Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Gift from the Heart

I have had this pretty little angel now for about 20 years.
She sits atop my tree each year, but this year her little lights are not shinning.
I still gave her the honor of adorning my family's Christmas tree
this year for her beauty still shines.

While I was going through some old boxes trying to find some ornaments,
(my son had pulled this box down from the attic that we hadn't seen in a while)
I found this beautiful little reindeer that I have had since I was about 5 years old.
She has a place on my piano this year. I also found some cute pictures
of my granddaughters when they were little.
They all just brought joy to my heart.

The girls will be excited to see these.

While at the thrift store the other day, I also found this lovely angel.
I love the details in her gown and wings. She is made of tin.

I am not putting out many decorations this year
for the time has simply run out, but there will still be enough to bring cheer.

I don't normally check our mailbox for my wonderful husband
always retrieves it when the mailman comes, but the day-before-yesterday
I decided to check the mail when I got in from work. The husband hadn't checked it yet.
I noticed a package from a sweet, SWEET, blogger friend, Susan from Tea Diary (England). 

Susan had created the most adorable heart ornament for my Christmas tree!
You can tell she put in a lot of loving care into this creation.

The darling card was really heart felt.
And just as I was getting ready to throw away the packaging,
I found another little heart, nicely painted red with a white snow flake on it.
I was so excited!!

The little red wooden beauty is now on my tree 
along with the stuffed heart.

Susan, you are a very precious friend and I thank you for thinking of me
and sending me these wonderful gifts that were created from your own hands.
I will always cherish them.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here's to your health!


  1. I just adore your christmas decorations, it's always great to find things again in boxes you had forgotten about. Susan is the greatest isn't she? :)
    Hope you have a wonderful christmas Brenda, lots of love and hugs :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  2. Hello,
    I saw you on sweet Celestina's blog. Your blog is so pretty, and I love the red hearts. While I was browsing, I noticed the photos of the red rose and it made my heart sing, as our blog is called Red Rose Alley. Me and my daughters started the blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. You have such a cheerful blog. I hope to hear from you, and I wish you a Merry Christmas.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  3. Isn't that one of lifes' sweetest pleasures? A surprise from a friend? SOmething in the mailbox sending warm thoughts? Your tree angel and tin angel are sweet, Brenda. The deer is adorable and I like the red hearts your friend sent can keep them out for Valentines Day! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower...I am now a new follower for you :)
    MERRY Christmas,

  4. Oh wow, i love both angels you have there, so beautiful! your granddaughters pictures are so adorable and precious! love the frames they're in too, the reindeer is just too cute! I'm glad you like my handmade ornaments and i'm glad it arrived before christmas.

    Have a lovely Christmas, Brenda!


  5. Merry Christmas, Brenda, and thank you for your visits! Your gift from England is so lovely - two hearts! I wish you all the best in 2012, and look forward to reading more of your posts.

  6. Your post is so sweet, Brenda, filled with memories of Christmas' past. Your angel still shines a light. Oh, yes, Susan is such a sweetheart. I love your hearts and the card is so pretty. What a pleasant, cheerful surprise in your mailbox, and it's no cosmic accident that husband didn't get the mail that day.

    Merry Christmas, friend,

  7. Brenda,
    How thoughtful of your friend to send you the lovely hearts for your tree and the beautiful card. You never know where you'll meet a new friend.
    -Karen ❆

  8. Hi Brenda,
    Your post is just full of Christmas spirit and your blog beautiful. Love the gift you received in the mail from a dear blogging friend. So many special friends in blogland. Love the stuffer heart and wooden heart too. Love your angel topping your tree and the little reindeer so sweet. The tin angel you found is precious.

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the new year.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  9. OH Brenda!! I recieved your gifts and have opened them yesterday!!! Thank you soo much, it brought tears to my eyes! you're soo sweet and kind! i'm blessed to have met you in blog land, i really love everything and especially the lovely card that your granddaughter victoria made, it's soo special! i'll post it on my blog as soon as i take pics of them but i already wanted to try the tea you sent!!! thank you again from the bottom of my heart!

    Have a lovely christmas and Happy Holidays!

    lots of love and blessings,


  10. This post is full of sweetness..precious memories and what nice gifts you received! May your New Year be full of God's blessings, now adventures and happy surprises..Roberta