Thursday, June 9, 2011

All the cool people

Sit down and prepare for another post on how much the blogging world rocks. Connections made, friendships formed, all that stuff.

Do you know Toni, over at Chick Chat? Toni lives in Western Australia, about as far from Kansas as you can get. Yet she has been a beautiful and unwavering friend and source of support over the past year.  She checks in periodically, leaves the most gorgeous comments on my posts and best of all, keeps me in stitches with her humor. She's even offered to open up her home to me and the kids, should we ever need a place to stay.

I've never met Toni face to face. We only know each other online. Behold the power of blogging.

Two days ago a package arrived in the mail from Western Australia. Inside was a tiny little box. Teeny tiny.





Hmmm... someone knows I've been a little homesick for my other home.

Inside the box...





I've been clicking them ever since.

I love you Toni. You're amazing. xx

This isn't the first time she's sent me something. Last fall, after I was assaulted and the criminal investigation was new and raw, when I was reeling and still figuring out how to talk about what was happening, she sent me one of her little creations.












Can you read that?

A tissue to dry your tears
A bandaid to heal your hurts
A candle to light your way in the dark...

The box was filled with little miniature items, all of which held some significance to my situation. They are still significant.  My favorite is this:




Some words, in case you lose yours again.

I've kept that box on my nightstand ever since I got it, about nine months ago. I treasure it. When I see it, it brings me comfort. When it seems like this case will never come to a close, it reminds me to hold out hope. When I feel alone, it helps me feel less so.

I swear, I know all the cool people.



40 comments:

  1. That is just beautiful!
    The blogging community is an amazing one! Heck, the online community in general. I've met some pretty freaking awesome people over the last 3-ish years and some of them I count among my dearest friends.
    Love.
    x

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  2. What a very very beautiful gift.

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  3. That brought tears to my eyes.
    The other thing you forgot is there is something about you that attracts all these beautiful souls.

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  4. The creativity (and generosity) of some people, is just amazing, isn't it! Gorgeous concept and execution!

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  5. Divine!

    I'm with Kell, who coincidently is someone I've met online and love to death. The web can be a scary place but it also gives us the most amazing opportunities to meet the most amazing people ...
    x

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  6. These are the coolest presents ever - the red shoes are just gorgeous i almost shed a tear. how wonderfully thoughtful.

    M2Mx

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  7. Aw Sawhole, now you're going to make me cry! xxx

    @ Kellie - same, same. Very close friendships formed through blogging. It's amazing and wonderful.

    And, uh, sorry for the poor quality of the pictures. Cell phone, night time, noob user.

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  8. @ Holly - agreed! Very scary, though I haven't personally experienced that, obviously, given what's going on in my personal life, I'm well aware of the dangers. But look at the flip side. My ex and I are liket he poster children for the evil and good sides of the net. Argh.

    @M2M - I know. I got teary, too. Just so amazingly thoughtful and so personal, you know?

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  9. This not only gives me goosebumps but affirms the faith that even strangers can make a difference in our world. Gotta love good people with big hearts!

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  10. I would seriously be lost without my online peeps.

    Love you sweetie, and I was totally thinking of you in the supermarket today... so I bought some dark chocolate mint tim tams.

    They have totally brightened my day. Thanks

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  11. AWWW -- firstly, thank everyone for the lovely comments, that made my day!

    And Kristin, thank YOU for the most gorgeous post! (and for the piccies, since like an idiot I forgot to take any before posting!)
    I hope those ruby slippers bring you home to Oz, honey.

    You know, though, that what Madam Bipolar said is the truth -- YOU are the one who attracts people to you, with your beautiful soul.
    I wanna be JUST like you, when I grow up.
    xx

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  12. I am only new to blogging so this wonderful world is y just opening up to me, but how wonderful it is.

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  13. @ Toni - you should see what they're saying about you on Twitter! :)

    BTW, when I opened the larger box to take pictures, I found a little paper heart my daughter had colored and put in there. So cute. And I want to be just like you!

    I'm going to keep clicking those ruby slippers until I get there. And when I do I'm coming west to see you. :)

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  14. Magic! Wonderful. Loved it. What a beautiful thoughtful person to have in your life.
    x

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  15. @ Kelley - you're welcome. I'll buy some M&M's on your behalf tomorrow. :)

    @ Jess - I think you'll find it a warm and welcoming place.

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  16. @ Woog - wait until you hear about this one blogger I know who got me a sponsorship to come to Sydney. Not *even* kidding.

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  17. *big eyes!*

    what are they saying on Twitter?? you got me worried now....

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  18. @ Toni:

    "very beautiful there aren't many people in this world like that x"

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  19. Hadn't checked out Toni before, but will now. What an amazing beautiful person she is, small things make all the difference, a stranger reaching out is one of those.

    Love your work Toni - you rock. (So do you K, so do you and don't you ever forget it) xxx

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  20. Thats 'OUR' Toni !!!! we luv her over at "ART" !!!!!!

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  21. She is pretty cool, that Toni

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  22. What heartfelt and beautiful gifts. I have 'met' and made some amazing friends online. I cherish them. I am glad your life was touched by some of those amazing people too. I'm a fairly new follower of your blog. Be kind to yourself and I hope you find sunshine in your shadows once more. :)

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  23. How precious!

    There's just something about tiny things that make me melt - even the tiny little voodoo doll is cute!

    And those red shoes!

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  24. Spectacular! Proof positive that just because you have no met IRL that these friends are true and powerful.
    Jenn

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  25. That is AMAZING! Adorable, kind and beautiful!

    I agree sincerely with your thoughts on bloggers; I've connected with really incredible people and blogging has brought so much joy to my life.

    I posted the other day about this homeless guy near me that I have a soft spot for, and an angel blogger in Detroit stepped up to the plate. We've been assembling this crazy cool care package for the guy and it's just made my days lately. :)

    I heart bloggers. :)

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  26. Absolutely heart warming stuff.
    What a gorgeous friend & friendship.
    Bloggers r beautiful!
    :-)

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  27. Beautiful!!! I am so amazed by the community this blogging world really is!

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  28. OH, she's a thoughtful one! She's a keeper!

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  29. Wow- what awesome meaningful things. I'd have to say that the blogging community is pretty awesome. I've gotten so much support from all my bloggy friends through all my tougher times.

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  30. That is truly lovely. The best gifts DO come in the smallest packages.

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  31. how awesome is Toni??? yeah!

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  32. Wow! A beautiful friend. Someone I hope that you get to meet in RL sooner rather than later.

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  33. Toni has got the goods. How comforting to know you've got that survival kit close by.

    I'm especially loving the ruby slippers complete with blue gingham and also the voodoo doll in case you get 'stabby'. love it!

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  34. That Toni is a sweetie huh? How thoughtful! You touch people Wanderlust, you really do x

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  35. That Toni is a good egg. How bloody beautiful. x

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  36. I want some of those shoes! That's the kind of gift you remember forever.

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