Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Winners Announced - Questions Answered :)

Thanks to all who entered our Spread the Love mini-contest! Next month will see our biggest contest yet, so if you haven't already, sign up to get a notification by email to the right of this post. (We promise not to sell your addy to anyone!) Without further ado, I'm pleased to announce the winners:

Congratulations, ladies! You can send your first five double-spaced pages when you are ready: BethanySuzette@gmail.com.

I promised answers to your questions about us, and first I'd like address the oft asked, "Are you really sisters?" YES! We are truly sisters. I'm on the left, Bethany is in the middle, and our sister Tiffiny is on the right. I'm older than Bethany by almost four years exactly. (Tiffiny doesn't write - but she's one heck of a good beta reader!) OH! A little insight on the photo, these were our Easter dresses. We were living in Denver at the time, and the first time we wore them, we found a giant mud puddle in the gutter which we SAT IN! Our mom had to wash them repeatedly to get the stains out, but the backside of my dress never fully recovered. Whenever I think about my childhood, I think of red and white flower-print. :)

Here are some of the blog-award answers, and I'll be posting more in the weeks to come:

Share ten unusual or unexpected things about yourself. (Bethany)
  1. I failed ninth grade English. (If my teacher could only see me now!)
  2. I was falsely accused of cheating in eleventh grade English. I was too shy to stand up for myself. (Thanks, Emily B. for being the real cheater.)
  3. I can do the splits with my right leg forward, but not my left leg... yet.
  4. I ate a moth once. It flew into my ice cream sundae as I was pouring on the caramel sauce. Little bug got caught in my teeth. Gag.
  5. I don't write or blog much during the day because my kids are my top priority.
  6. Do you guys seriously even care that I am writing this stuff?
  7. At age 21, I jumped on a Greyhound bus and chased my boyfriend across the country to marry him. Parents were less than thrilled.
  8. What I want out of life=Joy. What I've discovered=you can't know joy without sorrow.
  9. I am a cub scout den leader. And I LOVE it!
  10. My religion comes before my writing.
Thanks, A L Sonnichsen, for asking! :)


Share ten honest things (Suzette)
  1. It took me a long time to like blogging – and now it is the brightest part of my day.
  2. I have a hard time keeping my feet on the ground when I’m sitting. Even at the dinner table, one foot is always up on a chair. (Erm... unless I'm wearing a skirt! And I do behave at restaurants.)
  3. Guilty pleasure – dark chocolate and a good book. Every time hubby is out of town.
  4. I have lived through so many difficult things IRL that most days I feel 80 at heart.
  5. Speaking of age, old ladies make the bestest of friends. So do writers.
  6. I used to garden, build stone walls, sew a lot, write letters, etc. And then I started writing books. Besides my family, writing is my only priority. (Which usually means a messy house!)
  7. Bethany and I have identical voices. On the phone, no one can tell us apart.
  8. As a teen, I sawed a hole through the floor (under the carpet) to stash my journals. When my parents took the journals anyway, I stole them back and burned them.
  9. Favorite scents, fresh rain and babies’ hair.
  10. No matter how tired I am, I stay up until midnight or I feel gypped. The one night I made myself go to bed at 11, I missed a meteor that lit up my state as bright as day. (Still bummed about that!)
Thanks, Sharnon Mayhew, for asking! :)

Happy March, everyone!



A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Fun to read about you ladies -- and I love the pic. All three of you are adorable.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Congrats, Stina and Karen!

Love the sister pict!

@ Bethany: Of course we care that you are writing this stuff, and is your husband the boyfriend you chased via Greyhound??

@ Suzette: You sound like one big adventure! I love the journals story. :-)

Christina Lee said...

That picture is so stinkin' cute!! Love reading your lists! *goes off and cries that she didn't win the contest*

Scott said...

Congrats to the winners and thanks for the insight with your answers.


Tamika: said...

Loved learning more about you ladies! It's funny that we share some things in common- like failing English!

Stephanie Thornton said...

That picture is great!

Love dark chocolate- it's the best!

Yamile said...

So fun to learn more about the two of you! And Suzette, I agree on old people being the bestest of friends and the going to bed early thing? I also missed the meteor on the ONE night I went to bed early. It's not fair!!!!

Unknown said...

Congrats to the winners!

Of course, we want to know, Bethany! That's how friendship works! :D And it's definitely been fun to read and get to know both of you a little bit better. Suzette, I am so with you on #2 and #4. It's weird to be so young and feel so old. Bethany, I'm the same way on #5, #10 and #3 except I have given up on the left leg... lol

Bethany Wiggins said...

Shannon, the man I chased across the country is the man I am still married to thirteen years later.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I do care about reading these. I get to know you better. =D

I love, Bethany, that you chased your lovey. And Suzette, I always stay up until midnight too! (Often later!)

Unknown said...

Oh, my goodness! Thank you! I'm so excited.

And love the lists. I have the exact same voice as my older sister. We tricked our parents a few times. :)

Danyelle L. said...

Congrats to Stina and Karen!

Love the questions. It was great getting to see a little more of what makes you you. :D

Stina said...

OMG! I'm so doing a happy dance!

I'll send you the pages tomorrow. :D

Off to do some more happy dancing!!!

Love the lists. I love dark chocolate, too. And English wasn't one of my strongest classes. I could never understand Shakespeare, though people thought I could 'cause I came from England. Yep, that's exactly how we talked in the 1980's in England.

Angie said...

That is such a cute picture! (You look so much like your daughter, or I guess she looks like you.) I loved reading both of your lists. So fun to learn more about you. Speaking of #4, Suzy, I think you are about the strongest person I know. Love you!

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, that's about the cutest picture I've ever seen! You guys are so cute.

And I've seen this girls in person. Together. They really are sisters!

Congrats to the winners, too. :)

Luna said...

I really enjoyed this, ladies! Love your blog...:)

Congratulations to the winners!

sarah darlington said...

YAY Stina! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats to the winners :)

My sister and I sound identical on the phone as well!

Unknown said...

Congrats to you both!(and the winners!) I love your new header as well- and I recognize where the type style came from ;D I'm still dabbling in graphic design, as you can see...not sure what will come of it, but it's an enjoyable pastime.

Anonymous said...

Great lists, both of you :o) How romantic chasing your boyfriend to marry him.

Unknown said...

Another award to add to your collection: http://s1002.photobucket.com/albums/af144/opurpledragon/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=cat67.gif&t=1267577264794

Kelly H-Y said...

Love the adorable pictures and all the facts!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Bethany--I bet some teacher knew what was hidden inside of you! Yes, we care. I adore your blog.

Suzette--I adore blogging too. My husband complains that I do it most evenings when we are watching TV...Have you had a dark chocolate orange? I wrote in a diary from the time I was 13 until I was 17. I don't know what happened to them. Which is kind of scary.

Suzette Saxton said...

What bliss to come in here after a day of writing (3000 words! A ton for me!) and find all these delightful comments.

Thanks for the award. (Yay!) I love dark chocolate oranges! Have you tried Sweet's orange sticks?

Thanks for all the bloggy love. It's fun to find out all we have in common. :)

Suzette Saxton said...

Oh. My. Gosh!!!!!! Just saw the award from CipherQueen and am dying! That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Thank you SO MUCH!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Suzette--I was raised on orange matchsticks...I can't imagine a box of chocolates that disappears faster...I'll have to google Swee's orange sticks.

Carolyn V. said...

I love the whole cutting a hole in the floor and then burning the journals when your parents took them away! Wow. That is just so cool!

Your pictures are way cute! =)

Alyssa Kirk said...

Congrats to the winners and loved the answers to the questions. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Aww, you're welcome! *blushes and bows*

Unknown said...

Awww... so adorable.

And I can't believe you sawed a hole in your floor! That is hard core. I used to think there was a secret tunnel under my floor, because there is a hollow part in the middle. Alas, I am not allowed to handle sharp objects.

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