How Did You Know?
Some relationships are so special the person seems to know you inside and out. I am lucky to have a few of these relationships and feel so loved. It’s a wonderful feeling to be known.
I always feel loved by these friends and family…and some gifts I’ve received are PERFECT I know they get me…absolutely perfect. No Christmas or Amazon wish list needed…they just know me.
For Handmade Christmas Heather made me this amazing brooch that is now permanently affixed to my coat. My grandma and great-grandma always had beautiful brooches on their “church” coats and I was intrigued. Now I have one of my own made my a wonderful friend.
Hawaiian Quilt Book
It’s no secret that I love quilting. I talk about it just a bit and I’m always looking for a new pattern book. My ritual is to never make the same pattern twice. My friend Lydia knew this book was made for me. I love quilting history just as much as I love the practice. I’ve never tried applique before so I’m intrigued and scared. Even better is the inscription. The book will always make me think of her. By the way Lyds, I’m holding you to teaching me how to knit…it’s on my 101 List for a reason.
Okay so this isn’t Momma’s actual purse. I love colorful purses because my work wardrobe is so dark. I have ones in pink, orange and green but was constantly searching for the perfect blue purse (i.e.. Enough space to hold all my junk and still be pretty). Momma saw this purse on sale and snatched it up. It is perfect and is my go to bag now.
Melissa has been on of my best friends since the day she asked if she could go to church with me. She’s a beautiful artist and I always admired her talent and the joy it brought her. For my 2004 college graduation Melissa gave me this painting. She remembered I loved black and whites and chose this stained glass window from a Barcelona church. I was a Spanish Major and loved the cathedrals.
Royal Dalton Tea Cup
After graduation I taught middle/high school foreign language. Everyday I had at least two HUGE cups of hot tea instead of coffee. When I left to go back to school and be a Salvation Army pastor my fellow teachers gave me this perfect gift. It is too pretty to use so I keep it in my curio cabinet as a beautiful reminder of the fantastic team of teachers I worked with.
When Hunni and I got engaged we were poor seminary students. He was scared I’d be disappointed because the engagement ring wasn’t big and flashy like some of our friends. Little did he know…it’s perfect. I don’t wear jewelry often and besides…he picked it for me. It’s my constant symbol of our love and I never want to “upgrade.”
When my grandma passed away I was shocked. As my family went through her personal items everyone determined I would make best use of her personal Bible. The notes in her handwriting tell the story of her faith journey and each book mark points me to her favorite passages. When I open her Bible it reminds me to grow in my faith as I see how she grew in hers.
These gifts aren’t important because of money spent. These gifts are perfect because they are truly me. I feel loved each time I look at them and know that the persons who gave them thought of and truly know me.
Take the time today to tell the people you love how much you appreciate them.