These are the boots...you know...THE boots. The winter boots that I have longed for and Mike bought me, only to return after we heard the news of his layoff. On Christmas morning, after gifts were opened, Canaan disappeared and then re-appeared with an enormous box for me. I kind of knew they were the boots. I figured Mike hadn't returned them at all or had re-bought them. I reluctantly opened the box and began preparing my "you know I love these but we have to return them" speech. They were indeed the dream boots.
I slid my feet into their sheepskin lined fluffiness and looked at Mike for an explanation of why he hadn't returned them.
He began to share with me how these boots were in fact not from him, but came as a surprise from a group of my blog readers. An enormous blessing spearheaded by this precious blogger. Immediately the sting of tears came to my eyes...then the flood of humbled and thankful tears poured. It is overwhelming.
I am a giver. I love to give and to find out what others needs are so I can help meet them. As a giver, it is so very hard to receive. I have one friend who literally will take my hands, turn them upward, and say "Megan, receive" when she offers to help and I turn her down.
These boots are so much more than a luxury gift. They are a true representation of the generosity, love and support that mama's give to one another. It is both humbling and incredible to be on the receiving end...and I am pretty sure these boots won't come off until the first 80 degree day of summer.

13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful Christmas surprise and Christmas story! Be sure, that there are tears in my eyes!
    Best wishes, Micha

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  2. Such a beautiful expression of love!

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you find your open window soon.

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  3. I love the blogworld. Such a generous and wonderful gift. I know good things are around the corner for you and Mike and the boys.

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  4. Oh my gosh! That gave me chills.
    Merry Christmas indeed. Now, can we get Mike his watch?

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  5. That is wonderful - I have continually been in my prayers - but the idea of the boots - well - that rocks!

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  6. wow...those are wonderful...should last a long time. :)

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  7. Now there's some true Christmas magic! What a beautiful reminder that there is so much good in this world of ours. The boots are absolutely stunning by the way!

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  8. how wonderful!! the boots are darling....what a special gift for you. :)

    happy holidays!

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  9. this is what christmas is all about.

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  10. This is such a beautiful story, now I am in tears. Enjoy every moment you wear them, and thanks for sharing the beauty behind them

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  11. Well. That is just about the sweetest blog post i have ever read. Sounds like you are quite deserving of those fabulous boot. Yay, you!
    My husband was laid off for most of 2010 and continues to be. It makes the days full of worry, y et somehow we have found a certain peace in it, and have started to cherish all the time we have together. Of course this can't go on forever...sigh.

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  12. I just found your blog and love, love, love the boots. If you have a moment, could you reply with where I might find them, too?

    By the way, I worked for years at Root-a-Bakers in Morehead that has bought Canaan's marshmallows and met your husband there one day. So sorry to hear about his lay off. Best wishes for hidden blessings and a job again soon. l

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