posting about edie yesterday really made me think about several women, most, if not all of them, i’ve met through blogging, who’ve made a significant impact in my life.
it’s probably a weird phenomenon for those who don’t blog to think that one can become friends with a veritable stranger. a pen pal if you will. however for those of you who do blog and who have made life long, heart friends, with many of these ‘veritable stranger’ you know exactly what i’m talking about.
i want to share with ya’ll about a certain friend. let’s call her jane. i’ve hesitated to share about jane for of a couple reasons. let me try to make this clear & i hope you hear me as sincere as i can be. i do not, no way jose, not for a second, share about her generosity to make you think “oh paige is a bragger’. i’m not. but i’m going to go ahead and share today out of a couple reasons. jane has probably the most generous heart of anyone i’ve ever known. and two, jane knows her stuff-which i’m going to share with you. she loves jesus & loves to give extravagantly to those in her life.
here’s the kicker.
we’ve never met in real life.
i know. right?
jane read my blog a couple years ago and contacted me about supporting one of my girls in a mission trip. since that time she has done that many times. she called two summers ago and asked if i’d ever heard of Passion. um yes. Passion, also known as life changer for thousands of college kids and one savannah knudsen. she told me the lord had put it on her heart to support savannah & several friends of hers to go to passion. the list goes on. and on. she has continued to blow me away by her extravagant heart for others.
well jane also has for years gifted her closest friends at christmas with “her favorites”. last year i was headed out the door for a doctors appointment that i was super scared about. minutes before dan & i were to leave, the UPS dude showed up with a ginormous box. inside were about 20 individually wrapped gifts and a letter explaining why each was one of jane’s favorites. i didn’t share last year for the reason i listed above.
but she has given over and over to our family and i can’t keep it inside any longer. i want to publicly tell her how much she’s taught my girls and their friends too. we have talked many times about how jane has loved people she has never and may never meet. and we don’t even know what she does in her own ‘real life’! can you imagine? she has stayed in touch with savannah’s friends who she sponsored for passion and prayed for them in their walk with jesus.
while jane & i have never sat together & sipped coffee we have talked on the phone & prayed for each other. i know one of these days we really will meet in “real life”. veritable strangers now heart friends despite the half dozen states between us.
so without further aidue, here is jane’s gift for 2013 of her favorites. i’ll add her words too.
hobo lauren wallet/clutch. simply put can hold all my things & look stylish doing it.YSL noir radical mascara. amazing.tory burch cuff. enough said.chanel trio. lip gloss & polish in chanel. no brainer. ( i LOVE vertigo–perfect not to harsh black/platinum)ole henriksen truth serum. liquid gold for slightly aging skin.dark chocolate sea salt caramels from nordstroms. oh my word. melt in your mouth delicious.chanel bag that held the trio shown above. so cute!measuring hedgies from anthropologie. are they cute or what?? cutest kitchen gadget award.personalized stationary. a must.nina garcia’s the 100 pieces every stylish woman should own. such a great little book! ( thankfully she supports wayfarers, cuff bracelets & converse. )fresh soy face cleanser. gold standard of cleansers in my book. powerful enough to dissolve eye makeup but not to drying for my dry face.clarisonic mia. handy little guy that will completely change the surface of your skin.kenra thermal blow dry spray. balm of gilead for my dry hair. use sparingly.(insert goofie selfie. & personal endorsement. ya’ll i hate my hair. only one level behind how much i hate my waist line. i have very dry hair. i have to color my hair approximately every 17 -21 days. it’s awful. i hate my hair. anyway. this spray is wonderful. not only does it make my hair smell divine, it has honestly changed the texture of my hair. instead of feeling dry and dull on day 2 & 3 it smells wonderful and feels soft and manageable)
(by the way, my phone cover was a gift from jane in last year’s box. her favorite -erin condren)
i always trust jane’s tips regarding skin care & cosmetics. as i said, sister knows her stuff.
i think it’s an awesome idea to try to take this gift giving philosophy and tweak it to make it work for you. i saw some of my instagram friends host a favorites party for their friends at Christmas. say invite 5 friends. each person bring 5 wrapped of one of their favorite things ( calender, fragrance, scarf, whatever). you get the idea. i love knowing something i was gifted was a “favorite” of one of my friends or family members. makes it even all the more special.
while i know i could never give on this level financially, i know i can find a way to give “something” well thought, intentional and personal .
some of my favorite gifts ever have been in the form of a card. a 5×7 card. just thinking that someone thought of me. took the time to go the store. picked out a card and then wrote, with pen and paper, a note to me. those are magical gifts.
so….go forth & love each other well my friends. whether it be in the form of a casserole like edie, a hallmark card or maybe you can be someone’s oprah and gift your favorites, go forth and love others well
Proverbs 11:25 A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Romans 12:8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.