Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thankful

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

From time to time I go through periods of melancholy, which I experienced this past week. Then last night Double D went to the mailbox and handed me a small box. "What's this all about?" he asked.

"Oh, my sweet bloggy friend! I wonder what it is?!"

I knew the package was coming, but wasn't expecting it for a few more days. Delighted, I tore open the package and inside found the most beautiful, sterling silver hummingbird earrings. My sweet friend (who asked to remain anonymous), knows me well. What's strange is I received notice that it was coming before I published The Impossible post. How did she know ahead of time that I could use a lift?

I tried my best to photograph the earrings; unfortunately, indoor photography is not my strong suit. It has been raining most of the day, so I could not take them outside for my favorite natural light shots. Here they are anyway--aren't they beautiful?




Playing with the Solarize feature in Lightroom
My purple LSU shirt kept reflecting onto the silver, so I just left it. 
I adore these earrings, but I also appreciate the thought and care and time that went into this gesture. "Appreciate" isn't really the right termmaybe "deep gratitude" is the closest phrase to what I'm feeling. So, thank you, thank you for your generosity and friendship. I am humbly blessed knowing that God is still working through His people on earth.

Now, I've got to lighten this up with a silly joke. You've probably seen it, but here it is anyway:

Big Ed seemed to always fall asleep during the Sunday sermon. His wife was fed up and decided to deal with the embarrassing situation.

The next Sunday when he fell asleep, she quietly removed some pungent Limburger cheese from a ziplock bag in her purse and passed it under his nose.

Groggily startled, Big Ed blurted out, "No, Helen, no—don't kiss me now!"

Snort! Have a great weekend everybody!

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37 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

you have angels in your life - even before you let them know you need them. :)

Amy Burzese said...

They are beautiful. And more beautiful is that they brought a caring gesture at a time when you needed one most. Enjoy them and may they bring you peace.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Such a sweet way to be told "I'm here and I care about you."

Gone Country said...

What a sweet gesture! And the earrings are adorable!

I find it so humbling how the Lord can put someone on your mind and heart and it's always when they need a little something. I'm also thankful for the people (like your friend) that follow up on those nudges from the Lord. I'm one who needs to pay more attention to the nudges and follow through on them. I know I will be blessed as well as the receiver.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Very creative shots of beautiful earrings ! What a special friend ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

How wonderfully fitting for you Gail! So glad that you're feeling better!! Take care of yourself!

Kerry said...

They're beautiful & you photographed them very well. What a perfect gift for you; whoever gave them to you has a real understanding of what gift-giving is all about.

Tricia Hays said...

That is so sweet, Gail, they're beautiful & your friend is a very giving person... =)

hootnonny said...

They are beautiful in all presentations.

Glad your heart was lifted.

Butterbean Row said...

So good to hear that you are feeling better. :o) God is good.

charlotte

beth said...

beautiful....now let us see them in YOUR ears so we can see your smiling face with them :)

said as a fellow photographer who prefers to be on the other side of the camera , too :)
xo

Kathy said...

Not only angels, but you have hummingbirds in your life! I'll bet you can't wait to wear these beauties!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You do have a sweet friend -- who is on your wave-length... she knows when you need her (the best kind of friend). We all appreciate your openness in sharing difficult and wonderful times.

Evelyn S. said...

And there are people (non-blogging type) who say our blog "friends" aren't friends at all! Little do they know! The hummingbird earrings are precious, Gail.

Linda said...

The earrings are beautiful, but the real gift is the thoughtfulness of the person who sent them.

bailey-road.com said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gift!

ladyfi said...

Oh wow - what beautiful earrings. Your friend is a treasure.

rainfield61 said...

Amazing.

Live is full of surprises.

But,

"don't kiss me now."

Brian King said...

That's a very nice gift and your photos are wonderful! You did a great job showing them off!

Lighthousegal said...

The earrings are lovely and a very nice gift. What a great friend you have.

Dave said...

Yes, nice ear rings. Your blogger friend is a friend indeed - Dave

Terri Buster said...

What a super sweet gesture, and a lovely pair of earrings! Love hummers!

Cheryl said...

I love when our online friends send greetings with nifty surprises to brighten our days. These earrings are adorable.

Nancy Claeys said...

How wonderful -- I'm so happy your mystery friend reached out to you when you needed it. These are so appropriate and beautiful.

Thank you for sharing with us at Your Sunday Best, Gail. xo

Barb said...

They are beautiful and I'm glad they helped to lift your spirits. I just read your "Impossible" post. I'm so sorry that you are struggling with this. I have a similar story but I won't go into it. But I have a bit of an idea of what you are going through. {hugs}

Buttons said...

I almost forgot what I was going to write because I am laughing do hard. Oh yes they are truly beautiful I love the purple reflecting. There are truly good people in this world. Take care. B

She Who Carries Camera said...

A little divine intervention going on and/or a true bond with a good friend! The earrings are so delicate, just like a hummer! I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing them!

Phil said...

Someone really does know you Gail and must have spent a lot of time searching out those hummer earrings for you. Will you give your friend a kiss when you see him/her?

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

They are so pretty & what a lovely gift.

Lisa Gordon said...

How could these not lift ones spirits???
They are just beautiful, Gail, and what a special friend.
xo.

Rosemary Aubut said...

You have a definite connection with universe Gail! The ear-rings are just perfect for you! You touch peoples hearts with your writings! Loved the joke!

Rosemary Aubut said...

You have a definite connection with universe Gail! The ear-rings are just perfect for you! You touch peoples hearts with your writings! Loved the joke!

Danielle said...

Those earrings are beautiful...just perfect you and your beautiful heart. God always gives us what we need in ways we least expect...it is always good to remember that we are also those 'angels' to others...many blessings to one that blesses others!!

mitlearmoments said...

How wonderful and exciting!!! I know that you were beyond words...and what a bit of sunshine in these gloomy days we've been having. Now you must take a photo wearing these precious earrings...Big hugs, xoxo

Linda R said...

Those earrings are so pretty. Aren't blogger friends the best.

Your joke had me smiling..

Hugs~

Barbara Shallue said...

They are absolutely beautiful and perfect for you, the hummingbird whisperer! These digital connections run deep, don't they? I'm glad she lifted you up! You lift up so many with your words and photos!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

These are delightful Gail, must make you happy to look at them.