Congratulations to Catherine Stutler for winning this giveaway!

It’s Arbor Day, so go hug a tree! Or, plant one. Here are five reasons why you should plant a tree:

Breath
Trees provide us with life-giving oxygen. They take that CO2 that we expel, clean it up, and then deposit it back in the air for us to breathe. How can you not love something that takes our waste and makes it lovely?

Ownership
Nurturing my flowers and my garden provide me with an amazing sense of pride and accomplishment. Last year, I planted a little crab apple seedling in my front yard and was tickled as it began to thrive at the beginning of sprint. The Scottish poet, Alexander Smith, says “Trees are your best antiques.” It’s something you can enjoy now, tomorrow, and years from now.

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Activity
The dog days of summer are coming up, and pretty soon you’re going to have to pry the video game controller from your kids’ hands. Kids don’t get outside as much these days, so give them something interesting to do in the great outdoors. It’s a perfect project to do together.

Goods
Think of all the things that you use on a regular basis that comes from a tree or tree derivatives. Paper. Rubber. Toothpaste (it’s true). Shoe polish. Soap. Paint. Even bubblegum.  I think it’s safe to say that we have a strong dependence on trees as a society. So really, planting a tree is an investment…in your teeth.

Joy
According to the University of Illinois, living near trees makes people live longer and and feel happier. We know that trees are one of the amazing gifts God gives us to celebrate His creation. So it’s no surprise that trees could lower our stress level and help relax us.

To help you get started, we’ll buy one of you up to $25 in trees from the Arbor Day Foundation. You can mix and match, depending on your grow zone. Just leave us a comment and tell us — what’s your favorite kind of tree?

By entering today’s giveaway, you acknowledge LifeWay Christian Resource’s official promotion rules found hereToday’s giveaway starts at the posting time of this blog and ends next Tuesday (4/30/13) at 11:59 p.m. CST. You must be 18 to enter, and you may only enter once. The winner will be selected at random. For questions about the rules and regulations of this giveaway, please contact Bud Harlan at One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234-140.

Comments

  1. I love maple trees! The array of fall colors they provide is reason enough. And if you need another reason, need I mention syrup?

  2. Melissa Shoemake says:

    I love Sugar Maples. Their color in the fall is breathtaking!

  3. Catherine Stutler says:

    My favorite tree is a dogwood. The spring blooms are so beautiful and bring a smile to my face. It’s my favorite part of spring!!

  4. My favorite tree is the Maple. I grew up in Ontario, Canada and live in Reno, NV. We named our new Golden Retriever puppy Maple we love them so much. I would love to win a tree. Thank you for this. Nancy Horn

  5. I love Magnolia’s! They smell wonderful in the spring.

  6. Thank you so much for doing this. So creative!
    I love dogwood trees and fruit trees. Lots of memories from my dad.
    Trees of all kinds are my favorites!!

  7. My favorite tree is the Canada Red Cherry. Green leaves become maroon;, fragrant, white, spring flowers followed by sweet purplish red fruit. What’s not to love?!

  8. I love Oak tree although a Maple is nice too.

  9. I love all trees, but if I had to pick one – maples it would be!

  10. julie bullock says:

    Oak trees, especially burr oak. Even with no leaves, they are breathtaking!

  11. Maple or oak would be my favorite!!

  12. What a great giveaway….I would love to win this….we’re moving from Carlsbad, New Mexico to Oak Grove, Louisiana, so we’ll need trees….my favorite is Red Bud (white & red)….it appears they grow well in our new area. Thanks!!!!

  13. Redbuds are beautiful, I remember from my time living outside of Nashville, TN, but I love big oaks!

  14. Tina Bartlett says:

    A flowering tree of any kind would be my pick. Through the wind and storms of our lives so shall my tree grow with me and in Christ as a symbol of strength and beauty that he has put within us.

  15. Maple and Oak are my favorites.

  16. Char Sullivan says:

    My favorite tree is Magnolia! It is a southern classic!

  17. Donna Dillahunty says:

    For this time of year I love the blooming dogwoods and Bradford Pears. I lost my Bradford Pears in the Christmas Blizzard. One is cut down and the other has been cut to about 3ft from the ground so I could see if I could get some sprouts. My family is shaking their heads. Such naysayers! :) About three little shoots are coming out. I don’t know what the end result will be.

  18. Maple trees are my favorite, because even as the leaves are dying their vibrant color hints at a fire of life. As if to say, “You haven’t seen the last if me!” :)

  19. My husband and I are actually wanting to line one side of our home alternating pear and apple trees.

  20. I love dogwoods!! Simple, elegant, beautiful and oh so Southern!

  21. Janice Ballard says:

    Love dogwood in the springtime….oak and maple colors in the fall….Japanese maple and the red on are beautiful all the time…..

  22. It’s hard for me to pick just one tree as a favorite. I suppose I’d have to say an oak tree. But I also love weeping willows, Bradford pear trees, and aspens.

  23. Japanese red maple!!!! Because it’s red!!!!!

  24. I love how trees change with the seasons. My favorite tree is a magnolia because of the beautiful spring blossoms. I’ve always dreamed of planting a tree in my yard in memory of my nephew that drowned over 10 years ago. He had some cognitive challenges in his short 7 year life, but a tree would be a nice symbol of his growing, loving spirit.

  25. Leah Cooksey says:

    I love Japanese maple trees. Their red vibrant color is so beautiful.

  26. I love promagarnite trees they grow so big and give you a great fruit to eat

  27. PamelaJohnson says:

    I like the dogwoods!!!

  28. I really like flowering trees, especially Lilac and Flowering Cherry.

  29. Sherrell Gay says:

    I love so many kinds of trees…but I think my favorite is the Dogwood and second would be the Japanese Maple. Thank you for promoting Arbor Day!

  30. Victoria says:

    Birch trees for me!

  31. Jennifer Yawn says:

    I love Dogwoods and Crepe Myrtle trees. Both have beautiful blooms and make me think of my deep southern heritage. I’m not sure why. I feel like I can rock on my porch while I listen to the birds sing, sipping on some sweet tea and watch trees grow each year.

  32. So hard to pick! Right now, the Red Bud and Dogwoods are blooming, so they are my favorites. The Sugar Maples I planted a few years ago are special to me as I’m going to make syrup with my grandchildren. :)

  33. I like the red maple trees as well as fruit trees.

  34. I love both pink and white dogwoods. Some grow wild here, but when we purchased our property they scraped the ground and we haven’t ever had one bloom here since. They are beautiful and peaceful, I call them the floating flowers, because when mixed with the pines, oaks, etc. they seem to float among them. ;)

  35. Danielle says:

    I like the Japanese Cherry Blossom’s they are so beautiful and for some odd reason they always make me think of innocence.

  36. Norma Cissell says:

    I like oak trees. They take some time to mature, but there magnificent when they do. I also love the dogwood and red bud trees. They are so beautiful in the spring.

  37. I like Maple trees, they are strong and provide lots of shade. And if you are adventurous enough you can tap it and boil the sap for syrup.

  38. andrea t. says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAH!
    I miss the red maples & sugar maples from upstate NY!!!!! :)
    (Living in Florida now, I see so many slash pines and other “Stuff”)

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