Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange Reveal!

Good day everyone! Today is the day we reveal the tea cup exchange hosted by Stephanie! Bless her        sweet heart for arranging all the exchanges and matching us all up with wonderful people :-)

First I will share what I received from Teri in my tea cup exchange :-) Such a delightful package I received!

                             Inside were these adorable ladybug notes, perfect for Spring!



She also knew I was in NC and remembered how beautifully the dogwood trees bloomed so she thought the dogwood blooms on the tea cup would be perfect to send and she was right! I love it :-)




This is a dogwood sculpture she had a friend make and I will treasure it. I love handmade things so very much and it will remain special to me and my family.




Also included was a cinnamon scented candle, one of my favorite scents and it was to compliment the tea choice.


                                   Really love this tea cup and saucer... can you tell? ;-)


                                     Teri also included a handmade note and chai tea :-)

THANK YOU again so very much Teri I truly enjoyed my package and all the goodies! So very thoughtful of you :-)


                                     This next reveal is what I sent out to Beverly :-)














Can't wait to visit everyone's blogs and see all the exchanges :-) Such a great idea! Thank you again to Stephanie for arranging everything and doing such a great job!! :-)

                                                                         Blessings,
                                                                               Jill














Friday, April 14, 2017

Surprises, around the yard and catching up

I received a few surprises in the mail from my friends over the past week and it truly brightened my day :-) My best friend Teresa, friends since we were 3 years old sent me this Little Box of Sunshine and themed it with yellow items :-)




Another one of my best friends named Tina from chilhood also sent me this great basket of get well pampering cheer :-)


These carnations are all that are left from the beautiful arrangement my sister had sent me, so I transferred them to another container to keep them as long as I can.


These are what's left of the arrangement my parents sent out to me. Both arrangements were so pretty!


I also received lunch and a adult coloring book with gel pens from my best friend Dawn. Then I was very blessed to have my friend Lynn help out with our girls, staying with them, cooking meals and taking them to activities while Jerry and I were at the hospital. Dear friends of ours, the Tye family also sent me a big box of assorted teas that I have been enjoying :-)

I received so many texts, emails and calls from so many people it truly made my heart full! Thank you again to everyone who kept me in prayer :-)


This little guy is one of the male ducks that follows our female duck around and sadly he recently lost his eye sight. They call out to each other to keep him with them. Right now he is sitting outside where the female duck has started laying eggs. She has started laying in the bushes near the road, we set up a duck house for them but they haven't used it yet. The ducks came with our house we bought last year and we have fallen in love with them :-)



                                    These are both the males staying near the female. :-)


                                                     Can you see her nestled in there ;-)



We have been enjoying some really beautiful weather and since I am taking walks to help me heal faster, I have been taking some pictures in our yard as I go along...




                                            Our dogwoods are blooming beautifully!


                                                                           Azaleas too!



Still so happy how well my tulips are doing! They just make me happy when I walk out and see them :-)





                                                                    My oldest Hayley....


                                                               My youngest Kathleen....



My rhododendron bush is beginning to bud, can't wait till it blooms but I wish the flowers would last longer than they do, they are so pretty.


Hydrangeas are coming up really well and I can't wait for them to bloom, they are my favorite along with lilacs!


          Kathleen by the flowers we put in an old wheelbarrow I bought from an antique store.


She is a great helper watering the flowers for me as I heal from the surgery. My lifting is restricted for a bit. Here she had the idea to conserve some of the water, as the plant took what it needed, she held the watering can underneath to catch the remainder of the water coming out.



     One big leaf lol! That is our giant magnolia tree behind her... can't wait until that blooms too!


                                 My view from sitting on my porch swing, enjoying the day....


We got Kathleen a violin from Wish because it's something she wanted to learn to do. We figured this was a good way to practice and if she takes off with it we can get another one in the future,


     Our spoiled rotten cat Elvis... lol... picture is a little blurry, but had to capture the moment.



          Kathleen has been busy making all kinds of creations with her Rainbow Loom bands.



                                          I love the Easter egg and chick she made me :-)



                                            Our fur babies are enjoying sun bathing... lol


Hayley made this elephant piece for a friend's birthday, it turned out really well!


       Whew, long post but wanted to catch up :-) Hope you are all having a wonderful week!!

                                                                             Blessings,
                                                                                   Jill