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Last week I made the TSA agent at security feel sorry for me.

It all began because I get given a lot of samples to review and giveaway on my blog. In fact, I have tons of samples at home, and since Keith and I were heading down to Texas to pick up our RV, and then were going to drive it home, taking a detour for a Girl Talk in Columbia, South Carolina (that’s happening TOMORROW NIGHT!), I thought now would be a great time for some giveaways. After all, mailing stuff within the U.S. is a lot cheaper than mailing stuff from Canada, so I thought I’d hold a giveaway, and then bring the stuff down with me to mail to whoever wins.

I announced the giveaway, ran a Rafflecopter lottery, and have two winners (one in Canada and one in the U.S., so a real cross-border thing!)

When packing, I put most of the giveaway materials in my carry-on to make unpacking and sorting easier on the other end.

I’ll use my texts to my daughters to tell the story from here.

Excuse the typo in the first one–

TSA Text 1 - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

 

TSA Text 2 - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

Here’s the offending suitcase:

TSA Suitcase - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

I think it was the Miracles book that clinched it!

So these are the sorts of things I get myself into with this weird life of mine. Too funny!

Keith and I have spent the last few days in our RV in the south, birdwatching through Alabama and Louisiana and eating some of the local cuisine.

Crawfish - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

I tried boiled crawfish. The whole time I was eating it, Keith (who was eating a burger) kept saying, “those are bugs, Sheila. They have a hard exo-skeleton, they have tentacles, and they have legs you’re ripping off. They’re bugs.” Maybe he’s right. But they were good!

My husband is a really good photographer, though, and I thought I’d show you some of the bird pictures he got this week.

Prothonotory Warbler - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

Alligator - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

Blue winged Teal - How I Made the TSA Guy at the Airport Want to Pray for Me

(and yes, I know the middle one is not a bird. 🙂 ).

Birdwatching is one of those things we do together to spend more time together. It’s more his hobby than mine (I’m starting to be able to recognize more species, but I’ll never be as into it as he is), but it gets me outside (major bonus!), I get some exercise (another major bonus!), and we get to talk (Yay!). Remember the adage: men tend to communicate more side-by-side, women face-to-face. So if you want to get your guy to open up, maybe going on a walk or joining a hobby with him is the best way to do it!

So these are some of the beauties that we’ve seen. Aren’t they lovely?

Tomorrow I’ll have an update on the fundraising for the sex trafficking post I wrote! It’s had over 200 shares, and I’m going to be splitting the money between three different charities.

And tomorrow I’ll be in Columbia, South Carolina for my Girl Talk! I’m still booking for Washington state/British Columbia in May, and for the middle states (Iowa, Kansas, etc.) for next September–along with states like Pennsylvania and Ohio that are on my way there. So if you’d like to host a Girl Talk, just email my assistant Tammy! All the details are here, and most churches find that it doesn’t cost them much at all, because the tickets cover the cost. It makes a great outreach, and it’s a super fun night. And I love meeting blog readers in person. I know a bunch are showing up in Columbia!

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. And that’s how I made a TSA guy feel really sorry for me.

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