Monday, December 21, 2009

Truly Blessed

During the holiday season, I always take the time to reflect on the past year. When I see all the changes that DH and I have been through and think of all the people that have been there for us, I realize just how truly blessed we really are :o) Family, friends AND neighbours.

Yesterday we finally got some snow that looks like it will stay for some time. DH went out this morning and shovelled the walkways and driveway. After he left for work, the plow came by and filled the end of the driveway with snow. Hours later I looked out and it was gone and there was a little package on our front step. Our neighbour had done it for us and left their Christmas card plus a handmade toy for Duncan :o) They're an older couple but so sweet and generous. I had to deliver their Christmas card so I wrapped up a freshly baked lemon bread to go with it :oP

Last week a package arrived in the mail from my wonderful friend Judy. I knew she was sending me a pattern by Mirabilia but she was sneaky and included quite a few other goodies as well -

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I didn't even make it out of the parking lot before everything was unwrapped. I was so excited and oh so bad ;o) Do you see the adorable Doxie hand towels? And I LOVE my snowmen socks! Perfect for Christmas day. Thank you so much Judy, you are TOO generous! Keep an eye on your mailbox...

It seems that my Secret Santa has returned again for a second year. I thought it was a onetime occurrence so I was pleasantly surprised when an email from Mary Kathryn arrived letting me know that I have a $25 gift certificate from her store :o) WHO is this phantom???? I'm completely perplexed. Mary Kathryn won't give up this person's identity! So all I can do is publicly thank my Secret Santa. I don't know who you are but you've made this Pumpkin one happy stitcher :o) I wish I could thank you personally, I really do, so because I can't I will wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

I'm also very blessed to have such amazing Blogger Buddies :o) Each and every comment you write leaves me with a smile on my face. I love visiting your Blogs as well and when I read about your stories of generosity, whether it be your own or someone else's, it reminds me that there are still some good people left in this world and that gives me hope.

There may be times when DH and I get off track and wish we had this toy or that vacation, this new car or that expansive wardrobe. But it doesn't take us long to correct and remind ourselves that we don't need material things to be happy and that we are lucky to have what we have. We are truly blessed and we are very thankful for that :o)


18 comments:

Parsley said...

Don't you just love the 'Secret Santa' stuff?! It's sweet that you have such kind friends.

Merry Christmas to you AND them!

Karen said...

So true when we realize what we truly should be thankful for! What a great surprise...a GC. Sure hope you can find something to use it on ;)

ohiofarmgirl said...

Sounds like you have it figured out...life is good when you have your family and your health! Dianntha

Irene said...

Oh I love the socks ! I see lots of nice goodies there too. You have some very nice neighbors, I don't know any who would do that here.

JOLENE said...

Hi Cathey,

I am happy you will be able to enjoy a "white" Christmas. I have never lived anywhere else but Utah and we always get snow, I can't imagine what Christmas would be like without snow, icicles, and chilly temperatures. What a great gift you received in the mail and that secret Santa is spoiling you! These little acts of friendship makes life so much more fun. Enjoy the snow while it is here!!! I want to go sledding.....

WendyCarole said...

What lovely goodies you received and such kind neighbours.

I agree with you the big materialist things are not the important ones


Happy Christmas and a wonderful new year xxx

Annie said...

It's great to have so many nice people in your life. Enjoy the socks!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

What a nice surprise and the socks...how cute. To many times we tend to have wants which exceed the need and we have to take a step back and say "I hope you have enough" Best Christmas Wishes and have a Healthy Stitchy 2010.
Be always in stitches.

Carol said...

You know, I've been feeling the same way lately, Cathey--truly blessed! How lucky are we?!

Such fun to have a "Secret Santa!" And your gift from Judy is spectacular.

Merry Christmas and keep warm :)

Rachel S said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Patti said...

What a lovely package you got from your friend. I just want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Danielle said...

Lucky you! And what a generous Secret Santa. Yes, we are all very blessed this holiday season. I have been thinking about that a lot lately.

mumzy said...

Cathey: I hope you realize how blessed your Dad and I think we are to have a daughter and son-in-law such as you and your hubby. If we had to put in a special order for you both, we couldn't have asked for two better persons.

Glad to see you have a Secret Santa and such wonderful friends. A million dollars could not buy you wonderful friends like you have.

{{{Big Hugs and Love to Both of You}}}

Daffycat said...

Oooo, great stash AND a secret Santa gift! What fun, enjoy!

Cindy said...

We have been talking about that here quite a bit lately. There are still a lot of good people in this world, and we are very lucky in so many ways.

Merry Christmas, Cathey!!

Mary Ann said...

Cathey, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Alberta said...

Cathey, wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for the year of friendship and inspiration!

Brigitte said...

Isn't it wonderful to see how friendship works and how much it counts? Enjoy everything you have.