There is something about the UPS man arriving at your door when you aren't expecting him... Such was the case this afternoon here on the farm. I couldn't for the life of me imagine what might have arrived. I would have never, ever guessed that it was something I had been wanting for some time now. And it is even more glorious in hand than it was in the photos!
Simone is a friend that I have *known* for ten years but only met about seven years ago. She lives in London and is often the first person on my wish list to visit when I have the chance to travel. She recently started a fabulous blog which is filled with delicious images and inspiring posts. When I opened the box and saw what was inside, I was only momentarily surprised at who it was from. The note read: "the perfect gift for the perfect friend". Could you love her any more if you tried??? The thing is, we met on the internet, through a wedding chat room all those years ago. There was a large group of us and, ten years later, there are still a good number of us who communicate every week. Most of the ladies I haven't met, some I have been blessed to be able to, and some I have chatted with on the phone. I consider them some of the best friends that I have and I know that they are one of my strongest support systems when I need them. I feel so blessed by them, and by you, for even though I haven't met you, I feel your kindness, and your generosity, and the love~
As for the book, it is so much more than I thought it would be! It is heavy, and the cover is almost puffy (so incredibly fabulous), and the paper - the pages are like velvet. And then there are the photos - in a word - DIVINE~ If I didn't have my french class tonight, I would be spending the next few hours savoring every inch of this book. I am so very excited to come home after class, climb into my jammies, and settle in with my newest treasure~ You can find the book and Vicki Archer's blog here.
So thank you dear friend, a million times over, for every single time you send your love.