Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Gifts of Angels

I was reading a post by the incredibly gifted Irene today and it reminded me about something that I have wanted to share for the past couple of weeks.  Irene(a gifted poet and writer) received a little gift from one of her blogging friends and was extremely touched by the kindness.  She wrote about the loving thoughtfulness of bloggers and how it has impacted her life.  I must concur.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a little package in the mail.  The return address was from one of my favorite all-time blogging friends, Blue.  Many of you may know and recognize her.  She suspended writing on her blog for the past several months, but she has consistently stayed in touch which I am very, very happy about.  She is one of those individuals who always seems to have the kindest of words to share.  Her comments always concluded with a little heart symbol that always made me smile.  Blue is someone who is worth knowing.  She is kind-hearted, inspirational, beautiful and a wonderful writer and photographer.  *If she ever decides to start writing on her blog again, I will let you know.  

When I opened the package that Blue sent me, I found the little gold box pictured above.  Slowly, I untied the ribbon which was so lovingly placed, took off the lid.  My breath caught at the sight of the precious heart stone which was gently packed inside.  If you look at it closely, you will see that there is still bits of sand within the crevices of the heart.  I was so moved by the thought that Blue found this beautiful rock for me.
And then I removed the top layer of cotton to discover what was packed beneath.  Seaglass and seashells.  Recently, Blue went to Hawaii to visit with her sister and while walking on the beach, not only did she care enough to remember that I adore seaglass, but she spent the time to collect some for me.  I cannot tell you how this makes me feel.  It is indescribable.  
On the bottom of the box was a little hand-written note which I didn't discover until later on.  Another gift, discovered and cherished.  I was so moved by Blue's kindness.
I have carried the little gold box with me, back and forth to the beach.  Meticulously going through each small piece of beach ephemera, holding them in my hands and carefully placing them back into the box until the next time.  A special gift from a friend who I have never met personally, yet one of the most thoughtful presents that I have ever received in my life.  How does that happen?  We connect with someone who we have never met face to face, yet the connection is very heartfelt and true.

You all do that to me with your words, your comments, and your emails.  Each one is like a little box that I get to unwrap whenever I want or need to.  Thank you, Blue.  Thank you to my very special readers. 
Now I must introduce you to the latest little angel in our family.  This is two month old Micah.  We adopted him on Tuesday from a wonderful rescue organization.  It has taken us several months to find the right angel for our family because we take animal adoption very seriously.  There are way too many unwanted and unloved pets out there who are waiting for their forever homes.  The numbers are staggering.  They are in the millions.
This is our little starfish on the beach.  If you haven't heard that story, I promise to share it with you in a few days.  His story began very heartbreakingly, but because of some incredibly caring individuals with enormous hearts, it will not end that way.
As I ready myself for sleep, Micah is resting happily between Mark and I on our bed.  Becca, our sweet ten year old pup is sleeping sweetly on her bed to my other side.  My two youngest Angel Daughters are tucked safely in their beds.  My strongest prayers are with each one of my oldest Angel Daughters, as they navigate the world on adult-child terms.  Life is such a gift.  

I will be posting the information about the Energy Muse bracelet gratitude giveaway on Sunday.  I chose and ordered the special bracelet today and it is beautiful.  I know that it will end up on the wrist of the person who needs it the most, right now.  Life is like that.

Must snuggle with Micah and sleep now...


*Okay, so I just went to link my blog with Blue's blog and SHE'S BACK!!!!  Can I just say how happy I am.  Please pay her a visit.  You will meet one of the nicest bloggers on the web.  Blue, you snuck back in on me, silly rabbit!  I am so happy that you have returned!

12 comments:

Laura ~Peach~ said...

the box brought tears... what a wonderful gift... and micah... be still my heart he is just adorable... cant wait to hear his story and i bet he will if he has not already learned he has been adopted into the best home :) hugs

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Will certainly hop over and say hello to Blue...for her to have brought such joy to your heart makes me already love her.

And Micah? What a beautiful pup and a very lucky one. Not only is he your newest Angel but I bet he will quickly come to realize that he has found a family of Angels himself.

Nothing like the love of a new furry friend to remind us how truly amazing life is.

Hallie

Jenn-n-n said...

Debra,

It is funny how things always work out just the way they are meant to.

I smiled as I read this entry today. You see, I had a heart shaped piece of sea glass that I had every intention of sending to you, however someone very dear to me was having a hard time in his life and had talked with me. I felt compelled to give him the heart stone so that he could carry it with him, carry with him the knowledge that no matter how bad his days get there is someone who cares. Someone who is always there.

Something larger than I made the decision as to whom that heart shaped sea glass went to...


I ADORE your new puppy, very cute!!!! You have a heart of gold Debra... I'm so glad to count you among my as of yet unmet, but very special friends.

Thank you for being you and for sharing yourself with us.

Thank you again for your wonderful words.

Jenn

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Blue said...

Debbie!
This was a lovely surprise! I'm on a quick get-away with a girlfriend who met me at my annual flight attendant training in florida, and we are hanging out for an extra couple days together since we hadn't seen each other since 2005...and she has an aircard for internet access which i borrowed to get online and WOW! didn't expect to have the Fabulous Angel Debbie write about me.

somehow i thought you knew i'd started tip toeing back into the writing world. i'd tabled writing for "public consumption" for a while as i've been working through stuff. but i'm edging back into it.

the pictures you took are gorgeous! those tiny treasures are even prettier on here than i remember them in real life. i'm so grateful you love them. each one was a delight to find, and made me think of you. You are a joy.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
~Blue

Blue said...

PS: I don't think i've ever mentioned before that since they were babies, i've always called my children "angel girl" and "angel boy". "Good night Angel Boy" i say every time i tuck him in. and "Good night Angel Girl" with every last hug and kiss of the night.

maybe that's one of the things that drew me to you in the first place. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

jojo said...

the story of the starfish is one of my favorites..in fact I have it in a frame on my dresser. Micah is a beautiful treasure to be cherished indeed.

And Blue's gift is remarkable. How lovely of her to think of you that way...sea glass is such a mystery to me as I have never been to a beach with sea glass or pretty shells on it. Lovely gift, lovely girl, lovely heart.

take care sweet Deb...

Irene Latham said...

Welcome Micah! What a lucky dog to be loved by Debbie and Angels. And that heart rock is a real treasure. xxoo

linda j said...

If you love sea glass you are welcome to come and join our group at http://www.seaglasslovers.ning.com it is an invitation member only online community dedicated to sea glass lovers around the world.

We share photos, display ideas, beach locations and much much more!
Membership is free and the site is non commercial (no jewelry sales, no ads or agendas involved)... We would love to see you there!

WVLeAnn said...

I absolutely love the new addition to the family and look forward to seeing pictures of him as he grows. Out of curiosity, where did the name Micah come from?

Debra W said...

LeAnn,

Thank you so much for your sweet comments.

The name Micah is biblical. It comes from my bible, or The Old Testament according to Christianity. Micah is one of the prophets. Our old dog, who passed away about a year and a half ago was named Elijah. Elijah is also a biblical name and is one of the prophets, so we decided to stick with the theme! I also really like the name!

Hugs,
Debbie

Poetikat said...

Debra - don't do this to me! I want to walk out the door, get in the car and go over to the humane society and rescue a dog now. I can't do this because my 4 cats would protest soooo much! It would not be fair.

Your Micah is one of the sweetest little dogs I've ever seen. Oh, that face!

Kat

P.S. I'm looking for your 'Sandman' post - can you direct me?

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