Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hop on the Blessing Train

Melanie has sheltered me in so many ways the last few weeks while I was trying to finish up some writing projects.  Besides helping extra with the blog, one day she came over and cleaned our family room--even the windows. When Melanie cleans it's sparkling! I invited her family for Easter Sunday and she insisted on making most of the meal and eating at her home.  I'm a blessed momma!  Here are Melanie's thoughts on a blessing project she put together this week. ~Pamela


“If you expect the blessings of God, be kind to His people.” Abu Bakr

“A-ha,” thought Hoppity-Hop Bunny as he was brushing his fluffy white tail. Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner. I think I will make a gift for my bunny friends. Let’s see, hmm, oh – maybe a nice bag of carrot sticks should do the trick. Hoppity-Hop Bunny smiled at the thought of carrot sticks and hipp-et-y hopped his way to the general store.
 
Once inside, Hoppity-Hop Bunny made his way to Aisle #2 for the carrot sticks, but something else orange caught his eye in Aisle #1. He spouted out another quick “A-ha” and came up with a new idea – how about a bag full of Reese's peanut butter pieces? It would look good in a bag for my friends – and yummier too! I’ll make it into the shape of a carrot!

Well, I know I feel like Hoppity-Hop Bunny. I usually gravitate towards the non-healthier colored orange foods. But don’t we all sometimes like to cradle a few pieces of a treasured treat from a friend?

I enjoy giving little gifts to the sweet ladies of our church. If I were to give a gift to each (50 or so) at one time, that could become overwhelming and possibly I would never attempt giving one time, let alone multiple times. So, I select a few ladies at a time. I have another idea up my sleeve for the ladies who will not be getting this ‘carrot’ blessing bag... but something a little farther down the road. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t bless them with a warm smile, hug or  joyful “Hello! You look lovely today!” until it’s time for their bigger blessing!

Missy is expecting another little blessing in June
Occasionally I like to tag-team with someone else – two people can bless at once! My friend, Missy, came over one morning and we made handmade cards and tied our pre-made gifts while the chatter of a four-year-old and two 1-year-olds played happily in the background. The gifts then became more economical for each of us, we were able to be together for some coffee/friend time, and ultimately were able to bless more ladies by teaming up. Can’t beat that!

Want to hop onto the blessing train? This gift was not original. All you need to do is a Google or Pinterest search and you will have your fill of “Carrot Bags.” Such fun! (Walmart and Target carry the bags we used. We personalized the tops by cutting them down and creating our own ‘grass.’)

Missy's Reflections...

It was fun to visit with Melanie, and watch our kiddos play together. Morgan was determined to make me the grandma in her play world. She also kept reminding me that I am having a baby. We were switching pretty quickly from reality to fantasy. She brings a smile with her wherever she goes. 

While the main goal of the visit was to make a little something for the ladies of the church, our time was also very relaxing. Melanie made coffee and bagels. We [adults] chatted. As a mom of young children, it is necessary to converse with an adult from time to time. If not, I find myself referring to the ladies' restroom as a potty to someone that is over the age of twenty. 

We accomplished our goal, but we also had fun doing it. Hope you have a Happy Easter!

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15 comments:

LDH said...

As a person that loves Reese's peanut butter pieces, I think this is an adorable project {big} smile!

Esther Joy said...

I think I could use a visit from Melanie! I cleaned my house pretty good before I had my shoulder surgery, but that was over three weeks ago... My daughters are so busy I hate to ask for their help. Oh, well, it will be good therapy for my shoulder when I get out of this immobilizer! LOL!

P.S. I always appreciate your uplifting comments! Thank you for your visits, my friend! Blessings!

Crystal Ridlon said...

What a cute and thoughtful idea!

Shoregirl said...

I too find that giving is twice as much fun with a friend....and it's twice the blessing in that not only are you blessing others, but also your friend!

Glenda said...

Sweet idea!

Rhonda said...

Here hoping Hoppity Hop hops to my house what lovely gifts and such thoughtfulness....blessed is the word that comes to mind ...

Tesha said...

So sweet, yummy and thoughtful!

Rebecca said...

Pamela, So glad you've had help while getting the writing project completed.

Send Melanie over HERE! I could use "clean and sparkling"!

And Melanie, what lovely gifts and what fun to create them together with an adult friend :)

God bless you both and your families during this blessed & happy week!

Laurie Collett said...

Lovely idea, and a great way to share some love and kindness.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
Laurie

HERE I AM KAYCEE said...

Hi Pamela,

How are you. I'm back after a much needed blogging break.

Just so you know, the URL has changed for my blogspot, if you would like to still join me the linK is...
http://hereiamkaycee.blogspot.com

I'm looking forward to catching up on your blog posts.This is such a wonderful idea.

Good Friday to you my friend.

KINGDOM BLESSINGS!!!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

what a great idea and gift to give others. Happy Easter Pamela.....

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

oh yes, the reeces pieces! darling and luving the creativity!
blessings on your writing and your Easter Worship...

Gerri Herbst said...

What a wonderful day together. Love the pretty easter favors..take care, gerri

The Dickinsons said...

What a super fun idea, Melanie, to brighten the day of some of your ladies in your church.
(And you were so thoughtful to lighten your Mom's load in the post above too. =)

Trust y'all have a wonderful Lord's day tomorrow!

Love y'all,
~Heather~

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Melanie, I have enjoyed your three posts very much. What a blessing you are!

Kathy M.

 
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