Saturday, January 19, 2013

Angels Among Us

One of my favorite things about the virtual world of blogging,  is the very real friendships that blossom.

One such friendship I have enjoyed is with Marsha of Marsha's Creekside Creations. Our friendship began the way many blog friendships do - by admiring a style, an object, etc. and leaving a comment about it. 

Honestly, I can't remember who made the initial contact.  I do know I was impressed by the warmth, intelligence and humor I read between the lines of Marsha's emails. 

I have to say, Marsha is a better friend to me than I am to her. Plus, she's got an i-phone, so she'll email me photos of things like mercury glass on sale, or maybe something she has baked. She's an excellent cook! I have made her blue cheese dressing recipe, and it's the best I've EVER tasted. Ever. One reason I'd consider getting an i-phone is to use it to communicate better with Marsha.

A week or so ago, she asked if she might have my address. She said she wanted to send me something. I was hoping for a dozen of her chocolate chip cookies, maybe.

But last night, I came home to find a package, neatly wrapped in brown paper. I ripped open the brown paper like a kid on Christmas! To my surprise, I found a beautiful painting of an angel - in my current neutral color scheme! You see, I've admired MARSHA'S angel paintings for a while now. See hers HERE.

She'd commissioned a neutral angel from the artist, who just so happens to be her sister-in-law! I LOVE my painting, and I love the friendship Marsha and I are growing. Marsha's SIL signs all her paintings with a little heart. Perfect. I'm so glad she kept it red, too. 

My package still had some heft to it, so I started digging deeper, only to find another treasure! TWO quart-sized ziploc bags of fresh-shelled PECANS! They're my favorite nut, though I never buy them since they're very costly these days. I've received food gifts before, and I really think they're one of the most touching gifts ever. Every time you eat a bite of them, you remember the person who gave them to you. 

Seriously, when I began blogging, I never expected anything like this to happen. There are half a dozen bloggers with whom I feel really close. I'd love nothing better than to go out to dinner, get a cup of coffee, even go to thrift shops together! And no, we'd never argue over who got what, even though we might both like the same item. I'd gladly forego any junk treasure for the gift of spending face-time with you. 

Meanwhile, I'm happy we have email and blog posts. You make me laugh, cry, hold me accountable, pray for me and inspire me to be a better person. Isn't that what all true friends do for each other?

Now, I'm going to rummage around to see if I can find a frame that will suit this little angel! I'm gonna name her Marsha.

Word for the Day:
Hebrews 13:2
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

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lynn said...

what a treasure, you lucky girl!

Anne said...

What a beautiful painting!!! What a sweet and lovely gift!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

awww...that is just precious. What a wonderful gift(s), with a meaning

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

That's so special...must warm your heart to know that it was created just for you! It's perfect for you.
And pecans, too. YUM!

Sandra said...

What a wonderful painting!
May you have a wonderful week!!
Greetings from Sunny South Africa

~ Liz ~ said...

That painting has such a lovely presence. Have you decided where you'll put it? Seems it would look great most anywhere in your neutral scheme. What a sweetie Marsha is!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Revi, The painting is beautiful and such a sweet gift. Sorry I haven't been visiting lately. My laptop crashed and I was lost without it for six days. All is well now and I am trying to catch up. Take care, Sherry

cathy@my1929charmer said...

What a beautiful painting from a very sweet fiends. Then to also give you the nuts you love. You are lucky to have such a friend.

Marsha said...

Oh! You make me smile!

Bohemian said...

Yes, the Land of Blog has exceeded all of my wildest Dreams and expectations as well. It is a wonderful Community of Kindred Spirits and Angels Among us. The Generosity and camaraderie has been unmatched and has often filled a void for those of us who don't get out as often as we used to or would like due to personal obligations or circumstances beyond our control. Your Gift is just Beautiful!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian