Sorry for the wait, I hope you all are well.
I had a giveaway planned for a week now. All ready to post, all ready to go. Until I changed my mind, changed my post and changed my giveaway...read on please.
It all started with an ordinary day. I awoke with the sun, made my morning coffee and awaited for my babies to rise. I sat in the quiet of the morning drinking my coffee and listening to the birds in the backyard.
The children awoke and we set out to getting on with our day.
Mid-way through the morning the door bell rang but I wasn't expecting anyone.
I walked to the door to greet my visitor but no one was there except a box from my postal carrier who was now getting back to carrying on with her route.
Curious, I gave a wave and picked up the box. I hadn't ordered anything so I wondered just what it could be. Once inside I opened the box and here is what I found.....
Surprise! A beaut-i-fully wrapped present, with my name on it!
Ohhhh, I was so delighted and now very curious as to who sent me such a thing.
Upon closer inspection, underneath of the bow I spotted this tag and with a familiar name upon it!
Addressed to me by a sweet customer of mine who sends me the most delighful letters along with her orders. All so beautifully hand written, not your ordinary letter, you could certainly tell that this person takes great care with her writing and intends to send something very special to it's recipent. I plan on sharing more of them very soon.
Over the past year this sweet friend, Donna, has ordered numerous times from Farmhouse Mercantile and each and every time she has sent me these pretty letters to accompany her orders.
It truly is a treat for me each time.
Under the beautiful cherry wrapping paper (which I hated opening because it was so pretty) were two smaller packages each wrapped in this cheery yellow tissue paper adorned with a green paper flower....
Oh, the details!
Inside the first package I found this cookbook. Where Hearts Gather
by Susan West Cannon.
And just when this gift couldn't get any sweeter, I opened the book to reveal that it has been
signed by the author!
Just when I was getting it together, I realized there was a second package in the box to be opened....
and inside that package I found
also signed by Susan.
Inside this book Donna revealed a recipe that was her grandmothers. She told me all about the flood of memories this pound cake recipe brings back to her when baking it....
Oh, the sweetest things!
(Donna, I have to tell you that I will always leave these little notes in this book!)
This is just one page of how sweet this cookbook is. I love reading the heartwarming stories that are with each recipe too.
Inside Donna's beautiful letter to me she told me that the FHCS blog brings her joy and that is the reason for this gift. I was so touched!! I am so pleased that this blog of mine can do that for you! Because of this blog, you certainly are someone I have been blessed to know that I otherwise may never have made a connection to since we live on opposite sides of this big country!
How fortunate for me!
Not only have you blessed me with your sweet comments but you have also with friendship!
Thank you Donna from the bottom of my heart! I love this special gift very much, I have already read through the cookbooks and tried one of the recipes...
HOMEMADE MACARONI & CHEESE
My family said that this was the best Mac-n-Cheese recipe I have ever made....I have to agree with them, it was really delicious!
Of course I will be making more of the recipes and I will share with my blogging friends very soon! Click here to order your copy today!
Now I have a giveaway of my own to share.....
A (large) Kindred Spirit Sign
I have had some friends for many years, I have made new friends too. Some throughout different stages of my life and some have been there for ever. Some I speak to daily and some I catch up with several times a year. But I have to say that the most facinating friendships I have formed have been with those I have never even met before!
Several sweet ladies have formed a kinship with me through this blog and what a blessing you all have been to me. Some of you have been customers, some of you have been commentors, some I communicate with through email every now and then, many of you all of those things!
Alot of you have been inspiring, uplifting, encouraging, supportive and all of you a blessing to me in one way or another. All the things women need of friends in their lives. Some of you I have found through your blogs, message boards and some of you have found me.
Although most of us have never met personally, I certainly feel a kinship with several readers in one way or another. Be it through the way we like to mother our children, take care of our homes, issues that are important to one another, projects we share, recipes we make, crafts and simply when we need to lift one another up....all without ever having met one another. I'm so facinated by the way these relationships are formed without ever having seen the face of the recipent or really sitting at each others kitchen table for a cup of coffee!
This sign reminds me of one of my all time favorite childhood book...
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
" Miss Barry was a kindred spirit, after all," Anne confided in Marilla. " You wouldn't think so to look at her, but she is. You don't find it right out at first, as in Mathew's case, but after a while you come to see it. Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
If you would like to sign up for the Kindred Spirts Sign giveaway, please leave a comment on how your life was touched by someone you have never physically met before. I would love to hear some of your stories! If you don't have anything to share yet then be certain to leave a comment anyway!
As stated in my last post, the recipient will be chosen by random number generator. Extra entries if you post this giveaway on your blog, have a FHCS button on your blog, and are a customer. You must be a FHCS follower to enter. The giveaway closes Midnight August 14th winner to be announced Sunday the 16th.