Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Faith and Kindness

It is a value I cherish.

"Is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"

To me, to be kind and have faith in others, is a virtue.

Last Thursday, I received such a thoughtful gift from a friend I've never met. Her name, well, it's just about the coolest, most amazingly awesome name ever...
Maria :)
I "met" Maria a few weeks after starting my blog, back in April. I remember where I was when my phone beeped, letting me know I had an email. It was a comment from her, on one of my posts. She let me know I wasn't alone. That she too had known the pain of loss after loss after loss. I was in Target (where else), ironically, in the baby section, looking for a gift for a friend's new baby. I remember pulling up Maria's story on my phone as soon as I got to my car. And since, I have come to know the sweet and faithful woman that she is.

After reading many, many infertility and loss blogs over the past half year, I have learned A LOT. And if there is one thing I can say...we are all in this together. We all may not have the same exact stories, yet all of us are working towards the same thing. We all hope and pray for that same miracle at the end of it all.

Maria has two beautiful sons. Truly adorable little boys. Don't believe me, wait until you check out her page. But it wasn't an easy road. She endured 6 miscarriages in a row after the birth of her first son, Gavin. After time, much hope and prayers, she was blessed with her second son, Joey. Maria devotes herself 110% to her family and two boys. Something I admire so greatly. She shares so much of herself in her blog. Every post, I gain insight. She has a way of putting things into perspective; displaying what truly matters in life. I find myself telling her that often, in my comments on her page.

She puts so much passion into her blog -  Life, Loss and Other Things Worth Mentioning

She puts her energy into things that bring her peace and happiness-

And uses her knowledge, if even of heartbreaking matters, to help others. 
Have a pregnancy or fertility related question or answer...Check out her new site anytime -

What matters most to me each day is - love, hope, trust, kindness, and faith (and taco bell. heyyyy, "the bell" hasn't made an appearance in quite a few posts. cut me some slack.)

Maria lives such a faithful life. A life full of love. She trusts. She hopes. She is kind.
*and she enjoys the occasional taco bell run :)

And I am so blessed to have met her.

When opening my gift, my eyes lit up and teared up as I read her beautiful card.
In the box were two cookie cutters and a wonderful book.
I smiled so big at the first cookie cutter.
A kitty cat. Does she know this crazy cat lady, or what?!
I had to show Muffin, who by the way, was and still is, loving the box they were shipped in.  Just see for yourself.
I can't wait to make and decorate some crazy cat lady cookies! :)

The second cutter...
Well, like I said to Maria in her thank you message, "I had no idea at first, what the next cutter was. I thought maybe it was a cat standing up. Then Steve said, Uhhh, Maria it's Pennsylvania." *Steve smirks and shakes head*
Yea, geography still isn't my subject. HAHAHA
Maria laughed when I told her and said, "Wow, that is one malformed cat!!"
Let me try to show you and Maria what I saw...
Here is the cutter.

And here is what my brain processed...
Come on, you know you guys see it too!!?! LOL

This book was full of wonderful and amazing stories of hope and faith. True stories of women who trusted in God and got their miracles, against all odds. I was flattered that Maria sent me her own copy. And comforted when the words I read, that touched me most, were already highlighted as her favorites. I remember reading this quote on a post of hers months ago. It is a beautiful one that I need to repeat to myself in times of despair...
"Many people plant words in their lives like seeds being planted in the ground. But instead of planting seeds of hope and faith, they plants seeds of doubt and bitterness"

Though the big message I gained from this book may seem "obvious", it touched me and added more hope and faith...something I can never have too much of.
With all of life's doubts and obstacles, at the end of the day, there is always faith.  And without faith, I wouldn't be able to keep on truckin'.
As the book states from the beginning, "God doesn't change"

Muffin (thoroughly enjoying the packing from the box) and I just have one more thing to say...
Thank you so very much, Maria.  Where you may have thought it was just a "small" gift.  It was so much GREATER than that.

Keepin' the Faith,


Judy Haughton-James said...

This is such a touching post. I am glad you have met such a wonderful person who has been so kind and helpful. I hope everything will work out for you. Take care and God Bless.

Kelly @ Stay at Home Trader said...

Ok, first I have to get my laugh out, because that cookie cutter soooooo doesn't look like a cat! Hahhahahahahahha the paint version made me wake up the whole house! Hahhaahhahahahahahaha!

What a sweet and thoughtful gift from your friend. I love that she sent u the cookie cutters and the beautiful book. If there are two things I have never lost sight of, it's my faith and prayer. Whether it is for my struggles or others. Just look at Diana!!! She prayed and even prayed to St. Gerarard like I did!

This is such a beautiful post, and nothing is sweeter than receiving something from a new friend you've never met.

Hope you have a great day!


MrsV said...

Maybe just maybe I might be able to understand (with help of your artistic skills) why you thought it was a cat....
Or maybe not... ;) lol
Your too cute and funny cats on the brain for sure!
This was a nice sweet post to start my morning with :) said...

I am awful at geography as well! Idaho is an easy state to recognize so I am lucky. ;)

You are amazing. Keep hope in your heart and keep the faith!

Some quotes I pinned that make me think of you:

PS-I want some crazy cat cookies! ;)

Stephanie of Gumdrop Pass said...

:) I love this post. I love that bloggy land has brought you such an amazing friend! And lastly, I love the cat/Penn cookie cutter and your explanation. ;)

Have a great day! Keep the faith! :)

Rebecca and John said...

OK, I saw a standing up cat. But probably because you said it first. What a nice gift! You are so lucky to have such a great support system. I have to go check out her page.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

What a touching post! The cookie cutter is adorable! I'm glad you get in touch with such a great friend

Diana said...

I loved the cookie cutters!!! Hahaha ur so funny :) I suck at geography too! I know my state of Texas though! Lol

I love this post and I love that u talk about faith. Faith is so powerful. I don't want to talk religion but honestly, havin faith DOES help. I would be lost without it. Hoping your days are going great. Thinking and praying for ya sista!

Tina said...

What a sweet gift!!! And, no...that didn't look like a cat to me, but you are quite a lovely painter. :)

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful gift! And I totally see the cat in that cookie-cutter too! :)

Maria said...

You are so sweet and deserve to have as many kitty cutters as the cookie animal control will allow. I thank you for being you and being so supportive. It shouldn't, but it amazes me how God draws these connections between people. A reason, A season, or a lifetime. I don't know which one yet, but I am thrilled that He made our paths cross!

Moosey Mommy said...

LOL That so didn't look like a cat! You certainly have cat on the brain if that's how you processed it! :) What a neat gift, though! Have a lovely day!

Nikki {Christian Mommy Blogger} said...

I found you through WIld your blog and am following you! I like finding other Christian Mamas!

KERRY said...

Firstly, you had me laughing out loud at your version of the cookie cutter :)
Secondly, what a beautiful gift! Friends come from where you least expect them to sometimes and are a true blessing...

Jordan Marie @ said...

wow! what a special gift!

i am sending love and prayers your way everyday..

thanks for the kind comments and visiting my blog..

you'll have yours soon! you deserve it so much!!

love ya,


Chavonne said...

Hello, I am a new GFC follower of your beautiful blog :)
Would love for you to check out mine and follow if you like thanks.

Love that kitty cookie cutter smile.

Marina said...

It's so nice to read this kind of stories.. It's wonderful that you've found someone so nice here.. New friend. That's fantastic!

Irene said...

Hi Maria! Your post is very uplifting! That cookie cutter IS shaped like a cat and it's cute!

And Maria's story is very inspiring. I'm heading to her blog after I'm done stalking yours. ;-)

lisa said...

I'm so glad through blogging you've met someone as wonderful as Maria! I know I met a pretty awesome Maria a few months back when she commented on my blog. ;)

I don't know if you feel the same way as I do, but blogging has brought so many awesome people into my life and has been so incredibly therapeutic too.

I fully expect to see some pics of your crazy cat lady cookies! :)


Rebecca said...

Cute blog! I'm a new follower and would love it if you could follow me back :)

Diana said...

Hello my beautiful friend! Hope u had an awesome Bday!!!! I ate TacoBell just for u last night :) I hope it was a fabulous one but I'm pretty sure it was and u were spoiled all day by Steve :) I'm off tomorrow so I'll be sending you a little something ... (couldn't do it this weekend like I had planned) yeaaaaa didn't u know that's how it's done in Texas?? We mail things out late! Hahaha.

looking forward to reading what's in the mind of Maria! :) love u girlfriend! Xoxo

waitingforarainbow said...

Thank you for sharing that inspiring quote. I LOVE IT!
Also thanks for the good laugh you gave me with the cookie cutter picture. :o)

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