As some of you know, my word for the year is grace. Matthew 7:7 reads, "Seek, and ye shall find." Well, all I had to do was type the word, and already grace has arrived this year in many forms, including intense conversations with smart and inspiring people, real paper notes and emails from dear friends, links and features online from beautiful prairiegirl and amazing Bine, wonderful enthusiasm about the Freewrite Series from lovely people like Robin and Karen, and incredible support from my husband in more ways than I can count.
And then this morning, while I was scrubbing out the bathtub, grace arrived right on my doorstep in the form of a package from my sister-in-law (and fellow magpie) Cate. Cate and I share many traits, including a passion for paper, an obsession with all things sparkly, and a love of crafting with--you guessed it--paper that is sparkly. So when I opened the package to discover a glittery gift inside, I almost didn't want to open it. It was that pretty. See the polka dots on the paper? Those are lovely flocked circles underneath the glitter. Sigh.
But open the gift I did, and what was inside? Eternal grace, of course. Cate had read my word-for-the-year post, and she sent me some grace of my very own to begin the new year right. What a gift she is.
Thank you so much for your emails and comments about the Freewrite Series. I've been hearing interesting stories about the map exercise, and I look forward to hearing more this coming Friday when I post the next exercise. Please feel free to stop by and join in any time it strikes your fancy.