2017 Rabbit Room Gift Exchange

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Back by popular demand, the Rabbit Room Christmas Gift Exchange!

But wait, what is it?

It’s a “Secret Santa” program. Everyone who wants to participate signs up, then we pull names out of the virtual hat, and everyone gives a gift (or gifts) to the person whose name they receive. You can remain anonymous if you wish, or you’re welcome to be as open as you like.

How much should I spend on a gift?

We’ve set a suggested gift value of $30. We’d love it if you bought your gifts in the Rabbit Room Store (this is a great time to share your Rabbit Room wishlist—click here and log in), but you don’t have to, and we encourage folks to give creative gifts, something handmade maybe, something you made maybe. Be creative! But please ensure that the gift you give is something you’d value at about $30. You’re welcome to lavish your recipient with more if you like. (And please feel free to disregard the wishlist and shopping options built into Elfster—see below.)

Where do I sign up?

This link (also at the bottom of this post) will take you to the Elfster website where you can sign up for the exchange. The site is a little clunky (and we hate the ads) but the exchange has gotten so big in the last couple of years that we need to use a system like this to administrate it effectively.

What if I don’t get a gift?

We urge everyone to be sure they mail or deliver their gifts well in advance of Christmas Day so that no one feels left out. However, should your Santa drop the ball, please let us know on or after January 1st. We’ll do our best to remind them and resolve the situation, and if necessary, we’ll make sure that person cannot participate again next year.

Can I be a backup Santa?

Yes! You can! If you’d like to make yourself available in the event that someone doesn’t receive a gift, please let us know via email at info@rabbitroom.com. We hope you won’t be needed, but we’d love to have your help if the situation arises (put “Backup Santa” in the subject line of your email).

When will I find out who I’m giving a gift to?

Sign-up starts right now. The sign-up deadline is Monday, November 20th, and names will be drawn on Tuesday, November 21st. NO LATE ENTRIES will be permitted. If you miss the sign-up window, you’ll need to wait until next year—this isn’t because we’re mean, it’s because it’s a closed system that cannot be amended once names are drawn. Everyone who enters will receive an email with their target’s name and address on Tuesday, November 22nd.

Any other questions? Ask in the comments and We’ll do our best to answer. Have fun!

And please use the comments section to introduce yourself. You might also want to let folks know what your interests are and what books and music you like in order to give your Santa some hints to work with.

Click Here to Join.

 


95 Comments

  1. JessieRaeSommers

    @jrae

    Hey there fellow Rabbits! This is my second year participating ! YAY! My name is Jessie, I’m 28 and I live just north of Nashville. I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 6 years and we have 2 boys(William and Calvin) and one more boy (Charlie) who will be here in January! A few things that I love for a bit of inspiration for whoever gets my name:-pie! -making pie (the crust too)-eating pie-eating anything really-COFFEE! and coffee and coffee (dark, strong, no cream/sugar kinda stuff)- long chats with my Momma over tea- coloring/coloring books (would love to add to my colored pencil collection)- Books! Hit me with your favorite book you read this year! I am drawn to fantasy, survival stories, good fiction, true crime, and have been wanting to read more biographies/stories of individuals with autism (my 4 1/2 year old is on the spectrum, hence the interest)- chocolate with caramel is my favorite combo- I like the idea of a minimalism, but I’m very bad at it- Movies I love include: You’ve Got Mail, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, Father of the Bride, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and pretty much anything with Tom Hanks- Favorite T.V. Shows are Gilmore Girls and White Collar (Etsy has some super great Gilmore Girls mugs…just sayin)- Other than pies and kids I don’t do a whole lot of “creating”, but I love a beautiful drawings, paintings,a piece of pottery, a beautiful poem etc. – I wish I could garden- Andrew Peterson is hands down my favorite singer/songwriter of all time. I have all his music. But a cool lyrics art would be just the most amazing thing ever.- I collect cardigans- I love mini things: mini pie plates, mini loaf pans, mini potted succulents, mini mason jars, mini things that serve a purpose and don’t just collect dust- I’m always cold. I like cozy, happy throws to keep in a basket by the couch.- Gift cards to following would make my day: Rabbit Room, Etsy, StitchFix, Modcloth, & Target- When I’m not pregnant I enjoy a good glass of Cabernet or Merlot and I like to drink it out of stemless wine glasses- Cold weather is my favorite- I love to travel, but don’t get to do it often- I love having people over for dinner and eating and talking and laughing and eating.
    I think that’s enough to get a few ideas. I may have gotten carried away. 😛

  2. Carlee Lingerfelt

    Is there anyone (especially a woman) who would like to be not-so-secret Santas with each other who loves handmade gifts? I am unemployed and can’t afford to buy anything, but I have an art degree and am really good at making things. I like receiving handmade gifts too. I just wouldn’t want to get paired with someone who isn’t as into handmade stuff

    I would enjoy making lyric art for you, hand embroidery, sewing cloth napkins & bow ties & hair bows, making Christmas ornaments, making a journal/sketchbook, and probably a lot of other stuff. 🙂

  3. Emma Chmura

    @emmaj

    @carlee, I’m not the boss of anything, but I don’t think you should let that stop you from joining. See above: “We encourage folks to give creative gifts, something handmade maybe, something you made maybe.”

    Like yourself, I don’t have much money to spend. My gift usually consists of mostly handmade surprises, along with one or two purchased items (I think I’ve sometimes given my Rabbit Christmas pal some nice tea from a local shop). I usually make most of my family Christmas gifts, too, and I feel like the time that I spend on making the item is really an essential part of the gift.

    I’d say that the idea of the $30 guideline is “Give something(s) special and thoughtful.” It sure sounds like you have many lovely talents to share. If it makes you feel stressed to try to evaluate whether your gift is something you’d spend $30 for (if you hadn’t made it yourself) or if the postage will break your bank, no obligation–totally okay to bow out. But I sure hope you feel welcome to participate.

    Ooh–here’s an idea. A friend just asked if I would make her a tote bag. I was thinking that I might offer to trade with her for one of her ceramic pieces. So, if you know another maker-of-things who makes something you would like to gift, maybe that’s another option.

  4. Emma Chmura

    @emmaj

    By way of introducing my own self… My name is Emma. I like to make things. I also love Lewis and Tolkien and Chesterton and strong black tea. And I most definitely enjoy finding cheerful packages on my front porch : )

    I’m open to surprises. You could send me a copy of a story or album that is important to you or something you made with your hands. Whatevs!

  5. Teresa Sayles

     
    Hey all – I love gift-giving and am so excited to put together a gift for whomever I get assigned!  A little about me: I’m an avid reader and writer and thoroughly enjoy Tolkien/Lewis/Dickens/Austen/Shakespeare/etc.  I live in Minnesota, which means this time of year I love a nice cup of cocoa or caffeine-free tea, warm hats and gloves, scarves, and anything that keeps me warm and dry.  I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes (though food allergies mean I need to sometimes get creative), and my music tastes range from Rabbit Room folks to Broadway to Jack Johnson and Imogen Heap.  My favorite place I’ve visited is the west coast of Ireland, and I absolutely adore The Princess Bride (both the book and movie).  I have no preference to store-bought or handmade gifts – I’m simply excited to have another opportunity to get to know people better and get connected.

  6. Kristen Kopp

    @kristenkopp

    This gift exchange has become one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I love to be surprised, but should my Secret Rabbit need some inspiration, here are few of my favorite things: handwritten letters, poems, fountain pens, pencils, art supplies, tea, whole bean coffee, mugs, journals, stationery, old books, quirky little things, tiny boxes, maps, handmade treasures, original artwork (including children’s art), stories, and board games. Or share some of your favorite things. I know I will love whatever you send.

  7. Lisa Eldred

    I’m Lisa, and I’m a geek who lives in Michigan. I have an Amazon wishlist, but honestly, I tend to appreciate gifts that are meaningful to you and/or local/regional foods… special BBQ sauces, locally roasted coffee or tea, your favorite book plus a note of why you like it, etc. If you go the hand-made route, I tend to collect Cthulhu/octopus themed stuff, so that’s a good option. One note: sulfides give me digestive issues, so be careful if you buy me dried fruit.

  8. John Barber

    @barberjo

    Hey peeps! John Barber here. If you’ve been to Hutchmoot, I probably took some money from you. If you have a misfortune to draw my name in this thing, I absolutely love stuff that’s meaningful to you. Homemade stuff, art, etc. I’m also a huge fan of food and coffee. If you wanna send me the beat up copy of that novel that you love more than anything else (and you just wish someone would read it too), that would be rad. Whatever you think is awesome, send it! Thanks!

  9. Christine Eaton

    @christine-j-eaton

    Hey there! I’m Christi, I’m a freshmen in college who adores great literature, (my favorite book happens to be The Fiddler’s Gun) Should you be looking for inspiration of what to send, I love art, poetry, stationery, tea, and handmade things. I’m a huge fan of The Gray Havens and Andrew Peterson. This is my first year participating and I’m so excited!

  10. Amelia Freidline

    @innocenceabroad

    Hello! I’m Amelia and I love gift exchanges because I love giving secret presents. 🙂 (And of course getting them is fun, too.) I live in the Kansas City suburbs, but I love all things English/Welsh/Scottish/Irish, too. I like mysteries and P.G. Wodehouse, Chesterton and owls and mushrooms (to look at, but not always to eat), coffee and tea and poems and whimsical things. And baking. Can I mail you a cake? But if you make things or write things or draw things or … perform some other creative verb I haven’t included … I would love to see what you create!
    I’m slightly sensitive to almonds/sweet almond oil, but that’s the only thing I know of. And I know it practically makes me a heathen in some circles, but I don’t like olives. 🙂

  11. Jade Nichol Payne

    Hey beautiful people,

    I am excited to be participating again this year! I would love anything you dream up. I love surprises and I would enjoy knowing more about you and your story.

    My name is Jade and I live on a Summer Camp year round in the southern wilds of South Texas.

    I love books (oh the smell….so amazing) and crafty/handmade things (i’m a painter) and good stories (it’s why we’re friends here at the Rabbit Room, right? Classic literature to modern day Superhero films) and traveling/adventure (our family symbol is the compass).

    I love trees a little too much and I love people and community. Anything Tea-ish or caramely or sparkly or colory. Basically I love everything and everyone and am too enthusiastic for most people. Oh and I homeschool my children by day and am a wedding photographer/closet painter/bowl of cereal eater by night.

    Guys. I’m super easy to please.

  12. Laure Hittle

    @mrs-hittle

    About me: i find that writing about myself is a rather strange thing to do, which is, of course, perfectly natural because i happen to be a rather strange person. i once studied the Budge-Nuzzard at the graduate level and write heretical fanfic in dead languages. See? i told you so. Strange.

    i’m a librarian and a bookbinder, and being a fictional character, i require fiction as well as oxygen to live. So if you have a favorite book i will read the heck out of it and i will love connecting with you over it as well (write me a note!). 🙂 Other things i love include baby foxes, skunks, tiny passerines, everything autumn, meeting new poets, board games, nerdery of all kinds, making homemade ice cream, and RABBITS. i love you people. And honestly, i love basically everything (AP once described me as “intense;” he is not wrong), and would love to love whatever you love along with you. 🙂 i’m so glad to be at home here in the Rabbit Room.

     

  13. Laure Hittle

    @mrs-hittle

    ps. @jadewillwander, are we the same person? XD

    I would love anything you dream up. I love surprises and I would enjoy knowing more about you and your story…. Basically I love everything and everyone and am too enthusiastic for most people.

  14. Rachel Donahue

    @racheldonahue

    Hello, everyone!

    This is my first year participating. I chickened out last year, but after meeting all you wonderful people at Hutchmoot this year I couldn’t wait to jump in. I enjoy giving and connecting with people, so I expect this to be great fun. Please write me a note! I enjoy literature and poetry (well, books in general–one can never have too many books–and used ones are just as good as new ones), writing/journaling, music (Andrew Peterson, Jill & Andy, Gray Havens, Audrey Assad, Arcadian Wild, Ben Shive, Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda… the list grows the longer I hang around here), hand-painted/drawn art, hot tea, scripture, lovely things in general. I play the piano, so sheet music of the classical variety might be fun. (It would give me an excuse to practice again.) We have four children (three rowdy boys and a baby girl), so trinkets and fragile things tend to have a short life span around here. Except coffee mugs. <3 I’m easy to please and I have simple tastes. Feel free to send me some of your favorites. I’ll be happy with whatever you send, friend!

  15. nora k

    @ovenmitt

    oh my goodness, it’s finally here! the gift exchange season is my favorite time of year! i have been blessed for several years  by this gift exchange and the people who have befriended me and the ways they have shared a bit of their lives with me. i hope that i’ve been able to do the same.

    we live where it is never winter and have been here for just a few years. i’m a recovering food addict living my life one day at a time in the grace and love of a God who sustains me and delights in me. my house is dotted with the things i love – le petit prince, doctor who, musical theatre, greeting cards, AP and AG lyrics, candles, lip balm and ovenmitts (how eponymous, i know). we brought two cats into our home this summer and we’re not quite sure how destructive they are yet, so this year, instead of a 1/2 decorated christmas tree, we’re building all of LEGO’s winter village sets and creating an actual village where our tree would go.

    you know what else i love? getting mailing labels from organizations i’ve donated to…ooh and cycling out old snarky coffee mugs for new ones. i love magnets and geeky stocking stuffers and i should stop.

  16. Rebecca Newman

    @rebeccanewman

    Hey there!  My name is Rebecca.  I am a 35 yr old wife to my Mister of 15 years and homeschooling Mama to five kids ( children, not goats).  We do, however, have a little homestead farm.  So there are animals involved (and cheesemaking).  I love creating- it is in my bones.  And I am not picky about how it’s done- only THAT it is done.  From making homemade Halloween costumes to baking bread to canning garden abundance, from yarning to sewing to woodburning to photography to watercolors to filling pages with words- I sneak it in every little crack and crevice I can find.   I love to read real books…I was so sad when I went to a book club at our local library and realized every single person attending with the exception of myself loved reading amish fiction and murder mysteries entitled things like carrot cake culprit.  But I digress.

    I love to write letters and of course, receive them.  I love to take pictures.  I love to cook.  I drink tea and cocoa, not coffee.  I curl up with books.  I can eat an entire bag of Lindt chocolate truffles in one sitting.  I sing and dance in the kitchen, in the garden and even catch myself doing it in the store as I shop.   I don’t know if you can see my rabbit room wishlist (is it public?) but it is full of JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson, The Gray Havens’ Ghost of a King, Audrey Assads’ Inheritance, Ron Block and his Hogan’s House of Music, Son of Laughers’ No Story is Over, Christopher Williams’ GATHER and of course- the most coveted of all The new Every Moment Holy.

    I think the best gifts are handmade so I make a lot of the gifts that I give.   And I like to think they are the kinds of things that people *actually* like.  🙂

    Probably the best way to figure out who I am and what I like (is EVERYTHING to broad?)  is to pop over to my blog:  http://www.zeahrenaissance.blogspot.com

    I really hope I am partnered up with one of you peeps who takes the time to comment because I’d love the challenge of finding something personal to send your way and I have already enjoyed reading the comments so far.

    As for me, I have no expectations other than getting mail addressed to me that isn’t a bill!  That would be pretty sweet!!!

     

     

     

     

  17. Rebecca Newman

    @rebeccanewman

    Hey!  My name is Rebecca.  I’m a 35 year old wife of 15 years to my Mister and homeschooling Mama to five kids (kiddos, not goats).  We live on a hobby farm, though, so animals are a part of my life too.  And cheesemaking.  Creating is in my bones and I am not picky of how it is done.  Creating is also a necessity in my life as I stay at home and homeschool and my hubby works his tail off for modest income.  I knit. Crochet.  Sew clothes and toys.  Paint.  Make Halloween costumes and parade floats.  Garden and preserve food and make floral arrangements.  I bake bread and fry doughnuts.  Our dinner table has lit candles every night and I’m allergic to the cow I have to milk when my husband is out of town.  (That’s always a fun evening.)

    I love to curl up with a book but only at night before bed- if I sit down on the couch one of five children come over to ‘talk’ or to beg me to read to them and so forth.  I like *quality* literature and avoid drivel.  I drink tea and cocoa, not coffee.  I sing while cooking and gardening and have even caught myself doing it shopping … when the lady in front of me in line turned around and said “That sounds like a really nice song- what is it?” (Embarrassing!) I make soap.  I photograph things in order to see, really see, the goodness all around.  I fill pages with words and long to be published.  I’d love to adopt.

    The best way to figure out who I am is to pop over to my blog:  http://www.zeahrenaissance.blogspot.com

    I don’t know if the Rabbit Room wishlist is public- but it is filled with JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson, The Gray Havens and Sons of Laughter, Audrey Assad and Ron Block and that new Gather cd sounds pretty lovely too.  And of course, the much coveted Every Moment Holy.    I appreciate handmade gifts but I rarely ‘get’ them as maybe it is out of fashion?   Or maybe I just have uncrafty family.  Personally, I give handmade gifts the majority of the time and I like to think the recipients actually *like* the stuff I give them.

    I hope I get one of you who have commented because I would love the challenge of finding a really great, personalized package to send you.  It’s been fun reading all your details!  As for me, my only expectation for the exchange (having never done it before) is that I will get a package addressed to me that is NOT a bill…which would be sweet indeed!  😉  Can’t wait!

  18. Miranda Elizabeth Bryant

    @miranda

    Hey Fam!

    My name is Miranda. This is my first year to participate in the gift exchange – Hutchmoot made me not afraid of jumping in now. 🙂 I like lots of things – handmade pottery, sparkly things, maps/travel/the nations, coffee, journaling (but I’m picky about journals – let’s be real, y’all), story, music (AP is my fave) and anything that would help me get to know you better and be your friend.

    I am SO stinkin’ excited about this. <3

  19. Nathaniel Miller

    @nmiller

    I love participating in this each year.  I enjoy getting snacks, coffee, etc. that are made or manufactured in your home town or state.  It’s a cool way to share your city or town with me.  If you want to send Rabbit Room gifts, go for the following: Son of Laughter’s No Story Is Over album, Melanie Penn’s Immanuel album, Douglas McKelvey’s The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog book, or Andrew Greer’s Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth book.  Feeling creative?  Creatively surprise me.  Merry Christmas, Rabbits!

  20. Kate Willis

    @katewillis

    This is my second time participating, and I love it so much! It’s especially fun reading everyone’s wishlists and getting to know a little bit more about you all. 😉 I’m drawing a blank on how to introduce myself, so I’ll just list it and get it over with. I’m a big sister to five, younger sister to two, and aunt to four. I write stories, try to draw, and sing some. I love autumn, family life, music that tells a story or stirs my emotions, and fiction BOOKS that are just plain fun and/or deep. If you’re going for a Rabbit Room gift, I’m interested in Henry and the Chalk Dragon, The Shiloh series, and JJ Heller music. (I have everything AP!) Other than that, surprise me with something meaningful to you, handmade, or nerdy (my favorite Doctor is Ten).

  21. Jamie

    @jamiehupfer

    Hello Friends! This is my first year participating and I am so excited. My name is Jamie. I am a homeschooling mom to two(13, 10) in New Hampshire. I am an avid reader and love good literature. My two favorite books are Persuasion and To Kill a Mockingbird. I like all different genres. To give you an idea of what I enjoy, I am currently reading No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, Charles Dickens by Chesterton, Ender’s Game, and re reading the Shiloh Trilogy from Helena Sorensen. As well as The Wingfeather Saga for our family read aloud. I love music. My taste varies depending on my mood.  I love the artists from the Rabbit Room to Johnny Cash, Lucero, The Who, The Ramones….   I am a big Doctor Who/ Firefly/Star Wars sci-fi fan and love Miyazaki Anime. And I “may” collect toys and trinkets from any of those. I am also a big tea drinker(never coffee), some of my favorite teas are regional ones friends have sent me. Nothing is better than sipping tea from a handmade mug while reading and nibbling on dark chocolate. I have pretty simple tastes overall. Send something from your area, a copy of your favorite book…I will love and appreciate anything. It feels weird to write about myself like this, but I am looking forward to this exchange. I love connecting with others through gift giving, so send a note along so I can say thank you. 💗

     

  22. Matthew Benefiel

    Okay, I’m going to try. I am Matthew Benefiel, I’ve been creeping around the dark corners of Rabbitroom for a number of years now and have soaked up more music in that time span than in my life before then. I am 35, married for 13 years this Nov 27th, father of four (Ellie age 11, Caleb age 10, Malachi age 8, and Deborah age 6) and owner of three cats now (I know, crazy). I love music, I have a lot from rabbitroom already, including AP, Osenga, Gullihorn, Son of Laughter (new album is amazing), Orchardist, The Arcadian Wild (wow!), and more. I like to read when I have the chance and energy, and as much as I love theology it puts me to sleep so I find myself in fiction often. Currently I am reading Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children (writer is good but too much language and insinuations to let my 11 year daughter read it). I love the Harry Potter series (I don’t own them yet but between myself and my daughter we keep the library copies on rotation – she’s read them three times now I think), Auralia’s Colors (own them), Lord of the Rings, Fiddler’s series (own them), AP’s books (own them), and such. I have read Ender’s Game more times than I should admit and will again someday. I love to write, but my energies are spent elsewhere these days and I’m still mad at myself for taking 8 years to write a book, the last four or five just being editing. I would gladly take a copy of someone’s own book to read and comment for gift, I love how stories fit together (Star Killer Base was such a disappointment) and have way too many opinions, but I’m working on that. I love good movies and I am attempting to learn mandolin, started with a good home school curriculum that teaches reading notes, but have fallen into learning hymns. Oh and I love all the new boards games coming out. I have a decent collection already. I am a Computer Engineer by trade so I am a nerd…and I am terrible as spelling (not great for writing books), nuf said. I love in Xenia, Ohio, which I always say is pronounced like Xena warrior princess but with an “i”.

  23. Rebecca Newman

    @rebeccanewman

    Hey!  My name is Rebecca.  I’m a 35 year old wife of 15 years to my Mister and homeschooling Mama to five kids (kiddos, not goats).  We live on a hobby farm, though, so animals are a part of my life too.  And cheesemaking.  Creating is in my bones and I am not picky of how it is done.  Creating is also a necessity in my life as I stay at home and homeschool and my hubby works his tail off for modest income.  I knit. Crochet.  Sew clothes and toys.  Paint.  Make Halloween costumes and parade floats.  Garden and preserve food and make floral arrangements.  I bake bread and fry doughnuts.  

    I love to curl up with a book but only at night before bed- if I sit down on the couch one of five children come over to ‘talk’ or to beg me to read to them and so forth.  I like *quality* literature and avoid drivel.  I drink tea and cocoa, not coffee.  I sing while cooking and gardening and have even caught myself doing it shopping … when the lady in front of me in line turned around and said “That sounds like a really nice song- what is it?” (Embarrassing!) I make soap.  I photograph things in order to see, really see, the goodness all around.  I fill pages with words and long to be published.  I’d love to adopt.  

    The best way to figure out who I am is to pop over to my blog:  http://www.zeahrenaissance.blogspot.com

    I don’t know if the Rabbit Room wishlist is public- but it is filled with JJ Heller, Andrew Peterson, The Gray Havens and Sons of Laughter, Audrey Assad and Ron Block and that new Gather cd sounds pretty lovely too.  And of course, the much coveted Every Moment Holy.    I appreciate handmade gifts but I rarely ‘get’ them as maybe it is out of fashion?   Or maybe I just have uncrafty family.  Personally, I give handmade gifts the majority of the time and I like to think the recipients actually *like* the stuff I give them.  

    I hope I get one of you who have commented because I would love the challenge of finding a really great, personalized package to send you.  It’s been fun reading all your details!  As for me, my only expectation for the exchange (having never done it before) is that I will get a package addressed to me that is NOT a bill…which would be sweet indeed!  😉  Can’t wait!

     

  24. Glenn McCarty

    @glennmccarty

    Hi. I’m Glenn. If you’re new to this gift exchange, get ready. It’s awesome! Rabbit gifts are the best gifts. Because rabbits are the best people. About me – I write for children and families, and love “kid lit” of all sorts. I teach English, and have two boys, ages 9 and 7. I love beautiful things, and have gotten some great hand-crafted gifts over the years from some amazing people (you know who you are). Oh, and I love food. And music. And I can’t wait to see who I can play Rabbit Claus to this year. Brace yourself!

  25. Rebecca Newman

    @rebeccanewman

    Ha!  I see now that my comment was published THRICE which means you all are wagging your heads at my apparent enthusiasm.  I am super enthusiastic- but not so much as to type a bookish comment three times…It was more of a cut and paste in frustration sort of thing.  😉  Sorry about the redundance!

  26. Caroline Greene

    @carolinegreene

    Hello! I’m Caroline Greene, a 23 year old who lives on her family’s farm in North Carolina.  We’ve got chickens, cows, pigs, sheep, some crazy dogs, three big gardens, and I dream of adding goats, turkeys, and draft horses and oxen some day.  I love classical, Celtic, and Christmas jazz music. I’m somewhat of a foodie, since we produce most of the food we eat, and enjoy cooking.  I love to read, especially old books.  I’m an Anglophile, play the piano, draw a little, and am learning to make books.  I love Christmas and am enjoying seriously observing the church year for the first time.  I’m glad to be participating in my first exchange and look forward to meeting new people through it!

  27. Hope

    @guineapiglover

    @carlee, I agree that you should sign up.  I would love to receive something handmade!

    I’m 31, I’m from Oklahoma and this is my second year participating in the gift exchange.   I love Lewis/Tolkien/Chesterton, Ireland, guinea pigs, owls, playing piano, crocheting, Hamilton, cloudy winter days, and black tea.  I love music and have many favorite songs but the one that tops them all is AP’s “The Sower’s Song”; it continues to be deeply meaningful to me.  I would love to receive something meaningful to you, something handmade, and/or something unique from your state or hometown.

  28. Mary Kathryn Daigle

    @marykathryn-2

    Yay yay yay yay!! I cannot stop smiling- I am so excited for this gift exchange! I love everything about presents and being part of this community of rabbits!!
    But in case you need something a little more concrete… I love a lot of other things too! Literature by C. S. Lewis, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Madeleine L’Engle, and Shakespeare are my favorite but there is something so eye-opening about learning new authors and reading their work so please share what you read. As a Wheaton College freshman majoring in history and political science, the world of nonfiction and biographies (especially if they have to do with America) are becoming more and more exciting. I am an aspiring writer who needs more hours in a day so I can actually write down the scenes that roll around in my head. As a violinist, I love music, especially classical and hymns- and honestly anything from the Rabbit Room artists. I also love animals, especially rabbits, and people, so anything that you love, I want to love too! (and I feel like this goes without saying, but more than all these things, I love Jesus- so anything that speaks of Him feel very free to send along!)

  29. KatieHogue

    @katiehogue

    Okay, so I saw the idea about the exchange and thought it sounded really cool but was nervous about signing up.  After reading all the comments above, I am actually giddy about this whole thing…I think I’ve found my people! My name is Katie, I text in complete sentences and use emoticons way too much.  I love Scripture, and I really enjoy digging in and learning about what words mean and what was really going on in the culture of the time.  I love all things art, and am trying to do everything (watercolor, fiber, print, paper making, bookbinding, copper enameling, marbling, and so on…) I secretly love to write, especially poems and free verse. I love things made from scratch, prefer tools over perfume, art supplies over jewelry, and would rather receive a collection of leaves, twigs, and rocks over anything “Made in China”.  I am not a musician by any means, but am currently working with a couple of them to publish a book of fiddle tunes.  I love “outside the box” thinkers, and raised two of them: a junior in high school and a junior in college.  With empty nest approaching quickly, and my MBA husband “retiring” from his job, we plan to buy an RV and hit the bluegrass music festival circuit next summer to hawk books and CDs like a couple of hippies.

  30. Leah Phillippi

    Hi friends!

    I’m Leah, I’m 33, I work as a pediatrician, and I live in Wisconsin.  I have LOVED doing the rabbit room gift exchange over the years–I think my favorite part is reading everyone’s introductions here!  I’ve tried to find good introductions of mine to recycle from another year–but it seems that I’ve never done a good enough job of this to copy–maybe this is the year!

    I am a weaver and my favorite colors currently are aquas, blues and grays.  I am hoping to spend more time trying out watercolors and stained glass art in the next year (I’m signed up for a stained glass class in January!)  I love having people over for dinner and I love making soups (and along that line am looking for more beautiful coasters).  My rabbit room wish list includes Slugs and Bugs Sing the Gospel (I have all the other Slugs and Bugs stuff), Scott Mulvahill’s album (Top of the Stairs) and more Fernando Ortega hymns (the only album I have is The Shadow of Your Wings).  One thing I would LOVE LOVE LOVE is if anyone (my rabbit room Santa or not–not sure if it’s appropriate to ask in this forum…) could track down Sara Groves’ commentary edition of The Collection.  (I have her commentaries for Floodplain, Abide with Me, and Invisible Empires and they are favorites of mine–are any others out there?)  I am not a coffee drinker, but enjoy tea and cider and hot chocolate.  Some of my favorite visual artists are Jamin Still, Evie Coates and Eddy Efaw.  I love candles–especially the rare candle that smells like fresh pear.  And I’m drooling over neatly planted succulents these days.  I’d love more of an introduction to blue grass and celtic music, if those happen to be your things.

    That’s a start!  Looking forward to finding out who I get to surprise this year!

  31. Ashley Lind

    @alind

    Hi all! This is my first RR gift exchange, and I’m very excited to get to know some of you better this way. I’m in my late twenties, living over in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest near Portland, OR. I love living in the PNW, but I also like to travel and explore new places. It would be fun to get anything that reflects something about you or the area where you live (and don’t be shy! I’d love a note so I know a little more about who you are!). As far as books go, all my favorite authors are British. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are at the top, but I also really like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Elizabeth Goudge. I wish I was into poetry, but have yet to explore it much. My fun reading of late has mostly been the Auralia and Shiloh series. As far as music goes, I feel like I’m making up for lost time discovering artists that are well-known around here. Lately I’ve mostly been listening to AP, Rich Mullins, Audrey Assad, Josh Garrels and Porter’s Gate. Besides books and music, I also love the outdoors, photography, chocolate, beverages of many kinds, and things that are fuzzy.

  32. Stephen Hesselman

    @stephenhesselman

    Hey! I’m participating this year as well. I’m in my early 40s (very early, exceedingly early even). I live in TN with my family.
    I like C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Tolkien, pretty much anything the Rabbit Room folks put out, and classic illustrations from old children’s books.
    Nature pics, or pics of old buildings, castles, whathaveyou are really cool (things that take me to places I don’t get to see).
    I also like chocolate and coffee.
    And if you get my name, I’d be really happy with something you made yourself, whatever you do.
    I’m easy to please, and I’m sure I’ll love whatever you come up with. I’m really looking forward to putting together a gift for my rabbit as well! Thanks for being part of this, and nice to get to know you guys better. Merry Christmas!

  33. Reagan Dregge

    @rdregge

    My husband & daughter & I live in an old farmhouse with our ever growing menagerie. We’re fond of all forms of Story, especially Tolkien. Feel free to stalk us across the internets or take a page from several fine folks above and just send something *you* love.

    P.S. We love Making, by hand or heart. So.

    (I plagiarized Annie Dillard’s essay “Living Like Weasels” with that “So.”)

  34. Bethany K. Warner

    @bkwordnerd

    Hi, I’m Bethany. Late 30s, Hoosier of the past decade, relative newly-wed (two years on 12/12!),  library fundraiser by day and aspiring novelist. Watership Down is my favorite book.

    I love books, fun journals and pens (ok, let’s be real: office supplies… post-it notes can make me happy), chocolate, coffee, Legos, Star Wars, X-Files, Firefly, and board games. I think it’d be great to get a copy of YOUR favorite book (but with the caveat that it’s not Lewis or Tolkein because I have a shelf full of them already, right? ) My Rabbit Room list includes the Slugs and Bugs Family Christmas because even though I’m not a parent, I think learning Scripture from songs  is brilliant and have fond fond memories of vinyl records of similar sorts of things from when I was a kid (Critter County, anyone?)

    I am not crafty, so if I get your name, I’m sorry I can’t knit you anything, but I promise it’ll still be a good gift.

  35. Thomas Leonard

    @tleonard

    Hi all, I’m 30 years old, currently a substitute teacher in Southeast Michigan. I am in the midst of preparing for an adventure of helping long-term North African migrants in Europe find belonging in Jesus. I’ve just joined Rabbit Room this Fall but love the edifying articles and esprit de corps on the FB page. Since college I feel as if I’ve been imprisoned in non-fiction (willingly so) and so feel like there’s so much to discover and re-discover! I’ve got an untapped interest in GK Chesterton, Frederick Buechner, George MacDonald, Walt Wangerin, or maybe someone from the RR… I’m also into poetry and try to write myself, so a poetry anthology would be of interest too. Or music for that matter: love me some AP, Young Oceans, Ember Days, Josh Garrels, Audrey Assad, etc., but would be interested in picking up one of the featured RR musicians too. Blessings to you all!

  36. Kyra Hinton

    Heya guys! I’m an artist and stay-at-home wife and mom of a 2 year old. I’m inspired by good poetry, pretty books, and aerial or drone photography, which makes my heart skip a beat. I love all things cozy and handmade ceramics/pottery/candles. Being an artist, I’m also always loving supplies and new things, so if you get me and you’re an artist, I’d love whatever supplies are your favorites right now, or ones you think I’d enjoy! You can check out the art I do usually here: http://www.kyrahinton.com but I try almost all fine art mediums! Music is also good if you have favorites! Right now I’m enjoying Josh Garrels, the Grey Havens, The Arcadian Wild, Sleeping at Last, etc.
    I’ve now used too many exclamation points and strange disjointed sentences, so I’ll sign off now. I’m really excited to connect with you all through this!
    (Also, Elfter has a way to anonymously message your gift recipient to ask any clarifying questions! So if you’re stumped you can check in with me!)

  37. Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

    Hi! I’m new at this and am excited to participate! I’m in my 20s, wife to my best friend, Tyler, and mom to four boys 5 yrs and younger. I’m a writer, a reader, and a thinker of thoughts. I love to give handmade gifts and would be delighted to receive one. I’m also into anything writer-ly. Books or bookish accessories are great too! I enjoy folk music and Christian music with strong melodies as well as instrumental Celtic music and movie soundtracks (I enjoy writing to instrumental music). As far as stuff from RR, I’m very interested in reading “Behold the Lamb of God” by Russ Ramsey… or basically anything else you’ve enjoyed.

    In general anything that’s special to you, I’d be delighted by… especially if we have an overlap in interests! 🙂

  38. Gillian Bronte Adams

    I’m excited to be participating this year! I’m a twenty-something living in Texas. A writer, wanderer, and fantasy novelist with a collection of books that may soon require recognition as its own sovereign state. I love coffee (too much!), handmade mugs (for the drinking of too much coffee), music, and of course … books … or other things related to writing or adventuring or traveling. That massive book collection I mentioned already includes Andrew Peterson’s, Pete Peterson’s, and Jonathan Rogers’s books, (and all the Tolkien and Lewis there is) but I would love to break further into the Rabbit Room library. I also recently discovered Dorothy Sayer’s Lord Peter Wimsey and would love to read more. 🙂

  39. Gypsy Martin

    @gypsy

    Hi, everybody! My name is Gypsy. I’m 45 and live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and two boys (12 & 14.) I love to read and write and buy weird vintage things. My house is piled with old prints of every style. I have read most of the usual suspects around the Rabbit Room, but if you have a favorite book that’s fantasy, sci-fi, or historical fiction that is a little more obscure, I would love to read it. (If it’s a book for kids, even better!) I love journals and bookmarks (one can never have too many of either), black tea of all sorts, and coffee. I haven’t settled on a favorite pen yet, so if you have, I would love to get one/a pack (I’m not talking fancy, here.) If there’s something that represents the part of the country you’re from, I would love that too. If you make or write things and want to share, that’s great! Like @bkwordnerd, I would love the Slugs and Bugs Christmas album, so I can get some Scripture tucked away in my heart. I am so excited to be participating this year!

  40. Laurel Stein

    Hi! I’m Laurel, first time participant. I’m a Catholic homeschooling mom to four girls (11, 7, 6, 2). That means there’s a lot of children’s literature in my life (lucky me)!! Chesterton, Lewis, Tolkien, AP, Elizabeth Goudge, Rumer Godden, and Gene Stratton-Porter are probably my all-time faves.

    I love food and music too. I have a Rabbit Room wishlist that’s primarily music, LOL. I didn’t realize until I was married (12 1/2 years ago) that I am the creative type! There’s almost always paint splatters in my kitchen sink, thread on the carpet, glitter, well… everywhere. For example, my oldest just had a Wingfeather birthday party and I made her a Clue game. I painted mini peg dolls, made up the cards, etc.  It was a huge hit!

    I love handmade things, and if my Santa leans that way, I would be thrilled!! But I’m pretty easily pleased, so don’t worry.

  41. Micah Hawkinson

    @micah

    Hello, Friends! I am Micah. I am 36 years old. I am a grammar / history / sci-fi nerd, a software developer, a husband, the father of 4 small children (ages 2-7), and an elder at a small Bible church. I enjoy all kinds of beautiful things. These include reading, podcasts, games (all sorts), music, and visual arts.

    Artistically, I’m more of a dabbler than a finisher. I play several different instruments very indifferently. I have made a few simple collages. I enjoy drawing but am no good at it. I am perfectly content with my mediocrity at these pursuits. I’m currently working on a small book of creative non-fiction about a tragic event that my family experienced some time ago. I also really like playing with Legos and electronic gadgets (like Raspberry Pi). I think spreadsheets are one of humanity’s most perfect inventions.

    I enjoy eating and exercise so I won’t die of it too soon.

    I would love to have whatever you want to give me. I’m looking forward to meeting you, my wonderful Christmasy friend!

  42. Carrie Givens

    @carrieg

    Hi, all! I’m Carrie Givens and I’m terrible at these introductions/list of stuff/request/ideas thingeys.

    I have many of the items that are in the RR store already, but as a general rule, I like Rabbity music (I say my favorite genre is “boy and guitar”) and books and the like. I’m a writer and have an addiction to journals (the less fru-fru the better). I also adore pottery stuff.

    I’m coming off a crazy busy year and my brain is a little fried, so things that will help me slow down in the winter months are the kinds of things I’d like. I live in Charlotte, NC, and “winter” is a bit of misnomer down here, but you get the gist.

  43. Kathleen Mahoney

    Its sad really, but I haven’t watched Dr. Who in a long while :O I would love anything “hello sweety” and River Song’s jourunal. I will say 10 is my favorite Doc and I want a sonic screwdriver just to point it at people and run around the house “fixing” things.

    Although I love coffee, it is detrimental to my health now 🙁 so best stick with tea, I am not a fruity girl, so stick with herbs, especially the dark ones.

    I am a writer and just started blogging reglarly (LONG TIME COMING PEOPLE!)

    I do not own anything from the RR store, so a book or cd or mug or something wonderful from the store would be a treasure (surprise me all you want in this department).

    In general, homemade gifts are always appreciated or anything that means a lot to you. beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I would LOVE to get a glimpse of the story God is writing for you! If you are creative or intuitive, then you just “might” fine some kind of hint on my blog, though if you do it will be a surprise to me lol.

    have fun peeps!

    Let the holidays commence!

    cheers loves 😀

    ps. I have a few N.D.Wilson books (Outlaws of Time, and Death By Liveing) and one Andrew Peterson cd, none of his new music do I own.

     

  44. Kate Cole

    Hi there! I’m Kate Cole from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. I’m a homeschooling mom to 4 kiddos- 3 boys aged 7, 5, and 3, and 1 girl who is now 3 months. Most of our days comprise of good food, good books and music, and getting outside in nature.

    Hobbies include: reading (classics, fantasy, legit Christianity, historical fiction), cooking, book collecting, hiking…I always enjoy discovering new music and generally gravitate towards acoustic/folk. Major geek here…all the fandoms pretty much. LOTR being the favorite.

    Looking forward to participating in the exchange again this year!

  45. Carlee Lingerfelt

    @carlee

    Okay, I did it! I signed up. Here’s hoping my giftee really likes handmade gifts!!!

    I also love receiving things you made, such as Christmas tree ornaments. If you are not the handy-crafty type, that’s totally fine as well; I put links to lots of ideas in my Elfster account (items that are purchasable, yes, but you can also just look at them to get to know what I like).
    I love textiles and sewing. I’m getting into hand embroidery so embroidery hoops, solid colored linen & linen blends to embroider on, and Thread Heaven (a thread-waxing product).
    My boyfriend and I don’t get to go on a ton of dates due to tight budgets, so cheap or free date ideas/gift cards (like Starbucks or local cafes such as Amelie’s in Rock Hill, SC or Charlotte, NC) would be pretty awesome.
    I have a lot of food sensitivities so it’s probably best to check with me before including any kind of food item 🙂 I definitely can’t do caffeine, dairy, wheat, or soy.
    I already have most of the Rabbit Room music and many books- all of AP, AG, SM, & JP. I’m pretty sure I have too many books in general (I know, not possible. But I’d like to slow down just for now).
    Anything meaningful to you, anything distinctly NYC-ish, anything handmade will make me extra happy. 🙂

  46. Cindy Munoz

    Yo and hello fellow people. My name is Cindy and I’m a 35 year old assistant director for a news station in my hometown. I’m a big Doctor Who/Star Wars/Star Trek/Wonder Woman/Marvel fan. I really like Sanrio and Domo-kun. I’m also a bit of a japanophile. Switchfoot is my favorite band. I have been dealing with health issues lately which have resulted in me having to avoid coffee and sugar. Sad, I know. I do like me some herbal tea! I crochet and knit. I like handmade items. Purple is my favorite color. I also love to keep journals. I’m a voracious reader of most genres. C.S. Lewis is like comfort food for my soul. I play guitar. I think astronomy is amazing and physics is fascinating. I have a weakness for pretty eye shadows. I’m an INFJ in the MBTI and a 2 with a 1 wing in the enneagram.

  47. Erika Michelle

    @erikakeswick

    Hello lovely people!
    I waited until nearly the last minute, but finally found my courage to join this gift exchange. It sounds like so much fun! I am 36, married, work part time while homeschooling 3 fantastic kiddos.

    I love all things handmade especially textiles, ceramics, stained glass/mosaics, and artsy literary prints. I am especially in love with yarn and have just begun a quest to learn embroidery skills. I think beeswax candles are the bees knees.

    My family is hugely obsessed with all things Tolkien, Celtic fiddle (and nearly everything Irish), Rabbit Room authors (we don’t own it all, but we are getting close!), and lately several of us have been learning to play the ocarina. My kids are all musical. I dabble.

    We raise quail and rabbits, and attempt to garden near the DFW, TX area.

    I am a tea fanatic, especially of loose leaf teas, and enjoy trying new blends. I have many dietary restrictions so I will sadly need to recommend not to send food gifts. 🙂

    Music: we gravitate toward more of a folky type and ancient hymns. We own most of AP’s albums, and quite a bit of JJ Heller, but would like to expand our RR music collection.

    Books: We are avid book collectors. Our main home decor, haha. Some of my favorite authors are Dickens, Lewis, Eliot, Sanderson, AP, McKelvey, Overstreet, McKinley, P. Peterson, Wodehouse (own many works by these authors, listing to give an idea 🙂 )…I delight in learning about new authors/books and will always appreciate receiving someone’s favorite title.

    I cannot wait to start planning out gifts for my buddy!

  48. Hunter

    Hey all! Long time reader, first time poster here. Looking forward to doing the gift exchange for the first time! I run a small video production company with my two business partners in Fort Worth. I really have a lot of interests and love trying new things. A few pastimes are photography, watching films (especially the timeless classics), running, reading, coffee and cheering on my favorite pro soccer and baseball teams. 🙂

  49. Sarah Engel

    @domina

    This is a fantastic scheme, and I’m excited to participate!

    I am inherently pleased by mail, so the content can really be whatever it will.  I love books (Chesterton, Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers — been meaning to find some Beuchner and Berry), and things that smell good, and things that taste nice (I have no allergies), and handmade things, and things for my house or kitchen, and things that make you think, and things that make you giggle (without knowing why).

    I am of the northwest and of the Carolina mountains and the sea, and now I am a slightly resistant urban-dweller.  Christmas is my favorite.  If you came to my house, I would light a candle, make us a pot of tea, drape you in a woolly afghan, turn on Kate Rusby or Josh Garrels, and hopefully (if all was cozy enough) you would stay a good while and tell me your stories.

  50. MacKenzie Branch

    @mackenziepauline

    Oh goodness, I signed up, I guess I should introduce myself 😉 

    I’m an Illinois native transplanted to the Chattanooga area for college, where I’m studying Liberal Arts. Greek and Intro to Literature have been my favorite classes this semester, and I’m excited to take Creative Writing and a class on Hopkins in the spring. Some of my favorite things are hiking, camping, and outdoor adventure in general. Running. Mountain streams. Starry nights. Chai lattes and other teas, dark chocolate, Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid journals, Sharpie and other fine tip pens. I’m not sure how to share my RR wishlist, but on it I’ve saved the Son of Laughter CDs and The Gospel in Gerard Manley Hopkins. Also, Joe Sutphin’s Wolf King tshirts have been catching my eye for a while now (size M I think?). I’ve been into poetry lately – Hopkins, Billy Collins, Luci Shaw, Wendell Berry, etc. but don’t actually own any poetry books yet.  A letter or story about some way that God has blessed you or made his presence known to you would be encouraging. I’d love to start acquiring more art – prints with scripture art, book quotes (Especially Narnia – “Further up and further in,” “Courage, Dear Heart,” etc.) or other meaningful quotes. As for music, I love the Gray Havens, Arcadian Wild, Psallos, AP, All Sons and Daughters, Drakeford, etc. 

    I’m sure that sounds a little convoluted, but those are just some ideas. 🙂 I like handmade things also, or something significant to you.

     

  51. Brenda Branson

    @bren1756

    I’m a western KY grandma who loves to read. I have most of the music and books from Rabbit Room. Some of the books on my wish list include Reversed Thunder by Eugene Peterson, Answering God by Eugene Peterson, The Mystery of Christ by Robert Capon, or The Foolishness of Preaching by Robert Capon. Favorite snacks are pecans and milk chocolate.

  52. Robyn B.

    @robynskeys

    I’m so excited to have gotten in just under the wire to participate this year! I can’t wait to send a package out!

    I am 38 (and legitimately had to try to remember my age, as pathetic as that may indeed be)! I have 4 children (16, 14, 11, 3- so never a dull moment), and live in VA! I grew up in CT, and am far too opinionated and outspoken to be a proper southern lady, but there we have it.

    I work part time as a music director at a small local church (which mainly consists of playing the piano and doing specials with like 3 other people), and also with two nonprofits, with I adore (volunteer basis)- Exec.Dir. for a global one that provides crucial support for ministries in Haiti, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and the US, and founded one to combat human trafficking and exploitation both locally, and within the ministries to the countries we work with globally! I recently (finally) finished a long overdue gov’t degree with an emphasis in western legal traditions (prelaw) and criminal justice, and also a grad cert in public policy- and hope to pursue international relations and law school “soon,” for human rights and immigration law! Better late than never! At this rate I won’t have time to retire or die until I’m at least 100, which is fine with me.

    So- I love politics/gov’t/economics/policy, and enjoy philosophizing about all of that in relation to religion and life in general (I know, I know… collective groan), but as far as interests beyond those areas, I collect handmade pottery and old books! Also, I get a kick out of “dry, English humor.”

    ———————-

    List of Fav.s as a random “insight to my soul” – or not…

    Books – Jane Eyre, The Singer Trilogy, The Silver Tarn, both volumes of On Politics, Revolutionary Characters, At The Still Point, anything by Richard Rohr, Buechner, the Inklings, Kathleen Norris, Marilynne Robinson, and basically *all the books ever* (only slight hyperbole).

    Music – well, absent anything raunchy I generally appreciate all of it. Currently, I’m on a Passenger kick. I can’t help it – I find it extremely soothing. (I do own most of the RR albums – because they’re amazing!;))

     

  53. Bailey Suzio

    Aloha! I’m Bailey and this is my first year participating. I’m a writer and a military wife who recently moved from Hawaii back to my hometown in Michigan.

    I love all things vintage, especially if they are faith oriented. My favorite poet is TS Eliot and I have recently developed love for the historic saints of the church. Every Moment Holy has very quickly become my favorite book.

    I’m more than slightly obsessed with coffee and collect mugs and aprons.

    So excited to be participating this year!

  54. Thomas Leonard

    @tleonard

    @guineapiglover I certainly do have an email list. I don’t know if I’m doing this tagging thing right, so I’ll private message you. Bailey Suzio and Lisa Eldred, you wouldn’t either happen to be in anywhere near Ann Arbor? It’d be awesome to meet Rabbits nearby!

  55. Elise Parsons

    @elise

    Hi, everyone! My name is Elise. I’m excited about this, and I’ve had  wonderful fun reading all your introductions! Can’t wait to get to work choosing a present. Mail and Rabbit Room friends are two of my favorite things!

    Other favorite things include beautiful sentences, jazz violin, mysterious bulb flowers that come up early but don’t bloom until you’ve despaired of identifying the leaves and settled in to really concentrate on waiting for the flower, the sound of the ocean, rabbits (mine is named Aurora and she’s very beautiful and extremely fluffy), book recommendations from friends, tea, fountain pens, drawing, the smell of fiddles, monarch butterflies, gryphons, wombats, martial arts, and half-fingered gloves. Writing is my art form, in that it is the one into which I willingly pour the most effort and in which I find the most room for discoveries and surprises. Making pottery is my best party trick. I do not like coffee. I live in Ohio with my parents, my brother, the afore-mentioned rabbit, and a cat named Oliver. My favorite captain of the Enterprise is Jean-Luc Picard, my favorite Miyazaki film is The Wind Rises, my favorite kata is Heian Yondan, my favorite color is yellow, my favorite starter Pokémon is Charmander, and my favorite poet is Richard Wilbur.

    Oh, and I love the Rabbit Room, and you guys, and sending and receiving mail. This is going to be great!

  56. Hannah Hubin

    Hi, beautiful people.

    I’m a freshman undergrad studying liberal arts in Franklin, Tennessee.  I love tea and teacups, Paperblanks journals and good stationary paper, poetry and children’s literature, warm scarves and fingerless gloves.  I love Eric Peters’s music, but I don’t own any.  I love when people make me gifts and when people send me gifts of things they love.  I love little things that remind me of how beautiful life is and how beautiful people are.

    Merry Christmas.

  57. Amanda Brindley

    @abrindley

    Hello friends 🙂

    I’m Amanda and this is my 4th time participating in the gift exchange. This secret santa is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season! I love getting to make or buy a creative gift for one of you!

    Some thoughts that hopefully will help if you got me:

    I like snail mail and letter writing. I grew up in Southern Maine and am currently in the midwest, so I miss and love the ocean and all things coastal New England (haddock chowder on dry ice will not be refused if you live in New England!)

    I like….books; reading and writing are my favorite. I’m in the middle of writing chapter book. I work at a Half Price Books store in Cincinnati, OH…so I have lots and lots of books. I’ve recently been reading all the Elizabeth Goudge novels I can find (I own Pilgrim’s Inn, The Dean’s Watch, and The Scent of Water). I love old books especially — I’d love to know what you’ve been enjoying lately. Some favorite books/authors (to give you an idea of what I like): most all the regular rabbity suspects, L’Engle, Wendell Berry, L.M. Montgomery, Kate Dicamillo, Leif Enger.  Music: AP, Eric Peters, Melanie Penn, The Orchardist, Gray Havens, Johnnyswim, etc.

    I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, binge watching Gilmore Girls, watercoloring, making cards and other papery things. I enjoy coffee, tea, and chocolate. I love handmade/ local stuff–anything from tea towels to a scarf to your favorite local jam or coffee. I’m all for creative and thoughtful!

    I also love mugs/teacups/teapots and sweaters and blankets and anything cozy this time of year–think hygge 🙂

    I’m so excited to participate in this exchange again!

  58. Amanda Brindley

    @abrindley

    ….I just looked back at the comments from last year’s exchange because it’s so hard to write about myself and what  I like that I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed anything major. I discovered that this is actually my fifth year doing this, that I love Gilmore girls enough to mention it two years running, and that I’m getting worse at writing these little intro paragraphs as the years go on 😉

     

  59. Meg Harney

    @megharney

    Hey Rabbits. I’m a day late on the introduction, but am in the exchange this year. It’s my first, even though I’ve been a lurker around the Rabbit Room for years.

    I’m the director of a library in rural northern New York. I live (after some wandering) in the town I grew up in. It’s a lovely place, farms and hills and long winters, with people who take care of each other. It’s also a place that’s disconnected from a lot of the world and set in its ways, and that’s hard for me as I don’t quite fit.

    I love to read, and listen to music, and watch films, and make things with my hands. Story is one of my great loves.

    I love beautiful narrative nonfiction–Sheldon VanAuken’s A Severe Mercy is one of my favorite books. I love children’s fiction (Henry and the Chalk Dragon was magical, as well as  The Warden and the Wolf King), as well as science fiction. Oh, also late 19th and early 20th ‘home’ fiction (have read a couple of Elizabeth Goudge’s novels, and loved them dearly, but don’t own any). I’m working on collecting Madeliene L’Engle’s books (she writes in so many of the above areas). I’m trying to read more poetry, and I’ve started to get a new book or two of poetry as an advent tradition.

    I listen to… a wide variety of music. Particularly folk and alternative, as well as classic rock. I have and love most of AP’s albums, among random other Rabbit Roomers. Been listening to Scott Mulvahill, Sandra McKracken, and The Arcadian Wild since Hutchmoot. I listen to Josh Garrels often.

    I have taught myself to do a variety of handcrafts, but knitting is my favorite. Working with my hands (especially after a day of working on a computer) helps me work through my thoughts and feelings.

    I’m working on making a home. I want it to be beautiful and hospitable, both for me and for others. I enjoy cooking, usually without a receipe, and the rituals of making coffee and lighting candles.

    That’s a bit about me. I am thankful this community. It’s a place where I feel a little bit more seen (even though I’m a lurker–gonna change that in the future), because the things I care about and hope for are valued and sought. Thank you. And I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas.

  60. Linda Rogers

    @misslinda

    Ok. I almost forgot this part. I’m supposed to tell you something about me. Not easy, so I’m going to repeat stuff from last year. It ought to still be true. If you have trouble or aren’t sure what to do, Laure Hittle (aka Madame Sidler) can help you. She knows what I like, possibly better than I do.

    I’m really not picky, but shopping without SOME type of guidance is stressful, so I’m going to try to make it a little easier. I have a wishlist here, but I need to update it. I will try to get to that when I finish writing this. http://store.rabbitroom.com/apps/iwish?share=1234286979

    Please don’t send me food. I have several relatively strange food allergies. While I’m sure my Dad won’t let anything tasty go to waste, I probably won’t get to enjoy it if you send something edible. (Unless you are John Cal. In that case, Laure has a list of my food allergies, and you can make me any kind of food you want to.)
    Please don’t send me strongly scented things, particularly essential oil things. I’m allergic to some of them too.

    I have a lot of interests but sometimes they are hard to describe. I like learning things. I like making things, as long as they aren’t so hard that it becomes work instead of fun. I get along really well with children. I like books, especially books with really good themes and layers of meaning so that I can think about them excessively and read them over and over. I love the Wingfeather Saga enough that I ought to be in the running to be the President of the Wingfeather Fan Club. As far as music, lyrics matter to me. I enjoy a lot of different styles when they have something worth saying, and a lot of people around here have something worth saying. I am gradually collecting Rabbit-y music, and now have most of AP’s stuff, Jill Phillip’s more recent things, and Matthew Clark’s CDs, which aren’t sold here but ought to be! I am not sure whose music I ought to discover next, so if you know, feel free to help me out.

    I love things that you love, especially if you tell me why you love them. And I am good with random weirdness too, so whatever you send will be wonderful.

  61. Holly Deutsch

    @hollymeri

    Hi, I’m Holly and I live in a ‘lil apartment in Small Town, NC. The VA mountains were the background to my childhood.

    When I’m finished with spreadsheets and paperwork at the office, I escape when I can to my happy place at my bright blue art desk to play with paints and paper. I’ve moved into more abstract art recently. Filling my sketchbook often turns into journalling quotes from whatever I’m currently reading. Favorite authors include Elizabeth Goudge, Dickens, Mrs. Gaskell, Jane Austen, Lewis, and many others. Teal is a neutral color in my book. Anything related to stationary gets me pretty excited, especially handwritten letters. Black or green tea is my beverage of choice. I’d love to receive something special to your hometown or music and a book that has been impotant to you this year.

  62. Kristin White

    My name is Kristin.  This is my first year participating, I never knew this existed before, but I happened to see it in the Rabbit Room and thought it looked fun.  So here I am.  I am a huge fan of the Rabbit Room and as well as the Wingfeather Saga (but I already own all the books).  I am a tea person, not coffee.  I like the outdoors and traveling.  I enjoy art, I am a great collector of art supplies, but not really proficient in anything, currently enjoying ink and watercolors.  I like to send mail, so interesting stationary, postcards, cards etc are always a joy.  I like fabric and quilting but I have busied myself with other things recently.  And I like to cook.   If you want to shop at the Rabbit Room I would suggest Immanuel by Melanie Penn (I like to get a new Christmas CD every year) or I always thought The Molehill looked interesting.  Hopefully this is helpful.

  63. Katie Bartowski

    I’m also late to introduce myself.  I’m Katie, from NM.  This is my first time to do this exchange.  In fact, I just discovered the Rabbit Room and Hutchmoot and all the involved authors, musicians, artists and community about one month ago, and feel somewhat like I just discovered the Grand Canyon.  I’m   simultaneously overwhelmed and gloriously happy in all this new (to me) beauty, and can’t wait to start experiencing all of it.  So far, I have the book, Every Moment Holy.   I really love young adult and children’s fiction and am interested in the Wingfeather Saga or any others like that.  But I think I’d love any book from RR store.   Also, I have 2 little boys and LOVE the Slugs and Bugs Christmas cd.

    I’m “crafty”, and my latest endeavor is using wool roving to felt designs onto wool hats/mitts.  Roving in lots of colors!  I’m not an artist, but I love art of all kinds…anything homemade, hand-crafted, etc.

    I like coffee and tea.  I like things that are local.  Orange is my favorite color.

    I’m very excited to be part of this exchange!

  64. Katie Bartowski

    I’m also late to introduce myself.  I’m Katie, from NM.  This is my first time to do this exchange.  In fact, I just discovered the Rabbit Room and Hutchmoot and all the involved authors, musicians, artists and community about one month ago, and feel somewhat like I just discovered the Grand Canyon.  I’m   simultaneously overwhelmed and gloriously happy in all this new (to me) beauty, and can’t wait to start experiencing all of it.  So far, I have the book, Every Moment Holy.   I really love young adult and children’s fiction and am interested in the Wingfeather Saga or any others like that.  But I think I’d love any book from RR store.   Also, I have 2 little boys and LOVE the Slugs and Bugs Christmas cd.

    I’m “crafty”, and my latest endeavor is using wool roving to felt designs onto wool hats/mitts.  Roving in lots of colors!  I’m not an artist, but I love art of all kinds…anything homemade, hand-crafted, etc.

    I like coffee and tea.  I like things that are local.  Orange is my favorite color.

    I’m a type 1 diabetic and have a couple other food issues, so, apart from tea/coffee, food isn’t ever on my “wishlist”.  I even make my own birthday cake.  😀

    I’m very excited to be part of this exchange!

  65. Jessica Boniface

    @jessicab

    I’m Jess. This gift exchange is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. Conversely, this collection of paragraphs where I have to talk about myself is one of my least favorite parts. Usually, I would cut and paste my descriptor from the prior year, but my Cut and Paste application was denied. (By me, that is. I frequently need to be forced out of my comfort zone.)

    I’m married to Nathan (15 1/2 years, woot, woot!) and we have four kids. I homeschool them. (Lord bless them, they think I’m normal.) We moved recently and inherited four hens and an asparagus patch with our new home. We hope to get bees in the Spring.

    My RR wishlist is here. I don’t have any of Sho Baraka or Propaganda’s albums and would like to rectify that. I like to sew, geek, embroider, laugh, write, sing, read, and dig in the dirt. I love coffee, jewel tones, and stevia sweetened dark chocolate. Thanks in advance. I’m sure whatever you choose to include will be lovely. 🙂

  66. Ryan Killion

    @ryankillion

    My name is Ryan Killion and I don’t like writing these things but I also keep my FB locked tight enough to make it hard for someone to creep.

    I love music – favorites are AP, Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, the Avett Brothers but I’m an all-in-collector so I have pretty much everything I can find.

    Love books – favorites are Wingfeather Saga, Tolkien, Lewis. Again, I collect and have most so these are more for direction in finding something similar. I do love unsolved true crime (think Jack the Ripper, Zodiac, etc) or older, historical stories from near states (we have Charlie Starkweather in Nebraska and In Cold Blood’s crime was Kansas). What story does your state have?

    Otherwise, I love steampunk, Legos (trying to build a set of Wingfeather minifigures), hand crafted originals – wood, metal, art.

    Or surprise me with something you love.

  67. Ryan Killion

    @ryankillion

    Well, I thought I posted once, but I don’t see it. My name is Ryan Killion – not a big fan of “asking” for things but it’s probably hard to creep me so trying to make it easier.

    Love music and books but I am an all-in-collector and usually try to get a hold of everything if I love it, so these are more to show where my tastes land, since I have most everything available. Music – Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, the Avett Brothers, AP. Books – Tolkien, Lewis, Wingfeather Saga. I do love old unsolved crime (think Zodiac, Jack the Ripper) or historical crime from nearby locations (we have Charlie Starkweather here in Nebraska and In Cold Blood’s crime was in Kansas). What story does your state have?

    Otherwise, love steampunk stuff, Legos (trying to put together a set of homemade Wingfeather minifigures), and hand crafted originals by you – wood, metal, pottery, art,etc.

    If all else, get me something you love.

  68. Bailey McGee

    @baileyberrymcgee

    Hello! My name is Bailey McGee, and I apologize to my gifter… I have been delaying writing this out. Also, I had to create a new login, I got stuck in a time loop trying to find a new password with an account that hadn’t been verified… Anyways. I am still procrastinating… I am not sure why this is so hard for me. I think I do like some things, sometimes… I like chocolate. I like hot chocolate in fun mugs. I am not artistic or musical or anything remotely like that (my husband is all of those… though I do appreciate and love music and art, and love handmade gifts… though I totally get other non-crafty people!). I have a desire to have hobbies someday, but since my husband and I have 8 kids 12 years old and younger, and I work part time as a labor and delivery nurse, I doubt the hobbies will actually happen anytime soon. If I did have hobbies, I would really love to garden. I love flowers. I also like to buy pretty fabric and patterns, but haven’t actually completed a project in years. I am a bible nerd, and love in depth study and conversations about the bible, culture and traditions of bible times, and good theology. I love C. S. Lewis and Tolkien, which is how Wes (my husband) got me into going to Hutchmoot for the first time this year.  That being said, I don’t have many of the books or albums from the Rabbit Room Press, besides the Wingfeather Saga and Every Moment Holy, so anything there is fair game for me. I did love the music from Hutchmoot, even though if left to my own devices I tend toward a bit more of a rock edge (My Epic, Chevelle, and pretty  much most 90’s alternative/rock). I love Kyra Hinton’s beautiful art (I think she shared her link above), and would love scripture or cool quotes on an art print.  I hope that is enough to go on…

  69. Emily Manning

    @emberjoy

    Heyo, I’m Em, and trying to find the right words for intros and wish lists is the bane of my existence, but I was so looking forward to this after skipping last year that I’ll give it a go. 
    I’m 27, have two boys (1&2), and recently moved to rural east Tx which is mostly devoid of nerds, readers, and deep conversationalists. I’m an EMT and my husband is an assistant DA (if that says something about our sense of humor and understanding of the human condition). Like Jim butcher (a favorite author), most of my skills and interests are not useful in this century, and I often feel lost in my own generation. I don’t know how to hyperlink but I DO have a Pinterest so maybe it evens out? Mostly I creep on the FB page but y’all have become some of my favorite voices.
    If you’re near enough to schedule an in person visit that would be the best gift; otherwise your story in a letter would be well received. (Unless you wrote in your intro that you hate it too…please don’t strain yourself.) I’ll attach my RR wishlist and Pinterest but I’m pretty random and happy with anything. If you’re crafty in the traditional sense I’d love to see it (I got the other crafty); if there’s local dark chocolate near you that is best thing ever. I love parenthetical statements and sheet music and candles and this is long so I’m going to stop now. It’s really nice to meet y’all. 
    https://store.rabbitroom.com/apps/iwish?share=5862905358
    https://www.pinterest.com/emberjoy/

  70. Sarah Dreher

    Hello! I’m a college freshman and a huge fan of literature, a good quote, quality pens, and beautiful stationary to write letters. I love to enjoy these things while sipping Starbucks and gazing wistfully out of the window on a foggy, chilly day. Also, anything handmade will be sure to brighten my day. I’m so happy to be a part of this gift exchange!

  71. Anna Dreher

    Hi! This will be my second year to participate, and I’m so excited. I have a daughter who just moved out for college this fall, so that’s a new stage of life for me. I still have 2 boys at home who I’m trying to get through middle and high school.

    I like good pens, leather journals, coffee and chocolate, and little containers, and I’m always having some kind of organizing project on my to do list.

    I do pottery as a hobby and would love some wooden stamps if you happen to have a one in mind that would be interesting.

    I really enjoyed Jayber Crow but haven’t read anything else by Wendell Berry. A specific book I’ve been wanting to read is Russ Ramsey’s Struck.

    I would especially love something you have made or written. I’m excited to get to know you a bit through whatever you send and sending a bit of myself to someone else.

    I realize it is terrible to start so many sentences and paragraphs with I. 😏

  72. Emily Manning

    @emberjoy

    Heyo, I’m Em, and trying to find the right words for intros and wish lists is the bane of my existence, but I was so looking forward to this after skipping last year that I’ll give it a go. 
    I’m 27, have two boys (1&2), and recently moved to rural east Tx which is mostly devoid of nerds, readers, and deep conversationalists. I’m an EMT and my husband is an assistant DA (if that says something about our sense of humor and understanding of the human condition). Like Jim butcher (a favorite author), most of my skills and interests are not useful in this century, and I often feel lost in my own generation. I don’t know how to hyperlink but I DO have a Pinterest so maybe it evens out? Mostly I creep on the FB page but y’all have become some of my favorite voices. If you’re near enough to schedule an in person visit that would be the best gift; otherwise your story in a letter would be well received. (Unless you wrote in your intro that you hate it too…please don’t strain yourself.) I’ll attach my RR wishlist and Pinterest but I’m pretty random and happy with anything. If you’re crafty in the traditional sense I’d love to see it (I got the other crafty); if there’s local dark chocolate near you that is best thing ever. I love parenthetical statements and sheet music and candles or something that makes you smile and this is long so I’m going to stop now. It’s really nice to meet y’all. 
    https://store.rabbitroom.com/apps/iwish?share=5862905358
    https://www.pinterest.com/emberjoy/

  73. April McClure Stewart

    Hi, everyone.  I’m April and I’m late, always, and, of course, late posting this bio, so if you are my secret Rabbit, please know that I will love and cherish whatever I receive.

    That said, if you need some direction, I am a former pastor turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five.  I am a church nerd and deeply love and appreciate prayers and liturgies and theology and churchy stuff (though I already have Every Moment Holy.) I have an affinity for beautiful pottery in shades of blue and I believe coffee is life-giving and dark chocolate is the bees knees.  I love handmade items and old books and earrings and new books and beeswax candles and beautifully illustrated children’s books and baroque music and books of poetry and tea and most other books, too.

    I hope that helps a little.

    (Oh, and also, PLEASE tell me who you are! Pretty please!)

  74. April McClure Stewart

    Hi, everyone.  I’m April and I’m late, always, and, of course, late posting this bio, so if you are my secret Rabbit, please know that I will love and cherish whatever I receive.

    That said, if you need some direction, I am a former pastor turned stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five.  I am a church nerd and deeply love and appreciate prayers and liturgies and theology and churchy stuff (though I already have Every Moment Holy.) I have an affinity for beautiful pottery in shades of blue and I believe coffee is life-giving and dark chocolate is the bees knees.  I love handmade items and old books and earrings and new books and beeswax candles and beautifully illustrated children’s books and baroque music and books of poetry and tea and most other books, too.

    I hope that helps a little.

    (Oh, and also, PLEASE tell me who you are! Pretty please!)

  75. Krista Hetsler

    @kristamaria

    To whomever drew my name, I am so sorry I didn’t post until now!  I am sure I will love whatever I receive, so if you are the early-shopper type, rest assured I will be happy no matter what is sent.  But if the gift-getting is yet to come…
    I’m a musician –  I love to play the piano for fun and for worship, occasionally compose short songs that never really get completed, and work part-time as a music therapist, working with individuals with developmental disabilities.  Jesus, music, and persons with disabilities (my full-time job is also in this realm) are some of my passions, along with travel and coffee and stories (true and imaginary).  I travel often to Romania for short-term mission work and general exploration, and am learning the Romanian language slowly but surely.  I live in an apartment in Tempe, Arizona, and it’s likely that I’ll be living alone in the near future – my roommate is getting married and taking with her her portion of our décor, so something rabbit-y to keep my house feeling like a home might be a fun gift.  That being said, I also might be moving sometime soon, so LARGE décor might not be the best idea 🙂 I love just about everything in the Rabbit Room store, but already own much of the music and some of the books.  I am not a digital reader or music-listener;  I may be old-fashioned but I prefer actual cds and books that I can hold in my hand.  I haven’t updated my wish list here in awhile, but if I do I will add a link.

    Again, I’m sure I will love anything that is sent, and am excited about this whole thing – it’s my first year!

     

  76. Kathy Starnes

    Hi all! I’m sorry that I’m sorry in being so late to post a short bio.  My name is Kathy, I live in Texas, and I love just about anything that you would think of – I’m really pretty easy to please. But if you want some ideas ( I know I always do), I love books of all kinds, new and old, poetry, pens, journals, music, tea, coffee, anything regional to your area, anything handmade, anything that is meaningful to you.  I hope that helps a bit.

  77. Kaitlyn Luce

    Hey everybody! Sorry I’m a bit tardy in getting a bio up. My name is Kaitlyn, and I live in Nashville, TN. I’m originally from South Florida (and actually just finished helping my family move out of my childhood home and to Nashville, too, which is also why I’m late to writing this piece about myself). I like books, music, black tea, cozy things, candles, dark chocolate, and the color turquoise. A small disclaimer: I work at the Rabbit Room as Pete’s assistant, so if you are thinking of purchasing something for me from the store, you may want to think again or learn how to be sneaky because I see all of the orders that come in and ship them out. My favorite part of this gift exchange is when my person sends something that they love so I can get to know them better. Surprise me! I love this tradition.

  78. Thayer

    Quick question: where did you find the name of the person whom you are matched with? Elfster accepted my entry and lists me as a participant, but I don’t have a match.

  79. Emilee Prins

    Hello fellow Rabbits!

    I’m Emilee. I’m also the ENFP who took two online classes and then quickly realized sitting behind a desk all day was not going to be a good career choice. That being said, I love art and appreciate it! I’m currently working on getting my undergrad in pre-med. The end goal is to become a family or pediatric physician or an OBGYN. Good dark, rich coffee has been keeping me sane so far. That and chocolate. I can’t complain though, it’s been pretty awesome finding the beauty in the sciences and as much as I hate to say it, I actually kinda like school (which is good, cause I’ve got a looooong ways to go!). As far as gifts, surprise me! Dark coffee and chocolate will never go to waste. It probably goes without saying, but I love books. I have a slim non-school book budget and own very few RR books. And even just books in general. Art, something from your state, something to add to my stash of unicorn stuff,  house warmingy type items,  would all be appreciated. Anything you love, chances are, I’d probably love it too. I’m all for new, quirky, out of the box, and crazy. Hope this helps some! Merry Christmas

  80. Emilee Prins

    One more thing……I love love love getting to know people and hearing their stories. If you feel so inclined, do leave a note (or a novel) and introduce yourself. 🙂

  81. Alister and Teresa Hill

    Hi, everyone! We are Alister and Teresa Hill and we live in the western Chicago suburbs, right in the O’Hare airport flight path! Teresa is writing this, and I just asked Alister what we should ask for, and he said a Ferrari. So yeah. You can get us a Ferrari. But, if that’s a bit over the budget, we’d love anything from wherever you’re from; something representative of the area, and maybe a story behind it.  We have much of the books and music from the Rabbit Room, including Every Moment Holy (gorgeous book, isn’t it?). Let’s see – Alister is English, Teresa is American, it’s “just us,” plus a grumpy old lady cat and a dachshund mix named Edna Mae. In a bit of a transition mode right now –  just completed 4 years as foster parents, selling our home/downsizing/simplifying, trusting God to watch over us as Alister is looking for work and Teresa works 3 jobs, new church (Anglican. Liturgical. LOVING it.) That’s about it! This is so fun 🙂

  82. Andy

    @andytate

    Greetings everyone,
    I apologize for being so late on this, but I was just given a name today so I thought my submission did not go through since I signed up late. Was actually quite bummed because I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the Rabbit Room last year!

    I am not married and do not have any kids. I am a song writer and am delving into the world of writing as well, currently working on my first book. I don’t really know where to start in regards to my likes and dislikes, except I am an avid coffee drinker and am quite snobbish when it comes to my cup-o-joe. I do enjoy local coffee shops so anything from a coffee shop (or tea joint) in your area would be wonderful! I have followed the Rabbit Room for many years and typically find most of my books and music from them (or from Under the Radar radio program). It would be hard to suggest thing from the Rabbit Room store as I have purchased most things that are in there! The only music I don’t have are Andy Osenga’s newer stuff, Ron Block or Son of Laughter. In regards to books, I have a huge stack of to-be-read which will pretty soon force me to get a bigger apartment just to start stacking books in. However, I do not have the LOTR.

    I enjoy digging into Apologetics and Philosophy but have really been learning more about reality and theology through fairy tale the past few years. I have read all of Andrew Petersons books as well as N.D. Wilson, and own the Green Ember Series and Pete Petersons books but have not read them yet, unfortunately. Any other Rabbit Room authors (or non rabbit room) would be welcome!

    I would really enjoy something from your imagination that you make, wrote, drew. Something your child drew. Whatever! I am trying to grow in my art collection and would love to have art from friends on my wall if possible to show off. Anything from where you live would be perfect. A glimpse into your daily life and what makes you, you.

    Thank you and happy hunting 🙂

  83. Bethany

    Posting here is daunting, because everyone sounds so fascinating, and I would love hanging out with all of you, but describing myself is boring! My husband and I have been married for 11 years, have 5 children (birth, foster care, and adoption being a part of that journey), and live out in the middle of nowhere TX with a bunch of birds and mini cows. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA, and LOVE being out of the city (but still 20 minutes from HEB!). I am an ISFP, for any mbti fans, and thus enjoy alternating between overthinking and underthinking things. Leonard the Lonely Astronaut is my favorite of all time, and I enjoy Cymbal Crashing Clouds and anything Slugs and Bugs, but musically I also like everything from Jonathan Coulton to Regina Spektor to Mozart to Broadway (being in the chorus of many Gilbert and Sullivan shows was a hobby for awhile). I love to read, especially Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Connie Willis, Rosamund Hodge. Classic kid lit is my comfort reading, as is gothic romance/suspense/mystery (like Rebecca or any number of books by Mary Stewart). I used to milk a cow at midnight while listening to”Welcome to Night Vale.” I like pretty things, thrifted things, handmade things, oddities (I receive the Mysterious Package Company’s subscription box). My husband and I enjoy shows like Dr. Who, Avatar the Last Airbender, Pushing Daisies, Stranger Things, the Office. Princess Bride and Howl’s Moving Castle are both favorites, both the books and the movies. I can’t drink coffee, but I love tea and all things chocolate. I’m not hard to please, but I’d totally take a well-loved, battered paperback with a quirky inscription any day over something new but generic. My only regret about this whole thing is that I won’t get to know all of you, because seriously, everyone here sounds amazing! ♡

  84. Sally Zaengle

    @sallyz

    Sorry that I’m late to the Intro Party.  Some of you may know me, but for those who don’t — I am mother to 8 children, ranging in age from 33 to 14, and grandmother to one delightful 3 1/2 year old boy named Henry, who, I hope, will some day draw chalk dragons. I’m a full-time caregiver for my father, part-time swim coach, very lax homeschool mom, and occasional blogger.  I also probably forget the Oxford comma 99%  of the time, but I think I did it right in that last sentence. (Did I?)

    We use Elfster for our family gift exchange, so I put things on my wish-list like spatulas. Unless there’s a Rabbit Room spatula, that’s not what I want here. Last year, my RR gift-giver sent me Oklahoma in a box, and it was wonderful. I had told her that I wanted something that told me about her; she nailed it. I realize this puts the pressure on this year’s person, but it really isn’t that hard. Just send me something you love, that tells me something about you, something you made, something special from where you live or grew up or call home.

    I also love old prayer books that have been underlined and the margins written in, so if you come across one of those in your travels, that’s another gift I would love.

  85. Anna Hannigan

    I  know this is extremely late, so I don’t know if it will even do my rabbit any good. I’m a military wife and mother of 4, five and under. My literary heroes are Jo March and Anne Shirley.  I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from the Rabbit Room. It is my 3rd or 4th year participating. Because we move so much, I appreciate traditions and would love to hear some of yours. I aspire to write one day something that people will want to read.

    I love handmade or homemade items and being introduced to new books, places or music. Really like surprises. I have all of Eric Peters music and some JJ Heller. I own the Fiddler series, Green Ember, Every Moment Holy, and Behold the Lamb. I’m thankful for this community.

  86. Teressa Mahoney

    @teressamahoney

    You are all so good at telling what you love! I have a hard time with this sort of thing. Here goes: I like music, interesting flavors of loose tea, just about every shade of blue, nature and natural things, especially trees and birds. I like things that have stories behind them, so probably anything that is meaningful to you would be great. I have 4 children, (3 boys and a girl, ages 5-16), and have been married for 20 years.

  87. Laura Peterson

    @laura

    Oooo, I am late late late in posting here, but just popped in to say that the RR Christmas gift exchange is so delightful and I love being a part of it! I posted a link on Elfster to my RR store wishlist and some other books, but you could also know that in general I have *too many* books and am trying to cut back on that (I’m a librarian) and I also enjoy things artsy and story-formed and anything from my former state of Michigan which I just moved away from and miss dearly. Probably I will love what you love. Feel free to send a note detailing why you love it. 🙂 A blessed Advent season to all!

  88. Dawn Morrow

    @dawn11476

    I’m way late in posting here. But I have had names of people I don’t know and then they don’t post and it is SO stressful to try to buy gifts. So I figured better late than never? Anyway, about me. I’m a poet/business leader who lives in, and dearly loves, Chicago (I have been slowly adding Chicago themed art to a big blank wall in my home. So fun!). This year I started grad school at SPU – an MFA in Creative Writing, poetry. I also bought a condo this year and I live there with my two cats. I have guests regularly and love making my home a safe place for people. Things I love: Chicago (I said that already), deep purple things, sunflowers, the first snow, giraffes, art that symbolizes hope, music that tells stories…anything that tells stories, Christmas lights and music, little kid art, thunderstorms, warm spring rains, silver jewelry, warm socks, drum and bugle corps (I was a founding member of the Jersey Surf up in NJ…25 years ago. yikes.) minions, tea and ice cream (usually not together),  Iowa Hawkeyes and UNC Tarheels,  Harry Potter, the smell of fireplaces on the first cold nights of fall, writing and coloring, board and card games.

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