Friday, November 30, 2012

Best Ornament Swap EVER!

A few months ago, I had a vision of hosting a little ornament swap to ring in the holidays. After securing the best swap partner ever, Erin at Living in Yellow, the ball swapping (as E affectionately calls it) was on.

After considerable blog stalking, I went shopping for my partner Jayme. She blogs with her bestie about make-up, fashion and much more at Her Late Night Cravings.
So stop by her blog to see what I sent her.

Once my package was in the mail, I waited patiently (only checking the mailbox 72 times per day) for my ornament from Janna at Perception is Everything. When I first visited Janna's blog, I fell in love with her blog design. It is unique and eye catching. Then I started to read more and realized how much I adore her. She probably won't read this post for a while because her hubby is home from deployment. He's been defending our country for the last 9 months (so thankful for soldiers and all that they sacrifice).

When my package finally came, I was so excited that I almost peed myself. Check out my gifts.

So cute, right? And then I read the card and the waterworks began. Janna gave me two ornaments that are symbols of hope and miracles. She is hoping these will help bring us the baby we've been waiting so long for. I was blown away by how thoughtful her ornaments were.

Every time I see this on my tree it reminds me not to give up hope.

Thanks so much, Janna (from the bottom of my heart)


On the day I posted the swap matches, I got an email from Rachel at in my life i love you more informing me that she signed up, blogged about the swap but wasn't on this list. Of course, I felt horrible. But I have to tell you what she actually said (verbatim) because it speaks volumes about her personality.

Rachel kept checking the list for her name, thinking " I have to be here somewhere, don't I?" She told me "I felt like the girl in gym who never got picked for the team." This, of course, made me chuckle and I knew I had to take on a second swap partner.

Through our emails, I could tell that she has an energetic, vivacious personality...I wanted to hug her through my computer! As Rach and I explored each other's blogs, we realized we have a lot in common and both experienced pain on the road to motherhood. Her sweet, kind, supportive words melted my heart. I can't believe the depth of friendship I feel for someone that I've never even met. I'm thankful that Rachel got skipped. It was serendipity for us to "meet".

Okay, I had to get all of the mushy stuff out of the way first. Now for my ornaments.
My package arrived all the way from New York with the cutest decor on the box.
And look at that handwriting...FAN-CY.

Rachel (because she is sweet like that) got me two ornaments that represent two sides of my personality - glittery and calm. They are both from Pier One. Honestly, is that reindeer not the cutest thing you've ever seen?

And she got herself the same ones so we can match.
Told ya. Meant to be, she and I.
Aren't you curious to see what I got her?
Go visit her blog to find out and show her some love while you're there.

I'm so grateful to have connected with so many amazing bloggers through this swap. And now when I see these special ornaments on my tree, I think of two lovely ladies all the way on the other side of the country.

If you participated in the swap, don't forget to post about your swapping adventure and share your new ornament with us via the linky below. Use the hashtag #ornamentswap on Twitter and Instagram.
Happy December! 


Janna Renee said...

Hubby is asleep, so I HAD to link up and check out if you liked my package! I am SO happy that I got you and Erin as swap partners. Thanks for hosting the fun, and I'm so happy to know you both! "Believe in the magic of the season!"

Dream Chase said...

Wow, tears in my eyes! How amazing and here's definitely hope and good blessings for a beautiful baby.

Jayme and Mendi said...

Thank you so much for putting this all together & hosting it! We had so much fun. :) Anytime you want to do something like this, you just let us know! We're down for it. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mendi & Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Jennifer Sanzo said...

Thank you so much for hosting this link up and swap! What a fun idea to help us get to know each other better and kick off the holiday season. Love it! Now I'm not going to get any of my laundry done because I'll be checking out everyone's ornament posts all morning :)

Lisa said...

aww beautiful post !! and what a awesome swap! newest follower
hugs xo
p.s i know the pain on the journy to motherhood too.
hugs to you both!

LWLH said...

What a cute that ornament, so thoughtful.

rachel said...

awwww!!!!!!!! i just adore you. i'm so happy you liked what i picked and i just feel so lucky i got to be a part of this <3 xoxo

Jessica @ Here(and)Now said...

Thanks for this awesome swap lady! Such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit!

Shannon @ Polish and Sugar said...

Thanks so much for hosting! I had so much fun with this swap. Enjoy the holidays :) xo

JM said...

Love your ornaments! Also wanted to add a huge thank you to both you and LIY for organizing such a huge group of bloggers to kick off the holiday season in such a fun way! Happy Holidays!

Jess said...

I wish I found your blog earlier so I could do the ornament swap! Oh well, next year! :)

Laura Darling said...

The ornaments that you got are so sweet! And it sounds like you made some great new friends in the process! :)

Life as a Bird said...

This is way too cute! I wish I saw it earlier I would have loved to be involved. Such a great idea!

Jayme and Mendi said...

And thank you again for your awesome package to me!! Just love everything!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Team Harries said...

How fun! Love the tree!

Lindsay said...

I've been loving seeing everyone's ornaments and was so excited to link ours up last night! What a fun swap. Thanks so much for organizing it!

LauraMck said...

This is such a nice idea, the ornaments you got are so pretty too xx

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