This past weekend, I had the joy of spending my 16th weekend retreat with a group of wonderful sistah-friends. It's our 2x annual, sistah retreat.
At each retreat I treat them to page kits, a challenge, prizes and/or sistahly talks. There is always something. This year was no different...except for one thing. This year they treated me! In the past, I have made them search the house for stickers to win a prize. This time, there were clues for me.
The clues were written on cute little cards. One clue led to another and eventually to the gift. Although a few clues tripped me up, especially the last, " Awwww SOOT, you're getting HAWT!" First, I thought soot was an error and should have been shoot. Then I could not think for the life of me what soot was, I just kept thinking dirt. Someone had to say, "soot forms in the chimney." Uuuuhhh...duh...I KNOW THAT! LOL! Well, this made it clear to me that I probably should not apply to be on Family Feud or Wheel of Fortune because being put on the spot freezes my brain! LOL! lbvs. Since this was the last clue, I found my gift in the fireplace.
Next, I opened the box and the tears just flowed. I couldn't speak. I could only cry. So thoughtful, so heart felt, so wonderful. You see this year, SOC turned 10 years old. It's a wonderful thing. Each year I try to do something special for the members of SOC to celebrate. My husband and I typically go out for dinner or have a dessert to celebrate and then time moves on. It's always a happy time for me because I just feel so thrilled to have started and grown such a wonderful community. I get excited at celebrating and doing challenges and giving prizes to the members. To see it grow is amazing and to have so many wonderful crafters who have a place to share and create, where they feel comfortable, loved and a sense of community/family/friendship makes my heart full.
To have someone, step back think about, plan to honor/recognize me and my efforts for SOC in such a significant way is simply overwhelming. Even typing this makes my emotions start to flow. I am so very grateful to have thoughtful people in my life and to have such a special bond with these ladies. I will never truly be able to express just how much this has meant to me. I can only say, "Thank you. I love you. You were right on time. I needed this and you were there!"