Monday, June 25, 2012


(Fabulous Old Rose Print)

While shopping at a pretty large thrift store (aka: Goodwill) in my sister's Tennessee town the most incredible thing happened (and NO it wasn't finding the amazing print above although that was pretty GREAT)!  I Honestly think this was a God-thing and the entire experience was both mind boggling and fun!

I was walking up and down the store's aisles looking at a bunch of super-fabJUNQUE when a sweet little voice behind me said:


At first I didn't turn around because my sister calls me Becky and has introduced me to all her friends as Becky.  I was pretty sure whoever was saying the name REBECCA wasn't directing their comments to me...

Anyway, just to make sure I turned around ever so slowly only to find a lovely lady with blond hair staring at straight at me...

Then she said:


Now you must understand I was 650 miles or so from home and I couldn't imagine who would know me by my name, Rebecca!


Right then (as my voice caught in my throat and I picked myself up off the floor)
I smiled big and said:


Come to find out the lady is a sweet blogger friend named Patty who lives in Tennessee (I think a couple of towns away) and just HAPPENED to be shopping at the same place I was at the very same time!  I couldn't believe it!  We've chatted by email before and I was thrilled to meet her in person!  Her handsome hubby was there, too, and I give him the credit for figuring out the camera on my phone (Thank You, Mr. Patty!)!!!!  He snapped this picture of the two of us because I'd left my camera in my SUV.

We stood there and talked for at least 30 minutes or so and shared and shared and shared.  I just love her to pieces and the unexpected meeting reaffirmed for me something I've always believed.  God directs our every step!  I never have and never will believe in coincidence.  Meeting Patty in person was meant to be and I was so blessed by her kindness and grace.  For sure a new forever friend!

Isn't life sweet?

Yes!  Yes it is!

Love to you this Monday...


EllenaElizabeth said...

Well you just wouldn't read about that would you? But hang on I just did...LOL What a wonderful surprise for both of you! Thanks for sharing this lovely true life story.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet surprise! I guess we just don't know when we may run into a blogging friend. This is a sweet snap! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Faye said...

That is so cool!!!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Oh Rebecca, how sweet is that? she looks like a sweet lady, and how wonderful you two got to meet. I would love to run into you in a store. I think I would faint!!

Debbie xo

Unknown said...

So neat to run into bloggy friends.

Patty Patterson said...

Hmmmmmm.... doesn't seem like something that unusual could happen by mere chance. It must have been a God thing. He may have a purpose for bringing you together. Who knows. For now it makes a good story.

Jocelyn said...

You just never know what treasures you will find at the Goodwill :-) What a fun divine appointment!


Linda said...

That is sooo exciting to meet a blog friend like that! I would love meeting you someday Rebecca! Maybe God will arrange that too! (:>)

Hope your arms and hands feel better soon. Your sister's shop looks so nice. I wish her well!

Love, Linda

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have had that happen twice and I know the thrill it is....

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

God is so awesome! He definitely gives us what we need.

Grace said...

Rebecca... GREAT story.
Thanks for sharing.

And I really like the part about you not believing in coincidence.

And I have got to give a major round of applause to Patty for having the courage to follow the impulse to call out your name in the middle of an "Out of Town Good Will Store". How cool was that!!!

I love this story.
It made me smile.

Blessings to you and yours!
In Him,

Carolyn said...

How amazing in this big world we live in...and yet such a small world with God in control! :) so FUN!!

Hugs, Carolyn @ cottage sunshine

Carolyn said...

Rebecca, I have 2 tell you a funny story! While u were gone in TN, I would check periodically 4 updates. But no updates had been made. I thought about the fun traveling with a little granddaughter and the singing, laughing, etc....and then all the sudden I felt the need 2 pray 4 u both since the days started 2 add up since we heard from you.

Was so happy when that next update came in! :) so glad u r both home safe and sound!

Blessings and Hugs! Carolyn@ cottage sunshine

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

That was no coincidence for sure! Meeting a blogger friend Patty, that far away from home is like someone put you together!
Love to you,

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is such a great story! Now I know I should make sure I look at least decent when going to Goodwill--sometimes I barely brush my hair to make a run over there. You never know who you may meet! You two both look adorable!

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

Such a miracle in life to know and be rewarded by God's rewards, sweet days those unexpected journey's we take.

Michele said...

Hi Rebecca ~~ Stories like yours are so inspirational and Yes, I believe God is always directing our steps and that was truly Divine ~ I am praying for your wrists Rebecca ~

Take care and God Bless You again and again.
Pearl 13.1

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

How wonderful to have been able to meet a fellow blogging friend!! Love that sweet rose print!!

Donna said...

That is awesome! And you are so right, God does indeed direct our steps:) Have a great week!

Deborah said...

It sounds like such a happy experience for you...I just had to comment. I'm glad you, two, met!! How sweet! And such a nice picture of the both of you. :)

Michele said...

this story gives me goosebumps. totally cool! love the print you found as well. xo

White Lace and Promises said...

I look forward to our not-by-chance meeting.

NanaDiana said...

Amazing! A God thing, for sure- xo Diana

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