I had THE best day today! I got to spend the day with two new friends, friends I met in blogland! Holly lives about 5 miles away, and we met this summer. She is so sweet, full of joy, and is always so encouraging and thoughtful. I've enjoyed getting to know her very much. Holly introduced me to Joanne's blog and I've been a faithful reader ever since. I was thrilled when Joanne invited me and Holly to come and spend the day with her. She is just as warm and gracious and hospitable and crafty as I expected her to be! Really, it was a lovely time together.
We chatted for awhile, then Joanne made a delicious lunch for us and would not let us do anything to help her. I felt so pampered! She put so much thought into everything and made it really special. See...here's the table she set for us...isn't it beautiful? And do you see that pumpkin? She grew it in her garden!
Our time together was way too short...I could have stayed all day (had I not had kiddos to retrieve and a play to attend and an unexpected errand to run) but we'll just have to get together again!! Before we left, Joanne gave us each a fall basket full of goodies--zucchini from her garden, homemade peach butter, a loaf of homemade bread (Joanne, my kids gave you RAVE reviews after school while snacking on bread and butter!), a pretty fall dishtowel, fall napkins, and an adorable pumpkin she made. Joanne loves to have people in her home and it is so evident that hospitality is her gift. It was a wonderful, blessed day, and I'm so thankful for my new friends!
Thanks, Joanne for the photos...I totally stole them from you!