Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Birthday MONTH: Day 19 & 20

I promised you that we'd open a birthday present today...

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This gift, as much as the ones before, has totally touched my heart.

Once again, I am reminded of how I have the BEST friends & family in the world.

What on earth have I done to deserve you?

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Through blogging, you and I stumbled upon each other because there was something about you that I just loved and I wanted to know more...

Was it your words? Your photos? Your art?


Or... maybe it was the way you reached out to me with your smile, the smile that I always imagined you had when I would read your bright and cheery thoughts everyday. was all of the above.

I always wished that one day, I would be able to see your beautiful smile "for real".

I wanted to get to know you and let you know that you brightened my day every time I stopped by to visit you...

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My wish came true.

I did meet you.

And I DID see that smile and all of the beauty surrounding you.

You were everything that I thought you would be (& more).

The love of family and friends...which is something we both cherish deeply...shined from within and it was then and there...I knew there was no turning back...we are FRIENDS.

We've shared laughs and tears, our art and souls.

We (virtually) watched our children spread their wings and comforted each other at times of loss.

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You've shared your Mother with me when I no longer had mine. It is such an honor to call her "Mom"   :)))

When God did not give me a daughter, you've shared yours with me. I could not ask for two more beautiful girls than yours.

You have such a generous soul Chantal and for that, I will be ever so grateful.

Just like the ribbon in this beautiful tassel that you made just for me...

your smile, your spirit and our memories will forever be intertwined in my heart.

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Forever and Ever!

Thank You.


Now if you are thinking that I was only talking to Chantal here...guess again.

As deep hearted (& mushy) as this post was, I am saying this to ALL of you who visit here...

there IS something that you and I have in common, something that we both LOVE about each other, and most of all, there is something that we do share and I'd like to call it FRIENDSHIP.

Whether you are a lurker, a stalker, a follower or even if you leave me a comment or not...

Just the thought of knowing you came here to visit me is a gift in itself and I cannot tell you how appreciative I am :)))

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I can't believe that I only have 11 days left to celebrate my Birthday MONTH.

I still have LOTS of presents to open!!!!

I hope I'm not boring you with my "all about ME" month...

After all, it is about US!  Yes...YOU & ME! FRIENDS!!!

If it wasn't, then you wouldn't be here with me right now! Right?



Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

You are not boring me...wait till it is MY month in February....I carry on something awful!!!

stefanie said...

its beautiful, and you words too!!!
looks like you are truly loved and blessed!!!! happy birthday month!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

You would never ever bore anyone Jodie. What a beautiful post and a beautiful gift. I hope you have THE most wonderful birthday months ever - you so deserve it.
xoxo Tina

Dorthe said...

such a beautifull tassel, such a beautifull post- your words to Chantal touched me much, and thankyou for your dear friendship words, dear- I love to be added in that circle.
Hugs, Dorthe

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sooo beautiful Jodie !!

Home and Heart said...

This post made me tear up. What a gift friendship is, I am so glad you have good ones.

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Holly Loves Art said...

I'm getting choked up reading your beautiful sentiments because I can relate 100%. We are so lucky to have found out special friends through blogging and the internet. I have friends that I now can call "family" and all because of reaching out through the blog world and having that special connection. We are so fortunate.

Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

Big hugs,

Kelly_Deal said...

Beautiful post Jodie!


Suz said...

I am under the weather, thus this just makes me cry my eyes out...but even when I am not, your words make me teary. Chantal must also be very special!

Tarnished and Tattered said...

NO we are not bored. We love us some Jodie, you go ahead & take this month. Heck, take next month too, it'll take you that long to open all the gifts you've been hoarding. I'm not sending mine until the end of the month so it doesn't collect too much dust. You sure got a lot of people who love you. That Chantel is something else huh? What a sweetie. See you soon. Lisa

chantal said...

My heart is so full... I am honored that you consider me a BFF!! I love you, too. Your words touched my soul and spirit...just what I needed today! We are going come see you and I hope soon! LOVE YOU

Diane Cook said...

Ahhh....this is such a sweet tribute Jodie to you and much as your friends! What a life!! You are surely blessed =))

Lisa Phillippi said...

As Beautiful as your gift from your words to us all! Thank you...every post is a gift to us!

MosaicMagpie said...

Love the ribbon tassel. I got something great in the mail today from Sarah!

Paige Thomas King said...

i'm in awe! your thoughtfulness, the way you're including everyone else in "your" month! then your creations--gracious!
thank you for sharing!

Jane said...

Great post Jodie. People I know that don't have blogs laugh when I talk about my blogging friends because they don't understand how a friendship can develop through a blog. Even though I haven't actually met any of my blog buddies I do consider them my are one of the tops on my list!
Keep the posts coming!

trash talk said...

If you wonder why we all love you and hold you so dear...go back and start at the top of this post. Now read it as if you were me instead of you. When you're finished reading...tell me...are you as much in love with this writer as I am? Now do you understand the magic you hold in your heart and in ours?

Catlyn Berry (Cizz) said...

That was beautiful! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog.


Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Oh Jodie, You are a wonderful friend. You bless so many others with your kindness. You deserve this and more. xo.

Liszha said...

Wow! My mouth is still open,what a beautiful box! Made with love would apply her I guess.

A Cottage Muse said...

Jodie you give me goose bumps with your words filled with love!!

Hmmm...with all the love coming your way for your birthday you really could use 2 months!!

Hee Hee!!!!!

Tamarah said...

Hey Jodie....I'm feelin' like the Mad Hatter 'running late for an important date'....OR....Running late to read you posts.... :o) !

Nope....Not boring me with your birthday posts that's forsure....I'm enjoying each & every one....!

THANKS for sharing Chantal's LOVELY gift with me....With US....It's GORGEOUS....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o0

Vicki said...

This was a beautiful post and not just because Chantal's present is so fabulous! Lots of love here and in blogland. I feel so bad...I haven't wish you Happy Bday month in about a week...HAPPY BDAY month. Keep those presents coming!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Jodie, That's such a beautiful gift and you deserve tons of fantastic gifts because you are such a SWEET, FUNNY, LOVING, CARING, HONEST, CREATIVE, TALENTED and GENEROUS girl. I have probably missed another 100 or more wonderful adjectives that would match your personality but you know what I want to say :-).
Love ya!

time-worn interiors said...

Sweet post!

Susan deGeneres said...

Hi Jodie,
Your post has touched me and I couldn't agree more about the value of friendship. Having blogging friends is a meeting of the mind and heart, if not a meeting in the flesh.

It reminds of the movie "Julie and Julia," where Julia Childs spends a lifetime corresponding with her dear friend. Everyone assumes that they have met and physically touched hands; but, no. They have become close only through the written word.

The only difference is we now have the benefit of lovely photos to further draw us together. And yours are as lovely as they come.

Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

i am feelin' the L.O.V.E. girlfriend :D
keep those posts coming!!!
they brighten my day for sure...
HUGS & birthday KISSES

kay ellen said...

You are gem, sweet Jodie:))

Celebrating life and creativity!

Have a blessed rest of your week~~~

Kay Ellen

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Wonderful gifts you received. And by the way - I am not bored. Show us more of your b-day gifts!


Karen Valentine said...

Jodie my friend, you have the most amazing talent of sharing the things I feel but never seem to express the way I want to on my blog. You always make me feel good when I come to visit you so be sure that those feelings are sooo mutual!
Love ya!

WW said...

Very cute. What a nice gift.

Payton said...

That tassel is B-E-A-U-tiful!! :)