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What could be better than a free necklace that celebrates hope?
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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By simplyfaithful
March 28, 2013 11:32 a.m.



HopeYou know how Kerry Hill so generously shared her story of hope? Well, the artist is generous in other ways, too. She has given me five beautiful necklaces to give away to you, you wonderful readers!

One of the necklaces will go directly to a woman who recently found out she has cancer. A mutual friend told me the woman was really looking forward to focusing on hope with us, and, well… I believe she needs one of these necklaces.

The rest of you, however, have a shot at the other four. So, are you ready to win?

Here are the details:



  • First, show Kerry some love. Go “like” her page on Facebook or comment on her blog. Let her know we appreciate her thoughtful gift.


  • Then, let me know by noon on Easter that you’d like your name added to the drawing. Either comment on the Simply Faithful page on Facebook or here at this blog post.


  • After dinner on Easter, when my 5-year-old comes down from his sugar high, I’ll have him draw a name from my favorite Blue Whale mug. I’ll announce winners the following Monday.




That’s it. Now, get started so you can win!

Here’s more about Kerry:

Kerry Hill

Kerry Hill is a mother of four gorgeous children, proud military spouse and speech therapist working for over a decade with children with special needs.  She and her husband are currently stationed in Texas.  She is the proprieter of Knot Far From the Tree, a socially committed company dedicated to honoring the special seasons in life by offering hand stamped jewelry and gifts at an affordable cost.  Portions of the proceeds raised are given to such organizations as The Wounded Warrior Project, Relay for Life, Little Elves for Little Angels, and many others.  Her works can be found at www.knotsofar.etsy.com.

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