I know.... I know... you can't believe I'm posting for a third time this week! Well I am. Get used to it! :)
Today, being February 14th, is well known as the annoying holiday when your wife/girlfriend expects to be acknowledged as the one you love. Lots of people hate it. Some love it. I'm a bit indifferent at this point of my life. But it's fun to make it special for the kids.
This morning when Emeline and Lila woke up and I reminded them that it was Valentine's Day you would have thought I said it was Christmas again! They were so sweetly surprised and happy to get a bit of candy.
You Make My Day!
Last week I was pleasantly surprised to learn that KT had named me on her You Make My Day list! Even more of a pleasant surprise is what she said about me. I'm the kind of person that's always surprised to find out someone likes me. It shouldn't be that way but it would probably take a lot of expensive therapy to change so for now I'll just go on being surprised. ha
Instructions are, "Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware: you may get the award several times!"
Every person I list here has left a permanent lasting lifetime kind of impression on me. Some of the ones I list here probably don't know I exist on the planet, so I won't be writing to tell them they made my list but maybe You will like reading their blogs as much as I do. I know that several of them have already posted about this award anyway, but here is my list of blog-world people who make my day:
KT from Lookie What I Made: I guess it's the mutual admiration club around here. KT's been one of the most privately thoughtful and generous and kind people to me of all those I've met in blogland - and I feel like I hardly know her! Her blog is always a source of sunshine to me.
Elizabeth of Trailing Yarn: I got acquainted with EB when she knit a Wee Tiny Sock for me and it's been True Love ever since. Her knitting, her writing, her photos, her spinning - what's not to love?
Emily of Yarn Miracle: Like a sister! How is that possible? From the very first memorable second that I clicked on the link and read her blog I have loved Emily like a sister. Later she camped in line over night waiting for the announcement when I did my very first Etsy shop update. heh Her blog is so bright and full of cheer - I feel like I am in her living room or back yard every time I visit. PLUS she has a MiniMiracle due to arrive any minute - isn't life sweet? :)
Jenn of A Whirled Yarn: A new favorite blog - her writing is absolutely genious! The photos of her home make me very happy to know that she doesn't live very far away - I'm hoping to visit her Very Soon! A dear person and talented spinner - I'm happy that she's doing the Blog365 thing so I don't run out of great stuff to read about and see!
Lene of Dances With Wool: She makes every reader feel like her friend. No matter the subject, her writing is so captivating - her pictures, drawings, needlework... her expressions of humility and descriptions of her world... I nearly cry from the overwhelming beauty of it all every time I read her blog.
Jessie of What Housework?: Who doesn't love her world? If you need a lift just visit Jessie's farm. If her beautiful spinning and dyeing and wit don't make your day then her turkeys will.
Kelly of Celtic Caston: Her dogs, her youth, her knitting talent, her energy - I love it all and I'm so happy to know that she's my friend and I've had the pleasure of visiting with her in person!
Brenda Dayne of Cast-On: Okay, it's not technically a blog but I cannot say enough about the ways that the Cast-On Podcast has enriched my life. It's basically the only podcast I make time for. She's gone through so many changes with the podcast and examining the place it holds in her life and I am amazed that it makes me really feel like I'm part of something big just being One Knitter. "It" is the feeling that she is able to convey through her podcast. "It" is very hard to describe.
Tracy of Wool Windings: You Make My Day doesn't scratch the surface with this person and her blog. Her generous heart loving Christ and people has made such an impact on my life. She is a Giver like no other and I'm so blessed that she has been part of my world and shares her life, marriage, knitting and travel through her blog.
Margene and Carole: I think of them as one, really. These two are ones that are really "there" for me to the greatest possible degree that a person you met through you blog who doesn't live remotely near to you could be. They're the first ones to phone or email when I disappear. They're the first ones to comment on every blog post. I love them like I can't even describe and every single day of my life is Made because of their dear friendship. Their blogs are a Bright Spot in the day of so many people in so many ways that it absolutely boggles my mind that they make time for me.
That's really NOT the end of the list but I don't think I have enough Hours In The Day to mention every person who Makes My Day. My Blogroll will give you a pretty good idea though! heh All the people on that list are there because they're special to me. You ALL Make My Day! :)
The Mayonnaise Jar: A Love Story
I had a feeling after yesterday's post that someone would ask about the mayonnaise jar. The button jar that I took from mom's house at 17. Sure enough, Tracy asked. It was a story that kind of hurts my head just a little but as I thought more about it I realized it's really a Love Story and is perfectly appropriate for retelling today.
Last fall, if you remember, Kelly came to visit us from Canada and brought gifts. Gifts for everyone! For Emeline and Lila Pearl, Kelly. Brought. Hand. Knit. DRESSES. I'm still in shock and amazement that she did this. And I still don't have good pictures of the girls wearing these dresses because it's always on Sunday morning and we're such a tornado on Sunday mornings that I can't even think much less take pictures.
Knitting dresses for my two daughters? That is Love. And I haven't even told you about the other knits she brought. I've been a terrible friend for not mentioning it sooner and having great pictures to show!
When Kelly brought the dresses she mentioned that she didn't have time to put a button on the back neck opening and gave me the package of buttons she intended to use. When the weather got cold enough that the girls could wear the dresses to church I still hadn't put the buttons on. On a Saturday evening in November or maybe early December I got the dresses and buttons and thread, just to discover that the buttons Kelly brought were too big. It's okay - I have some very tiny buttons in my button jar! I retrieved the jar and the task was soon finished. I cleaned up the area around my knitting chair where I was working but it was late at night so I didn't take the button jar back to its safe place and left it on the ottoman along side the usual yarn and pattern books that sit there.
The next day was a busy one and right after church I had to drive in to Wichita to work at Michael's for a few hours. About 15 minutes after I left I got a phone call from Jeff stating that one of the babies had taken my button jar and ...... a million pieces all over the floor was an understatement. I appologized for leaving the jar out where the babies could get to it and said "Just don't throw them away." He said "They're aready in the trash!" as the babies were screaming in the background. I was absolutely sick and really didn't say anything else.
"They're just buttons," I thought to myself.
At Michael's I told the story to my co-workers. One said, "Surely he'll get them out of the trash." I said, "No Way. I don't think so."
When I got home that evening I was surprised to find a coffee cup filled with buttons. I asked Jeff where they came from and he said "I dug through the trash and got out all the buttons I could find. Some are also in the vacuum cleaner bag which I have not messed with but at least we know where they are. I had no idea the buttons meant so much to you."
That, my friends, is Love. With love like that year round, who needs Valentine's Day? :)
I hope your life and your heart and your world are filled with love and happiness.
Take good care of every little thing and don't stay away for too long! XOXOXOXOXOX