Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gifts of Love

Gifts of love. That is what I call them. The love that has been shown to our family...to Luke....warms my heart.

Almost two weeks ago, our homeschool support group surprised me at gym (our weekly meeting day) with a shower. I have no idea how they all managed to keep it a secret from me, but it was a total surprise! They called me into the snack room and this was waiting for me!

To celebrate Luke coming home, they all chipped in and bought a bush/tree to plant in his honor. But it wasn't just any bush/tree. It was a money tree for us. Hanging from the bush were many cards! They were unsure as to what was most needed and wanted to do something for him (for us). Sitting at my kitchen table, I cried as I read all the very sweet notes.

They were very generous and it came at a time when the need is great. Travel to China is going to be more than we thought as airfare in June is considerably higher. The fact that our homeschooling family would do such a thing for us really touched our hearts!

In addition to that, at the end of the year picnic with our homeschool group, there were more gifts brought.

Rebecca and her family gave us the buddy harness. My silly kids have been trying this out on each other already! It's so cute! Thank you, Rebecca!

Julie and her family gave Luke these shoes (love those shoes), the bathroom sticker set and Thomas the Tank Engine puzzle. (Joy thought those vehicle stickers for the bathtub were just the coolest and I had to restrain her from opening and playing with them). Thank you, Julie!

And Kellye brought me this adoption scrapbook kit! What special pages I can create with that! It's red too... Thank you, Kellye!

And last but not least, yesterday these arrived from a dear blogging friend....a gift for Luke from Mandy (A Mayberry State of Mind).

Aren't they perfect for Luke's room? Mandy has her own business, Creekside Creations. Check out her selling blog! She does such beautiful work. I'm so thrilled to have these blocks for his room! They are just adorable! Thank you so much, Mandy!

Thank you so much to all of you, for the love that's been shown to Luke and to our entire family through the prayers, gifts, and words of encouragement as we wait to bring Luke home. Sharing our excitement with us has meant so much. God bless you all!


Tina said...

What an awesome thing for your homeschool group to do for you!! Love all your gifts!!

Never So Simple said...

What another great day of blessings. Tammy this is such a great gift. I absolutely love the idea. The blocks are too cute.


Wendi said...

Very touching! The blocks are adorable. Miss Mandy does good work!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what wonderful gifts and wonderful friends too...love those blocks..:)

At Home With Amy said...

What a wonderful surprise for you Tammy. Such a caring and giving gesture from your friends.
Luke is going to love his new blocks. That was very sweet of Mandy to make them for him.
Enjoy your day,
Hugs, AMY

Dan said...


You received a lot of wonderful stuff for Luke! You are truly blessed to have so many people who care about you and your family so much! I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!


Nancy M. said...

Wow! That is so awesome! Y'all are truly loved! My 2 1/2 year old loves his harness, he wears it for fun sometimes!

jamjar said...

How awesome is your group, anyway? That is just so wonderful of them!!! And I DO love the blocks!!!

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Blessings all around! It's so important to have the love of friends in our lives.

Love seeing the blocks in Luke's precious room!

Kim said...

What a great group of friends! I still look back at Cate's scrapbook and cry when I read the cards from her shower! It's a very emotional time anyway! Have a great day! Love, Kim

Melissa said...

What WONDERFUL friends!!!

Laura said...

Tammy, any time I read your posts I live a new and great experience!
All of you are truly blessed to have so many friends!
I've already written this in some other posts, but I will repeat it: I cannot wait to see pics of Luke in YOUR HOME WITH ALL OF YOU!!!

Blessed Beyond said...

HI Tammy, I sent you an email about Mary Kay. NOt sure if you got it. When you get a chance, email me and let me know. (plf114) at yahoo. Thanks so much girl!
Hugs and Blessings,

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

You have a great homeschool group! I love the blocks Mandy made too. It's getting close, isn't it? We're so happy for you.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a wonderful way to help you out! Great gifts! Love the tree!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Awwww... I think that is so wonderful, Tammy! You have so many precious friends who think the world of you and your family- you are truly blessed!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What a special wonderful group of friends....such warmth just exudes from people at times like these and you know it's from their hearts as well.
Just wonderful

Wolfie said...

Fabulous!! You are getting closer everyday AND you have loving friends to do that for you (and Luke).

I know you are so excited and can't wait to bring him home.


sanjeet said...

You are truly blessed to have so many people who care about you and your family so much!
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