~Adrienne and Momma~
Easter Sunday 1987
Back in the late eighties, right around the time this picture was taken of my precious daughter, Adrienne, she began to say the most delightfully sweet things. She was not quite three years old and her big brother, Brandon, generally did most of the talking for her back then (boy has THAT changed!). So, when she did finally start to speak we were always excited and more than eager to listen... She had the tiniest of lisps and the loveliest way of chattering away about, well,
nothing everything... :)
One day after experiencing a wee little 'sneezing fit' I noticed my girl would always follow up her 'kerchooooos' with the statement
"Momma...I have to bless me!"
No matter how many times I tried to explain she was misunderstanding the sentiment "Bless You" after sneezing she just didn't seem to get it. One day I finally just let it go. Amazingly the expression somehow found it's way into the heart of my family and today it lives on...
As a result a little life-lesson about giving was born which helped my children learn early on that if they did something for someone else in love the side benefit was they had a chance to bless themselves as well.
~FEMININE PILLOW SLIP~
~ROMANTIC and FLIRTY EDGING~
Today I was reminded once again by a faithful, loving friend that blessing others is most certainly what life is all about.
I've never met my friend, Francy in person. She lives far away from me down south and I've known her since my early eBay selling days...about nine years now or so.
~LOVELY TATTED LACE~
We've formed a lasting friendship and I love her more than I can say. She's nearly old enough to be my Momma and I can talk with her just like I was her daughter.
I'm so proud and blessed to call her friend.
A few days ago Miss Francy emailed me to let me know she was sending a package of trims (and things) my way and today our trusty Mr. Postman delivered a big ol' box to my front door...
~VINTAGE CROCHET HOOKS~
~OLD PINK THIMBLE~
I was totally unprepared for what the box held. Vintage laces and trims, crochet hooks, buttons, pillow slips and doilies were neatly tucked inside. All the goodies were sent to both help me with my little business and to allow vintage laces, trims and edgings to live on and on...
I thought about the generosity of such a very special gift for quite a long spell...
(I'm sad to say I rarely give the BEST I have...) :(
I want you to know that today I whispered a prayer of gratefulness for you. You are an amazing, giving woman and I'm so taken with your benevolent, caring spirit. My hope today is that by blessing me the blessings will return to you a hundred fold.
I adore you, girl! Thank you...
Tonight my now grown-up Adrie-Girl is coming over and we (along with my Miss K) are taking our recently widowed neighbor homemade soup, fresh-baked bread and strawberry jam for dinner...
Wanna know why?
"Because I have to bless me!"
Love to you as you share your best...