Wednesday, 13 June 2012


We all received cards today.

Mine was all the way from Minnesota! A few months ago, around Easter, a lady bought my drawstring quilt pattern. She emailed me and asked if there was another way of paying because Paypal wasn't working for her. Unfortunately there wasn't, because I'm in Australia. But in the spirit of Easter, I emailed her the pattern and told her that if Paypal ever happened to work for her, to feel free to pay me, but otherwise to consider it a gift. I didn't hear back.
Then out of the blue, I received an email two weeks ago. This lovely lady had gone to her local bank and exchanged some money for AUS$10 and then asked for my postal address to send it. The money and this beautiful card arrived safely today. Isn't that amazing!

Then, it was Tully's birthday today! And so that Evie didn't miss out, her Pop sent her this very special card about a lyre bird. When the card opens, the beautiful lyre bird sings her lovely song. She has carried it around most of the day, opening it for the surprise call over and over. I can't tell you how much his words meant to me.

My big boy turned 4 today. What a fun age for a birthday! He's anticipated it like no other, understood, squealed, and lost sleep for the past week. As I was putting him to bed tonight, he exclaimed, "I'm the luckiest boy in the whole university!"

It occurred to me as we were chatting about the day, that in all the buzz and flurry, I didn't think to write a card for him. If I had, maybe it would go something like this:

Dear Tully,
You were the best surprise ever. Now I know that things not going to plan can be fun and adventurous. Now I know that we don't need a big house or new car (or more fabric!) to be happy and loved. I love how you love your second hand bike and handmade sword. How your presents today were such an unexpected, delightful surprise. I love that you are a thankful, thoughtful boy.
Do you know your name means peace? You are anything but quiet, but you are helping to grow in me a kind of peace I have long yearned for.
I love you!


  1. Great cake! I remember my boys at the same age, everything is an adventure. The look on his face says it all!

  2. Happy Birthday Tully. So glad you think your the luckiest boy in the whole University (how sweet - that one will have to make an appearance in 17 years time).
    How lovely that their Pop thought to send something for Evie.

  3. So sweet and your note to Tully made me tear up. Being a Mama surely is the best thing ever!

  4. Your money looks so cool!
    Great cards and what sweet messages =D

  5. Thanks to your beautiful post I have a tear in my eye now ;-)
    Happy Birthday to your son!

  6. Wow! What an all around special day!

  7. I'm with Sana, bit teary! My eldest was a surprise (of the best kind) too :o)


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