There's a song with the lyrics, "so blessed, I can't contain it, so blessed I've got to give it away". In the business of my continuing organization fever I insisted on looking back and reflecting on the generosity and kindness so many family members and friends have poured on us these past few weeks. But I didn't want it to be yet another year of forgetfulness or even rudeness by not acknowledging their loving gestures, even if it be with a simple Thank You card.
So maybe to make up for years past when nothing arrived in their mailbox, I played makeup this year! For our dear Aunt in Pennsylvania, a woman of pure heart, who took the time to host a party for us and take our kids horse back riding,
here's my first knitting project. It's a simple scarf pattern from First Knits Projects for Beginning Knitters I think the color will be perfect for her lovely blonde hair although I don't care too much for the ribbons and how tight they got, obviously a fault from the newbie! Please feel free to remove them if you don't like them Aunt Barbie!
To our neighbors who surprised us with a year's worth of venison and elk meat (is there a fancy word for that too?) from his successful hunt in December (you don't get anymore organic than this!) we just had to bake some goodies.
Nene insisted on making cupcakes. Our inspiration came from the bag of unopened cranberries so we baked Meyer Lemon Cranberry Cupcakes . Nene was in the kitchen with me every step of the way mixing and licking, pouring and licking, sharing and licking. Bless her hearty soul for it was a full days project. By the way, my husband said they were the best he's ever tasted but unfortunately because of our sugar fast, the remaining few have now been frozen.
And there are many more thanks to come...To our Uncle Bill's sweet-sounding gift of an heirloom music box for our family, To Great-Grandma and her traditional gift: a ten pound salt cured ham with authentic Portuguese linguiça mailed all the way from Ct! And finally, for Grandma and Grandpa who flew across the country during the peak travel period to spend Christmas with us. Thank You! Watch your mail now that I've got the knitting bug in me!
It's so true the blessing does come from giving than receiving and it does a Mommy's heart good to see her children's natural eagerness, ideas and time spent in expressing their Thanks. I hope it's a habit we can carry on throughout the year.