Monday, October 20, 2014

Tea Cup Exchange

Are you looking to make a new friend?
 Through Stephanie's tea cup exchanges over at   
The Enchanting Rose
is a wonderful way to do just that.
This is Stephanie's 5th teacup/mug exchange
and it is such a lovely way to meet other women.
I had the privilege of sending overseas this time
to someone I have never met before
here in the community of blogging.
With great joy I packaged up my gift box
and off to Germany it would go
finding the home of Claudia, at
The Story 
Overseas seemed to be what God had for me this time around
 in this lovely exchange.
I was graced with a beautiful gift box 
from Alice who lives in Italy!
Yes... Italy!
When I picked up my package at the Post Office
I know I squealed with delight!
Italy... Italy... That was all I could say
to myself over and over again.
My sweet daughter put me together
with a precious lady all the way from Italy.
In my lovely package
 was a tea strainer that rattled,
 causing me believe that the tea cup
had been broken during it's flight here.:(
~I was too afraid to even open it~
I left it on my kitchen counter
until after dinner,
then got enough courage to open what I thought 
was going to be pieces of a tea cup.

But in God's goodness,
everything was as it should be, in one piece. :)
As I began to take each and every gift
out of the box all I could say was,
"I have been blessed"

My "Cashmere" tea cup wrapped in newspaper
 from Italy was as pretty as pink gets!
This lovely tea cup has the name, Enchant'e.
I thought that was interesting 
seeing that this exchange was through
the enchanting rose.
Beautiful, just beautiful.
 For those of you who do not know,
pink is my favorite color 

"A few recipes from the region
Friuli Venezia Giulia, North~East Italy
compiled with love by Alice"
were tucked in with my lovely tea cup.
The most beautiful hand written traditional recipes
were shared with me
all the way from her country.
I will have a great time using the tea cup
cookie cutters with my grandsons
when we do some baking together.

And then...
The dearest hand written letter 
on the most beautiful stationary
I have seen in quite some time.
Letters written on beautiful stationary
have nearly come to an end these days.
It was all so beautiful...
and I truly felt richly blessed.
Thank you dear Alice,
for the love you packaged up and sent my way.
I will cherish each and every gift
you shared with me for years to come,
and I look forward to 
the beginning of a new friendship.
Stephanie~ Thank you for the heart that you have
in putting these tea cup exchanges together.
So that we as ladies, are given 
the opportunity to enjoy and meet
new friends around the globe.
You do a fabulous job!
Thank you Precious Heavenly Father,
for the friends You bring across our paths.
May we, with our lives, bring honor and glory
to Your Holy name.

~ Be Blessed ~


Denise said...

I've never participated but I've been a follower of Stephanie's blog for several Years.I enjoy Her company through Her blog.Of course,I also have been following Your blog for a long while too.I would like to join in but this time of Year I'm so busy spending money on Christmas gifts.I'm almost afraid to make a commitment.I do spend money on Myself so Lord forgive Me-I should sign up-Denise

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a lovely package, and so special to come all the way from Italy! I sent one to Australia! I think I should get a map and start pushing pins in all the places I've met people through blogging. It really is fun.
That pink teacup is so pretty; I'm so glad it wasn't broken. And what a treasure to get handwritten recipes from that region of Italy.
I'm glad I'm not the only one sharing my treasures early ;) xo Deborah

Debby Ray said...

Debbie, I was disappointed with myself for not making the time to participate in the exchange this time...actually it would have been my first...but after reading your precious post and Deborah's earlier, it makes me want to be a part of the next one even more than ever! What wonderful thoughtfulness went into these exchanges!

Julie Corbisiero said...

What lovely gifts you received through the exchange from Italy. I hope you enjoy everything. Have a wonderful week.

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful teacup and gifts from a country I would love to visit. I must join one of Stephanie's exchanges soon, I've promised myself to, sounds like fun and get to know ladies from other countries.

Sola Scriptura said...

How delightful!

Wanda said...

We've been gone the last two times Stephanie had the tea cup exchange. I hope she does have another as I really want to participate.

You gift is so very lovely.

Shoregirl said...

What a lovely tea cup -- extra special because it came with love from a new friend!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely tea-cup, Debbie! So delicate and sweet! What fun to receive this sweet surprise! The recipes and letter are special, too. I have always wanted to participate, but I need to find a pretty teacup. I will be searching for one for the next exchange. Enjoy your treasure! Hugs xo Karen

Stephanie said...

Lovely post, Mom! It's always a blessing having you join the exchanges and I am smiling to know you were thrilled with your tea cup exchange ladies :) I hope these sweet friendships last for years.

Love to you!

Mehrll said...

Exquisite tea cup. Love your blog and your daughter's. Both are beautiful and uplifitng.

kitty said...

Oh, how exciting, Debbie, to receive your gift from Italy. I love each of your treasures that were chosen for you. Stephanie's teacup exchange is one of my favorite things to do. She's a blessing to my heart. xo

Bonnie said...

Beautiful Debbie, Your heart shines through your writing and blesses me. I am glad you shared this experience. I have been away and haven't caught up yet reading my blogging friends posts like you and Stephanie.

Your music is lovely and soothing.

Wish there were more time in the day.

Sending you a big smile and a hug across the internet. Bonnie

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful yes cup! And what fun to receive a package of delight from Italy!!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Make that 'tea cup.'. Sorry.

RoseMary Baty-Willcox said...

Wonderful gifts, she will love them.
but I hope you will share where you got
cookie cutters and tea pot defusier.

Denise said...

Beyond beautiful, like you, and your heart.

Anonymous said...

I remember when I received my Christmas Ornament last year and it came from England! I was so excited. I know just how you felt, Debbie :) Your tea cup is gorgeous!!! What a sweet package from Alice.

Valerie said...

How lovely! I have never participated, but sure enjoy seeing the lovely cups exchanged and witnessing such beautiful friendships. =) Stephanie blesses my heart with her beautiful blog. That is such a gorgeous tea cup!

M.K. said...

How wonderful! What a true blessing! When I saw that tiny teapot tea ball, I gasped a little with delight. So sweet :) I think Debbie M. also participated in this exchange, and she shared her package with us as well. It is sweet just to see and read all this love. And have I said how much I LOVE the music on your blog, every time I come? I'm swept back to Green Gables.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Debbie, what a blessing of a gift you received from Italy in this gorgeous teacup. The pink is so pretty and how wonderful to make a new friend from afar. Love the darling tea strainer. Great to enjoy the new recipes and treasure a hand written letter is very special.
Your post is beautiful. I am sure your gift to dear Claudia was a blessing to her as well.

Stephanie did a wonderful job of hosting and all the work that goes into making this exchange so special. She is such a dear and I am so blessed by her sweet spirit!

Love to you

Katie R. said...

That is a beautiful tea cup! I love pink too! I really like the flowers on the cup, they're my favourite. I had so much fun participating in this exchange. :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh what a lovely, lovely pink color on your tea cup. I really like it as well as all the other wonderful items you received. Everyone received such lovely things in this exchange. My first, and I've enjoyed it. Great to meet you.:)

Sandra Howell-Zack said...

Hello Debbie-
What a gorgeous package you received! And all the way from Italy! What a blessing making friends from around the world. I look forward to each and every one of Stephanie's exchanges and am so glad to have found you and your blog in the process! Blessings. Sandra

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Debbie

What a lovely post you've created to share the exquisite tea cup Alice sent to you!
I would have been totally 'over-the-moon' too, receiving a parcel from Italy - so exciting!!!
From Italy, from Italy is just what I would be saying too!!!

Alice's hand written recipes are great treasures and I imagine in the future they will become your family heirlooms handed down from mother to daughter and through the generations.

My daughter is married to a French man and I know french women do not give their recipes to just anyone either. Her mother-in-law and the Aunts have passed on some very special recipes which in turn will go on to generations to come!

Alice is the receiver of my tea cup parcel and I hope it has arrived in her mailbox by now!

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your sweet comment Debbie!
I'm now following your blog - it's so nice to meet women across the seas who enjoy the same things as I do.

Blessings to you dear Debbie

Robyn said...

Good morning, Debbie,
I'm so far behind in catching up with my blogging friends!
What a beautiful post you've written and I could feel myself getting as excited as you must have been while opening your beautiful gift. So much thought, care and attention put into it! Thanks for sharing such special moments with us.
Have a wonderful, daffy weekend, my friend. Hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

Such a pretty pink cup/saucer. What a treat those recipes will be for you to enjoy! A very thoughtful package all the way from Italy. God bless your week.

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