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...
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- http://www.chapteroneherbs.com/
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 - http://www.ttcquestions.com/
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
"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,