Monday, 28 December 2009

Grateful No. 4














On Christmas Eve I received a treasure chest. It was gold and green speckled and I knew that it would leave an X marked on my heart forever, before I even opened it, I knew it would.

Christmas day arrived with many bangs by the bats. They did not want to go outside to play; they said it was too cold. So inside they stayed. I fed them a little bit of bat poison and they seemed to fall asleep. Good thing.

We had a wonderful Christmas dinner with curry shrimp, dhal purrie, stewed chicken, trifle and wine.

We sang to Domenic ‘Domenicky nicky nicky nicky Domenicky nicky doo.’ We had tea served to us out of jeweled cups poured by Ms. Josephine using her Mrs. Potts teapot. I even got to drink out of Chip. She wheeled it around on its magic cart and how delicious it was to have invisible tea with nonexistent milk and fairy dust sugar. Nathan was quite happy as he scored the best gift for Josephine.

We opened our gifts to each other and we all thanked and hugged one another. We all loved our gifts, all of our many gifts. We are so blessed.

When we were done Nathan suggested that we all open the treasure chest and so we did. Oh what fun we had. Oh how blessed we felt.

We opened the box.

We gasped.

You took our breath away. You all did.

To see the astonishing gifts blossoming in front of us, the treasure was overflowing. Not only with gifts of love but with stunning splendor and glittering unexpected magic.

We sounded like broken records saying ‘How can people be so generous. Look at this. How beautiful. How talented. How kind. How thoughtful. How humbled we are.’

What did you do you lovely, lovely friends?

You have given not only me these gifts, but all of us. You have given my children memories that they will always have. ‘Remember the time all those wonderful people sent all those wonderful gifts for Mom. And not only Mom but Auntie Jacquie too. Remember that Christmas as we all unwrapped something one at a time and marveled together.’

You blew us away.

The treasure chest full of treasure did more than make us happy, that would be an understatement. It was something else entirely, almost otherworldly. It was as though you were sitting there with us sharing love and fellowship, right there in that room with the Christmas tree in the corner and the family in awe. You were all with us. It was truly spiritual.

Blessed be your hands, with which you have touched life in its beauty and in its need. You have given your hand in friendship, held out your hands to those who were suffering, worked with your hands to create. May your hands be blessed and held firmly in the hands of the Eternal forever. ~~ Kosu Boudreau ~~

I have received many other Christmas treasures too, no they were not in the treasure box, but they were picked up off the sand on the way to the treasure. They were treasure that led me to more treasure; treasure that was just as treasured as the treasure in the box. I have had many dear friends mention on their blogs what has been happening in my life and asking for prayers of loving energy. I have had paintings done and poems written and I want you all to know I will never forget this.

So many of the things we think about within our lives such as jobs, houses, possessions, etc. they count for almost nothing, really. Our lives are about people, and the people that we love.

Truth be told, we are all better when we are together, not because we need each other but because of our faith and trust in each other.

You all remind me that I am doing more than surviving this world and so are my kids and so are all of you. We are all thriving, and one of the reasons is because we have found each other and made love happen! Our hearts have met and that is what is important.

I hope it is okay with everyone if I don’t mention the gift but just your names. The gifts are amazing and they consisted of paintings and boxes and a sacred spiral and ornaments, and necklaces, and dolls and silk scarves, and more cards and paintings and books and poems, and the most beautiful hanging bird that held a dream, healing eucalyptus, and a Renee Angel and a Jacquie Angel, and slippers that were made with bliss in every stitch and a scarf that I know was made the same way and a tea that was specially made to banish bats and an angel cup to drink the banishing tea. On and on and on they go; but I know that it is your heart that mattered; the heart that you put into the gifts.

Thank you dear friends:

Julie-Ann
kj and JB
Silke
Manon
Bella
Sweet Mango
Bonnie
Betty
Angela
Arija
BT
Corey
Marie
Debra
Manon
Laurel
Sarah
Tessa
Ribbon
Constance
Babs
Doris
Mim
Baino
Darla
Elizabeth
Ces
Pam
Deborah
Linda
Sonia
Lori Ann
Kelly
Caroline
Lulu
Annie
Jos

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me, and let me know as I would like to add you to the list. It will be entirely my fault as my brain is a sieve.

Jacquie, Camille, Nadalene and I sat at Jacquie’s going through the same magical routine with her gifts that were sent to her and she; like me, was humbled too. When Angelique, Josephine, Domenic and I had arrived at Jacquie’s she was crying and very sad. Everyone was able to go see our Mom at the hospital as she is very sick but Jacquie couldn’t just get up and go like everyone else. Jacquie had to stay home and miss our Mom from afar. It isn’t easy for Jacquie. When Nadalene and I left at night instead of tears Jacquie was smiling and ever so grateful for all the kindness that you have all extended to her. She remembered that there is a world that people do care for others. Jacquie asked that I let you all know that she is forever grateful.

I am forever grateful to each and every one of you for the support that you have shown to me. I am glad to know that you all inhabit part of this space with me.

Love Renee xoxo

*Nathan opening our treasure chest

97 comments:

Anonymous said...

How Beautiful... The world is really just at the tip of our typing fingers, could the cancer go away, no, but if it can be forgotten even for a second, you have all made many seconds for Jacquie and Renee, and God bless you all.

Very Thoughtful,
thanks
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Colette

Karin Bartimole said...

the abundance you deserve is being showered upon you all, in so many ways - you have said it well, we are all better together. Through you and your family, we have each learned more about faith, love, and life itself. blessings my friend - so glad to know that the bats were held at bay, and you enjoyed your day.
love, karin
xxxooo

Michael Rivers said...

How wonderful and very very special.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful magical Christmas...full of love and family! Perfect. Love to you and your family and send my love to Jaquie. xo
Tracie

Deborah said...

Beautifully written. Beautiful Renee. Brilliant, kind, KJ for coming up with the idea and organizing it all. It's a Love Fest. **kisskiss** Deb

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

There is magic. There are miracles. Healing happens. Renee, dear one, you are the living proof! With the courage and love you have displayed through your trials, you have evoked the love and caring of people across the globe. The love is sent specifically to you and yours, but heals us all in the process. What a gift YOU have been to us all. Thank you. xoxo

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

How absolutely wonderful! I'm so happy so many remembered you this beautiful Christmas!
My package obviously hasn't arrived yet (I.am.slow.), but it should be there any day.
Wishing you a wonderful new year sweet Renee!
love, Darla

Sara Williams said...

Amazing!

Woman in a Window said...

I am full. I am full that there is such goodness in the world. I knew there was. Just knew it. Just took you and yours to draw it out.

So happy that you received some of what you give to us all.

much love
erin

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Sounds like you had a very special Christmas. I'm so, so glad.
xo

Kristin said...

What a beautiful post. What kind friends you have. Your attitude remains an inspiration!

Breeze said...

Wonderful. What a beautiful post. Glad the treasures came your way

Breeze

Lilacrobin said...

Dear Renee,

How lovely a Christmas you and your family had.... you are absolutely right when you said it is not about material possessions -but about being together with family and friends....even those friends from the blogging world.

You are loved and prayed for every day.

Robin

Flor Larios Art said...

You are very special Renee..happy holidays! Flor

Annie said...

Such a beautiful post, made me cry that my little gifts could help to bring you one second of joy makes my heart sing. How I wish I could have been a fly on the wall. You deserve all you received and more, much more, you are a dear angel and we love you.xoxo

Annie said...

P.S. It was Kj's idea and she worked hard to make it happen-Thank you kj! xoxo

Bella Sinclair said...

You have it all backwards, my dear. It is we who are grateful and humbled. Kudos to your three wise women who orchestrated your tributes: KJ and Julie Ann for your treasure chest and Sarah for your online lovefest.

All my love to your entire family, but especially to you and Jacquie and your mother.

Bella Sinclair said...

Not strange at all. I love you, darling. My shoulder is big and dry and is all reserved for you. My heart aches because I cannot put my arms around you.

Bella Sinclair said...

Yes, there is. Sometimes I welcome the sadness, because it reminds me that great love was once there. Is still there. Our hearts are like a bag that you stuff with treasures, and when it is emptied, the bag is all stretched out with imprints of all the love.

But why there has to be suffering, too, I do not know.

Love,
bella

lakeviewer said...

Renee, you are part of our treasure chest too.

kj said...

i love you, renee.you are a gift i give to myself.

soulbrush said...

renee i found you through kj and i bless her and you every day. you mean a whole lot to me and all of us and don't ever forget it. here's to a wonderful 2010 for you and jacqui and your whole warm and loving family.

Shelly said...

I am totally amazed and surprised at people's creativeness and thoughtfulness but not amazed nor surprised about the many people you have touched with your thoughts through your beautiful blog. I'm also jealous and in the spirit of the season expect you to share with me...xoxo...absolutely can't wait to come over for tea and see all this splendor for myself.

Lori ann said...

you are the treasure renee. you are so very loved and cherished. thank you for sharing your feelings so beautifully, i love your family too. that one small photo brought me into your home and made me feel at home too.

"when i stitch i stitch with bliss and with every stitch there went a kiss" i forgot to tell you i used bat proof wool. ok?
LOVE, lori

Jos said...

Ah but you see Renee, KJ & Julie-Ann are angels in the making, as are you, Jacquie, and of course Daisy too. You'll see. I am right about this. I know it. And when you eventually walk on that beach with Sheldon & your Dad ... well, you will know it too. Won't that just be amazing?

Sometimes when we're in pain time seems to stretch into eternity, but actually eternity awaits. That is my hope.

I will walk again on New Years Day to stonehenge. I will take my rosary. I'll stand under open skies and pray for Daisy, for Jacquie ... for you dear heart. I hope you continue to banish the bats.

xx Jos

yoborobo said...

If there were ever two people who deserved a treasure chest it is you and Jacquie. :) What an amazing gift that must have been, and from so many loving and talented people. It just goes to show - we all love you a bunch. :) I felt so bad reading about Jacquie. How frustrating for her - I know she wants to be with your mom. Please give her my love and a big hug. And give one to you, too, my friend. I hope your mom feels better today - xoxoxo Pam

Angela Recada said...

Good morning, darling Renee. Now you've got me in tears. What a beautiful post! I'm so very, very glad the box arrived and that you love your angels (!), as well as all the other tokens of our love.

You, Jacquie, your mom and your entire family live in the hearts of all of us, you know.

And how wonderful that your bats were banished, so that you could enjoy your fabulous meal, and tea and singing!

(Thank you for your lovely comment, dearest. I will cherish it forever.)

Love, love, love,
and hugs,
xoxoxoxo
Angela

Elizabeth said...

You are so welcome. Know that giving is actually better than receiving, so you can just imagine...

Silke said...

You are the treasure for us - you and your amazing family, dearest Renee! And like Bella said - you have it all backwards - we are the ones truly grateful and humbled!! We are all connected, aren't we!? In love, joy and in sorrow! I love you! Silke

YayaOrchid said...

I am glad you spent a wonderful time surrounded by your loved ones and the love of your bloggie friends Renee! Sending good wishes for the coming year!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You are the REAL TREASURE, Renee!

Sarah said...

Oh how wonderful hon..I agree with Bella..you are our gift hon, you are!!
I did not know about the box until it was too late..it was a beautiful thing to do for a wonderfuly beautiful person Renee! So thrilled you and your sister were given this!! Wonderful!!
Love you, Sarah

~Babs said...

How honored I felt to be a tiny part of this love fest when kj contacted me.
What beautiful thoughts, ideas, and miracles are borne of these blogs!
I am so touched that your entire family was involved in the discovery,,,it's just so you, Renee,,,,,

Pattee said...

Oh Renee you so deserve this treasure chest filled with love and goodies... mine was supposed to be in there but time got away from me ...

I bet you were shocked to see all the wonderful things people thought to give you~: )

As you give so much to everyone...

I so glad that Jacqui was able to smile and feel the love that people feel for her...

I didn't know your mom was so sick ~ I'm sending her healing thoughts today...

And your bats.... Can't I take a bb gun? Or chocolate covered flies? I hate your bats!

I love YOU!
Pattee

madtexter (corey james) said...

Hey Renee. You are VERY welcome. I think I enjoyed making that decoupaged little box more than you did receiving it.

Be well!

You deserve all the love you can receive.

Baino said...

So happy to have participated and credit to kj who came up with the whole idea and sent the treasure chest on our behalf. I'm so glad it arrived in time for Christmas. And you sweet friend are a gift, you're full of generosity and warmth inspiration and modesty (God now I'm getting sappy) and it couldn't have gone to a more deserving person. Love to you all.

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Renee, I have tears in my eyes! So wonderful to read this and share with you this day. Karen is such a super lady and took an idea and made it real. Bless you and your family and Karen too.
Loads of love and kisses to you all!

I have three faces painted on your family painting today.

Hugs!

Julie

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Hi Renee, your son looks like he has lighter skin on this photo, than the one I have. Not sure what colour I should paint the skin for his face?
Are your daughters lighter skinned too?

Arija said...

Renee,
possum stew, you wish!! I have eaten snake and possum when we ran out of food in the bush in my younger days. Just not lately. They are protected native animals, ha! Eat possum indeed! Quit laughing, you will upset the bats...
So glad you liked your bit of junk mail...

Love Arija

Bogey said...

Renee, without a doubt, I believe that the world is in better shape than we believe it to be. When people from across this wonderful planet take into their hearts a friend like you, whose life only touches them by gentle and thoughtful words. Oh, but not just any words. They are words of compassion, hope, love, peace and understanding. Almost everywhere I have 'been' your thoughts and actions preceded me and left a tell tale sign of your existence in their lives. It is no wonder that at this time of year, that these friends of yours have Blessed you with such treasures. I can only imagine the fullness in your heart when you opened that Treasure Chest. Your personal strength has given a lot of people out there the ability to never give up Hope no matter what challenges they face. May their love for you continue to carry you through your current journey. Peace to you my Dear Friend.

studio lolo said...

I tried so hard to get through this without crying. I really did.

I'll bet the room was silent at times except for the sounds of unwrapping. I love imagining that!

You and your entire family deserve every healing and loving vibe that has been and continues to be sent. Your gift was named a "We treasure you chest" for a reason.

My best Christmas gift is when the postal workers took the lead out of their britches and delivered the box, finally! And on Christmas eve, how magical ;)

Thank you KJ for asking me to be a small part of this. And thanks to all the folks on the list who show you every day just how much you matter.

When those bats come a knockin', hold tight to that heart. I'm pretty sure it will help to quiet them.

I love you Raven Sister. Tell that bird your dream so that it may take flight.

xoxoxo
Laurel

one little acorn said...

What beautiful gifts from the heart and such a lovely surprise. Thinking of you all and sending lots of love to you and your family.
xxx

studio lolo said...

I know it was magical Renee. I wish I were there...but I was, really.

xoxoxo

Tom Bailey said...

I hope that you are having the great holiday season that you deserve.

I had to google this song to figure out what it was being from the US.

"We sang to Domenic ‘Domenicky nicky nicky nicky Domenicky nicky doo.’"

Thank you for sharing.

Tom

A Cuban In London said...

First of all, happy birthday to Mickey!

Secondly, whatever was in that treasure box, you and your family deserved and then ten times more.

Thirdly, I did not write last time I was here because, if truth be told, we were just about to dash off, but you have a fantastic family and you, yes, you, signora, you look amazing, bats notwithstanding. No wonder Wahid looks so proud.

I wish you a Happy New Year and may it bring health to you and yours.

Greetings from London.

Jaliya said...

Darling Renee, if your brain's a sieve, it's sieving love xoxo

*You* are a treasure chest, giving so much warmth and light

xoxoxoxo

L.Holm said...

Dearest Renee-
I missed the treasure chest, but send my love and embrace to you for 2010.
love you,
Liz

rochambeau said...

Happy Tears for your and your Jacquie and your Wahid and your children. You are such a beautiful soul. I'm so happy for you, to know you, to be inspired by you!
Love, much
Constance

RivkA with a capital A said...

I am starting a group blog, for mothers living with cancer.

All women facing cancer are welcome to join, but the blog will focus primarily on mothers who have advanced breast (or other) cancer -- i.e. we will be living with cancer for the rest of our lives or until there is a cure.

Anyone interested in joining, should contact me at:
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Anyone interested in reading the blog should visit us at:
http://motherslivingwithcancer.blogspot.com/

Hope to be up and running in a week or two!

Ribbon said...

Love you Renee...

so very happy that you and your family enjoyed your treasure chest.

it's so easy to love you and I feel very lucky to have you in my life.

xoxoxo Ribbon

PS... I will never look at a bat the same :)
and your tolerance of pain is to be admired

how lucky are we all that you blog!

Manon Doyle said...

You know what my dear friend Renee? You have been a gift to me! Yes.... you remind me daily to be a strong woman and to live each day to the fullest. I am forever thankful for you. Sickness doesn't defeat our soul or our spirit and you demonstrate that on a daily basis.
You are a gift to all!
i love you Renee
manon
xo

yoborobo said...

Just stopping by to say hi and give you my love. xoxoxo Pam

Annie said...

Honey, just wanted to say I hope your mom will be okay...Love you,
Anniexoxo

pinkglitterfae said...

How beautiful and magical! and I am so glad it reached you by Christmas! you have touched so many lives, and it was your turn to receive.
I wish you and your family many blessings, and Renee, you need to finally get angry and kick those damn bats to the curb! they have no place tormenting you.
Wishing you the best of all things,\
xoxo
betty

BT said...

What a wonderful post, Renee and such a warm photo too. I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute and I hope the little flower tray was up to scratch! I love that everyone opened all the presents together, what a great idea. We are all blessed to know you Renee. Well done kj for organising the surprise. Hugs to Jacqui and Mum too and don't let those bats win!

Pattee said...

OHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO
No Bats... I want butterflies, beautiful butterflies.... monarch butterflies... blue and green, purple and yellow butterflies...That's what I am going to imagine that's what I'm going to believe.

I want to live in our trailers Sonia and you and I...cooking (not you :) and drinking tea, coffee, wine....

We can stay up till wee hours eating shrimp and crab cocktails, brie cheese...

Love to you so much!
oxoxo
Pattee

sweetmango said...

you are a joy to be around.
I love you so much.
xxmichelle

p.s an article for you and Jacquie.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cancer-killing-curry.html

Marie S said...

Isn't kj special and brilliant???
I am so glad you had a good time with such a wonderful present.
I just want to know...did you squeal???
Love you my pretty!!!

Sue said...

Renee, this was such a very special gift for you and your family. My heart felt full reading your account of it. If any one deserved this gift of magic, it was you! A truly beautiful gift of love.

xxoo

cinner said...

Renee, What a wonderful post. I have to admit I cried! I wish I would have met you sooner so as to be part of that Treasure Chest. The incredible thing is that there is so much love in the world. I have to read previous posts as I don't know about your Mom or Jacquie. but I can feel the love that surrounds you. Blessings to you and your family. May you enjoy every day.

Angie Muresan said...

Renee, you are so loved. Perhaps even more than you can imagine. And you are so inspiring. You inspire me daily with your beautiful, pure soul. Blessings to you and your family. Love and peace and health.

xoxoxoxo,
Angie

Karin Bartimole said...

Oh my dearest Renee, I so hope your bone scan goes well tomorrow. For me, the bone scan and mastectomy are kind of unrelated - the mastectomy will come because of my skin not tolerating the radiation (due to lupus); the bone scans will happen if blood work still comes back with some numbers elevated that show something it isn't supposed to. She's afraid I'll have bad readings because of the auto immune stuff, so only wants to do the bone scan under certain circumstances... blah blah blah!! you know, it's all medical madness. It will be a couple weeks before all testing and consults are complete, and decisions can be made.

Love seeing the never ending gifts of opening and flowing hearts here!!
love you,
xxxxoooo
Karin

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Thank you so, Renee, for stopping by my blog, taking the time to read my profile, and know I too, was missing someone this Christmas...My heart swelled and my eyes teared up reading of your treasure chest and the love that poured out to you...love heals and you stopping by was healing for me, too...

kj said...

so who got the most from this we-treasure-you chest?

renee?

her family?

everyone who had the chance to say 'i love you' together like this, through tokens of gifts and cards filled with love?

all the friends and visitors who bear witness to this outpouring and to renee's blog?

who got the most?

well, if you don't mind, strictly from my vantage point, it was me.

i got the irreversible irreplaceable irrestible gift of deep and abiding love.

how great is that?

Yvonne Anderson said...

You are truly beautiful and have cracked open your gorgeous heart so we may learn from it. Learn how to love without the need for anything else.

I watched a program the other day about a few tribe people from PNG who went to live in the UK. It made me weep to see that even they couldn't wait to get back to their village full of love (what they felt was lost in UK). They wept when seeing people in nursing homes. The lived for love. They valued it most highly.
I do too.
I think of you daily when I carry out my role of service support. I meet many people who are going through what you are going through and I hold you in my heart.xx

Marie said...

How beautiful Renee. I would have loved to have put something into the treasure chest for you. I didn't know about it. I guess you'll just have to be content with my love and prayers. xxoo

Yarrow said...

What an amazing gift! It goes to show that not only the people who contributed to it are special, but so are you, who have inspired such loving thoughts. I can't describe how I feel after reading such a wonderful post :)
I can, however tell you that while reading your post about Mickey, I actually laughed out loud, while hubby was trying to sleep beside me! He didn't see the funny side of that either! ha ha!

love and hugs, Kim

Eleonora said...

You are the treasure! I'm so happy you opened your treasure chest and found in it a little of what you give to us every day.

I love you
Lola xx

RNSANE said...

Isn't it wonderful to be cherished by so many? Bless you, lovely Renee.

Chrisy said...

You are treasured darlin yes you are...

Manon Doyle said...

Renee,

I haven't had tortierre for years. My grandma used to make it for us. I actually craved it this year! I used to eat it with ketchup....yum!
Glad you liked the painting girlfriend!!
love
manon
xo

beedeebabee♥ said...

Merry late Christmas, Sweetie! What a lovely post. Your Christmas sounded wonderful. You have a very beautiful family! Much happiness to you in the New Year. xoxo Paulette

Javajune said...

Oh Renee this is a beautiful Christmas story. There are so many beautiful souls here in cyber space, so much love and support. I'm so glad that you and your family had a wonderful holiday together
God bless you all.
Love and happy wishes
for a hopeful 2010
xo-jj

Marion said...

Ah, Renee, my favorite Christmas gift this year was that photo you posted of you and Wahid. It was so awesome to finally see you!!!

I wanted to rope the moon and wrap it in silver paper for you and I tried and tried, but my rope was too short. You deserve the moon, Renee, so look up in tonight's sky and I'll do the same and we'll both dream of meeting under moonbeams. You are so loved, Renee, and give so much love...and that is the greatest gift of all. I love you, pal. Sending you healing prayers and love.....Blessings!!

Deborah said...

Morning, Lovee. I was just looking at Nathan again...are you certain there is no time to arrange a proper Catholic Wedding Mass before school begins again?
**kisskiss** Deb

Diana Evans said...

you are truly loved Renee!!! and I am so thrilled your heart is full of joy!!!

Wishing you a wonderful week a Happy New Year 2010!!!

Hugs
Diana

Tessa said...

This Norfolk is a place where the horizons are infinite and footprints few under a sky you can almost touch so I reach up and touch that sky that is your sky too, my dearest friend. You are beautiful, Renee. Blessings always, and blessings to all your most beautiful family.

I fervently hope that your beloved Mama is able to take just a tiny smigeon of comfort from those three wise African men. They come with so much love for you all. xxxooo

Bella Sinclair said...

I love you, Renee. xoxoxo

sara said...

i'm so happy you had such a wonderful christmas ♥ you deserve it all :)
xoxo,
sara

Pattee said...

I'm thinking of you today Renee... With your beautiful face in my mind...

I'm worried about those bats...

I am here for whenever you need me~

With much love and many thoughts through out today....
oxoxo Pattee

Snowbrush said...

No fair. Just cause you're sweet and wonderful, and I'm mean and crotchety is no reason why YOU should get a treasure chest and not I. In fact, because I AM so disagreeable, I should think I need one MORE than you so that I might be influenced to be nice for a change. Well, I guess THAT'S not going to happen, now is it?!

Karin Bartimole said...

me too you my friend,
me too you ❤

drollgirl said...

your posts make me think and they make me cry. and please forgive that i was not able to add anything to your beautiful box, but i am sending you my best. :)

Natalie said...

what an amazing gift of the heart. i can feel the love!!! who else but you auntie renee could touch so many people in this way.
love,
natalie

Ruth said...

Oh it's an extraordinary outpouring, Renee. It's big, and the thing is your heart is big enough. See how you have touched touched touched so many. When you receive it back in this symbolic act, you see a little of what you give.

Absorb, feel, love, be loved. Love you.

Mim said...

I can't say much more than has already been said - much love in that box, much hope, many thoughts and prayers. Orchestrated by good friends.
it was a pleasure to contribute

Jeanne said...

What a lovely thing to do.

Sonia ;) said...

" kj said...
i love you, renee.you are a gift i give to myself."



That just said it all....

And who said you arnt cooking? Oh hell no...we are all cooking dammit. Your cooking Coffee....oh thats not cooking....ummmmmmmmm Rice Krispie treats......thats mixing , measuring, and combining...ya thats cooking technically....Ok we need a mini trailer just for Coffee, food and junk.....Bats, butterflies and frogs in the Bellfre....Ok frogs dont go with bats and butterflies huh...well shit they dont belong in tummies either....

LOL...Yes Santa was buried...I couldnt resist to put the old man down for a long winters sleep. And as Snowbrush said..."Bad Sonia. Bad, bad, bad Sonia. What will all the five year olds who read your blog think?"....I havent met any 5 yr olds lately...But I know a few toddlers....they wouldnt get it.

Love ya Lovey...Kiss Jacquies forehead for me...And prayers of all goodness to your Mom....
PS...Colette - You are welcome, your a lucky lady. Happy New Year Colette, Renee, Jacquie, Wahid, Nadalene,Angelique, Nathan Josephine, Domenic , Ben, Daisy, Mickey,Gil, Jennifer, and the many more in a large family, you are all loved from far away.

xoxoxoxoxxooxo

ToM KiDDo said...

Oh Renee...you made me feels that the world is wonderful...thank you and hope the bats in your stomach never wake up anymore :)

Ces said...

Ah the material things may break and get lost but love will stay. Tsup!

Margaret Ann said...

Our paths have crossed for a reason...I become a better soul when I visit you...my heart grows and my spirit becomes enlightened. YOU are the treasure...for so very many.

aimee said...

you are a bright light renee and we are very grateful for YOU.

Isabel said...

I am so glad for your wonderful surprise, my dear Renee. Truly deserved. I am just sorry I didn't know about it or else you bet I would have contributed towards your deserving gift.

But if you email me your address, I will sending you a little something from my heart :)

xox

Isabel

PS- Yes, my Cat is 14!!! But she is still such a sweet little girl still at heart. I love that innocence about her.

Isabel said...

Happy Birthday to your darling daughter Angelique :)

xox

Isabel

Bridgett said...

I wish I could have been part of this...but alas, I only just found you.

Nevertheless, I'm so thrilled you felt so loved. From what I can tell, it's well-deserved.

)O(
boo

Daria said...

Renee you are an angel and deserve every bit of that treasure chest of love.

Kathleen said...

You are so full of grace. I find that a treasure. Thank you Renee--
Kathleen