Five Minute Free Writes buttonHi everyone!

Today is Day 3 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes — a challenge to post five minutes of writing every day in the month of October.

To celebrate this month of flash writing, I’m thrilled to announce that there will be a giveaway EVERY FRIDAY in the month of October!

How exciting is that?!

And I picked Fridays because I love me some ..


The theme of the giveaway month is:



… inspired by the brand new line of Words Matter Letterpress Blocks, brought to you by …



Don’t you just love ’em?







There’s also this really cool Letterpress Blocks Interface where you can play around with all the letter options and create a sample of your very own word, like I did for this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt:


Before we get to the giveaway and the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up, here are my five minutes on the word NEW ..

(Also Day 3 of my series, “31 Days of Life in South Africa“)

Ready … GO.


I only knew one family when I landed in Cape Town, and they were a Godsend.  I’d studied with the twin boys at Bible College in the States, and it was into their gracious home that I was welcomed upon my arrival.  They greeted me at the airport with a bag full of South African goodies, complete with a beaded doll with black dreadlocks woven of yarn.

I was so excited by the newness of it all that it felt as though my senses were heightened.  The colors looked brighter, the tastes richer, the smells sweeter.

The dear mother of the family prepared the most amazing meal, complete with ostrich, chutney, sweet butternut, avocado, malva pudding — all things that seemed far more exotic to me than the typical West Michigan fare.

One of the boys, a year younger than me, made it his mission to make me fall in love with his stomping grounds.

It didn’t take much.

He was, as they say, Proudly South African.


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An avid surfer, he drove me to all of the beaches that could possibly be found.  At Glen Beach, we climbed the boulders that jutted into the sea, me praying that I wouldn’t slip and fall with my precarious flip-flops.  We perched ourselves atop a rock warmed by the setting sun, and let our feet dangle toward the soothing crash of the waves.  Lion’s Head guarded our backs while the majestic Twelve Apostles looked on from the coast.

And if not for the Atlantic salt on my lips, it would’ve tasted just like a dream.




Now for the fun part!  Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win $75 of Words Matter Letterpress Blocks by (in)courage!

(Please note: This giveaway is only open to those with a U.S. shipping address.)




And don’t forget to stop by this cool interface where you can design your own word and share it on social media!

After that, link-up your five minutes of unedited goodness on the word NEW .. Why?  Because #wordsmatter.
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111 thoughts on “five minute friday and a giveaway! {day 3 :: new}

  1. Kate, I love your descriptions of a season of “new” in your life. Your pictures, descriptions, make me want to visit South Africa. It sounds like you got off to a wonderful new beginning in this land you came to love. I’d love to visit there one day!

    • Aww, I love that, LeeAnn .. Those were the words my mom painted on a ceramic platter when we went to a pottery studio to celebrate what ended up being her last birthday here. So special.

  2. I’m so SO excited about this giveaway! I’ve been seeing these everywhere and earlier this week went to the site to play with different words. It’s hard to choose one, but I would probably go with “One Thing Alone,” just because I love the reminder to focus on the only thing that matters every day.

  3. What an awesome giveaway Kate!! so many words (to create, so little Really a person could have so much, i.e. waay too much fun with this.

    Hmm…”Soar’ (if it were just for me)
    “Be Still”
    for starters. 🙂
    thanks again for offering this.

  4. Kate you are so gifted at writing! Your descriptions make me want to go there and photograph all the beauty! I’m not sure what word I would use if I won..maybe grace or smile!:) keep up the great posts!:)

    • Aww, thanks Naomi! I hope you do get to go one day!! (Maybe a semester abroad? Hint, hint?) (Wait, that’s what I did, and I only came back after ten years ..) 😉 Thanks for the ongoing encouragement!

  5. I am so in love with those blocks. I have been dreaming of all the words I would love to make with them! I am also loving this 31 days challenge. I have wanted to do the 31 days for a few years, but could never decide on a good topic, doing it this way is fun and relaxing! Thanks!

  6. My word for 2014 is Hope….it is an important word to be since I lost my husband in July…I am searching for hope more than ever. I would buy the word HOPE if I won. I love your story so far about your move to South Africa.

  7. I can’t believe I could actually fit my post into 5 minutes. The prompt NEW fit so well but I thought for sure I needed pages to explain what happened to me on Tuesday. Thanks so much for getting me going. Love to you!!

  8. I would do “Pursuit”. It’s the name of the youth group at church and they are in the process of redoing their meeting room. This would make a captivating statement piece!:) E

  9. my word would be grace for now. unless i think of something else as it bounces around in my head:) looks like a fun thing to win:) unlikely that i’ll win it but i can hope right:)

    i’m enjoying fmf these days. don’t know what the difference is. different words? i’ve been doing it for a few years. it is good for me to have to try to finish in 5 minutes. rarely happens, but i try:)

    you’re doing a great job kate:) thanks.

  10. My introduction to South African life couldn’t possible be more different, but the impact was still the same. Despite all the scary newness and awkwardness, I came to love it dearly. And though I wasn’t offered ostrich, I was given plenty of local staples (at one point including goat nose-ICK!) and found myself just part of the family. It’s amazing what can happen when we embrace the “new”!

  11. I love being on this “new” journey with you, Kate! Your words are so good at describing what you were seeing and feeling…the taste of a dream! <3 And my letterpress word would be “Light” maybe? 😉 I love these things…gotta have some. Hope rafflecopter is good to me. 😛 Blessings today, friend!

  12. […] #FiveMinuteFriday seems to roll around so quickly…but today I am glad it did. I have been so busy at our General Conference this week in St. Louis. We are manning our Revival By Design booth and enjoying seeing so many old friends and new faces. But I have been absent from Hope in the Healing and got up at 5:30 this morning to make sure I could have time to write. I hope today’s word prompt blesses you: NEW! […]

  13. Love this post! As soon as my server comes back up, I’ll be joining the group! Thank you for all you do to keep this community connected! The word I would choose? BLESSING. God bless you!

  14. Very cool letters! Thank you for taking over Five Minute Friday. I’ve been participating for some time but not always every week. Love the community and to get to read what others write in five minutes.

  15. I asked my husband what word stood out to him (from the four pictured). He said, “Hope.” It has been a difficult number of years. A spark of hope has emerged. This is so exciting for me.
    Awesome giveaway.

  16. I would love to see what my two older girls would come up with – they love that our little one is very into letters now and will ask them over and over what it says!

  17. I love being a part of Five Minute Friday. Recently, we moved into a new house and I’m working on making it a home. It’s been really hard though because I spent seven weeks in the hospital after we moved. And my husband spent many weeks in the hospital. He passed away on July 17. I’m wanting to make our house a home for my sake and for that of our son, who is 15. Those blocks would really help me out; I’d love to put words into my kitchen, which doesn’t have any decor yet. Thanks for reading this.

    • Oh dear, Patty. I’m so, so sorry to hear of the many trials you have endured in recent months. May God grant you the strength to endure. So glad you’ve made the effort to write and to share a snippet of your story with us. Grace to you.

    • I love the Grace idea too! Teaching in it in Sunday school for the next few weeks (max lucado’s book) what a great visual it would be. I’ll have to look for something for that. :-),thanks for the idea.

  18. Love these letters! I would for sure say Open Sky Life – an image and theme that is near and dear to my heart. And as our adoption progresses, when I know the names of my new little girls, I’m celebrating their names in their bedroom as well – how beautiful.

  19. I would love the word SUNSHINE. That is the nickname my husband first gave me. I also love the sunshine as it reminds me of the SONSHINE. thanks

  20. This is all so new to me. I never dreamed at almost 64 I would be so connected with so many wonderful women that I don’t even know, but who are part of my life. What an amazing world we have. God can use all the good new technology out there to help us spread His message of love and hope around the world.
    There are so many new ideas, or at least new ways of sharing old ideas. What a blessing to read what others have to share.
    All of this helps me become new agina. oops! again. stop

  21. I think my word would be Abba, or maybe Israel. My two favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for hosting FMFs & 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes! Very encouraging.

  22. […] some time unplugged. That time is always needed and appreciated! This week the writers over at Five Minute Friday are writing about: NEW. […]

  23. Need to go write and then will come read. Thanks for sharing your words and encouragement Kate. And woot to (in)courage for sharing words with us literally!!!

  24. How well we remember that day Kate! The Lord brought you into our family and community and we were all enriched by your gracious and generous spirit. You were greatly appreciated and loved by all whose lives you touched. We miss you.

    • You are so sweet, Les. I could not be more grateful for the role that your family has played in my life. You have been more instrumental than you’ll ever know. 🙂 Miss all of you!

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