Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Encouragement from a Friend...

I know that I mentioned that we are going through an issue here, it is still ongoing, and someday I will share it.  But for now I have to share the little gift I received in the mail from my friend Kathy.  She knows how important encouragement is, because she is raising her granddaughter after her daughter in law died in childbirth last year at Christmas.  She is amazing...but here is what she sent me!




Does she know me or what? 

I just love Kathy to death.  We have been friends for over 30 years.  We have had our share of heartache in those years...but I tell you, no one is as funny as Kathy to me...we hold NOTHING back...and tell each other exactly how we think it is!!  Now that is a friendship!

I wanted to show this Santa my husband found on a little job he was doing....Isn't he wonderful?  The colors are PERFECT for our home!

Have fun decorating, shopping, baking, sending cards...whatever you are doing as we countdown to Christmas!!

29 comments:

Redo 101 said...

I'm tellin' ya, a friend who sends notes like that plus chocolate is a friend you definitely want to hold on to :) Glad you were encouraged, it means so much, doesn't it?

Hugs,
Mary

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

What a wonderful card from Kathy.
I know you'll cherish it and that it will encourage you during this time you spoke of.

Yea for hubby finding such a beautiful Santa for you..

xoxo
Sonny

Vee said...

What a sweet friend! It doesn't take a lot...the little things count so very much. Oh your hubby does know how to gather things in, doesn't he?!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Friends are the best Ceekay and it sounds like you have a great one in Kathy!! Cute Santa! Martina

lynn said...

your friend is a keeper! so thoughful! and i love your santa...actually, i've never met a santa i didn't like!

Bella Vista said...

Ceekay, this post surely makes me smile. How completely delightful.

Barb ♥

NanaNor's said...

Hi there dear one, What a wonderful friend you have and what a blessing to have her send you encouragement. Love your Santa!
I pray you will have peace that passes understanding.
Hugs today.
Noreen

FABBY'S LIVING said...

The card from Cathy is lovely, something you'll cherrish for ever. I have a couple of darling friends like this and I try to be as good as friend back, so wonderful for you dear Ceekay, I'm so glad. You also have a wonderful hubby with the santa. God bless you and I will pray for your issues to getresoved soon. Lots of hugs, FABBY

Jacqueline said...

I just looked at all of your holiday decor! Absolutely fun, each and every post. Yes, I love your kitchen Santa and elf. I have been looking at stuff like this for years wanting something in my kitchen so now I am taking my first step! I would love your Santa with the gingerbread house. I may have to get a bigger table.

That is so fun that you go to Juno Beach in the Spring. Yes, I was reading her post and she said, "Back to Juno Beach." and I had just mailed my Christmas card to them and thought - Juno Beach, I know that place. How fun. They are my dad's cousins, but we always called them aunt and uncle and I always said they were my favorite relatives - so fun. They live kitty corner from the pool and are the Wards from Connecticut. Tell them you know Jackie Williamson from Utah! We have to come there again - maybe this year, but it is always so crazy here with kids still at home.

Love the sweet chocolate bar. What a sweet friend.

sissie said...

Hi Ceekay,
What a sweet loving friend. You are so fortunate to have someone who cares for you and knows you so well.

I hope that things get better for you soon.

hugs
Sissie

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Ceekay,
Love that gorgeous Santa! Where am I when other people are "finding" things? LOL
I havve a sweet friend like that as well, everyone needs at least one true blue one. Glad you found yours.
Hugs,
Patti
Oh, we're linking now at "What's It Wednesday", and we'd love to have you!

Susan said...

Ceekay, I am glad you have such a wonderful friend!! She is right you know.I know I don't know you only through this blog.........but what I have seen girl........you are amazing!

Adrienne said...

Now that's a friend! If she sends chocolate you can bet she's a true friend! I have a friend like that. Your words reminded me of her.
~Adrienne~

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

How wonderful to have a friend that knows what you need and can offer such encouragement. I will keep you in my prayers as you go through your situation.

Blondie's Journal said...

Kathy is an amazingly strong and lovely lady! You are so very lucky to count her as a good friend!

XO,
Jany

NanaDiana said...

CeeKay- I am saying a prayer for whatever is going on in your life. Everyone needs at least one friend like Kathy! They keep us grounded and, more importantly, they keep our hearts in their own. xo Diana

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so sweet Ceekay! And that orny below that you made is just so gorgeous! good job girlfriend, I love it!
Tutorial?
Hugs,
Cindy

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Now that is encouragement ....chocolate and a super card! :) Lifting you up in prayer and hoping that you will continue to be encouraged in whatever you are facing!

Great Santa! Your husband has good taste!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Girlfriends like that are priceless. I have 2 and they are such a blessing. Love the Santa too. I hope the new year brings peace to you and your family. Have a good rest of the week!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a wonderful note, and I NEED to have one of those chocolate bars prescribed for me. That is soooo cute! Love your new Santa. He's beautiful. I don't know what is going on in your life, but you are always in my prayers. laurie

Entertaining Women said...

Reminded me of a pillow that one of my precious friends gave me. It said, "A true friend is one who hears what you're not saying." Sounds like you've been blessed with a wonderful true friend. Thank you for sharing her love with us. Cherry Kay

bj said...

Ceekay, you WILL hang on to her with both hands...right? Sending you cute notes AND chocolate. Whoa...
well, would you kindly send me your address...I, too, have a little something I want to send you.
my email ...bjconklin@xanadoo.com

And if I lived close to you, I'd arm wrestle you for that Santa...he is so adorable. Your hubs did good.
xoxo bj

Mary Ellen said...

We are so blessed to have such awesome friends! I have several "kathy's" in my life too - we all have those times where we need a lift and our friends seem to just know exactly when !

Jann Olson said...

Hi Ceekay, Whatever you are going through I wish you the best. What a cherished friend Kathy is for you. I have a friend like that. We've known each other since 6th grade. She has been battling cancer for over a year now. Doing much better. Like you and Kathy we know each other so well. Friends like that are so important. Hubby did good with Mr. Claus.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Yes, you won the dress form! I did random number and I have to tell you I was so thrilled that it went to you!! Contact me at thepolkadotcloset@live.com with your address and the company Barr Display will send it to you directly to you. Now, it is not chocolate LOL, but it will last longer! Congratulations!

Carol

Pam said...

How sweet of her. You gotta love someone who understands the need for chocolate.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a great card - and friend!

That beautiful Santa was made for my house!! LOL! I have a very small collection of yellow Santas, they are hard to find. Love it!

Congratulations on winning the dress form!

Katherine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, friends like that are priceless, I have one and can't imagine life without her. I love the card and the emergency chocolate bar priceless!
I know life throws us lots of curves, handling them at times is such a challenge, I'm not sure if you know the full stent of things around here, challenging is the best word to use... my thoughts and prayers are with you darling.. lots an lots of hugs ~lynne~
Give your friend a hug for me too! She does know AMAZING!!!

Kathleen said...

A prayer for you, and your friend, how heartbreaking!

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