Friday, February 6, 2009

Time to Share the SURPRISE ...

From the beginning ...

the other day my friend, Anita Kurtz, emailed me and asked if I would be "up to a visit" on Thursday evening since she had some shopping to do in my area. Of course I said YES ... always LOVE when friends come to visit! Well she called when she "got in the area" and as she came up the sidewalk I noticed she wasn't alone ... my friend Tammy Hershberger was with her and they were "baring gifts!" I thought "now what are these two up to???" Joyfully I learned that the STAMP SIMPLY ladies were talking and decided to all go together and with the local help of Anita & Tammy ... put together this AWESOME goodie basket as well has hand-made cards from each of the ladies!



Needless to say, my jaw hit the floor and I got so excited!!! I still can't believe these ladies would take the time out of their busy lives (and the expense) to do something like this for Mark & I ... WOW, that just blows my mind!!!


We went into the livingroom where my husband, Mark was to share in opening these beautiful cards and fun gifts! He too was very impressed and overwhelmed with this generous gesture! The beautiful basket was filled with Movie Going Goodies ... you know ... M&Ms, Whoppers, Junior Mints, Raisinets, Starburst, HUGE bag of Twizzlers, and even Werther's Originals ... HOW COOL IS THAT!!! Oh, and it doesn't stop there!!! Since Mark isn't up to going out to the movies these days ... they even got us a gift card for Blockbuster! Now we can have our movie & movie goodies right in our own comfy livingroom!! Since Mark bought himself a new 58" HD Plasma TV when he was diagnosed, figuring he'd be "in the house" a lot ... it will actually feel like we're at the theatre!!! There is also a gift card for Panera Bread in case we need real food like soup & sandwich to go with our Movie Goodies!! Ooops wait ... I forgot to add it to the photo ... Anita walked in with a huge box of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn too! What's Movie Night without popcorn?????? (These ladies thought of everything!!)


WAIT ... there's more!!! (can you imagine!!! ... more!!!) It's a treat JUST FOR ME!! They have spoiled me with 4 - 1 hour sessions at the Kimz Kare Relaxation Massage! OH MY GOODNESS ... pinch me because I think I'm dreaming!! (hang on while I wipe away the tears) ...





Here are the cards these wonderfully talented ladies sent to Tammy to include in our surprise! I was overwhelmed with each & every one of them as was Mark!! I was having a terrible time reading the messages inside (Anita & Tammy thought it was just my "old eyes ... maybe need new glasses") but actually I was having trouble fighting back the tears that kept welling up and causing "blurred vision". Aren't they gorgeous????










Mind you, I've never met any of these ladies in person (which I hope to do someday) but I consider them all "my friends"!!! How do I possibly express to these lovely ladies how touched I am by their kindness other than to just say "Thank YOU and I LOVE you all!!!"

12 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed your surprise! I am sure I speak for all of us when I say -- we all wish we could have been there to surprise you in person! Now what a caravan that would have been! ;-) Enjoy! You deserve it!!

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  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed your surprise! I am sure I speak for all of us when I say -- we all wish we could have been there to surprise you in person! Now what a caravan that would have been! ;-) Enjoy! You deserve it!!

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  3. Oh, Darlene!!! I am so pleased you were thrilled -- and Mark, too!!! Bless you both -- hope you can enjoy those goodies!!!! And we WILL meet one of these days!!!

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  4. What a wonderful gift and a wonderful bunch of ladies!!!

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  5. Such a lovely gift of gorgeous cards. So special!

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  6. Darlene, it does my heart good to know our little basket brought a little joy into your life! And what a pretty basket Tammy found for you! Bless you and Mark. Enjoy your treats!

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  7. Oh, Darlene, my eyes are burning!! This is because you are the sweetest thing! You SO deserve to be treated like this, as this is exactly how you treat everyone else!!

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  8. Darlene, I'm so glad you have the support from such dear friends and that Mark has something new to look forward to. Who doesn't like a GOODIE basket.....enjoy together....blessing come in many forms!

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  9. Darlene, I'm so happy for you and Mark - you so much deserve this. Having friends like this is such a comfort and bring so much joy. My heart and my thoughts are with you - enjoy your sweet gifts.

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  10. Wow! What an assume gifts!!! I have a Challenge for you on my blog!

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  11. This is so terrific.. I am so happy for you.. I have been thinking about you and I am so glad others are too..
    Enjoy,
    Dawn B.

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Darlene