Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another Precious Mug Exchange - Fall 2017

"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
Proverbs 25:25
(KJV)

I cannot begin to say how much Stephanie's Mug Exchanges have meant to me.
It is SO much fun to meet the new friend you are to send a mug to, to see what they like, and to go out shopping to try to match up some neat goodies with the things they tell you about themselves.
The sending is just an absolute ball, and the receiving?
Well, let's just say that opening up a package, lovingly put together by another, completely different new friend, who did their utmost to make your package just as special as the one you sent out...
is just a HUGE blessing and joy!

We were heading out of town, and I wasn't sure if the package from my mug partner would arrive 
before we left.  
I had resigned myself to wait until we got back home, 
but, guess what happened?
The very day we were leaving, the package arrived!!!
There it was!
In all its glory!
Oh, my!
I was SO happy!!!!
I was like a kid in a candy store!

Zach opened the box for me as we traveled along, and this, dear friends, 
is what he found tucked ever so carefully inside!!!!!


A precious stationary box, lovingly made and decorated by my dear mug partner, Amy, and her son.
Lavender is my favorite color, so you can imagine the "oohing" and "ahhing" that was going on in the car when Zach pulled this beauty out of the box!
SO much love and thought went into this!
And, to think that her son helped her with it made me think of dear Zach and how he constantly helps me with things like this and is such a dear comfort and blessing, and well, I was just overwhelmed, and it all just reduced me right down to tears!
Not only is the outside of the box just beautiful, 
but, in addition to the outer loveliness, just look at what we found inside.


Amy and her son added beautiful lace to the mirrored lid,
included two writing pens...


...and when we lifted the wooden compartments, 
we found the loveliest note cards underneath!


 Not only are the note cards adorable,
but we found that the inside of the darling cards are imprinted with one of our favorite Bible verses ever!



Oh, how wonderful!
How did my new friend know just exactly what to include in this amazing box?
It was like she has known me for years!!

I recently had a birthday, and my dear, sweet, loving, thoughtful husband and son bought 
something for me that I have wanted for oh, so long!!!
A KEURIG!!!!!!!
I cannot begin to tell you how much not just I, but all 3 of us, have been enjoying using it!
SOOOO, imagine my joy and squeals of delight to find this sweet box of pods in the box!!!!
And, in one of my favorite flavors, to boot!!!!


Next, we moved on to one of my favorite, favorite ways to sweeten.
I use honey a LOT, since I have pretty much cut out almost all white, refined sugar.
I have no words to express my love for this ooey, gooey, golden goodness!
Especially, any local honey...it is the absolute best!
As we all know, it can get a tad expensive, so this huge 1 lb. jar just majorly blessed my heart.
I don't usually use much at a time, so this should last me for a long time.
I LOVE sweetening my coffee with half & half and HONEY!!!!!
So delicious, and I will think of my new friend, Amy, each time I open this jar of lusciousness!!


Zach kept pulling out stuff...I wondered when the flow of goodies would end!!
My pulse quickened as I saw something else lavender!!!!!!!
It has to be the sweetest gift box ever!


I instantly fell in love with the box....but, oh, my!!!
Wait until you see what was inside.


A wooden cross!!!!!

Dear Amy did not know, but lately, in correlation with the heavy events of our lives, God has repeatedly brought "crosses" across my path....through various channels.
It happens in ways that are so pronounced, it is completely evident that God wants me to notice the significance.
So, when Zach opened this box to find this dear wooden cross inside, 
I was nearly speechless.
(You know that doesn't happen to me very often.☺)


Amy said her daughter picked it out for me.
Bless her sweet heart, that girl was following a major prompt from the precious Holy Spirit.
Only He knew how much I would need this...especially, right at the time I received it.
Bless Amy and her daughter and son!

And, that's not all!!!!
As if all this wasn't enough, oh, my, are you ready for this?
Last, but definitely not least......


I can NOT begin to tell you how much I love, love, love, love, LOVE this mug!!!!!!!!


It is so dainty and feminine and delicate, and I am just crazy about it.
Oh, my word, it has become my new favorite!!!!!
And, it is BIG!!!
So, it holds a LOT of coffee, at a time.
HOORAY!!!!!!!!

I want to mention an added blessing in this box....Amy probably doesn't realize how much it meant to me.
She had wrapped the breakable goodies in two homey, dish towels that I just love!!!!!
It is the little things that matter most.

And, guess what was on the front of the note card Amy included in the box?
Any guesses?????
Anyone?????


A beautiful cross, of course, with a sweet, heartfelt note written inside and signed like this...


A big thank you to Amy and her dear children for all of the love, thought, work, and energy they put into every, single thing in this box!!!!

May God bless and return every, single act of kindness back to them a hundred fold!!!

And, another huge thank you to Stephanie for another amazingly blessed mug exchange!!
I am so grateful to you, my friend.
You put so much into this, and, you, yourself, are such a gift to us all!!!
God bless you over and over and over again.

Thank you, sweet readers, for stopping by here to visit.
You are so special and dear to my heart.

65 comments:

  1. What blessings these exchanges bring to us. You certainly had some wonderful things included in your box.

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    1. Yes, you are so right! Thanks for sharing in the joy! God bless you. :)

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  2. Cheryl~ I could feel your excitement and joy as I scrolled down this post!!
    What a lovely and very thoughtful gift package Amy has blessed you with.
    That stationary box is a treasure for sure!
    God bless you~

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  3. Dear Cheryl,
    What sweet gifts from a new friend, straight from the heart of Jesus! I love reading about these mug exchanges, it's like getting to share in the joy that God blessed you with, as if we were all there, at a party for you! I think that God enjoys us enjoying each other, don't you? I am so thankful that He made sure you received the box before your trip, also! He knew just what you needed. You are in my prayers, dear friend! Much Hugs and Love to you! xoxo

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    1. YES, I surely do believe God enjoys us enjoying each other! He is SO good to us, and every good and perfect gift is from Him! He surely does know what we need. So thankful for you and your precious friendship, Bettie. Your prayers are an invaluable gift. Many hugs and much love back to you, sweet friend.

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  4. Cheryl I smiled the entire time I read this post. Your exuberance and excitement over each and every item will be most evident to Amy when she reads it. You are one of the most thoughtful woman that I have ever had the privilege to know. I'm so glad it brought so much joy to your heart.
    Blessings always, Betsy

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    1. Oh, Betsy! Your words are so dear to my heart. Thank you ever so much!! God bless you. :) Praying for you today!

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  5. Oh my what a lovely gift Cheryl. I felt excited just reading your post. Oh don't you just love it when you feel the spirit of the Lord even with a mug/teacup exchange. I can't wait to share mine as well. The timing was perfect with receiving your most precious gift as well. How sweet of Christ to do that for you Cheryl. So glad you shared. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. YES, I surely do love it...His kindness and love for us is everywhere we look, but never so demonstrated as through the love and generosity of His children! I can't wait to see the blessings you and the others gave and received!! Hugs and blessings back to you, my friend.

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  6. Your enthusiasm just jumped of the computer screen as I read your post. Amy surely made your package so very special...filled with so many beautiful and thoughtful gifts! What blessings the Tea cup Exchange brings to so many of us! Just let me say, after drinking all of that coffee in that BIG mug, you should truly be wide awake each morning...LOL! Hugs to you, sweet friend! ♥

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    1. She sure did make it special, Debby! You're right, for sure! I will have to try to use decaf as often as possible!! LOL! Many hug back to you, dear friend. I am praying for you and your family. :)

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  7. It's the little things in life, isn't it? That's so cool. You and I, as you know, have much in common, but your recent birthday is just one more thing. Plus, my mom's favorite color? Lavender of course!

    I'm also with you on avoiding the refined sugar.

    This makes me want to sit back, have a cup of coffee in a special mug, and contemplate life... and writing.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Wow, that is so neat about our birthdays and your Mom's favorite color! Happy, happy birthday to you, brother! I trust your day was abundantly blessed and God blesses you with many, many, many more happy, healthy birthdays! You and your writing and kind heart are invaluable gifts to this world, and my family and I are so thankful to have you in our lives. I can't wait to read what God gives you to write as you enjoy that coffee in a special mug! God be with you and pour out His richest blessings on you always!

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  8. I loved reading this post Cheryl! Amy definitely spent time and prayer on just what to give you that would bless you and it shows. Love it! I know that you will enjoy every single item.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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    1. Aw, thank you so very much, Noreen! I am so blessed by your precious words and visit! God bless you always!

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  9. How simply precious are those gifts?! What thought and care went into that package. I was just with a friend today and telling her about the exchange and Stephanie and she was amazed as I told her what I've received through these and how much work Stephanie puts into it. Can't wait for the reveal party!

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    1. I can't wait for the reveal party, too! It is always so much fun to go around and see what everyone gave and received. Thank you for your sweet visit, Lauren. God bless you, my friend. :)

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  10. Oh, dear Cheryl...I have to agree with Betsy...I was smiling from the moment I began reading your lovely post, right to the very end... Oh, how it blesses me to know you were blessed! How thoughtful and kind of Amy to put together such a beautiful package for you! I love all the goodies she added...the stationary box is such a treasure! Oh my...tea...honey...tea towels... And an absolutely gorgeous, perfect-for-you mug!
    Stephanie's delightful exchange is always such a blessing!

    You have been in my thoughts so much lately and I have been keeping you in prayer!
    With all my love,
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your prayers, sweet visit, and kind words, dear Kelly-Anne! I am so thankful this post brought a smile to your face...and all the way through, too!! Sending much love and many hugs back to you, my precious friend. :)

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  11. Wow, what a pretty and amazing package! Very thoughtful indeed! I love those note cards. They are so pretty and unique. So glad to see how you were blessed, my friend. You deserve it! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Ang! So thankful for you and your visit and kind words! :)

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  12. Oh my goodness Cheryl, it's as if Amy knew you all her life, with the special gifts that she and her dear children blessed you with. The gifts are absolutely perfect for you, and I know that you're enjoying each and every gift. I just had to stare at that wooden cross...so simple and meaningful! I know you will think of Amy and her kids when you use your gorgeous mug, and drink your coffee with honey. Thank you for showing us what you received. Love and blessings to you, dear one.

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    1. Oh, you are so right, Kitty! It is as if she knew me...such a sweet soul she is! I LOVE that wooden cross, too...it is just precious. Much love and many blessings back to you, my sweet friend. I am praying for you!

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  13. My dear Cheryl, the Lord knows how to bless our hearts in just the right ways to make it mean so very much to us! What a delightful package that Amy put together for you! So very thoughtful and creative! You will get much use out of the beautiful writing box and the lovely cards! The cross is so beautiful too but I especially love the mug with your initials on it, it is perfect for your morning devotions with the LORD! I pray that the Lord continues to bless your heart and encourage you and strengthen you! With much love and prayers!

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. I have been thinking of you and wondering how you are doing and how your Dad is. Praying for you both and trusting all is well. Much love back to you!!

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  14. My dear friend, I was just scrolling through your posts and happily stumbled across this one :) Forgive me for missing it when you originally posted it.

    I was thrilled to see what Amy sent you. The mug is beautiful and what a charming stationary box! As for the cross, only the Lord can work in such perfect ways {{smiles}}

    I am ever so glad the exchanges are a blessing to you. Thank you for participating. Much love to you, my friend!

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    1. Oh, sweet friend! I send much love back to you today! Such a dear blessing you are to us all, and I have SO enjoyed the wonderful mug exchanges. I cannot begin to tell you how much they have meant to me. I love and appreciate you and all you do!

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  15. I can tell from reading your descriptions just how much this lovely box of goodies meant to you. Love your new mug and HONEY!!! Wow! This exchange just "jump starts" the holiday season. All of your goodies were very thoughtful. Happy Exchange!

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    1. Oh, the same to you! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit! God bless you. :)

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    1. Oh, I love it so much, too, Linda! Thank you so much for your sweet visit today! God bless you. :)

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  17. I'm back again!! 😊
    Just had to pop in and say once again what a beautiful gift you received.

    I pray you are well and the family is holding up under the wings of our Great God.

    Love to you ♡

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    1. Oh, it is ALWAYS such a joy and blessing to see that you have stopped by here, my sweet, dear friend. Your precious emails of encouragement have meant the world to me over the past few days. I am going to sit down and email you back just as soon as I can to update you on things. You are such a blessing to me, and I love and appreciate you dearly.

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  18. I've been totally blessed just reading your post. Thank you for acknowledging God and His wonderful ways of working in our lives.

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    1. Oh, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement, Linda! So happy to "meet" you! God bless you!!!

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  19. We've all had so much fun with the swap! I can just hear your joy with all you received throughout your post.

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    1. Oh, it was such a joy to participate, and I believe all of us were abundantly blessed! Thank you for your sweet visit! God bless you. :)

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  20. A beautiful, thoughtful package! Wow!enjoy all your new treasures!
    Linda
    Mysewwhatblog

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    1. I surely am enjoying the wonderful gifts, Linda. So thankful to make your acquaintance and so appreciate you coming by here. God bless you!

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  21. What a lovely batch of thoughtful gifts! Treasures, indeed. This is my first time participating in the exchange, but I will definitely be joining in again -- it's been such sweet fun!

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    1. Isn't it so much fun? I am so thankful to have the opportunity to meet such amazing people through the exchange, and so grateful for your kind words and visit, too! God bless you. :)

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  22. Stephanie's exchanges are like Christmas for teacup/mug lovers! Purple is also my favourite colour so I'm loving the refinished purple stationery box. The monogrammed mug is also very cool!

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    1. I just love everything in the box so much! Amy did an amazing job, and I am most grateful! Thank you so much for stopping by, Margie. God bless you!

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  23. What a thoughtful package you received from Amy. Enjoy

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Lillie! God bless you. :)

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  24. What wonderful, thoughtful gifts. The exchange (my first) was indeed fun!

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    1. Oh, wasn't it fun? I am so happy you were able to participate! And, thank you for your sweet visit tonight! God bless you!

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  25. Hello Cheryl...it's been a long time since I have visited you. I cannot believe your lovely exchange gifts. Oh my...just so perfect for you!!! What a blessing these exchanges are. I hope all is well in your world. Much love, Linda

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    1. Oh, my, it has been a while, hasn't it? It was just so wonderful to see you had stopped by and left such sweet words behind! I hope all is well with you, my friend! The gifts really were just perfect and brought such sunshine to my day! I will be over to visit you now. Sending much love back to you!!

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  26. What a beautiful box and the gifts are perfect!!

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    1. Oh, they surely are! I was so blessed and so very thankful! Thanks for your sweet visit, Jodi. I will be over to visit with you now. :) God bless you!

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  27. Beautiful package of goodies! That honey is going to be fabulous sweetener for your tea in your new mug.

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    1. OH, the honey is so good!! I am just thrilled with it all and so very grateful! Thank you for your sweet visit, Anne! It was so nice to "meet" you!!

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  28. Oh my goodness...this was just precious! How Our Lord knows exactly what we need, always amazes me! Enjoy your new mug ... it is just darling :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria! How nice it is to "meet" you! May the Lord bless you. :)

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  29. Dear Mrs. Smith,

    What a lovely package you received. That treasure box is so precious! I love all the compartments inside. And what a gorgeous mug! Aren't monogrammed items a joy to receive? :) Praise the Lord for Him working through dear Amy to bless and encourage you. You all have been in my prayers.

    With much love,
    Ashley

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    1. Thank you, sweet Ashley! It was so nice to see that you stopped by, and it means so much to know that you are keeping us in your prayers! I trust the Lord will bless you, my friend. Much love to you, too!

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  30. Such a thoughtful lovely package you received! It's so nice to open a box that has been lovingly packaged up just for you!

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    1. Yes, it surely is, Jennifer! Thank you so much for your sweet visit. :)

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  31. Such great little gifts to get in the mail. I love it and I love that Stephanie does this. Such a wonderful thing to start and pull together.

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