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November 30, 2007



What a lovely gesture and what a beautiful plate. I also love the little bird that you have placed near the plate. Isn't it wonderful that you can meet the most unexpected friends in blogland. I'm glad that you and Claudia have found such a close connection. I will surely stop by her blog and take a look. I already feel she is a good friend just reading your words.


Hi Kim
What a wonderful story!
Beautiful gift...
I will visit Claudia
Thanks for sharing with us.


kathy :)

Good Morning Kim.

What a touching story...I went over and visited Claudia after reading your post. Here in Boston one of the Red Sox Players does alot of fundraising work for ALS (Curt Schilling) one of his kids is even named after Lou Gehrig.

What a gift for you to have grown to know her....she is one amazing woman !!!

Thanks Kim for introducing us to her...

Kathy :)

Alison Gibbs

Hi Kim, thanks for sharing Claudia's story with us. She is an incredibly brave woman.
What a lovely gift for you. from Claudia.


What a wonderful and heroic lady. I am so glad you have introduced us to her!

Love and hugs,


I just read about Claudia after following your links. What an incredible woman. How wonderful that she came into your life. Thank you for sharing her.


You do, indeed, brighten our days, Kim. Not only with the beauty and joy of your home, but with the sense of peace and goodness - a little bit of heaven - that is present within each post. We all need that light glowing in our hearts.

I read several of Claudia's posts; she sounds like someone who would be an awesome friend, a good soul, a fighting spirit, a loving heart. Blessings to you, Claudia! And gentle hugs to hold you as you face each day.


That's how I feel about you Kim!!!

rhondi mullins

Kim Thanks for telling us about your friend Claudia. I already visited her blog. She is an amazing woman. I can't imagine how hard many of her days must be. I feel like I have discovered a whole new universe out here in blogland. I never knew there were so many caring and talented woman! It's wonderful to be getting to know you.

Mary Gwin

I'm so glad you got "your song" back and glad I get to hear it again. I remember it well, going to Playalinda (back in the old days), turning on the radios in the cars - ooh, good memories...
I must go visit Claudia, she sounds like a wonderful person.


What a nice lady Kim.
I will go over and visit her blog.


Looks like dogwood blossoms on that plate I believe--very pretty!


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What a charming gift from Claudia, and so thoughtful. Look how perfect it is with the green book and that cute yellow bird!


What a lovely story! Oh no, I am all teary, but in a good sentimental kind of way! I love the plate, bird and song!


Thank you for sharing your beautiful gifts with us . . . the gift of the plate and the gift of Claudia. I visited her blog and cannot begin to tell you the gamut of emotions I experienced as I read her story. And how apropriate that she chose dogwood as her gift to you. It is not only a beautiful flower, but legend has it that the dogwood tree is in it's present form a symbol of Christ's suffering and God's promise to us. Once again . . . thank you for sharing.

Rose @Classic Charm

Kim thanks for sharing Claudia, I just went to visit her blog - wow what an amazing woman she is, such a fighter! Sending sweet blessings to Claudia....


Thank you so much for sharing about Claudia. It touched my heart so deeply. I bookmarked her blog after reading it and plan to see what I can do to help but also know that the prayers of many can make a difference too.

On another note, I love your blog and your home. My home is full of bright red and yellow with black and white accents. I have been wanting to paint my end table and such a bright red and now your pictures have given the vision I had in my head proof that they would look divine that way.

Blessings for the season! I will be back to your lovely, peaceful blog.

Robin~Thrifty Miss Priss

Hi Kim,
I too went to visit Claudia, amazing strength she has....I will go back to visit her. Sometimes we stumble upon people in our lives that turn out to be our angels!


That's such a lovely story. The plate is very pretty, too. I am on my way to visit her.


I think you've got more than that beautiful have a wonderful friend in Claudia. What a woman!


Thank you for sharing Claudia's story with us. It reminds us to treasure each day and don't take anything for granted. Be grateful for your life. She obviously treasures your friendship immensely, nothing can take that away.


Beautiful post today - thanks for sharing and your special friend too!


I too am very touched by Claudia, her strength makes me wonder why I am such a baby when I have a simple cold. The plate she sent is a real beauty and a treasure. You are lucky to have each other.


I'm having a giveaway - hope you will enter!

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

What a beautiful story--thank you for sharing and sharing Claudia's story with us!
~Angela :-)


Thank you for the story, such a lovely plate. I love the music. I have direct tv and I love the channel with all the 40's music.
I was born in the wrong era.

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Kim what a blessing you are to my life and thank you for the link to your precioue friend. Blessings Mary


That's a beautiful plate...what a lovely gift! I like the little birdy, too. :)

btw, I'm having a giveaway on my blog...come check it out and enter if you have a moment.

:) D

melissa @ the inspired room

Thanks, Kim, for sharing about this amazing lady. I am touched by her story.



What a sweet post:-) I love all your pics of your decorations!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee

Every now and then we do get touched by an angel, don't we? I loved reading about the friendship between you and Claudia. She is one amazing woman who has much to offer. Hope that you were able to help her get her home all "cottagy." I'm sure that you were!!

(Everything looks so pretty in here...I think I'll stay for a while. ;) )

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