Monday, November 22, 2010

God's Gift of Friendship

Christmas came early for me last weekend as I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a dear friend and blogger, Ginny, from "Faith Hope and Tea Therapy."She is a beautiful, charming, and delightful christian lady inside and out. Our meeting was like we have been friends our whole life and visiting over lunch made us realize how our lives had mirrored each others, both being originally from Michigan.

Ginny's purpose traveling to Texas, was to be with her dear friend Sue to celebrate the anniversary of Sue's brother Mike's 10 years of priesthood, in the Catholic Faith. It was an amazing day as my best guy and I, being near by, went to meet Ginny for lunch and on to church and the celebration for Father Mike after wards. The Mass was Spirit filled and the love shown to this wonderful priest was heart warming and inspiring. Sue and Mike's brother Don also traveled from California to attend the celebration.
Here is a picture of the wonderful family with Ginny kneeling on the left.

I am sorry to say, I did not get a pic of Father Mike, but I am sure that Ginny will have one and share on her blog later.

Our lunch was delicious and we all tried, for the most part, to eat a healthy meal consisting of chicken, fish, veggies and rice. Followed by~~~~ this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know, Everything is BIG IN TEXAS!! So yummy and enough for all three of us with lots left over.
We exchanged gifts and Ginny gave me a bit of my old home state with the gift of Sander's Chocolate Sauce. This is a rare treat as Sander's, an old vintage soda fountain and bakery, is no longer in business in Michigan although the products are now being sold in grocery stores. I used to go to Sander's as a child and carry many happy memories of good times spent in that heavenly place!! Hubby is delighted and can't wait to have his ice cream and chocolate sauce. Sander's was known and famous for a creme puff filled with vanilla ice cream and this chocolate sauce poured over top. WOW, I can feel myself gaining 5 pounds just thinking of it!!

Next Ginny presented me with this box and I was just overwhelmed at the site of it, knowing another treat was upon me.

Bronner's is a wonderland of Christmas delight shared in darling shoppes that line vintage style streets. I have not been there in years. What could be inside this box.
Oh my goodness, a snow angel kneeling with her sweet little deer friend and bundled up for the winter cold and Christmas day with wings of glass and snow laced. It is gorgeous and I simply love it. She will share space among my angel collectibles forever.

And if that was not enough, Ginny gave to me a beautiful hematite bead rosary. It is simply gorgeous and means so very much to me as I collect these spiritual wonders. Later after church, Father Mike said a blessing over my new rosary. It was very special and a time I will hold dear always!

Our time together with Ginny flew by all to quick. By the time you read this post, she will be gone from Texas and back home in Michigan with her dear hubby and family. I miss her already and look forward to another visit in the future. Till then, I will hold close our kindred spirits, love of our Saviour and memories made while praying together in church. There is something so special when you worship with a girlfriend.
I know our meeting was blessed from above and nothing happens without purpose. Take a moment and visit Ginny at her lovely blog. She is a marvelous writer and you will receive a blessing in her spirit filled posts that take everyday life and incorporate God's teachings in our world today.

Yes, Christmas came early in meeting and visiting with Ginny and I thank God for the Gift of Friendship!

I hope you have an amazing week as we approach Thanksgiving and your day filled with all God's blessings with family and friends. I will be taking a little time off this week, but back in my next post to share my Christmas giveaway just for you in Thanksgiving to all my blog friends.
See you soon and Blessings always.
Hugs, Celestina Marie


Julie Marie said...

Hello dear Celeste... what a wonderful time you had with Ginny and her family! How fun to meet a kindred spirit from your home State of Michigan...she sounds like an angel herself... that Texas size ice cream pie looks sooo good! And what a treat to receive some of the Sanders chocolate sauce you remember from your childhood... your little angel with her little deer is just precious... and how blessed you are to have been able to attend church with your friends... I believe my favorite is your beautiful rosary blessed by Father Mike... I too treasure my rosaries, and yours is most priceless... love to you my friend, and wishing you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving filled with many abundant blessings... xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

Dear Celestina:
What a lovely gift...the visit, the Rosary, the memories. Beautiful heartfelt post that made me smile. Happy Thanksgiving to your and yours!

Claudia said...

Your meeting with your friend sounds wonderful. Oh, Sanders! I had many a cream puff. Do you remember the ritual of standing behind someone already seated on a stool - waiting for them to finish so you could take their stool? I always thought it was so funny. I wish Sanders was still in business. It was wonderful and old-fashioned.


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

Beautiful and MEANINGFUL blog! Did visit Ginny already and follow her too.
The most precious is the blessed rosary; yes, I'm Catholic by birth too so it means more to all of us for that reason.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
By the way, the yellow rose plaque can also be used for my friend's birthday on March 17 so don't rush if you have no time now!



Unknown said...

SUCH a beautiful post Celeste!! I love everything here. Bronners is just amazing, isnt it? I cant wait to go there next month. It is truly one of my favorite places!!
Love you sweet friend,

Mari said...




Debbie Kay said...

How special Celestina, those are happy times that make cherished memories.

Love to you,


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Celestina Marie,

How lovely that you had a special time with friends and received some beautiful gifts.
Love the sweet Angel and the Rosary beads.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and a lovely week

Anonymous said...

Celeste, it sounds wonderful meeting your friend and the special time you had together.
Blessings to you and your family on Thanksgiving,
Much love,

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Aw honey what a sweet post. Love these pictures. I too as you know met a very sweet blogger too and after Thanksgiving I will do my post about it. We even talked about you.
Like yours it was a lovely visit.
Glad you shared this with us.
I just love coming by here and so love your Pink trees
Happy Thanksgiving honey

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Celeste,
Wonderful friends you have made.The little Angel is so perfectly you. Sweet and kind.I had to stop by to wish you blessings Dear friend.I can just imagine how festive your home is.I'm dreaming myself there ...LOL
May God bless you Hon,hope to talk to you soon,
XXOO Marie Antionette

Angela said...

I just finished reading and commenting on Ginny's blog and now reading this post just got me all teary eyed...Our God IS soooooooo good. I love how He brings His daughters together like this....sigh...

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..