Saturday, April 26, 2008
INCREDIBLE HAPPY MAIL DAY! (warning: VERY LONG POST)
Yesterday I received the absolute most incredible happy mail ever!
A little background info is probably needed for everyone to understand: for several months on SCS I have been hosting a friendship appreciation thread. We are currently in round 3. It is somewhat of a secret sister concept except that people nominate friends that they would like to send a little happy mail to. The response has been tremendous (I think round 2 had something like 150 nominees). What I do is keep track of the nominees/nominators, send quetionaires to nominees that I send back to the nominators, keep track of postal and received packages. It is a lot of fun to see all the love shared and all of the wonderful friendships that people have made through SCS. This round I received a message from Renee (happystamper05 on SCS) that I was being nominated by someone her or maybe not her. I was totally floored. A week or so ago I received $25 gift certificates to Gina K and PTI from my secret friend "Renee or maybe not Renee". I was totally overwhelmed by the generosity of my secret friend/s. I used the Gina K gc to order Kindred Spirits Sentiments and Kindred Spirit Naomi. The PTI didn't last long either...I got TONS of fun goodies from them...ink, paper, ribbon...
After all of that, yesterday I received a HUGE box in the mail with a return address of Secret Friend (Renee or maybe not Renee). This was TOTALLY unexpected. The gc's were already INCREDIBLY generous. I opened the box and literally broke out into tears. It was full of WONDERFUL goodies! TONS of stuff! I still get choked up trying to write about this. Whomever you are you have totally made my day, week, month, etc.
The friendships I have made on SCS are so precious to me. I've gotten to know so many of you over the past several months/rounds and it is so fun to keep the friendship apprec thread going. When I first started this I wasn't sure if it would catch on or not, but after seeing the hostess appreciation thread I immediately wanted to start a friendship one. I know a lot of you don't know me really well, but I have to share this with you...before I "found" SCS I was a VERY lonely stay at home mom. I had quit my job as a scientist about a year before finding this site. I didn't really know any other stay at home moms and I felt isolated and completely depressed. After finding SCS and joining and hosting a few swaps I quickly found a few ladies (You know who you are) that I can honestly say are now my absolute best friends in the entire world. They have helped me through my hardest times and my happiest. I feel like I am so incredibly blessed to have found a family of such loving, caring, generous souls. As I've hosted this thread I've met some new and wonderful groups of ladies...PSF's, the dorks, and others. It has been awesome to see the love these ladies have for each other. The PM's I get are always so great...I have lots of people tell me that they wish they could send to more people. The love that goes into so many of these packages is so evident. The personalized items have so much meaning. I have absolutely loved doing this. I keep reading over this post and it honestly just doesn't come close to conveying the thanks and love I have for whomever (Renee or maybe not Renee) for brightening my day with this tremendous gift! You (all of you) are INCREDIBLE and I love you all dearly!
I found this poem that I felt very fitting to share:
My husband has finally gone to work
My children have finished their play
they've gone to bed their stories read
Now it's my time of day.
I've had one of those days
you know what I mean
so I sit back and relax
and turn on my screen.
I'll talk to all my friends
who know just what to say
to make my stresses go
and my troubles fade away.
My friends you're always there for me
whenever I feel blue
and though we've never met before
I know our friendships true.
And although we haven't been friends for long
in this short time it seems
we shared so many things already
our hopes, our fears, our dreams.
We come from different walks of life
but we share a common bond
and it's time to say that of all of you
I've grown so very fond.
So thank you friends for being there
whenever I've needed you
I know you're always there for me
and you know I'm there for you.
Here are some pictures of all of the wonderful goodies that I received. The envelope says Do NOT open until 5/2 (which is our reveal date for this round). Thank Goodness they didn't send the package any earlier as I am not very good at waiting! I'm being good this time though!
After opening the box it was almost as someone had been stalking me. A lot of the stuff was stuff that I have wanted so bad lately. The DCWV dp pack is something that I wanted SO bad but I'm currently on a spending freeze. I've put that pack in my cart at Joann's probably 20 times just so I can cart it around the store for awhile and then put it back. I LOVE it!!
I am still just completely overwhlemed. There is just so much stuff here!
Here is some Martha Stewart ribbon, some Art Institue glitter (my FAVORITE!), an adorable bella, some bing (also my FAV!)
I got TONS of glitter. If you follow my blog you know that glitter is my staple product. I pretty much make NOTHING without it. There is more Art Institute glitter (Once again my FAVORITE glitter evah!), some Martha Stewart glitter (I also love this stuff too!) and some totally cool chunky glitter. I absolutely can't wait to open these babies up!
I also got some stamped Elyzabells images. They are totally adorable. Along with those came this adorable tin filled with TONS of colored baubles. I LOVE these things!!!
I also got TONS of embellishments. The BoBunny brads are some of my FAVS to. I can't believe how much stuff was in that package. There were these adorable Elyzabells stamps, Primas, more bling (you can NEVER have too much glitter or bling!). and OMG, these metal flower brads...I have wanted them SOOOOOOO bad. Every time I go to Michael's I look at them. They are totally gorgeous. Seriously, someone had to have been stalking me.
I also got this fantastic Stamper's Survival Kit. This is the first time I have seen this and it is totally adorable!
Also in the package was this awesome Camping themed frame. TOTALLY adorable!!! I love it!
I can't believe I'm still
typing. I got this FANTASTIC magnetic frame. I LOVE it! It is so special and I can't wait to put a picture of my kids on there. When I find out who you (or you all) are I'd love to know where I can get some of these frames! It is AWESOME! I got a bunch of scrapbooking embellishment packages. I love it all. LOVE all of the camping themed stuff. I have TONS of camping pictures that I need to scrap! Love it!!
I got another bella stamp, a vellum quote pack, and absolutely adorable clear camping set (LOVE THIS!) and last but DEFINITELY not least, a very generous gc for All That Scraps.
Whomever you are....YOU (you all) ARE AWESOME. I truly could never convey in words how much this means to me. Thanks for EVERYTHING!!!!!