Friday, July 10, 2009

It was a very, very happy mail day......

Do you love going to the mailbox? I do........and there is always an optimism that something great will be there! Does it happen very often? Well, truthfully, I don't view bills as something great, nor do I view a mailbox full of junk mail something great either. I do, however, see notes from friends a happy surprise. In our world of fast paced communications and quickly sent emails, a hand-written note is a treasure these days. As is a package! Something I ordered? Well, I do look forward to finding that in the mail or on the doorstep. But in a completely DIFFERENT category is an unexpected package, a parcel with your name on it and a return address that you don't expect to see in your mailbox too very often. Well, that is what I found yesterday!! Such a happy mail day for me, because you see, my husband brought home the mail and in it was a large manila envelope addressed to me. From a dear friend that I've only met in real life once!!! But she is a DEAR friend. One I've known via the internet for several years now. She has the heart of a dear sister, a saint in whom I have much in common. She is a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, a teacher, and a friend in whom I find much in common, and also in whom I admire greatly. And she is so thoughtful. Recently, she and her family planned a vacation to St. Simon's Island, a destination that is on my "bucket" list. I really want to go there someday. I've heard how gorgeous it is, how quaint it is, but have yet to see it for myself. Afterward, she wrote a fabulous review of her vacation and the things they so enjoyed doing.....I lived it vicariously through her and her review. Well, what came in the mail yesterday and just where am I going with this story you might ask????? Well, my dear friend sent me a cookbook from the island and included the most precious sentiment. She knew (knows) of my longing to go there, as well as my love of cookbooks, I might add!! She sent me the most beautiful cookbook from St. Simons Island, Christ Church, Frederica Cookbook......Well, just look!
Throughout the cookbook, there are descriptions of each of the stained glass windows in Christ Church.........and there are prayers at the bottoms of many pages, too. From the front to the back, it is full of gorgeous photos, expressions of faith, and fabulous recipes!!!

What a treasure, and one I will cherish over the years. I will place her handwritten note in the front of the book so that I will always remember what a special surprise it was from a special friend. And I will look forward to trying out many of the yummy recipes found within its pages.....thanks so much, my friend!!! I love it, and I love you!

21 comments:

pk @ room remix said...

That is so awesome! I feel the same way when I get a package in the mail, especially from a friend. You'll have to share something that you make from the recipe book!

pk @ room remix said...

That is so awesome! I feel the same way when I get a package in the mail, especially from a friend. You'll have to share something that you make from the recipe book!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a special gift for an equally special friend!! That was so thoughtful of her. And you will love trying out some new recipes. I just love cookbooks and could sit and read them all the time. St. Simon's is sooooooo beautiful. We went to Jekyll Island for our honeymoon many years ago and went over to St. Simon's to visit. I hope you are able to go there one day. In the meantime, enjoy your new cookbook! Love & blessings from NC!

Stacey said...

What a wonderful surprise from someone very sweet. She knew just exactly what you would like! Enjoy it with a glass of iced tea this weekend. :)

April said...

That is nothing much better in my book than receiving mail...REAL mail! What a great friend you have! I'm sure that everytime you thumb throught the pages of that cookbook, you'll smile a warm smile and remember the friendship you share.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

WOW!! That is a lovely cookbook. I love cookbooks with stories and details to them. :) I bet I could guess who your Mail Fairy was! ;)

Anita said...

I revert to the age of 6 when I receive a package...it is even more exciting when I don't know what it is. I even love when I get a free sample of something...it' like a treasure. Books are one of the best things to receive..... a cookbook means that it is a book you will share with your friend everytime you flip through it or cook/bake something from it's pages. Lucky you.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Those are my favorite cookbooks. I think they are a real value too. The recipes, the pictures and history of the place one has visited. I hope you get to go To St. Simon's one day. I love to see a person have a dream come true. I have a upcoming blog about dreams coming true. Blessings
QMM

Just a little something from Judy said...

Don't you just love it when an ordinary day turns extraordinary!! How exciting to receive a new cookbook. What a dear friend she is. Have fun reading it...one of my favorite things to do.

Robin said...

What an absolutely thoughtful surprise! I know you will cherish this book forever!

{{HUGS}}

Robin :o)

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Oh! How fun for you! What a very special mail day that must have been. That cookbooks looks very, very special and I know you will treasure it!

I received TWO handwritten notes yesterday! That was a very special mail day too!

Queenmothermamaw said...

Forgot to mention earlier. I have a presentation for you on my 7/11/09 blog. Pop over a pick it up. Blessings
QMM

Lisa said...

Love the cookbook! Love the mail box when there is something good!!! hehehe
Hugs, Lisa

Domestic Designer said...

St.Simons Island is my family's favorite vacation spot. I have visited Christ Church many times. It is a beautiful historic site. I have this cookbook and there are many wonderful recipes in it! Enjoy...you are a lucky lady. Have a great weekend!
DD

So blessed! said...

How blessed you were with such a special gift from a special friend. I can feel the excitement in your post. Enjoy your weekend looking through it!

jenjen said...

How fun Suzanne! That looks like a wonderful book! I love getting packages in the mail too!


XOXO
jen

Lisa said...

Now THAT'S my kinda mail!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful surprise...an unexpected, welcomed gift from a friend for you to enjoy and no doubt treasure for many years to come! These are what I like to call "love letters from God."

Here's hoping you get to visit St. Simons one day soon.

Miss Janice said...

I've been to St. Simon's many times as a young girl and husband and I actually considered moving there once. I remember this church from my internet searches in the past. Lovely package to receive in the mail!

Lana said...

Suzanne - what a nice surprise in your mail! And I have wanted to go to St. Simons for years, ever since I read the trilogy of books by Eugenia Price that are set in that part of GA. My hubby's grandmother gave them to me early in our married life, as she knew that I am a voracious reader. Hope you enjoy your cookbook, and share some recipes with us sometime!

Rebecca said...

What a nice post! I hope you enjoy your cookbook!