Monday, April 20, 2009

My Journey Book

As some of you may have noticed, I have not been blogging very much lately. I have had a very stressful couple of weeks at work and to be honest, not a lot has been going on in my personal life that was blogworthy. I have pretty much been going to work, coming home, eating dinner and going to bed. Not much to blog about there, huh?

Today was an especially difficult day as I received the news that a very dear family friend who had been battling cancer had passed away this weekend and I was just heartbroken over that news. 

Isn't it just like God to know that I was going to have a day like that today and to have something special waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home!! My sweet blogging friend, Dawn, had made me the most precious gift you can ever imagine and I just had to share it with you. 

First of all, look at this card that she HANDMADE! How adorable is that and inside were the sweetest words to brighten my day, lift my spirits and encourage me in the Lord.

She made me this "Journey Book". I can't imagine how much preparation and work went into making this special gift!

On the backs of each of the pages she had written in calligraphy a verse that I have been memorizing in 2009 as part of my LPM Scripture Memory Challenge and each of the slideout little tags had verses that she chose because they reminded her of me and our friendship. 

Each of them were made with beautiful colors, ribbons and accents -- this one even has a little jeweled butterfly.

Look at this one with the adorable pattern and cute little buttons.  This has been a verse that I have recited over and over to myself in recent days - 

"HE is your CONSTANT source of stability.  He abundantly provides saftety and great wisdom. He gives ALL this to those who fear Him." 
Isaiah 33:6

When I first began blogging, almost a year ago, I never knew that I would meet so many wonderful, godly women and would develop so many special friendships with people that I had never even had the privilege of meeting in person.  

Dawn is one of those special friendships. She is a constant source of encouragement. She is one of the most thoughtful people that I have ever met. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting my dear friend, I hope you'll stop by to visit her right now. 

Thank you again, Dawn, for such a special gift. What an awesome reminder to me of you and our sweet friendship! I thank the Lord for you!


Denise said...

God bless you, and your very thoughtful friend Dawn.

Faith said...

Oh wow, that is AMAZING!!! What a special gift from such a special friend. I know that will be something you treasure forever.

I'm so thankful that this came today and helped to brighten your hard day a little bit.

I love you Mom!

Jenna said...

My lands, that is the SWEETEST gift! That Dawn - she is something else.

I am so sorry about your friend, Emilie. I will be praying. Love you lots, and I hope the rest of your week is filled with love and laughs and maybe some God winks for good measure. :-)

Betsy said...

That is the sweetest thing ever. And I am not surprised that it came from Dawn. She is just so thoughtful and truly has a heart for the Lord.

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I will be praying for you and for your friend's family.

petrii said...

You are such an encouragement to me. Your thoughtfulness during our trips to Mayo and during my recovery have been a catalyst to my getting well and being back on my feet again. I love you dear friend, and will continue to pray for you and Walt and your family.

Em, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I will praying for them.

Love you dear one,


Ginger said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. That is such a beautiful book and so thoughtful.
Dawn is such a special person. An inspiration to so many.

valerie said...

What a beautiful and special gift.
I know exactly what you mean about special bogging friends. It's amazing the bond we all share, huh?
I had been sick just before Easter and had a cold all last week. I received a very sweet card in the mail Saturday from a blogging friend with an encouraging little note in it. It just made my day.
I'm so sorry to hear about your family friend.
It's so hard to lose someone we love.
I am thankful Dawn's gift arrived just when you needed a pick-me-up.
Love & prayers,

His Doorkeeper said...

It is so hard to lose a good friend. I'm so sorry.

God never ceases to amaze me with his awesome timing. The scripture book is just wonderful and made with love from a special blogger friend makes it all the better!

May His word bless you tonight!

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

That is really neat!! And what an awesome friend!!

Carol said...

What a sweet and wonderful gift. I know that took a lot of time and love to make and send to you. You deserve it and how amazing that God would orchestrate the whole thing just when you needed it. Praise Him!

Mandi said...

WOW! That is a very nice gift from a very sweet friend. I know you will treasure it and the verses inside.

Rebecca Jo said...

Oh my goodness.. that is the most THOUGHTFUL gift I've ever seen... all that time & crafting in those pages...

Dawn is an amazing woman - isn't she!

I'm so glad your day was brightened after hearing such sad news! Been missing you!

Love Being a Nonny said...

So very sweet and thoughtful. Amazing some of the people I have met in this blogging world!!

My daughter-in-law is having a give away today.

Anita said...

I was sorry to hear of your friends passing, I know it's very hard.
Your friend Dawn is so sweet to send you a gift, and it is so beautiful!
I have missed you, but I'll be praying that things in your life settle down. Take care MiMi

Abbi said...

i've been the same way...i haven't posted in a week..busy,stressed,!!!

how sweet is that lady and don't even know her...only throw blogsphere!!!
what a woman of God an a inspiration!! your truely blessed to have a friend like her!! i'm sure your the same way too!!

Julie said...

Dawn is such a kind, compassionate woman of God. That is a neat gift.

I hope things slow down for you at work!!

Jacquie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dear friend. What a sweet and thoughtful gift straight from Dawn"s loving heart!

Lianna Knight said...

That is SUCH the sweetest thing! Aren't bloggy friends the best??

Denise K. said...

Oh isn't that just the neatest thing! My mom used to love stamping and creating little books like that...what a special gift and a special pick me up! I'm sorry work has been stressful...and we totally understand about blogging needing a vacation. Your readers will be here always so just take your time! I'll be remembering you in my prayers for a good week and peace in the journey!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend passing away!

Heather said...

That Dawn is SO thoughtful! So sorry about your week. Hoping you will get some good rest and time with your family this weekend!

Kendra said...

What a sweet, thoughtful friend!!! That IS just like God to know when you need some uplifting =)

Alex and Jill said...

Sounds like Dawn is a jewel. What a special gift! Bloggy-friends are the best. :)


♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

I was so interested to read from another "Mimi" ~ I'm Mimi, but only to my grand-babies. :-) I love your blog. I had a similar thing happen a couple of weeks ago, coming home from work exhausted, and finding a delight on the front porch waiting for me. God does that ~ He provides just what we need and at the perfect, His perfect timing.

Angels around you this coming week.