Sunday, October 23, 2011

Special Gifts

Last Monday I received a gift in the mail from one of my bread board customers.
 It was this adorable french wine box that she made!  Isn't it great? 
I just love it!  Here's a look at the inside...
And she added her initial on the back. 
It really came at a perfect time.  I received it last Monday, which was my dad's birthday, so I was a little sad.  What made it even more special was that my dad was a huge wine collector.  He had a fairly good size collection when he died, part of which I received.  I'm pretty sure the wine isn't drinkable anymore but I'm not about to throw it out.  I've wanted to build something special to keep it in but haven't been motivated to do so.......until I received this special gift.

But what made it the most special was the french saying on the front.  Un petite oiseau m'a dit, which translates to "a little bird told me." 

I don't share personal stories very often because I'm a fairly private person learning to open up more, but I've also struggled with whether or not I should share personal stories on my blog.  Would anyone be interested?  But here goes......

Years ago, after my dad passed, I was going through a particularly difficult time.  I was driving down the road praying to God, my dad, anyone, for guidance, a sign someone was listening or watching over me, anything.....when something a little strange happened.  A dove landed on my windshield and just stared at me. 

Normally this wouldn't be a strange thing, but I was driving on a highway going about 65 mph, so, I couldn't believe the dove was able to stay on the windshield without being blown off.  Maybe that's normal or not strange at all, but, at that moment, I felt a sense of calm come over me that I'd never experienced before.  I decided from then on, whenever I would see a dove, that was my way of knowing that my dad was still with me in spirit, watching over me.   Maybe it's silly, but I guess when we lose those closest to us, we do these things to make ourselves feel better or ease our pain a little. 

Currently, anxiety has become my middle name, but, thanks to wonderful blog friends who have shown me that it's okay to admit when you are going through a rough time, I feel blessed.  So, when I received this gift on my dad's birthday with the saying "a little bird told me", it was a wonderful reminder that I'm not alone.

I hope you didn't mind me sharing this story with you.  Thank you all so much for making me feel so welcome in the big blog world.  And to the person who sent me this gift, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

P.S. The holidays are approaching quickly and my reserve list for bread boards is growing, so if you plan on ordering them for Christmas gifts, now is the time to get them, before my backorder list gets too big that I can't get them completed before the holidays.  Thank you again for making my bread board business possible.  You have made my dream come true.  Have a wonderful Monday.

 

20 comments:

  1. How sweet! And what a lovely way to remember your father. :)

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  2. Love the wine box and the beautiful story! There are no coincidences. Blessings.

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  3. I don't think your story is weird at all, I think it's sweet. I know several stories like yours where loved ones let us know they are still around (I have one myself about my own dad).

    I've been feeling unsettled and anxious myself lately, can't put my finger on it but it sure messes with my mind! I'm so glad you found some confirmation and peace with this wonderful gift from your "friend".

    Judy

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  4. I thought that was a wonderful story, and I didn't mind at all reading it:) I love reading people's blogs to get inspiration for my home, but it's always nice to feel like you know the person a little when you're reading their writing on a daily basis! You know what I mean? Thank you for sharing:)

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  5. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  6. I love hearing that sweet story. you know, the dove is the symbol of the Holy Spirit, God's presence to and within us. How wonderful that He was letting you know that He is with you. Thanks for sharing a little about yourself, hugs and blessings, Debra

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  7. This story made me smile. I have such fond memories of your Dad, and I know he would be so very proud of you. His gifts & talents live on through you, and will be passed down for generations to come. Thank you for sharing your heart, I loved it!

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  8. Dear sweet friend. I loved reading your post. I used to think I couldn't share the imperfect, but it really endears me to friends when they share the good times and the bad. I have no idea what it is like to loose a parent, but I can not imagine the pain. I definitely think that God sends us the comfort we need when we need it. I know He knew you needed something to cling to Diana! What a wonderful reminder that He cares for you even in your darkest of times! I will be praying for YOU! LOVE THE wine box, too!
    So much love and care to YOU, sweet friend!

    Lisa

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  9. Diana,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story ~ and the wine box. There are no accidents that the Dove was there for you when you needed it. I'm a firm believer that God allows these signs to comfort us and let us know that our loved ones' spirits are always with us. Thanks for being "real" and letting us know about this.

    The wine box is incredibly beautiful! Wood, wine and a bird ~ perfection!

    xo
    Pat
    P.S. I love the set of bread boards SO MUCH! I'm not sure I can let them go. :-)

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  10. P.S. Will hold you in prayer and send peaceful energy your way. We are all in need at times ~

    xo
    Pat

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  11. I really liked reading this post.
    What a nice gift and story.

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  12. I loved the story and can relate. I lost my Dad 7 years ago at a far too young age. And for me, it's everytime I see a butterfly, I know he's still nearby. So, I think your bird story is quite nice and the wine holder is just fitting.

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  13. Loved the story Diana :) I think it is nice to hear other's stories about tough times, all too often I feel like everyone only shows their fun, happy side. Helps to know you aren't alone, you know? I have also found that people in the blog world are just as sweet as some of my closest friends. Must be something about finding other bloggers you connect with over the same interests or writing style. Anyway, I found your story sweet and comforting :)

    Also, I LOVE that vintage wine box! How beautiful and creative! Love those extra special touches she added! See, those blog buddies/ readers, they are the best!

    ~Carla

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  14. Hi Diana ~ I'm new to your blog and I loved this story. I don't think it was weird at all; in fact, it was beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. And if you'd like to visit me at my blog, I'd love for you to stop by. :-)

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  15. Thank you for sharing this Diana - This is a truly beautiful story. God's comfort, peace, reassurance and presence is all around us. I applaud you for having a sensitive enough heart to notice them. Sometimes life can be so hectic and we can be so busy and anxious that we don't even slow down for a moment to receive these gifts. Well done on choosing to slow down long enough to receive this special gift. He's looking after you! PS. Love the blog...keep up the wonderful work!

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  16. Thank you for sharing! I agree with Carli - God was sending you a sweet gift of comfort! How amazing.

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  17. I personally loved reading that story. I lost my dad when I was 10 and, 20 years later, the loss still hurts. I cherish it when it rains, because it reminds me of how he loved his long walks in it. I think of it now as him saying hello and that all is still well.

    Keep up the good work. You have a great thing going here. :-)

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  18. You never have to be alone honey. You have a mom, sister and brother who all love you very much.

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  19. did you notice there is a mistake in the french words ? the real sentence is "un petit oiseau m'a dit" I'm french and this is really bothering me... you should putt something in front of the letter E of the word petit(e).
    I love your ideas and your blog is inspiring me to decorate my future house !! thank you really much for sharing !!

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  20. Diana,

    I found your blog tonight via Pinterest. I have been reading for 2 hours!!! I LOVE your style as it compliments our post and beam barn inspired home! I decided to leave a comment here based upon your personal entry. Not because your DIY's aren't completely amazing but because on this post, I know a little bit more about the person writing this blog. Thanks for sharing a personal snip pit ;)

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