Monday, June 14, 2010

~BLESSED IS THE GIVER~

~A GIFT FOR MISS K~

Early last week my phone rang and on the other end of the line was a sweet friend and fellow Blogger, Julie Marie of Idyllhours.  The unexpected call was uplifting and inspiring and sent the next several hours of my life into a positive direction.  She phoned to tell me "a little box of something or other" was on it's way to my Miss K and she wanted me to be on the lookout for it!

BLESSED IS THE GIVER.
~A PRECIOUS NOTE FROM JULIE MARIE~

If you've followed my blog for very long then you know I sometimes write about our only grandchild, our beautiful Miss K.  She is, in every sense of the word, a miracle girl.  She is seven, missing tons of teeth and flits around like a wandering butterfly in search of a fresh new place to relax her fluttering wings.  For Miss K the world, and everything about it, proves to be far too curious a place for one to ever slow down.  She breathes in the excitement of her days and one can immediately tell she's enjoying the wide open spaces yet to be filled up by her future.

BLESSED IS THE GIVER.
~TOO EXCITED TO SPEAK..HELLO KITTY PURSE~

The box came as expected and yesterday Miss K could be found bounding (running, skidding, hopping, skipping, sliding) down our sidewalk (daddy in tow), eagerly anticipating the gift from the unknown stranger.  Her ponytail danced in the Oklahoma wind and her cheeks, usually soft and creamy white, were blushed with just a hint of summer color (I just love that!).

BLESSED IS THE GIVER.
~TINY PINK RHINESTONE EARRINGS~

Once inside she began to open the package that bore her name.  And, like most little kids, ripped off the wrapping paper faster than a hovering  parent (or Nana) could click away at the button on their trusty camera...

BLESSED IS THE GIVER.
~A BIT OF CASH FOR ESTATE SALE SHOPPING~

Now...I cannot tell you in simple terms the look of childhood joy and wide-eyed wonder that flashed across the face of my Miss K.  But it was there none the less.  Her only words were...

"This is for ME, Nana?  Who sent me this un-birthday present?  I think they must love me or something?"

BLESSED IS THE GIVER
~TUCKING HER DOLLARS SAFE INSIDE~

Julie Marie told me during our conversation that she related to my Post regarding teasing during the childhood years and wanted to send my Miss K something as a little token of love.  How lovely is that?  How wonderful to take time out of ones busy life to stop into a store and hunt for a couple of sweet little things for a child who doesn't even know you...?  Even more so, one you may never, ever meet face to face?

BLESSED IS THE GIVER
~WRITING HER THANK YOU NOTE~

"Dear JM...  In the process of blessing my tiniest heart-stealer, you blessed me more than I can say.  Because of gentle spirited people like you I've come to realize that I have still have so much room to grow as a person.  I'm not a true giver.  I want to be, but I'm not.  Because of you I'm going to try harder.  Thank you so very, very much for being a bright, shimmery light in a world that is far too often darkened with crazy-busy schedules and well-meaning intentions.  You took the time and listened to the still small voice that lives within your own heart.  I want you to know you stirred the one in mine.  Love you~Rebecca"

BLESSED IS THE GIVER.
Love to you~

37 comments:

Gabriela said...

These are the little things that keep us believing in humankind....
Thanks for sharing.....

MosaicMagpie said...

Julie Marie taught us all a valuable lesson today. She touched Miss K and the rest of us.
Debbie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a happy little girl! It is more blessed to give than to receive....Julie Marie has been a blessing to many! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

KATHY said...

Hi my friend, Your granddaughter is just beautiful!!What a wonderful package for her to get. It's such a joy to see her open up her gifts, full of excitement.It's so nice to know there are still so many kind people out there.Speaking of kind, thank you so much for posting my bedroom!I appreciate it so much...Kathy

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

How unbelievebly nice is again you post,sweetheart Rebecca!-)*

That is SO easy and wonderful: keeping you heart warm and ful of Love and kindness!!!

My sunshine hugs for you,
***Violetta***

Cinnamonstitch said...

Your Miss K is absolutely adorable, and a what a sweet and generous thing. Its that one act of kindness that she will remember forever and will pass that random act of kindness on to someone in her future. And you shouldnt say that you are not a true giver, Every time you tell your stories your giving, and touching someone with your words of inspiration. Thats true giving. Thank you for sharing.
Hug Miss K for all of us today :)
Cynthia

Linda said...

That is soooooo sweet! I love that lady without even meeting her!
I am very close to kids that age because I teach first and second graders, and I can relate to that entire situation. I have seen a lot of girls who say that they have no friends. I know that cheered her up! Thanks for sharing this story!

Terra said...

Your granddaughter is so pretty and her sweetness and joy shine in these photos. Thank you for sharing this story here. Your blog friend is a dear, and now you are inspired to give more. Wow, that is a powerful chain of love and giving that she inspired by her generous gift.

Stacey said...

That is so precious. I know Miss K will never forget that sweet unexpected package.

ShirleyC said...

That is so incredibly sweet! I know your heart was very touched, and I know how excited Miss K must have been because my own grands just love presents of any kind.

BECKY said...

Awww...you have me all choked up, Rebecca! And what a sweet gesture from a lovely soul!

Just think if we all did one beautiful selfless thing like this a week how much nicer a place our world would be!!

Thank you for sharing...and I think...you are indeed a giver!! You give JOY!!
Love you,
Becky

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What a nice post to know that someone was touched by your story and wanted to make a little girl happy! It is so nice to know there are unselfish kind people out there....
You can see the shy pleasure on your Miss K's face...she is such a sweetie.
And...Miss K is writing a thank you note! Hooray! I notice that seems to be a forgotten "art" of late....just not the in thing any longer! Shameful!
Jil

Tammy said...

Hi Rebecca! First I just want to say thank you so much for promoting my blog last week on Friday. I think I have twelve followers now! :) I heard you got to spend some time with Ginger while she was in OKC and I'm so glad you did! This post about your sweet Miss K and JM was just precious. I love all the shabby chic, pretty, fufu stuff we see on the blogs but my favorite stuff to read in about real life, about the things that are happening to us, for us, and around us because when it's all said and done the things that matter most are our relationships and love. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us. It was literally crying when I read it, probably because I now am experiencing the joy of having sweet girls in my life that I can play with, dress up, and spoil rotton. They are my boyfriends daughters. They bring me so much joy and I love them dearly. Thank you again for sharing this story with us. I hope Miss K enjoys her new treasures. We have all learned a good lesson from JM and I will try to bless someone today. Much love,
Tammy

Julie Marie said...

Oooh dear Rebecca... I am just speechless! The tears are flowing down my face, but they are happy tears... your little Miss K is such a precious little girl, made up of sugar and spice and everything nice, just like her beautiful nana...I am so happy she loved her little "un~birthday" present... how cute that is what she called it, and "yes, little Miss K, I DO love you! Perhaps one day we WILL meet in person, but I feel as if I know you already"... Sweet Rebecca, you captured her emotions so beautifully and I love each and every photo...especially the one where she is "too excited to speak"...with the little Hello Kitty purse... The comments about me are much too kind...I am just "me", no one special... but wanting to do something special for a lovely young lady with whom I can relate as a child... I have told you before how much you inspire me, not only with your beautiful creations, which I am now lucky enough to own two of, but with your heartfelt words on all of your posts... "A Gathering of Thoughts"... I believe that says it all... love to you... xoxo Julie Marie PS I am sooo excited to received my thank~you note handwritten by Miss K! Those things are simply priceless to me...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have tears in my eyes, Rebecca, and your friend is an amazing lady! What an inspiring post!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Becky said...

Sweet blog Rebecca.I cant believe how much she looks like you,really.


Thank you notes are a lovely thing for a child to learn.I always made sure my girls were doing well with their manners.Sometimes though we all forget.Nice sweet friend you have there.She is to be cherished for sure.


Happy New Week to you and little miss K.

Jingle said...

cute and admirable pink,
she is adorable!

Mari said...

HELLO SWEET PEA,
HOW BEAUTIFUL AND TOUCHING IS THIS POST!!! REALLY I HAVE ALSO SHEAD SOME TEARS, BUT THEN AGAIN IM ALSO GOING THOUGH A VERY EMOTIONAL TIME IN MY LIFE, I FOUND MY SISTER AFTER 12 OR MORE YEARS :) MAYBE ONE DAY ILL POST ABOUT IT...MUCH LOVE TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SWEET MISS K SHE TOTALLY ROCKS :) BLESSING TO YOU AND DEAR SWEET MISS K :)

HUGS AND SMILES TO YOU SWEET PEA~XO~MARI

A Hopeful Heart said...

What an adorable little girl!!

I think "no reason" gifts are among the nicest, don't you?

Blessings,
Patti

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

What a sweet thing for Julie Marie to do for Miss K and what a thoughtful post from you, Rebecca.

Have a beautiful week, love your music here!
xo~Tracie

Heather said...

How wonderful for her to receive such a thoughtful gift... I too received a package like that. A wonderful blogger friend (you) sent a smiliar package my way for my little Christian, and I felt the same way. How neat and wonderful that person must be to take their time out of their day to get a gift for a child they may never see. I kept one of the little outfits he has already outgrown for his hope chest. Blessings to you and beautiful Miss K. Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather. Hugs- Heather

karen said...

How very nice. And what a lovely miss K. Friends are the best . The ones that are close and the ones that are far away. What a lonely place this would be without friends.

Anonymous said...

What a generous hearted friend you have who understood that little ones love to receive surprises and that this unexpected gift "just for her" made her feel so loved and special. Things like this are wonderful in kindling a child's self-esteem....to feel someone cared about them enough to do something just for them!!
It made me smile through my tears at the expressions of wonder on her precious face as she opened her
gift!!
Thanks for sharing...Hugs, Francy

Theresa said...

Wonderful gift! The smile on that sweetie's face was priceless and I am sure the Blessed Giver is smiling bigger than ever! I love gifts from the heart and that was a really special one!

Have a blessed day and lots of fun at Estate Sales with Miss K and her tiny pink gift!

HUGS!

Lovey said...

How precious for your precious Miss K to receive such lovely gifts of love! I know that you are feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside too..Blessed is the Giver indeed! Hugs...Lovey

she dreams big! said...

What a kind gesture from Julie! There have so many times that I wish to have contact with the blogger that writes something that moves me but what to do - just write and say send me your address? I vow to be a kinder, gentler person after seeing the joy on your little one's face!

Thanks so much for your sweet comment concerning selling my bags on etsy. Your encouragement goes a long way!

Thmini2 said...

What a sweet post. Luckily there are still people in this world that are so generous, and warm hearted. Your Miss K is so beautiful and you can tell that she appreciates what people do for her. Yes Miss K we do love you. Teresa

Char said...

This brought tears to my eyes. To know that there are people out there that care and are willing to extend their love, touches my spirit. And your grand daughter is beautiful. You are not biased.
Thank you.

Charmaine

Dolores said...

This beautiful post is really tugging at my heart strings. Simple acts of kindness are priceless, and Julie Marie is an angel.

Miss K is such a beautiful little girl!

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Dear Miss K, I can only guess at how excited you were to receive your wonderful gift from the lovely Julie Marie. Enjoy everything and have fun at the next estate sale, hugs, Maureen.

Ginger said...

I am so sorry you are not feeling well. Hope youre feeling yourself tomorrow after a good nights rest.
It's been one of those days!!!
Ginger

rose said...

to reach out is the gift added to the material gift. how sweet. rose

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful touching story you have shared with us. it takes so little to make a child smile, and to make happy memories....miss k was blessed, but through your gift rebecca.....the blessing was shared with all of us........gifts come in all forms.....a smile, a hug, and across the miles the written words of the heart....yes rebecca, you are a giver.....and i would like to say thank you for sharing with us your thoughts, art, and love of life.....gayle

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Now this is the sweetest post I've read in a looong time! Love the sweet expressions you've captured on your precious little Miss K's face! Such a kind friend to do this for her! Such a terrific lesson it will also teach HER about loving and giving.

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Cottage Sunshine said...

Oh, Rebecca, what a sweet, beautiful story! What an awesome friend Julie Marie is and such a loving, caring heart! God is so good! :) Miss K has, I believe, stolen all of our hearts!!! :) Children are such a blessing and a delight to our lives!

Rena Nunley said...

SO very sweet and touching! Moments and people like this make life more worth living, don't you think? Yes!

Secondhandrose said...

This story of the gift for Miss K brought tears to my eyes. Especially sweet was the photo of her too excited for words.

karen

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