Sunday, August 2, 2009

Have you ever???



Have you ever been touched? I mean really touched with that feeling deep down in your heart that just feels so warm? So warm that it feels like your insides are melting and turning into chocolate?


Have you ever received something unexpected in the mail, not recognizing the return address? Having to tear the box open (while sitting in your car) to take a peek inside?


Have you ever felt that the longest trip was from the post office to home? Or in some cases, the walk from your mailbox to your front porch?

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Have you ever thought "I can't believe someone was thinking of me enough to send me something so beautiful"...have you?

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Have you ever felt the need to rip open the box without grabbing your camera to capture the beauty of the wrapping? And felt guilty when you missed the chance to do so?

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Have you ever thought "How could I repay this gracious person" because a simple 'Thank You' would never be enough?

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Have you ever thought about the time and compassion someone took to create something special...just for you? Like you're standing there and wondering, Wow! Why me?

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Have you ever looked at each and every detail of a gift, wondering how this person can really understand you? Even though you've never met in person?

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Have you ever thought in your wildest dreams that you made a difference in someone's life? Possibly at the right time and the right place?

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Have you ever held something so beautiful in your hands?  Wondering what heart and soul before you has cherished it as much as you do now at that very second?

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Have you ever felt a loss for words? When all that you feel is your heart beating while forgetting to take a breath?

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Something tells me that you have experienced a couple of these feelings at least once or twice (or maybe more) since you've been blogging...


I have done all of the above...all in a matter of minutes yesterday morning, thanks to my little (Silver Bella) sister Lynn.

Even though she's not my real little sister, she is REAL in every sense of the word! She has a huge heart and a huge smile and has totally touched me in so many ways!

However, I do feel just a tad bit guilty as I am the baby sister in my family. I am used to be being spoiled by my big sisters...

I've been a bad big sister Lynn, I should be spoiling you!!!!

So for all of you reading this today, go out and spoil someone...even if it's just with a hug. There's a chance that you might make someone's insides melt into chocolate!!!!!!

Wouldn't that be yummy???   ;)


Geralyn Gray said...

Have you ever?????? No I haven't.......but what a great feeling to have someone get you as much as Lisa since my insides haven't felt like chocolate I would have to compare it to the fried oreos I ate last comparison.....I guess. But, what a beautiful gift-----Silver Bella is a true gift in meeting the BEST people!!!!!!

blushing rose said...

What a wonderful surprise & friend ... & such lovely momentoes for you.
I bet Lynn is getting great big hugs from you ... TTFN ~Marydon

vintage girl at heart said...

Yes Ms. Lynn is a PEACH!!! All of the details she puts into her goodies!!! She is a truly a thoughtful and lovely sweetie and I am soooo happy that she showered special YOU with such sweet,vintage and lovely notions!
The presentation is a gift in itself!!

Jessica Rodarte said...

What a lovely gift!! I haven't received an unexpected gift like that before. It must be a wonderful feeling! :)

The Victorian Parlor said...

Have I ever...hmmm...yup, I have. As I was reading this I was thinking-oh my, this is the way I felt when Jodie sent me that beautiful bookmark last year, and when Jodie made the button for my blog tea party, and everytime I read Jodie's delightful comments on my posts! You are truly an inspiration to all who know you and you always make people feel special. You have a gift that way:).



Lori said...

what a beautiful gift!!! your post is so sweet too Jodie:) you stated perfectly the wonder and joy in receiving a heartfelt gift from someone you have never met...someone you only know through blogging...but who gets you none the less, and knows what you love...yes, i am lucky to have received these gifts myself...the girls i have met in blogland are the best...every visit to my place in blogland is a gift too...and the visits i make are a gift that feed my soul...thanks for sharing!!!

i worked last night, and i am a little fuzzy right now, so i hope this all made sense:)

Draffin Bears said...

I love your post Jodie and you are so sweet and that is why your blog friend has sent you the gift.

Your blog and you are so inspirational and I love to come and visit and always leave with a smile.

Lovely gifts that you will be able to treasure.
Have a good day

trash talk said...

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes,...I don't think so and yes, yes!
Don't fuss at me...We're on a break!
P.S. It's all lovely!!!

June said...

Hi Jodie, HAVE YOU EVER read a post that makes you so glad that you know the person who wrote it?
This was such a sweet thank you for such lovely gifts. I know Lynn feels are warm and chocolatey inside now too.

Tara said...

I had a similar experience last week when a fellow blogger sent be something, just because! I still need to show it off to everyone! Gotta love that melted chocolate feeling!

Debby said...

What a beautiful post Jodie!!! And what a awesome surprise gift. This is the amazing thing about our little blog world...Enjoy!!!!!

miss lynn said...

i totally have to
agree with kim, you
have a gift, jodie.
you are the epitome
of an encourager
and your words today
have blessed my heart!
i am completely thrilled
that i was able to
make you smile!!

Anonymous said...

Oh that's so precious!

Thanks for dropping by & looking at my treasures I cannot wait to get started!


Carole said...

What a lovely post about the excitement of getting something wonderful just for you! It is exactly like you described. You almost feel like you're losing your breath. Thanks for sharing the moment with us.

Patti's Artful Design said...

What a lovely posting and tribute, Jodie!

KayEllen said...

So pretty!!

Love this entry!!!

Have a blessed Sunday evening:)))


Anonymous said...

Aaawww Jodie, how sweet isn't it? Yes there were times :-) But when I think of those times, it was that simplest, unexpected things that has happened. Oh I know, I am such a shallow little one when it comes to happiness, and that sweet aching feeling one feels LOL


(I am curious what you and your niece made. You make beautiful pieces, but still . . . )

Pam @ Frippery said...

Wonderful Jodie! Lynn has the best Big Sister for Silver Bella, that's why she sent this gift to you. You make everyone feel special, so you should feel the same in return. Hugs, Pam P.S. Can't wait to meet the talented little sis!

Linda said...

Yes, I have! Though my best surprises like this have come from none other than my husband over the years. He spoils me more than anyone else. :)

I love the special presents you received - it's all so very wonderful and you deserve it, dear one.


zandra said...

I did send someone a gift like that once~now I think I know how she felt! It's so surprising to me how two people from one end of the country/state to the other can make such a special connection. You have a great way of expressing it. Thanks! Hugz, Z

Sandy said...


This is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read. Yes I have! And yes I will! I am taking you up on the challenge.

What a treasure your friend is and what a treasure you are.

I took your advice, I climbed out of the closet, cranked up some Pachelbel, (I create better to classical music), and created a new art piece!

Payton said...

That is so sweet. You are such an amazing person Aunt Jodie. (Oh, and I love where you decided to put the 'Live. Laugh. Love.' picture in our house. It looks soooo good.)

Sandi said...

Love, love, love the first photo. Is that the wrapping paper? Wow. the velvet ribbon. Oh my!
You are one lucky sis.


Patti said...

What a lucky girl you are Jodie, to recieve such wonderful treasures! It is so much fun to experience unexpected whimsies! have a wonderful week~

Stephenie said...

What a wonderful surprise..I know what you're feeling, because I have had that happen to me.. Friends truly are gifts from above...

Debra@CommonGround said...

Oh, you talented girls, so generous and sweet! There you go, now we're talking about chocolate again. Do you not have Krispy Kremes in Louisiana? I've seriously had to curtail my sweet tooth, so it's a fond memory. But once in awhile I indulge with half of a Dairy Queen Mocha Moolatte, one of my favorites!
Debra said...

Treasures of the heart are the most precious gifts of life. It's aparent to me that you are your sisters treasure. I have always wished for a sister. I have 3 brothers. I do have a special friend and she helped me today, I think I will surprise her with a gift.

Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hey chickadee!!!
haha are you kidding me! blogging has made me have so many Have you evers! hehe 22 days till we leave!!!!! whooooaaa! Call me sometime so we can get together before then and plan our stuff out!!! Im soooo excited!!! Big hugs


Terry said...

Howdy Jodie
What a sweet post.
I am so happy for you and thank you for teaching compassion :)
Kindness matters .
Blessings to you for the rest of the week.
Happy Trails

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

How lovely!!

A Fanciful Life said...

Jodie, I just can't wait to meet you in Omaha. What you stated was so eloquent and true. How lucky you are. Lynn really made it very special in many ways. Enjoy your gifts. I know you'll be thinking about this for days to come.
Sharon :-)
PS my fabric pages are 97% done - yeah!

Teacup Mosaics said...

I am sure you will have many more "have you ever" moments, you my dear bring out the best in all of us. Enjoy your moments I am lucky enough to have had a wonderful moment created by you and something from that moment makes me smile everyday. Lovely thoughts and gifts from your new little sister, (how does it feel to be the big sister:).
Have a great week!!!!

shabbyscraps said...

lovely post jodie! Hope you are having a good summer....
xoxo, Tiffany

Anonymous said...

I am happy when I read others are spoiling YOU!!! What beautiful things and heartfelt thoughtfulness in the gifts you received from Your little sis Lynn!!! See, all of those goooood things you do for others, find their way back to ya!!! :)
Love ya... got reading to do!!!
oxox Karen