In recent months, I have received some things from special people just because they wanted to give them to me. Last night, my friend Julie gave me a couple of fat quarters (fabric) just because she thought I'd like them. I love gifts like that! I also love the in-tangible things that show you that someone cares.... things like phone calls and hugs (Paula gives the best hugs!) I appreciate people who ask about my family or people who sit next to you at a meeting and say, "Hi... mind if I sit next to you? I like it when people ask me how I enjoyed a trip, or ask me how my kids are doing, or notice that I got a haircut. I try to learn from the things people do that make me feel loved, and I try to do those things for others.
Here are a few photos of other things that make me smile. I have the best friends!
The above photo is a necklace and bracelet my friend, Rebecca made. This was one of those lovely surprises that was unexpected. This wasn't a birthday gift or a gift for any other particular celebration. It was just something she wanted me to have it. (I love purple!)
Last summer, my friend Suzan visited me. We were out shopping and she wanted to give me something to thank me for having her as my house guest. She started me on a Pandora charm bracelet. The charm at the bottom that is hard to see in the photo is a friendship charm. The other charms were gifts from other people. I have another one that is not in the picture that commemorates a recent trip with my friend, Sandy.
My friend, Liz, gave me a gift certificate to a ceramic studio. She also gave one to a mutual friend of ours, Diane. So the 3 of us went to the studio and made projects. I painted this tray, then they glazed and fired it. So cute! And it reminds me of the day that Liz, Diane, and I spent together. Underneath the tray is a table runner that another friend, Sandy, gave me. She made this last December.
These are just a few things I was able to easily photograph and add to this post. I am blessed with so many friends who do such nice things for me- it's impossible not to leave some out. I treasure ALL of my friends- you know who you are!
Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and gifts that mark other holidays or events are so much fun. But the thoughtful "just because" gifts are extra special. I have the best friends!
I think the unexpected gifts, given with love, are always the best.
Wonderful gifts and when I get a package from someone I have made friends with online, it warms my heart.
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