Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Come, Sit a Spell and Drink Tea with Me

Hello dear friends!  

Today is the day that I, along with many other women, have been eagerly anticipating.  It is when we get to share about the amazing tea cup exchange that we participated in with Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose. 


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This is the day when we reveal who we shared the teacup exchange with!  So please, come, sit a spell and drink tea with me today...


Indeed, such happy things we are talking about today!  Our dear Stephanie goes to a great amount of work to gather and organize the names of all who want to participate in the exchange, and then pairs ladies up so that you send a teacup package to one lady, and a different lady sends you a package... the lovely benefit of this is that the exchange opens up friendships with two different ladies!

In this 9th Teacup and Mug Exchange, Stephanie paired me up with such a lovely and special lady that has become such a dear friend of mine over the years since I have been blogging.  I just got tingles of joy when I received the email from Stephanie, saying who my teacup exchange partner was... dear Shirley (also known as Grandmommy).  Through the years, Shirley's words of encouragement on her blog and beautiful pictures have been such a blessing to me, and it was a special delight for me to be able to bless her with a teacup package!

In my excitement of putting together her package, I completely forgot to take any pictures of what I sent her.  Thankfully Shirley took a picture of her package and I "borrowed" the picture to share with you today {smiles}.


It was such a joy to put this package together for my dear friend Shirley, and I received the SWEETEST handmade thank you card from her (handmade by her sweet daughter), along with an incredible gift (also handmade by her daughter!) of this incredibly soft and gorgeous bunting!



I hung this bunting in my living room. I had just the perfect spot for it!


This bunting is a beautiful and very precious addition to my tea collection!  What a joy it was to be able to send Shirley a package, but just like her gracious and generous nature, she sent me this gift as a thank you - oh my!  It is a handmade beautiful piece of work that I will treasure always!  I am just tickled pink with the way it looks hanging with my vintage embroidered linen dresser scarf with all my tea pretties.
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And then the blessings and joy being delivered to my door just continued!!  I received a package embraced in the most vibrant vanilla yumminess you could imagine.  This lovingly put together box came to me from my new friend, Denise who blogs at Count it All Joy!


As I opened the box, heavenly wafts of vanilla greeted me!



As I unpacked each item (so carefully packed and fit together perfectly like a puzzle in the box), I found the source of the delightful smells!



Not only did this smell good... but it was meant to eat!  OH MY!  Upon writing to Denise, and asking her about the vanilla sugar and if she had made it, she told me that she had purchased it from a local company who makes and sells it.  I can tell you this, it is the most delightfully delicious way to eat sugar, hands down!


So many delightful goodies to unpack, but this gorgeous Royal Albert teacup was the highlight of it all! I couldn't wait to pull her out of her little containing box, and put her to good use with a cup of hot tea... but of course I needed to peek and see what else awaited me inside this deliciously enticing box!


Organic chocolate!



A box of pumpkin spice tea, and two packages of tea that I had never tried before!  Yummy seasonal treats to enjoy on cold blustery days, oh yes! 


And what is a cup of tea without dessert... Denise had thought of every element to have a perfect tea... these amazing Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread cookies are made in Scotland, and Carr's Ginger Lemon Cremes... pure delight I tell you!  I won't tell you how long it took me to try one of each... nope! 


Along with all the delightful tea and sweet goodies were tucked in this special pen and bookmark set..



... along with another lovely tea bookmark!  I definitely bookmarked the little quote on the bookmark... and have used it in this post {smiles}...


And this little package of tea napkins, oh so pretty, and perfect for catching little tea biscuit crumbs, so as to not lose a bite of their deliciousness! And I couldn't help but think the little tea napkins made the perfect backdrop for the quote on the bookmark!



Is there any happier business in the world than sipping on a cup of hot tea? I think not!


This happy little face came just in time to find his place to shine right among all my tea lovelies and for the fall harvest season.  Isn't he a handsome fella!  Love love love! 


Denise included a very sweet card with all the beautiful things that she sent me.  Truly I was more than blessed and overhwelmed by Denise's generosity, and cannot thank her enough for each thoughtful item she carefully packed and shared with me!


Oh the blessings and joy that she shared with me on such a perfectly dreary day... all of it was just perfect for a tea party !


So without further ado, I brewed up a cup of tea and settled in to enjoy and reflect on the blessings of the Lord, and the beautiful friendships that connect women all around the world as they open their special packages of tea lovelies.
 

I wasted no time in enjoying the yummy goodness Denise had sent me... the vanilla sugar mixed with spice tea... sublime indeed!
 


Thank you Denise for this perfectly packed, thoughtful, and overwhelmingly yummilicious box of goodies that arrived in my mailbox... all of the little extras that you sent to me are very much appreciated!  Whenever I pick up the little vanilla sugar bag, and a scent of warm vanilla wafts into the room, I remember just how very blessed I am to be connected with this group of ladies whose generosity goes above and beyond.  Blessed.. why yes, I am!

If you would like to see more about the tea exchange that Stephanie organizes twice a year, do pop over for a visit to her site Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose where you will be able to see all the tea fun that has taken place with this 9th Teacup & Mug Exchange.  You will be glad you stopped by for a visit... and don't forget that you just might need a hot cup of tea, and a sweet tea biscuit as you browse. {smiles}


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84 comments:

  1. Oh Marilyn...what a delight to stop by and enjoy a pleasant moment of reading about your sweet teatime treasures! Ah, this is a truly joy-filled occasion in the world of blogging! What a darling package you put together for Shirley...I know she must have been touched beyond words to receive such lovely things from you...and how special that you are already dear friends! {{Smiles}}
    And oh my! What a thoughtful package Denise sent you...and a Royal Albert teacup...how thrilling! Vanilla sugar sounds too divine for words...and ooh! Look at all those delightful teas! Oh, how happy I am to know you were very blessed through dear Stephanie's exchange...you are always so loving, generous and kind and I thank the Lord for pouring this sweet blessing on you! Enjoy your new treasures and friends and the sweet new bunting gracing your home!
    Love and hugs to you and smiles too! Have a cheery day!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. Oh dear Kelly-Anne, your comments are like pure sunshine, so sweet and full of love, thank you for stopping by to share in the happiness of this event. Such fun having a virtual tea party, isn't it! Many many hugs to you today dear friend!

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  2. Such a wonderful idea for tea lovers. Thank you for sharing your goodies. I can almost smell the vanilla sugar.

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    1. That vanilla sugar took it all over-the-top, for sure! Amazing stuff! Appreciate your visit and sweet comment as always, appreciate you dear friend!

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  3. What a beautiful package you sent off, my friend!! And I'm so glad you enjoyed your own tea cup package ... I really did enjoy putting it together for you and 'snooping' through your blog for insight! It's been wonderful making sweet new friends this way! :)

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    1. Oh Denise, you have no idea how happy your sweet vanilla-infused package made me, it was an incredible blessing to sit and enjoy every special thing you sent me, so lovingly packaged. I agree, the friendships that have blossomed because of the teacup exchange are amazing. We are blessed! Thank you again for your efforts and the joy it brought me abundantly. Many hugs to you today, enjoy your weekend :)

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  4. Oh how delightful! What a wonderful way to make new friends and share a virtual cup of tea together! Thank you for sharing this lovely experience with us. I feel like I was there with you.

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    1. This virtual tea party was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, such a blessing!

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  5. What delightful sweets and treats you received! The vanilla sugar sounds wonderful. . .Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. How lucky you are to live in Idaho; one of my favorite parts of the Country. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi Cynthia, I'm so happy to meet you, and thankful you stopped by to share in the virtual tea-party fun! I'm so happy to have met you too, and we agree - Idaho is amazing! Have a blessed weekend :)

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  6. The teacup is so sweet! And how cute are the teacup napkins?

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    1. Everything was just delightful, but the teacup napkins really were so special! Thank you for stopping by on this virtual teaparty tour, I appreciate it so much :) Have a blessed day!

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  7. Oh Marilyn, what a delight it was to see the excitement of you receiving all those special gifts, from reading your words of joy. You certainly were blessed with such a pretty teacup and so many other goodies. I must tell you that the Eggnogg'n tea is one of my all time favorite winter teas. What a lovely package that youngest together for Shirley! The teacup looks so vintage and who wouldn't love some chicken noodle soup and all the rest of those goodies? It's so much fun to both give and receive in this special exchange, isn't it? What a blessing all this is and all because of our dear, angel friend, Stephanie, who pours her heart into this sweet mission of hers. Love and hugs to you as you sip from your new teacup.

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    1. I agree that the Eggnong'n tea is amazing, I had never had it before, and oh my, it was almost as good as drinking eggnog! This tea exchange truly has been such a blessed one, and I was so excited to send to a dear friend of mine, and make a new friend too. This virtual tea party was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, always such a blessing!

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  8. What a great package you received. The teas sound yummy (especially the Peppermint one) and oh the cookies to go with them, what a treat. - It was fun to read about what you sent and what you received. How nice to meet new blogging friends in such a great way.

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, always such a blessing!

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  9. How very blessed you are to receive such a lovely package. I have so enjoyed this tea party! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Have a blessed weekend!

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  10. Marilyn, you received a fabulous parcel of love from Denise and a very special teacup. The tiny bunting is pretty and I like where you've hung it.

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! I just love the bunting too, it brings me great joy to look at it :) Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, always such a blessing!

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  11. Hi Marilyn, What a beautiful package of gifts from Denise. Your friend sent you a wonder of treasures and the tea cup is stunning. Lovely gifts receiving and giving. The sweet little pumpkin is adorable. Love the sweet bookmark verse. It has been a wonderful exchange once again all pulled together from the efforts of our dear Stephanie. Enjoy the reveal visits and have fun and enjoy your tea. xo

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, always such a blessing!

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  12. Dearest Marilyn,
    I'm so overjoyed by reading your words and watching your so lovely shots with all those stunning goodies, the gladness that this so wonderful exchange at which, alas, I haven't the necessary time to take part to, is spreading out by this post of yours, I'm so very happy for you, my dear !

    Hope you're having the best of weeks,
    I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you

    Xx Dany

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! Maybe sometime soon you can take part in the exchange, it really is a delight to participate. Many hugs to you today dear friend, appreciate your friendship, visits and comments, always such a blessing!

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  13. How nice for you to be able to gift your dear friend with some tea time goodies! Such a beautiful teacup I see there amongst all those treas!
    And what a beautiful holiday teacup you received as well! Wow! And you just can't beat Walkers shortbreads to have with your tea. You must feel very blessed by this exchange Marilyn. Thank you for visiting me, and I've enjoyed reading back through some of your posts showing the amazing fall colours in your area! What a spectacular landscape surrounds you :) Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Wendy xox

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    1. This teacup exchange was very special, and I'm glad that you stopped by to share in the experience! I'm glad you enjoyed reading back through some of my blog posts, I do love to share the beauty of the Lord in the world around me. Yes, we live in an incredibly beautiful area, so blessed! Many hugs to you today my friend, thank you for taking the time to visit and comment, always so appreciated!

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  14. Oh such beauty both in what you gifted and with the package that arrived in your mail box! That is a gorgeous Christmas tea cup with the Christmas tree and ribbon gracefully wrapped around the tree, I love it!
    Walkers shortbread cookies, who doesn't love those? I'm afraid I would have eaten the entire box all by myself. Some things I love to share, but then there are other things that, well... :)
    I was visiting with Stephanie yesterday and she made your butter tart squares so we had those with a cup of tea, oh they were yummy. Actually, I invited my self when I knew she was making them. HA! I will be making them some time soon as well.

    Have a beautiful day~~

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    1. Wasn't the Christmas tree teacup unique, I didn't see any others like it on my tea-party travels, I just love it! Oh yes, those Walker shortbreads, oh soo good! How lovely that you and Stephanie had the butter tart squares over tea, they really are just perfect with a hot cup of steaming tea! You both are such sweet lovely dear hearts, and you both have been such a blessing to me and to all the lovely women who gather in blogland to encourage and lift each other up. Appreciate you dear Debbie, and continue to pray that the Lord will bless and help you with the health struggles you have. Many hugs to you my friend!

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  15. What a fantastic package! You were very blessed, indeed!

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Hugs to you today!

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  16. What a perfect gift parcel. Royal Albert is very special. As is Stephanie who takes so much trouble to organise this lovely exchange.

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Hugs to you today!

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  17. Hi Marilyn! I think this is at least the third blog post I've read about Stephanie's exchange, it's really a popular event! I did it myself a few years ago, and loved the sense of community between all the people involved.
    That teacup with the little Christmas tree on it is so cute! And who doesn't love Walkers??
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Oh it is quite a popular event, and if you aren't into tea, you can also do a mug exchange as well. It is so much fun and a blessing to be a part of it. Walkers, yes aren't they awesome, just love their cookies so much! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  18. Hey Marilyn! Your tea cup is just so incredibly beautiful!!! I'm sure you will enjoy many relaxing evenings sipping on some of that delightful tea. How I wish we could all sit down together to share a cuppa. :) Love and hugs, my friend!

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    1. I would truly love that Anne! Someday soon, if its over the phone, even, I would love that! Have a blessed day my friend, may the Lord's richest blessings be with you!

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  19. My dear friend! Oh, how lovely ALL of your wonderful gifts...both what you sent AND what you received! I know you will be enjoying all of these blessings for a long time to come! It is just so wonderful how God uses dear Stephanie to connect us with those we would never meet otherwise. I am so very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful experience! Sending you so much love and many hugs, sweet friend...so happy to enjoy this "tea party" with you today!!!

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. I saw the beautiful things you received and sent too, just so fun! We are truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful community of women! Many hugs to you today dear friend!!

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  20. WOW, WOW, WOW! I never thought of sending a beautiful Christmas cup and that one is and that bunting is cute.

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Hugs to you today!

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  21. Oh, my! A box of treasures! You are all set for the holidays! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Hugs to you today!

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    1. Thank you for your visit, always a pleasure to hear from you :) Have a blessed day!

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  23. Oh my, what a treasure trove of goodies both sent and received, and what an extra blessing to get that handmade bunting! Our teacup friends are some of the nicest, loveliest ladies anywhere! Your new teacup is a beauty, just in time for enjoying over the Christmas holidays. Blessings to you, Deborah

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! The bunting was like the cherry on top! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Hugs to you today!

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  24. Oh my goodness...what a delightful box of goodies you received! That teacup is gorgeous and the other items are simply lovely! It looks as though your partner on the other end had a lovely surprise as well! I can't think of a better way to make new friends, can you? Blessings and hugs to you, Marilyn.♥♥♥

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  25. Stephanie always does a marvelous job of matching the right people up! I love the yellow teacup that you sent to your partner (I have a similar one that's pink) and the RA Christmas teacup. The countdown to Christmas is on!

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  26. I always love seeing what everyone gets and gives... So much fun!!

    ~Trisha

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    1. I agree! I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  27. You did get showered with tea time goodies. SO FUN. I too have become good friends with dear Stephanie. She is a sweetheart'

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    1. Stephanie's sweet generous heart makes this exchange so special. We are all blessed by her precious gift of love through this exchange. And oh yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You received a pretty Christmas teacup and lots of nice extras!
    deb

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  29. Oh my goodness, what delightful treasures both coming and going!

    Wasn't this exchange super fun? Stephanie is an angel to put this together for us! And the greatest gift of all is the friendships formed. : - )

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    1. Stephanie's sweet generous heart makes this exchange so special. We are all blessed by her precious gift of love through this exchange. And oh yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  30. Ooh-la-la.....so, so many beautiful gifts both sent and received. I love the pretty tea cup you gifted Shirley and the pretty one you received.....just beautiful. Enjoying moments, drinking a cup of tea in a pretty tea cup is the perfect time for reflecting on how very blessed we are, is it not. May you day be filled with many tea cup moments, Marilyn!

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    1. Oh it was just the sweetest exchange ever! I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  31. Your package was wonderful as all the other packages I have seen from the Tea Cup Exchange.
    It was my first time joining in

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    1. Truly yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  32. Beautiful! What a fun, fun exchange.
    I think finding sweet friends in the blogging world is a blessing.
    Have a great weekend,
    Carla

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    1. Blogging friends really are so very special! Indeed I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  33. How exquisite, how very lovely.

    Yummy, too?!

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    1. Yes, all yes to the above! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  34. You gals who participate are such a blessing to each other. What a lovely teacup and such great goodies to enjoy. I've got to go and visit all who participated and see all the goodies you all exchanged.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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    1. It was such a great time of fun and beauty abounding everywhere! I hope you enjoyed your tea-cup travels, and maybe you can participate next time :) I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  35. Good evening, dearest friend! May I second Kim's words....Oooh-la-la, indeed! I just love how the Lord works and the fact that He led me to have you send to Shirley. I had no idea the two of you were such dear friends. My thought when I gave you her name was, "These two ladies love the Lord and they are so beautiful, kind, and loving. They would be perfect together!" It makes me smile to hear the stories of how people connect. The bunting made by Shirley's daughter is just too cute! She is such a sweetheart and very talented.

    I just love what you received from Denise. Everything is delightful and the Christmas tea cup is simply beautiful. Enjoy your treasures, my friend.

    Thank you for once again joining the exchange. Much love to you!

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    1. Isn't that something, how the Lord works! It was such an honor for me to send special things to Shirley, as her friendship has been just a gift in my life. God does all things well, and I will never cease to be amazed at the little ways that he works that add up to big and special things!

      Stephanie, your sweet generous heart is what makes this exchange so special. We are all blessed by your precious gift of love and being used of the Lord to put ladies in touch with each other through this exchange. Thank you, thank you so much!! And oh yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today, may the sweetest blessings of the Lord be with you!

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  36. Hi Marilyn, I mentioned your blog on my blog this morning.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Marie, so sweet of you to do that! Hugs to you today dear friend!

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  37. What a lovely box of goodies!

    Best wishes

    Dawn

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    1. It was absolutely delightful! Blessed, yes I am! Hugs to you today :)

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  38. Wowie zowie! Such lovely tender things! It's fun to look at it all!

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    1. Yes, it was over the top awesome! Appreciate your visits so very much, hugs to you today!

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  39. What a wonderful exchange and blessing to all who participated!

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    1. It was a blessed event in every way! I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  40. Dear Marilyn,

    What a sweet box of goodies you were sent. I love the tea cup you received, and am so glad you had such a lovely time in this exchange. :D
    That bunting is very nice...I hope you have a restful weekend.

    Much love in the Lord,
    Ashley

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    1. So beautiful, all of it, I was loved everything, oh yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  41. What a wonderful box of treats you received...this is such a lovely exchange and so nice to meet such sweet and wonderful new friends. Debbie x

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    1. Yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always, and meeting new friends is always such a bonus! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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  42. Stephanie's exchange was so much fun this year as every year. I love everything you received and hope you enjoy it all! :)

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    1. Stephanie's sweet generous heart makes this exchange so special. We are all blessed by her precious gift of love through this exchange. And oh yes, I was so very blessed in this exchange, as always! It is such a joy to participate with all the lovely ladies too. Wonderful in every way! Hugs to you today!

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