Well this one isnt belated for as you can see I haven't opened these packages yet. The postman rang a few times with these gifts from blogger friends and a friend from high school and a friend from Cape Cod. Wow. Of course, I thought of Katie Jane and the 71 packages per day she is hauling around in her job as postwoman. Later today, I will have a fun time exploring what's inside.!!!
A few days ago I received this package from Mary, a friend from Cape Cod. Four of her beautiful ceramic tree decorations each tucked in their own bag. And a beautiful card made from one of her watercolors. Oh Mary, I am not decorating much this year, but I will hang these in my window to evoke a Christmas spirit. Thank you, my dear.
The day before she left for South Africa, Soulbrush mailed me the painting she made of Mom's red heart. Soulbrush said that as she was painting it her brother called and asked her to come and visit. Soulbrush remembered that luckily I gave Mom the red heart necklace for her December 8th birthday early, just days before she died on December 2. Inspired, she said YES to the long, but I imagine greatly rewarding, trip to South Africa. Thank you Soulbrush. Your painting will inspire me also to say YES to life and its offerings.
Karen at beelieve also painted a flying red heart in memory of Mom. I know Mom is now an angel, her heart full of love and song. This sweet collage sits on my desk, to remind me to sing and fly. Thank you Karen.
Karen also sent this incredible card handmade in the Philippines. Those are real flowers on there. Can you imagine the time it must take to make a card so delicate and perfect. I used to make cards out of pressed flowers too, but much larger flowers. I dont think I could ever glue down such teen flowers without making a big mess. Thank you Karen for this unusual and beautiful card.
Lynn made this post card for a group she is in. She dedicated it to me and my Mom. I am so touched, inspired and downright elated that Mom's and my story has touched so many people and evoked so much wonderful creativity.
Mim drew this sweet picture for Mom and I too. I named the farm Dragonfly Pond Farm, thus this delicate dragonfly with three little gift baskets on her tail. I think kitties and I and maybe even Mom are riding in the baskets. What do you think? Thank you Mim.
My heart is full of joy and sadness, both, this Christmas season. A season that is a bit hard this year considering the two family deaths: my sister-in-law in August and Mom in December. But my spirit is nourished by all these beautiful gifts and thoughts and words and comments and emails. If I have overlooked someone's posting about Mom, do forgive me. I think it is part of the grieving process that my brain cannot take in a lot of details and my memory is not as perky as I think it once was (though I could be deluded about that. :)) To see other gifts for Mom and me, some the same, some different click here.
And I am hoping that I put my bid in in time for a visit from E and E, the sheep from Devon. I am already thinking up some special north country fun things to do just in case they have time to come here before returning to England. Now they are visiting Cris and Annie in Oregon.