generosity + gratitude = heart explosion

Jan 12, 2011 | Life in Progress

i don’t know what in the world is happening but my friends, my mom’s friends, and people i don’t even know are sending such amazing gifts. i hardly know what to do with the gratitude. i received so many lovely gifts for baby true these last three months – handmade outfits, blankets, hats, shoes, knit sweaters, artwork, burp cloths, books…many from fellow bloggers from around the world, including the most incredible quilt crafted by a group of dear students who took my ecourse last summer. i need to show you photos of it – it’s stunning! my heart has been so touched by the generosity!

i’ve also received so much heart to heart support, too. phone calls, emails, books have been sent to me (funny, practical, thoughtful), text messages – anything just to reach out and say i see you, hang in there, love you, thinking of you. these things have meant the world to me as i find my way through this remarkable experience.

we also received an 80 lb box on christmas eve. it was from one of my mom’s dearest friends (hi, gena!) and it was FULL of the sweetest baby boy hand-me-downs. we could not believe our eyes. leather shoes, one cute outfit after the next, lots of socks/bibs/hats, and even some cold weather snugglies from patagonia! true has worn something from this stash just about every single day since the box arrived and it’s enough clothes to easily get us through the year – crazy, right? most of the clothes are from tea, zutano, and hanna anderson. i hadn’t even heard of these and now i’m all smitten. i will be taking gentle care of all of these clothes over the next year and can’t wait to pass them on to the next mama of a little boy. thank you, gena, for the generosity and for showing me that little boy clothes CAN be cute and cool and hip!


and then yesterday, my friend stephanie lee was in town for a few hours and surprised me with a large painting that made me cry the minute i saw it. i simply could not believe that someone would do something like this for me (which is how i’ve felt about being the receiver of all the goodies/love/support we’ve been receiving). i just stood there in complete awe and then i started to cry. because it was stunningly beautiful and exactly what is in my heart only now there it was interpreted in a painting that could not be more perfect for our home. because it’s beauty and meaning we so dearly true to all that i am. because i simply could not believe she did this, MADE this, created this, thought of this….for me, for my family. i felt so, so special. i could hardly believe it.


this morning i came downstairs and there it was, propped up in the dining room. in my morning haze i had forgotten about it yet there it was inside another moment of beautiful surprise all over again. love at first sight…all over again.



made from plaster and paint and carvings, and framed with salvage wood, my heart is still skipping a beat. i mean, seriously.


i’m not sure i’ve ever been so stunned by a gift before. or surprised. or so in love. feels like i won some sort of amazing lottery. thank you, stephanie! girl, you are wildly talented and thoughtful.


and then to top off these last amazing few days, i got to spend most of the day today with friends ali and hula! there was a delicious brunch (the best french toast in town), another trip to anthropologie, some boutique browsing, and good conversation. exactly what i needed. i totally love how precious everything feels these days – friendship, shared meals, shopping, all of it. precious.

i am feeling so full. thank you, universe! i so promise to pay forward all the generosity that’s been coming our way. really thankful. and now i really really need to get some thank you cards in the mail.

Sending much love,

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