Today’s a big day on More Than Just Reading, and for me personally! I’m doing my first-ever giveaway!
What’s the occasion?
It just happens to be March 21st, which means it’s my 25th birthday! And because of that, I’m giving away some of my printable coloring bookmarks. 3 of y’all are going to win the Birds, Butterflies, & Flowers Bookmarks for sale in my store.
These bookmarks have KJV Bible verses, birds, and flowers. There are 30 bookmarks and 4 styles of sticker labels to put on the backs if you are giving them as gifts.
Before we get to the giveaway instructions, I’d like to share this essay on Spring that I wrote for one of my college classes. I hope you enjoy it.
Springtime Texas Style
When the cold begins to lessen, and the winter birds start their journey back up north, everyone knows that spring is soon approaching in North Texas. First the early spring flowers, the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths, lift their heads, bringing cheer into the world that still retains much of the drabness of winter. By the time these flowers have reached the end of their blooming season, the trees will have begun leafing out.
The grass that had been a dry, crunchy brown changes to a soft green and begins growing rapidly. Cottontail rabbits cautiously hop out of the woods to eat the new growth, while insects hide and scurry amongst the tufts of grass
Along the roadways and in the fields, a lovely wildflower making its appearance is heralded with great joy by all the locals, as they celebrate the return of their much-loved state flower: the Texas Bluebonnet. Other wildflowers are blooming as well, and they all blend together to create a colorful landscape.
In the flower garden a host of perennials spring into bloom. Tiny buds are forming on the rose bushes and will soon open to reveal bright yellow roses. The dianthus, phlox, and salvia show off their assortment of colors. Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted by the nectar that these flowers contain. Honeybees also make their visit, gathering pollen and nectar to take back to their hive.
On the porch of the guest house next to the flower garden, a pair of songbirds named for their cheery call of, “Phoebe! Phoebe!” begin to restore last year’s nest in preparation for the new family they will be raising this spring. The phoebes are not the only birds nesting; bluebirds take up residence in the birdhouse. Cardinals and wrens find the perfect spot to build their own nests. Then they gather twigs and leaves to weave and wind together, making a cozy home for the baby birds that will soon be hatching.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, when new life returns after a dreary and colorless winter. The sun shines, the birds sing their cheerful tunes, and the spring showers water the ground. The most beautiful time of year has come once again to the countryside of North Texas.
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Question: What’s your favorite thing about spring?
The giveaway is open until Wednesday, the 23rd at 11:59, CST. After that, I will randomly select three winners and send them a PDF with the bookmarks. The winners will be announced in Saturday’s newsletter!