Thursday, May 13, 2010

There's just something special about surprises...

You all know that I ADORE my mailman, right?

He delivers my mail {at work} at precisely 1:20 every day, rain or shine and always with a smile on his face.

When he has a package for us, he drives right up to the front door and toots his horn. I drop everything and run to his little mail truck, totally giddy ... just like a little kid waiting for ice cream.

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However, the last time he tooted his horn at the front door, I was about to chew out The Man for ordering something off of eBay as I (being the angel that I am) haven't bought anything lately ;)

But to my surprise, this package WAS for ME and it was from a sweet sweet BBF (best blog friend).

However, the unopened delivery sat on my desk for almost two weeks. I was coming off of my "Savannah high" and I wanted to be able to savor the moment of opening the surprise that was inside.

That moment was yesterday. I finally opened the box...


Tucked inside was a beautiful old photo.

A cabinet card encased in the most beautiful vintage matted frame.

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I have an addiction a love for cabinet cards and she knew that.

She also knew that each and every cabinet card that I own is part of my "extended family".

What she didn't know is how much she touched my heart...not only with her thoughtfulness, but also with her words.

(I think the photo is clear enough for you to read her sweet card)

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So I would really like you to meet Nana.

Sandi's Nana.

My new Nana.

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This photo of Nana is the only cabinet card that Sandi owns, and she loved me enough to make a copy of her and send her to me :)

In my heart, that makes Sandi and I related as we now share the same Nana!   ;)

There's just something special about surprises, don't you think?


Kateyed said...

That is so sweet. What you are giving out certainly comes back and you both feel held by this circle of caring. I love Nana. Sandi must be a special [erson to share her Nana!

Honey Lamb and I said...

I am up late tonight too!! How did you practice such self control and not rip into that box right away?!?!? What a sweet and thoughtful gift from your blog BFF! So sweet!

Anonymous said...

Oh My Goodness Jodie, this is hilarious because I was going to write almost exactly the same post with the same pictures on Thursday. I recieved a box today, almost exactly like yours, filled with pink packing peanuts PINK! Can you believe it. A beautiful crown inside. I love my postman too, I am cheeating on him with the UPS man though ;) I love the post. I just can't believe you were able to wait so long to open it. What a wonderful surprise.
Hugs Sweetie - missing everyone so uch,

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Jodie, How sweet of Sandi to send you such a gift! I just have no idea how you manage to wait soooooooooooo long to open such a package. I can wait for a few days but almost 2 weeks? No way! You have a lot of willpower, girl!
Big hugs,

Theresa said...

What a sweet Nana! I can't believe you waited that long to open it! Sweet gift and precious words, love it! Have a blessed day dear Jodie! HUGS!

Geralyn Gray said...

Welcome to Jodie's World Nana!!!! You'll have lots of company and it is nice how well people get to know you through blogging and know just how to get to your heart!!!!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Welcome to the family Jodie! Once again your words touch my heart and fill it with love, thank you!! Have a wonderful day, I know I will!!

Lisa said...

Yes, I agree with Julia & Theresa, No way do I wait even 1 minute to open something. It gets torn up just on the way into the house. Sandi is about the sweetest girl. I love Nana, & her card, too cool. I'll bet that made your day. Just have to say one thing......BBF? you 2 timer!! I'm breaking up with you! LOL It's the drugs. Got your message, hurt too bad to call. Lisa

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

What a precious precious gift to receive in the mail ~ It is so awesome to meet such wonderful friends through the blogging world ~

Anonymous said...

awww how sweet! I know where that little pic is going!! I think We need to make you a art wall! hehe turn a whole wall into one of those ribbon boards! thats a neat idea! then you can admire all of them! I just dont see how you wait to open something that long! OMG I am opening it in the car at the post office because I have to go get my packages my mailman is a lazy ass! hehe Big hugs


Alison Gibbs said...

Oh what a special gift, you are one lucky girl

The French Bear said...

How wonderful....I am so sorry to be a little lagging in my posts and my visits.....I am trying hard to appear fine when my lupus is annoying the heck out of me....making me sick....I would like it to go away any time now! I am glad that you had a wonderful time in almost sounded magical and all those talented meet so many of your blog friends...that must have been so exciting!!!!
Your cabinet card is divine....and now you have a new Nana!!!!
Someday I hope to see you blog about a parcel from me!!
Margaret B

Hearts Turned said...

What a sweet and thoughtful gift from Sandi! I LOVE cabinet cards!

I CANNOT believe your self-control, Jodie--I would have ripped that box open in a heartbeat!

Hope you're having a beautiful day today!

Robin Thomas said...

That kind of self control would involve a prescription for me. You are a good blog friend and you deserve this special treat. I would tell you to enjoy, but for sure, I know you will...

zandra said...

How great! You are one lucky gal!
Hugz, Z

Blessed Serendipity said...

Aren't surprises the best? What a nice friend you have gained!


Lori said...

seriously, you and that savoring of the mail bit kills must have some kind of willpower that i have never heard of...i know i don't possess it...when i get something in the mail, i am ripping it open like a crazy woman practically before i even have the box through the door...
Sandi's package to you is so thoughtful and sweet!!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

How sweet and wonderful are the friendships we make through blogging!

The Victorian Parlor said...

That is so sweet!!! I don't know how you can discipline yourself to wait to open a package. I would have been stark raving mad if I waited that long:).



Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

How lovely that you got a beautiful package and don't know how you managed to wait 2 weeks!
I love it that you have a new Nana, such a beautiful old photo and a sweet cabinet card.

Happy weekend

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I need a BBF!!! I am going over to your friends blog to see if she will be the one!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a sweet story, Jodie...thanks so much for sharing it!

trash talk said...

I now understand why you live in have the patience of a saint! Girl...I chew through the tape if I have to. I cannot wait to tear into a package.
What a beautiful gift of love. You are one blessed woman!
P.S. BTW...Nana is one beautiful lady too!

Debby said...

Jodie, how can you? I couldn't wait that long to open a package if my life depended on it. It was so worth the wait though! Nana is very beautiful and Sandi sounds like a real sweetie. My mailman knows how nuts I am, if I get a package and owe duty on it, which happens frequently here in Canada, he just throws the cash in for me and drops the parcel as he knows he will catch me waiting at the door his next trip through. LOL...

You are so sweet and kind it doesn't surprise me at all that you get special gifts in the mail.


Debbie Demmers said...

Yes, that is such a gesture of kindness and thoughtfulness and would have made my month!!! Thank you for sharing this gift of yours and blessings to the giver!!! deb

Sheri said...

That was so sweet of Sandi, wasn't it, Jodie. You are a very blessed woman. Thank you for sharing your new Nana with us.

Unknown said...

I just have to agree with everyone here! that is so sweet! I don't know if its were I'm from (VEGAS)or what, but I must admit I have never heard of a cabinet card before, But I do think it is so sweet to share with you something she knows you collect and love! You have a way of making everyone feel so special! So people want to send that right back to you!

Hugs, have a great day!


Tania said...

I really do not know how you waited that long, I do admire your will power. I cant wait for the postman to come (you may have gathered I am English) and I, too, absolutely adore cabinet cards. Lucky you!!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jodie,
How in the world did you have the willpower to wait for a week to open a package! I would have that baby ripped apart in two seconds flat!
I guess all good things are worth waiting for and your gift is wonderful. Nana is a pretty coool lookin chick, don't ya think?