Thursday, August 27, 2009

~BLESSINGS FROM A SWEET BLOGGER FRIEND and Now It's My Turn To PAY IT FORWARD~

SWEET PRETTIES FROM A BLOGGER FRIEND

Even though I created my Blog back in February '08 I didn't actually start Blogging until January of this year. I could never have envisioned just where the journey of an on-line journal would take me or how much it would change my life! I thought I'd tell a handful of people a few stories, share a few creative tips and maybe...JUST MAYBE...find a new friend or two!

NEW AND VINTAGE MILLINERY BLOOMS
RIBBON ROSES, BUTTONS, LACE and FABRIC

Well...I've found more than just ONE or TWO new friends and one in particular has blessed me in such an AWESOME way over the past several weeks. So much so the blessings are hard to even comprehend!

LOVELY FINDS...I'M TOO EXCITED TO SPEAK

Two weeks ago when my hubby was out of town I received two big boxes that were filled to overflowing with over 50 rolls of ribbons, snippets of new and vintage laces, trims, cording, fringes, etc. You name it it was in the box! Thread, beads, straight pins, fabric...it was ALL THERE and so much more!

And all of it came from ONE precious LADY I met here in Blogland...

SIX VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE DRAWERS
(Be Still My Heart)

As I sorted through the menagerie of breathtaking pretties I couldn't help but think this woman was quite possibly the most generous person I'd ever "not met" in my life!

It took me several days to put all the goodies away and I still haven't stopped babbling about being so incredibly blessed by this lovely human being~ "Paying It Forward" doesn't even BEGIN to put into perspective what all she has done...

Just when I thought I'd come to grips with the magnitude of her giving I received two more boxes, again filled to the brim! Inside one of the Boxes I found the SIX vintage sewing machine drawers you see above! She also sent me an amazing wooden box, that along with the drawers will be PERFECT for painting!

GORGEOUS RIBBON ROSES
PINK, CREAM AND WHITE

Also included are bags and bags of sweet ribbon roses in pink, white and cream! Oh...and see those neat decorative balls below? They were in one of the first boxes...
DECORATIVE BALLS - PERFECT FOR MY COTTAGE

Saying "Thank You" doesn't even come CLOSE to sharing how I feel. When I asked if I could write a POST naming her as my benefactor she reluctantly agreed~but, only if I promised I would not use her name...

You know what? That is just 'sooooo her!'

And so I will keep the identity of my benevolent friend a SECRET and trust that it is ENOUGH that God knows who she is...

Dear --,
Thank you dear friend from the bottom of my heart...you've blessed me a thousand fold!

Gosh...now it's my turn to 'Pay It Forward'...

I'm thinkin'! Stay tuned...

Blessings from my unworthy little self...Rebecca

32 comments:

jojo said...

BEAUTIFUL and breathtaking....

TinyBear said...

Oh - what an amazing lady she is and those goodies are fantastic.
You are one lucky lady.

Marilyn said...

When I started my blog I, like you, never in my wildest dreams could have imagined the magnitude of the friendships I would find.
The bloggers we "meet" are kind & generous beyond any expectaions I ever had.
You, my dear, have received a treasure trove!! What a lucky lady you are....
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Abby said...

How blessed we are to have met such beautiful people on-line....friendships as deep as those that surround us. How ironic that you and I spoke of the same experience...we are truly blessed aren't we? Hugs...Abby:)

Holly said...

Wowza! It's all perfect! Enjoy! ♥

blushing rose said...

G'morn, Rebecca ~ Ask not what you shall receive, but what you shall give ... ok, terrible play on that verse but it works.

What lovely items you have received. I know that you are able to bless someone in the way you have been blessed. Isn't it such fun & great joy to receive & give? There is nothing that makes a/my heart fuller than giving, also. And, those 'balls' are so pretty. What do you do with the balls ...

Now the BIG question is WHAT'CHA GONNA DO WITH IT ALL?, ladybug. Therein lies the 'prize' ... the beauties you will create, the magic you will bestow ... & sharing with us all more creations.

I don't know what I expected when I came into bloggyland, but I have to tell you it has been such a joy to meet so many wonderful loving hearts ... friends forever. It is such great fun, so educational, heart rendering ...

Have a beautiful day ... please continue to lift Amy ...

Hugs of love, TTFN ~ Marydon

Stacey said...

Good Morning Rebecca. That was so very nice of your sweet friend. It really doesn't surprise me. People really are kind.

BECKY said...

How wonderful Rebecca! What a heartwarming post to read! I love when the generosity of people is just so overflowing and contagious!! I do however have to say that even from my limited knowledge of you...I think you may be receiving back what you have given!! As it should be!!

Thanks for sharing and many thanks to this lovely lady for blessing you so we could be blessed!!

Love and hugs,
Becky

Tanza said...

Good morning sweet ~r~,
I'm not surprised you have been so generously blessed !! You and Mr. wonderful are always reaching out and blessing, and so you have been blessed in return !! Remember we had just been sharing about blessing others !! I truly believe when we are called to go and serve (help) others in need, the good, loving Lord will bless us in return.. I've learned so much as I get older, and ONE of these lessons I've learned is to give unselfishly..we will be taken care of !! God is good my sweet friend !! Have fun making wonderful pretties as only you can do !! I LoVe my sweet forever friend !!
hugs ~tea~xo

Dixie said...

the hearts of bloggers are generous indeed... thanks for sharing your sweet gifts for our viewing pleasure... can hardly wait to see what you do with them all... blessings. Dixie

ceekay said...

What an amazingly generous gift. You will have many hours of creating with that!

I have tended to shy away from the swaps and things because of the postage. Which is sad...I would enjoy it!

Blogging has come to mean so much to me since I can no longer work. It is my "getting out and talking" to other women instead of the tv all the time. It has become a very important part of my day!

Lee Laurie said...

That was so sweet and generous of her! I know that you will make many beautiful things with it all. I'm so excited for you!

Moments of Grace said...

Rebecca,
You are so deserving of all good things. Blessings come to those who bless others and you certainly have blessed many. I know you will create lovely items for all to enjoy.
Blessings to you today.

In Grace,
Marie

P.S. My room is coming along. Pictures will follow soon.

Mary Ann Miller said...

Rebecca, how lovely! Thank you for sharing your beautiful surprise with us here in blogland.

Have a wonderful week!

Mary Ann

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Rebecca! What a wonderful lady to send you all these wonderful gifts! You have touched so many hearts and this lady has shown her appreciation to you for being such a Godly inspiration to us.
Bless you and be a sweetie,

Shelia ;)

Brushed By An Angel said...

If anyone deserves a blessing, Rebecca, you do. Don't you know what an inspiration you are to so many? What goes around comes around - I firmly believe that when you do good it will come back to you in so many ways. Can't wait to see what you will be doing with your new play things.

Sandra said...

Oh Rebecca, what a blessed friend you have. And you know what? You are such a blessing to all of us that follow your blog. I love visiting your blog and get a lot of positive encouragements from your posts. :) You really deserve all of the pretties you got, girl.
Sandra

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Rebecca,
WOW! How excited you must have been opening all the packages. What a sweet and thoughtful "Friend" to have sent you all those fun gifts to create with. I love the vintage sewing machine drawers, I see roses painted on them!.
Friendship is the best gift we can receive.
Take care and enjoy your day. Big hugs to your sweet "Friend".
Elizabeth

Lisa said...

What a beautiful gift! I know you are tickled pink!

Lisa said...

What a beautiful gift! I know you are tickled pink!

debbie said...

MY DEAR SWEET REBECCA,
I AM A PERSON THAT WAS BLESSED BY YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER, WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS IN THE HOSPITAL.
YOU ARE AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AS OUTSIDE AND YOU LEAVE BEHIND AN AWESOME AUROMA THAT PROVOKES THE FEELING OF BEING SO BLESSED THAT YOU VISITED US, NOT ONCE BUT TWICE.
I WANT THE BLOGGY WORLD TO KNOW JUST HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE AND THAT IS JUST WHY YOU HAD A FRIEND SEND YOU BOXES OF RIBBONS...THOSE RIBBONS WILL COME TO LIFE AND WHILE I PRAY YOUR BEAUTIFUL STUDIO TRIPLES IN BUSINESS I KNOW THAT THROUGH YOUR GRACE, BEAUTY, MERCY AND LOVE OF JESUS AND PEOPLE YOU AND THAT SPECIAL HUSBAND WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS THOSE IN NEED.
THE FIRST NIGHT YOU CAME TO SEE US IT WAS POURING DOWN RAIN AND YOU BROUGHT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BASKET OF MUFFINS....ALL DECORATED IN A GORGEOUS ROMANTIC BASKET WITH TOUCHES OF PRETTY PINK....I EVEN SHARED THOSE MUFFINS WITH THE DOCTORS.......AS A MATTER OF FACT, ONE OF THE MUFFINS YOU DELIVERED THAT NIGHT WAS THE VERY, "VERY" LAST THING MY DAUGHTER HAD AND UNLESS A CREATIVE MIRACLE IS DONE BY GOD IT WAS AND WILL BE THE LAST THING SHE EVER EATS. GOD WAS MERCIFUL THAT NIGHT AND SHE ENJOYED EVERY BITE OF IT. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.
THE SECOND TIME WE WERE BLESSED BY YOUR VISIT, YOU BROUGHT YOUR BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER. SHE HAS YOUR GIVING AND NUTURING HEART. WE PUT THE PICTURE SHE MADE FOR MY DAUGHTER UP ON THE BULLENTIN BOARD AND EVERYONE ASK ABOUT THE ARTIST.
WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW THEN WAS THE CARBON DIOXIDE WAS BUILDING UP IN HER BLOOD STREAM AND WAS CAUSING AGITATION AS WELL AS HER PAIN.
THE CANDLE YOU BROUGHT WITH THE PAINTED LID I WILL TREASURE FOREVER.....THE BEAUTIFUL ANGEL WE HUNG FROM THE CEILING OF ROOM 423 UNTIL MY DAUGHTER WENT TO SURGERY FOR A TRACH AND PEG TUBE.
AFTER SHE WAS TRANSFERRED OUT OF ICU I HAD HER SMELL YOUR CANDLE AS SHE LOVED SMELLING IT BEFORE SURGERY....SHE CANNOT SMELL IT, OBVIOUSLY......ALSO THE BEAUTIFUL DOOR HANGER YOU GAVE HER WAS ALSO HUNG IN THE ROOM.
THE PACKAGE YOU SO BEAUTIFULLY DECORATE IS AN ELEGANT PRESENT IN ITSELF.
RICHARD LOST YOUR PHONE NUMBER OUT OF HIS POCKET....HE FOUND IT UNDER THE FRONT SEAT AS WE WERE LEAVING THE HOSPITAL.....I WOULD HAVE CALLED YOU THE NIGHT MY DAUGHTER WENT INTO HER COMA AND I KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE IN SECONDS.
A HOSPITAL BED IS COMING TO OUR HOME TODAY AT THE BLESSING OF MY MOTHER AND DADDY. WE ARE GOING TO PUT IT IN THE LIVING ROOM.
FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW....MY DAUGHTER IS AMY. MY NAME IS DEBBIE AND YOU ARE JUST A PRETTY SPECIAL LADY......BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT AND A TRUE CHRISTIAN......YOU LIVE JUST WHAT IS PUBLISHED ON YOUR BLOG.
I WILL E-MAIL YOU LATER BUT YES I CAN FULLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU WOULD BE BLESSED WITH TREASURES. YOU, REBECCA, ARE A TREASURE.
I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND
debbie

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I'm sure she saw inside your spirit and knew what a wonderful person you are. Isn't it awsome that we can have friends that we have never seen and still be so close. God does work in mysterious ways. Enjoy your treasures, I enjoy the treasures you send out everyday that you blog.
Hugs,
Pat

stefanie said...

what sweet coments people have sent you, looks like you deserve to feel special, have a wonderful day!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Friends are special. It has been such a pleasure knowing someone with such an understanding, warm and giving heart. I know you have been a blessing in my life. You seem to pull those in need close to you and warm them in your kind and gentle heart. We love you, Rebecca. Good things come to those who give of themselves.
Hugs to you, sweet friend!
Mona

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June said...

How wonderful sweet Rebecca. Don't you just love people? I have a little neighbor who is always finding little things that she knows I would love. I am always amazed by her generosity of spirit.
You have been blessed dear girl, and you deserve it.
Hugs,
June

Vicki said...

Rebecca,
Such beautiful things you have received, and they are perfect for you! You have blessed others and in return, have been blessed as well. Love, Vicki

Tanza said...

Sweet ~r~,
Okay, I just read Debbies post for you, and I can hardly type throught my tears ?! I've just realized that ALL these little problems that surround us, are that, TRULY LITTLE !! Now, this is BIG !! You shared how touched and broken you were from doing this sweet deed, and how the Lord held your hand through the terrible rain and storm to go to the hospital..See, again, you blessed !! We all need to know their are big heartbreaks going on, and we need to look outward towards others !! Thanks for leading by example my sweet friend !!
hugs ~tea~xo

blushing rose said...

Rebecca ~

I say AMEN to Tanza's post ... truly Debbie appreciated more than even her words can express to you, the generosity, caring, love & your gifts that you shared with her & Amy. She has said this to me personally, you could hear the emotion in her voice of love & deep gratitude to have your presence & support.

God bless Debbie, Richard & Amy.

Hugs of love, TTFN ~Marydon

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

We all should be this kind.

Cori G. said...

WOw! What a generous friend indeed and to send so many beautiful things. That was a true blessing.

Barb said...

Rebecca,
I came for a visit, and look at all the goodies i enjoyed with you.

I know you deserve all that and more, for your kindnesses to others.

Blessings as you enjoy each sweet bit of it all.
Barbara Jean

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