Monday, March 19, 2012

Bloggy Care Packages

You know those certain times in life when you feel extremely humbled and grateful? This has been one of those times for me. Smiles have been brought to my face countless times within the past few weeks thanks to many of you - my readers! I am constantly amazed at the support of the blogging community. So many of you, people I have yet to "meet" in real life, are SO gracious and giving. Through emails, comments, tweets, texts, etc. you have reached out to me to offer your thoughts and prayers whether I'm having a lousy day or just to let me know you're there.

I truly can't thank you all enough.

Earlier, I wrote about the sweetest card I received all the way from Norway. Megan was so thoughtful to send me something from halfway around the world. You can read about it here :)

Then, I received a package in the mail from sweet Torie. I started off by reading the letter that was inside where she described each of the items that were included:

1. The Book of Prayers for the times when I can't find words or even the strength to find words.
2. The Cookie Mix is for my soul because nothing patches a hole like a warm chocolate chip cookie. She knows me too well :)
3. A turquoise bracelet with this tag attached to it - "For every woman who has struggled, questioned, realized, believed, accomplished and triumphed." It also says, "Give one and keep one. There is no greater comfort than sharing the journey with others." She told me that she will wear hers as long as I need her to :) Again, she knows me too well. Turquoise bracelet = perfect and I wear it everyday!

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Each of these items has brought me comfort. Torie put so much thought into this cute little care package and made each item so meaningful to me :) What a SWEET girl!

Shortly after, I received another package in the mail. If you follow Ashley from Adventures of Newlyweds, then you may know about her little Etsy shop she opened called Fetch & Co. when she was raising money for her dog, Bella’s surgery. Well, I had my eye on those bracelets from the moment she announced her shop’s opening months ago. Unfortunately, I was on a very strict budget at the time so I knew I’d have to wait to buy a cute bracelet of hers. I remember telling my Mom about her shop, the awesome cause, and she and I both browsed through the cute items she had listed.

Now that my budget has some “wiggle” room, I just had to get one of Ashley’s last items before she puts up her new inventory. Luckily, she STILL had the orange bracelet I had my eye on before!

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If you haven’t already, head over to Ashley’s shop here and pick up one of her last bracelets! Can’t wait to see what’s to come! She has been SUCH an amazing support system for me throughout this whole experience. She has brought a huge smile to my face, as did this bracelet :)

This weekend, I received another package, this one was from
Brianna, and I’m pretty sure I gasped when I opened the box! It was filled with all sorts of goodies that were wrapped in adorable paper!

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I saw the Essie nail polishes and Cadbury eggs and gasped again! What a fun surprise and great way to welcome in the Spring! As I opened up the other two gifts, I just started feeling more and more emotion flow through me. I was SO blessed. Someone who’s never met me before felt inclined to send me ALL of this just to let me know they were there for me and cared.

I saw these cute little journals, each with a different motivating quote on them, and just smiled. They were perfect.

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The last thing I opened was so beautiful. It was a Mother/Daughter Memory Box. I can finally have somewhere to put all my little mementos that make me think of my Mom!

Here’s everything all together!

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I was at a loss for words. Not to mention, I want Brianna’s handwriting! Her card was so genuine and sweet.

I just can’t believe someone would do all of this for me! I’m so humbled and grateful. I truly, truly am. While the time has started to pass, the shock has started to wear off, and my emotions start to kick in more, it has helped more than you all know to see packages, cards, and thoughts still trickle in. They have brought countless smiles to my face and happy tears to my eyes. I am so touched by the selflessness of the blogging community. I wish I could hug every single one of you all!

So, here’s a huge hug and THANK YOU to each of you! I appreciate your love and support more than you know :)

[If you haven’t already, go check out the blogs of the ladies above!] :)

xoxo

19 comments:

Lauren said...

That is so sweet! :) I love Ashley's bracelets! I would love your address to send you a card!

xo

Bethany said...

omgah you have amazing friends. :) i am so happy that they came through for you! :)

Alexandria said...

Aw this is all so sweet! And that bracelet is darling :) And those nail colors are PERFECT for spring!

KRISTIN said...

That's amazing! I LOVE that turquoise bracelet, such an incredible idea.

Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason said...

How incredibly sweet of those ladies!

Kate said...

Awwwwwww!!! This made me tear up just reading your sweet words and looking at the photos - bloggy friends really are amazing AND this community, as a whole, is full of so many kind, caring and compassionate women. As much as we ALL blog about our own lives and ramble on, we are there for each other to support throughout both the good and hard times. You have so many people rooting you on and wanting the best for you - I am one of them! Now, what color to paint your nails??? ;)

Shayna said...

That is so awesome & so sweet! Hope you had a good weekend!

Marci @ a smile a day said...

I just stumbled upon your blog- I am SO sorry to hear about your Mom. Thank god you have such amazing friends by your side to get you through this difficult time. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

Dancing Branflake said...

Oh goodness, my heart is swollen and I just 'met' you. My condolences and love to you. What a beautiful community you have.

CALLIE said...

Such sweet, sweet friends we have in this little bloggy world!! Everyone is truly amazing.

Katie said...

So so sweet girl. So glad you have so much love around you you deserve it!!!

Raquel said...

That's so sweet!!

Lindsay said...

just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you...xo

April Marie said...

How awesome is that! See, this is more proof that God has his big hands around you, inspiring other bloggy friends to show their love and support for you. That really is awesome :).

I also gasped when I saw the Essie nail polish. You got some good colors too!

Miss K said...

that is so sweet!! xoxo

Fash Boulevard said...

omg, such a fun and sweet idea. fabulous post, love. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my new outfit post all about giving back through fashion. xo

www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

Emily said...

All these care packages are soo sweet! Keep your head up. Love the turquoise bracelet. Have a great week!

Megan said...

<3 <3 hope you're doing well love!

Sheri said...

This is SO sweet! So many thoughtful people out there, it's heartwarming, isn't it?! I love all the goodies you got! Great job, ladies!