Thursday, February 9, 2012

FEBRUARY'S JOY DARE FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Update:  I haven't been able to leave comments on some blogs. It's only the Blogger blogs that require a word verification, in order to leave a comment. I think it's just  a glitch. It should work itself out on its own. However, if you have trouble leaving a comment on my blog, would you please let me know? Thanks!!!

Hi everyone,

This is a surprise post.  I was at a women's Bible study last Tuesday. One of the ladies there had printed out Ann Voskamps "A Year of Graces" from her site A Holy Experience. Click here if you would like to visit. She also printed a copy of January's Joy Dare, even though we're in February :) :) So when I went home I printed out the Joy Dare for February. I've decided that one of the things I want to foster this year is an attitude of gratitude for the small and big things.  Each day is filled with different things to look for. Today is:

"3 gifts that were surprises - unexpected grace":

The first surprise was receiving this beautiful card with a quilted teacup on the front from my sweet friend Dorothy. Click here if you'd like to visit her blog, Notes from Mémère.  I love all things vintage, including quilts.





























The second surprise came when I opened the card.  There was a lovely bag of Scripture tea.  I won't open it till I'm ready to drink it. When I do, I'll let you know what Scripture verse is on the tag:





































The third unexpected surprise came when I saw what was on the back of the card. This made it even more special, because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE vintage things.  When I saw that this was a repurposed quilt, I immediately wondered about the person who lovingly put the fabric pieces together. Now I have a piece of that quilt, an unexpected blessing:





























These are the unexpected gifts that I've found today...so far.  I just had to share this with you all right away. I couldn't wait.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing about what I spent this week.  I think I might of went a little overboard, but it's all a learning process.  There was one item that I stocked up on.....well, actually it was two items. More on that tomorrow, too.

That's the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs, Heather :)

36 comments:

Camille said...

How lovely that you received such nice gifts Heather!

Blessings to you!
Camille

Lynnie said...

We are kindred spirits! I love tea time, I love all things old, antique and quilts! Hope you have a super weekend! Love from the sunny shore of the Gulf Coast!

Beth said...

i'm curious about your comment issue ... do you use "google chrome" i've had problems is why i'm asking & i switch over & it work just fine now. i'm a new linky follower & i would love it if you would follow me as well. take care & have a great night. (:

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

@Camille - thank you :) :) :) I"m going to look for a frame for this card at a thrift shop. This card is so my style :) :)

@Lynnie - there are so many of my blogger friends that participate in tea parties every Tuesday and Wednesday..actual tea parties, where they show off their china, share recipes etc :) :) There's something lovely about a nice cup of tea :)

@Beth - I'll go over and check your blog. I don't have Google chrome on the computer. This is the first time in the 1.5 years I've been blogging, that this particular problem has happened to me. I'm hoping it will work itself out soon.

Thanks for visiting me everyone :) :) I always love hearing from all of you :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Its So Very Cheri said...

I came over to follow you and hope you will come follow me as well.

Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

(if you are already following me--sorry for the confusion--I am having a hard time keeping track of all the new followers and trying to follow everyone who entered my Linky Follower Party Hop.)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

@It's So Very Cheri - I'm already following you now via the Linky Followers tool, too :) :) I'll go back and double-check :)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

My unexpected gift today was a visit and follow from you of which I am very grateful to have met a new friend!

Poppy said...

Hi Heather,

I wanted to let you know that I've awarded you the Leibster Award. I love your blog and wanted to share it with others. Please visit my blog for details!

Have a beautiful night!

Michelle said...

I am now following you on Linky followers. I would love it if you followed me back. I always enjoy meeting new bloggers.

Tera Leigh said...

Happy to find your blog! I'm a new Linky follower. Found you through the Linky Blog Hop! Hope you can come visit my site, when you have a moment. http://www.eccentricleopard.com/

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

How sweet. I love surprises like that and that card is spectacular!!
It's these kind of little thoughtful blessing that make the heart smile, isn't it?
Have a lovely day Heather!
Kim

Nicole said...

What wonderful gifts! I have to check out that tea. My mom and SIL love tea and that is such a cute idea!

Kristina said...

Scripture tea? Interesting. I never heard of it here.

Mooberry Farmwife said...

What a lovely blog you have here! Everywhere I look I find something interesting.... It is lovely to meet you!

~Julie

Lynnie said...

I just "gave you the Versatile Blogger Award", hop over to my blog and check it out. Participate if you like. Blessings!

Andrea @ Home Heart Family said...

Very nice gifts! Thanks for sharing! I especially love the quilt card!

Andrea

Jill said...

How sweet to have these lovely gifts! Especially as a surprise! I love vintage things too! Just delightful! :-) Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Blessings,
Jill

Jennifer said...

That's so sweet! Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit www.laughterandgrace.com and follow back.

Thanks!!

Tanya@takesix said...

Following you via LF blog hop. Hope to see you at Take Six. :)

Under Her Wings said...

Heather, I have a difficult time getting those particular comment pages to show me the entire lettering, so I don't know what to type in. Hmmm...Oh, and by the way, I love your sweet quilt card. What a thoughtful thing for your friend to send! Have a blessed weekend. Love and joy, Gloria

Beth said...

What a fun post! Nice photos and enjoyed hearing about your surprise gift. Have a wonderful wknd, Heather!
Blessings, Beth

Pieced Pastimes said...

Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. I hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps become a follower of mine as well.

Betty @ Little Farm in the Big City said...

I love the Scripture tea, and I'm so glad you posted that picture! Now I can find some, too. Yay! Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. I'm glad you did because I was able jump over here and see these wonderful pictures! I lived in Monterey for 2 years many, many years ago so these pictures really make me smile! Thank you!

Jenn said...

I LOVE that card! It is so special, and so is the recipient of course :) What a blessing! I love all of the special touches; they've inspired me to pay attention to details on gifting. So sweet! I am looking up that tea - so glad you shared that with us!

Justine said...

Stopping by from the Linky Follower Party Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Hi,
I am happy to be your newest lf follower from the Linky followers blog hop. If you would like to follow back I can be found at http://www.measuredbytheheart.com.
Thanks!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Hey Its Cheri from Its so very Cheri. I am following you and if you haven't made your way over to check out www.ItsSoVeryCheri.com please do and follow me back. I also have another post on my site for a give-a-way each week for those who follow me on the new Linky Follower tool.

Cheri

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

@Cheri - you are so sweet ;) :) I'm already following you via the LInky Followers tool :) :) I'll check out the giveaway post, though ;) :)

Evelyn said...

I love this idea! I know we always need to stop and be thankful and appreciative of some of the little things in life. I am now following you on the linky follows blog hop and I am glad I found you. Please hop over and check out my blog
My Turn (for us)

http://myturn-evelyn.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Aledia said...

What a beautiful card!!

Found you on www.itssoverycheri.com's Linky Followers Blog Hop. I'm your newest follower, I'd love for you to follow back!

Thanks so much and Have a Wonderful Evening!
Aledia @ http://plumperfect.blogspot.com

Allison Downes said...

New Linky and GFC follower! hope you follow back!

http://giveawayhog.blogspot.com/

Hibiscus House said...

Hello, I found you on the Linky Follower Blog Hop and now follow you. I would love for you to follow Hibiscus House back. I like your blog very much.
Dolly

Adele - The Dutch Door Kitchen said...

Hi, I found you through the blog hop, and am happy to have found your blog. Am now following you via GFC and Linky.

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Hi! I'm here from the Linky blog hop and I'm joining your blog with Linky would you follow back. Pat

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am in love with your header photos, we used to live in Carmel. Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I'm so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)

And, on Friday I'll be hosting a "What does your blog want to be when it grows up" blog hop with a few of my blog buddies ... have you thought of your blog's hopes and dreams?

Please check it out here...http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/when-im-five/

Karah
thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

We used to live in Carmel...your header photos make me swoon. :) Found you through the new linky followers blog hop. I'm so happy to be your newest follower, it would be great if you follow me back. :)

And, on Friday I'll be hosting a "What does your blog want to be when it grows up" blog hop with a few of my blog buddies ... have you thought of your blog's hopes and dreams?

Please check it out here...http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/when-im-five/

Karah
thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com