAN spell correctly, but my typing skills leave something to be desired. lol

  185. Sandra
    on Jun 22nd at 6:19 pm

    My unexpected treasure has been the lessons and memories my grandmother gave me. She helped mold my curiosity of history and always encouraged me to read.

  186. Mimi
    on Jun 22nd at 6:20 pm

    My future son-in-law. My daughter will be marrying him in 2 weeks. I’d been praying for “him” since my daughter was little. He’s such an incredible guy and fits into our family SO well. He’s also such a good man for my daughter. God knew exactly who she needed in her life, and came through in spades. He’s not perfect, but he’s perfect for my daughter. I can’t wait for him to officially be part of our family.

  187. Cheryl Baranski
    on Jun 22nd at 6:21 pm

    A ribbon necklace my husband recently gave me. It is for this leukemia journey that I am going through.

    • Kim Gregory
      on Jun 24th at 7:41 pm

      My prayers are with you as you go through this journey!

  188. Elaine Rieder
    on Jun 22nd at 6:24 pm

    My unexpected treasure had turned out to be my Bible Study group of ladies. Such treasures, each and every one.

  189. Christine Kilner
    on Jun 22nd at 6:42 pm

    A pearl and garnet ring that my great , great, great grandmother ownes.

  190. Judy Howe
    on Jun 22nd at 6:46 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my daughter. Now at 41 she takes care of me. I have Multiple sclerosis and there are days I am to weak to get out of bed. For the past 10 years she has been my rock. She stood with me through my husbands cancer treatments and hospital stays. Her husband did her fathers cremation and since my husband passed away 8 years ago she has taken care of me. She works a full time job is a mother of 2 sons both in the Armed Forces and a teenaged daughter and wife to a wonderful man. She is my treasure she was an unplanned pregnancy but one I have forever blessed.

    • Kim Gregory
      on Jun 24th at 7:43 pm

      My MIL lives in an apartment in our home and she is such a blessing to us. I bet you are a treasure to your daughter too!

  191. Colleen Turner
    on Jun 22nd at 6:54 pm

    My son is my great treasure!

  192. Cindy Fuller
    on Jun 22nd at 7:08 pm

    I thank God each and every day for the unexpected treasures with which He blesses me…smiles, hugs, sunrises, frogs (yes, I said frogs), fabric to sew and quilt, friendships, the smell of dinner cooking, babies, books to read, rivers to kayak, flowers to grow. I could go on and on. I think the more thankful I am, the more He gives me to enjoy.

  193. Debbie Rhoades
    on Jun 22nd at 7:23 pm

    An unexpected treasure was the home my husband and I were able to purchase in our early 60’s. It is actually the most comfortable home we have ever owned, with the most beautiful yard.

  194. Marilyn A Burke
    on Jun 22nd at 7:37 pm

    I am a single person. Most of my family has passed away or so I thought. I locked the keys in my car and had to call 911. When I gave her my name, she said my maiden was the same as my last name. She had given me her first name and I asked her if her father’s name was Franklin. She wanted to know I knew. I said we are cousins and told her my Dad’s name. When she went home, we got on the computer and told me of other relatives that lived near me that I didn’t even know about. Being Christians we thanked the Lord for bringing us together.

  195. Kelly Harb
    on Jun 22nd at 7:50 pm

    An unexpected treasure I have had recently is the enjoyment I have gotten out of moving back to a city I lived in for 27 years after 5 years away. God has sweetly blessed us by moving us back near family and friends

  196. Laura
    on Jun 22nd at 8:01 pm

    Oh, I always keep a eye out for unexpected treasures. Yesterday’s was a beautiful feather on the stairway to my car. Today was a hug from my lover after he admitted he wanted to me again already. I cant wait to read your newest book. Thx for the giveaway!

  197. Kelly
    on Jun 22nd at 8:02 pm

    My unexpected treasure was being offered a job teaching Positive Action kindergarten through 2nd grade this fall and an awesome salary to go along with it! 💕😄

  198. Jenny W.
    on Jun 22nd at 8:08 pm

    Lots of my life has been unexpected Treasures. One recently was being able to find a full time job after graduating from college. It’s amazing to see where God leads us!

  199. Marilyn
    on Jun 22nd at 8:18 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my neighbors. One in particular drove my sisters and I to the hospital numerous times to visit my mom who eventually passed away.

  200. Joan
    on Jun 22nd at 8:20 pm

    My unexpected treasures are the lasting friendships I made when I started a new job.

  201. Marion
    on Jun 22nd at 8:21 pm

    My unexpected treasures are the ancestors I discovered when I started my genealogy search.

  202. Shawna
    on Jun 22nd at 8:25 pm

    An unexpected treasure- my husband taking a day off work to spend it with me

  203. Michelle Fidler
    on Jun 22nd at 8:37 pm

    When I find something that I forgot I had. I have a lot of stuff.

  204. Connie Saunders
    on Jun 22nd at 8:43 pm

    Two months before my retirement my 42 year old daughter told us that she was pregnant with her first child. I was 63 when my first grandchild was born and that little girl has been a blessing and a treasure!

  205. Debi M. Brown
    on Jun 22nd at 9:03 pm

    here’s an unexpected treasure for me 🙂 my husband works on cars, he also was helping an older gentleman restore cars 3 nights a week. many times we would get to road test cars while they were being restored. i fell in love with an aqua green mercedes convertible, got to drive it for months. i knew it wasn’t ours but fell in love with it anyways, cried when it was gone. 4 years later the man it was given to decided to upgrade to a newer model and offered the car to us first. my husband didn’t tell me, but he told him he wanted first dibs if it ever came up for sale. he bought it for me, and just handed me an envelope, with a title in it, and told me to go outside. there it was, just as i remembered it, and now it’s mine 🙂 i never thought it was coming back, but my husband did that for me!

  206. Maria Babich
    on Jun 22nd at 10:12 pm

    My unexpected treasure was receiving the board game, Ticket to Ride, on my birthday. My hubby and teenaged son don’t like board games, only video games. I miss playing them. So it made my day that they were willing to buy the game and then promise to play it with me whenever I want! Such a nice surprise!

  207. Rose
    on Jun 22nd at 10:38 pm

    My unexpected treasure is my two grown children. After miscarriages a doctor said I would never carry a child to term. I have 4 beautiful grandchildren from 13 to 21. Also. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  208. Heidi
    on Jun 22nd at 10:39 pm

    My sweet, feisty granddaughter Amari, definitely unexpected and loved and treasured deeply.

  209. Joey Estes
    on Jun 22nd at 10:45 pm

    An unexpected treasure for me was adopting a cat from a friend who couldn’t keep her anymore. I couldn’t imagine life without her!

  210. Beverly Duell-Moore
    on Jun 22nd at 11:21 pm

    My unexpected surprise happened last year about this time. We had been searching for my family of my grandfather’s brother. (The family lost contact over 50 years ago.) I never thought we’d find them this side of heaven. You see, my grandfather came here from Armenia after seeing his parents massacred. I had no family info before him so, had no idea how to research that. One of my brother’s has been going to Armenia the last few years to do humanitarian things. So, last year he asked me to email him the little bit of info I did have on our grandfather. On e of them was a letter written to our grandfather from his brother. The letter was in an envelope with an address on the front of it. My brother and his interpreter went to this address. Praise the Lord! Our family was still living there after all these years! We’ve been having a great time getting to know each other over Skype and Face Book! We all cry with happiness every time we Skype. We see where and who we all look like. And, they can see the same. I thank God everyday that he let my brother to them.

  211. Jorie
    on Jun 22nd at 11:29 pm

    Hallo, Hallo Ms Byrd,

    I haven’t had the chance to continue reading your stories since I was first introduced to your Historicals via a blog tour I was invited on. Since then, I’ve happily been celebrating your releases via your author’s newsletter and via the twitterverse – I saw your note tonight in your author’s n/l and wanted to drop by. Grab bags are a lot of joy, I must admit – love the London/Brit theme, as I’m definitely an Anglophile myself! 🙂 Not just out of ancestral lineage crossovers but because I seriously love Brit Lit and Brit dramas from the BBC!

    To answer your Q though – my ‘unexpected treasure’ has been my Dad post-stroke (as he had one in Nov ’16)… he was a workaholic for years before he retired but he always was super stressed out and had issues with letting the stress go at the end of the work week. Like most fathers who work long hours, they tend to have trouble adjusting in retirement. Post-stroke however, his mood is lighter and he makes Mum and I laugh a lot more often! He’s always had humour and always had a wicked sense of keeping laughter in our lives, but he has a lightness now that he didn’t have beforehand. Plus, he likes to dance and singalong to his favourite songs – which makes us have unexpected joy all the time. In essence, what we feared might takeaway more than it would save after the stroke, we’re finding – even if a lot of things are different in our lives due to the stroke, one thing is for sure – we’re going to have a heap of love and laughter til the end! Plus, it’s a nice side effect seeing a different side of my Dad…. apparently he was in the wrong field all along, he would have made a great stand-up comic, a voice over artist or even a low key venue musician!

    The best unexpected treasures sometimes arrive in our lives after a trauma we never saw coming and renew our hope for what is still coming after tomorrow. After all, it is one way to realise our prayers are being heard but it is also a way to renew our smiles when life turns adverse.

    Thanks for the chance but moreso, thanks for keeping me clued into your writings with your n/l. I’m hoping soon to resume where I left off with my readings. Many blessings to you, Ms Byrd.

  212. Carol Alscheff
    on Jun 22nd at 11:33 pm

    My 8 grandchildren!

  213. Jane Squires
    on Jun 22nd at 11:55 pm

    My two step grandchildren

  214. Perrianne Askew
    on Jun 23rd at 12:35 am

    My unexpected treasure is my youngest son. We didn’t expect to be able to have another one.

  215. Catherine Lemanski
    on Jun 23rd at 1:17 am

    I was surprised to find myself pregnant when I was 31 years old. I was never a baby person and believed I would be happy without having a child. I didn’t know my life would be richer because of my son, but he is the treasure in my life.

  216. Janet Enneper
    on Jun 23rd at 1:39 am

    After 2 difficult years with our 20 year old, whom we adopted, she suffered childhood trauma and is mentally ill. In addition to the climax of her behaviors this last year, my mother-in-law passed away and then my mother passed shortly afterwards. We were emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. We decided to go to see another daughter this month when her baby was born. We decided to visit our niece and nephew who are missionaries with Biblical Ministries Worldwide while we were there. God blessed us so during those 5 days we were with them. Five days of being ministerd to and loved was exactly what God knew we needed. And the grand daughter was born 12 hours before we had to leave. Five of us arrived weary and left being refreshed by Christian fellowship.

  217. Beverly Laude
    on Jun 23rd at 1:55 am

    My life of leisure in the mountains of New Mexico with my wonderful husband. I was able to “retire” at 42 years old

  218. Debby Newman
    on Jun 23rd at 2:18 am

    Finding a best friend in my fifties.

  219. Jennifer Smith
    on Jun 23rd at 3:17 am

    My children are my treasure. It took a long time to get pregnant and I almost gave up hope. My kids bring me so much joy.

  220. Joy Shelden
    on Jun 23rd at 3:55 am

    I had two really great treasures – being able to say goodbye before my parents died (not at the same time). My last words to each of them were, “I love you.” You never know when you might be seeing a loved one for the last time, so make sure they know you love them. Saying those three little words before they left this world forever…I can’t describe how much it means to me. It was really special, that’s all I can say about it. It was so special.

  221. Shannon Gallagher
    on Jun 23rd at 4:57 am

    I had my miracle baby at age 38 defying all odds. As an only child having given birth to a son who seemed cursed to become an only as well made me heartsick. Now at age 47 I am alone. My family all lost to me. I now understand how people become homeless or lost and unidentified. A fate I have spared my own children and for that I will be eternally grateful.

  222. Sheila
    on Jun 23rd at 11:18 am

    My treasure is having the strength and courage to get my kids and I out of an abusive relationship. We may be struggling, but we are healing and safe.

  223. Karen Smidt
    on Jun 23rd at 12:36 pm

    The unexpected treasure God blessed me with is my stepson, Kristopher. This happened 24 years ago but I often think back to the first time I met him. My then fiancee now husband introduced Kristopher to me and my heart melted. Him and his wife has recently given us another treasure. Our sweet little grandson, Zachary.

  224. Debbie Prater
    on Jun 23rd at 3:15 pm

    Love your books! Hope I win!

  225. Sarah See
    on Jun 23rd at 4:08 pm

    I found a delightful safe home to rent this year.

  226. Sonnetta Jones
    on Jun 23rd at 6:29 pm

    I have 4 unexpected treasures in my life as a single woman. There are my nephews and nieces. I have a special bond with all of them especially my nieces. The 12 year old told me that she would take care of me when I am older.

  227. Janice Moore
    on Jun 23rd at 7:10 pm

    An unexpected treasure are notes/ cards of encouraging messages sent to me. I hide them and find them unexpectedly years later!

  228. BreAnna
    on Jun 23rd at 10:08 pm

    Unexpected treasure are the horse plates my dad gave me that were my grandmother’s. It is a great to revisit my childhood of playing tea parties with the plates.

  229. fanny comas
    on Jun 23rd at 10:35 pm

    my unexpected treasure, the father of my youngest came back to me and we´ve been together for two years now

  230. Michelle Crandall
    on Jun 24th at 6:08 am

    My unexpected treasure has been getting to know my youngest in new ways with her siblings off to college

  231. Dianne Hollis
    on Jun 24th at 6:21 am

    My unexpected treasure today, which makes me very happy, is a chance to win one of these grab bag gifts. i would be very pleased with any of them. Thank you so much for writing your books and for offering this chance to win such unique gifts. Blessings

  232. Amy
    on Jun 24th at 6:52 pm

    When the building where my job was located was destroyed by fire and not rebuilt, I had to learn to trust God for everything. I had already gone through a divorce, my kids were grown, and I have no family members nearby. I received unemployment funds for a short while and worked multiple part-time jobs (with no health
    insurance) for 5 years. My part-time job at the local public library unexpectedly turned into a full-time position. Now, at 57, I know what I was meant to do. I thank God for the unexpected blessing of my job. It is a daily challenge and opportunity. 🙂

  233. Deanna
    on Jun 24th at 9:37 pm

    I get to babysit my 15 month old twin grandbabies! Such sweeties!

  234. Susan Heim
    on Jun 24th at 11:11 pm

    My unexpected treasure was the birth of my twin boys (now 14). My oldest boys were 11 and 14 when I became unexpectedly pregnant, and then to hear it was twins was double the surprise! But, of course, they turned out to be great treasures to our family!

  235. Jackie Phipps
    on Jun 25th at 8:20 am

    I would have to say adopting a family member when they were 10 years old. Her name is Nadine and we have gone through a lot but now we are great with each other. Nadine also made me the grandmother to five children and that was amazing and unexpected gift.

  236. Elizabeth Dennison
    on Jun 25th at 3:20 pm

    An unexpected treasure in my life came when I married my hubby 10 yrs ago, the biggest gift he gave me was to become an aunt to his nieces and nephews. Even now I still treasure them in this season of standing on my marriage vows during my life without my husband.

  237. Gwendolyn Jordan
    on Jun 26th at 4:55 am

    Having a baby after breast cancer.

  238. Jackie T
    on Jun 26th at 1:29 pm

    My unexpected treasure was another grandchild last year. All my grandchildren are treasures but the last was totally unexpected. Love reading. Thanks for the chance

  239. Emilee Douglas
    on Jun 27th at 2:38 am

    I teach preschool and I had one of the best classes ever this past year.

  240. Heather Snyder
    on Jun 27th at 2:05 pm

    Hmmm an unexpected treasure would be my children’s school. It’s amazing what I hold school can do for my children. Not only do I love their private Christian Academy, but I love the closeness and family feel. Anything I need, I can just text the person and have an answer directly. It’s amazing the piece of mind I feel. And my children love it as well!

  241. Kim Potter
    on Jun 27th at 3:23 pm

    A month long vacation in Europe with my husband and three kids!

  242. sandra
    on Jun 27th at 6:22 pm

    Hello, all you beautiful readers! I have been so blessed while reading your responses. I’m overwhelmed with the goodness you see in the unexpected treasures in your life and rejoice with you. It’s helped me to know each of you a little better, too!!

    Renee has drawn the winners’ names via, and their grab bags will be mailed today. Thank you all so much for blessing me with your thoughts and lives.

    Next month will be a quick postcard from me, with book giveaways. So be sure to open it when it arrives!!

  243. Donna
    on Aug 4th at 4:56 am

    My husband’s grandmother gave me a tea cup and saucer, she had had for years. It’s precious to me 35 years later.