This is one of my oldest friends, not by age of course, but by how many years I have been blessed with her friendship.
In this picture Sissy’s cheating her petite height. I think she’s standing on a box. Anyway, she celebrated a birthday this week. Being a good friend I won’t tell you that she just turned 30! Oops! It slipped. Sorry Sissy!
She has this amazing family! Her husband is best friends with my Superman. They goad each other onto new challenges like mountain biking and Spartan Races with encouraging words like “wuss” and “old man”. You know guy stuff.
Their daughters are talented musicians, artists, athletes and scholars. Sissy and Paul answered a call they felt from God to adopt a child from China. Hannah had spent the first 12 years of her life in a crowded orphanage before she came home to Spartanburg. I admire this family’s faith, love and devotion to their daughter and sister.
A few days ago I wrote about my ding dong day trying to find just the right present to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Well, this is my friend. I’m pretty excited about what I finally decided to do for her. In true Mary style, I’m a couple of days late giving it to her. I figure she’s going to be 30 for a whole year, so why not celebrate it! Now shhhh, don’t tell her, I want it to be a surprise. I made her a terrarium.
Sissy is a master gardener. Beautiful landscaping surrounds her home, heritage vegetables are grown out back and herbs from her garden season her cooking. Sissy introduced me to Amanzi Tea. So there is our tea set waiting for a cool afternoon. She and I dream of buying like 100 acres of land together, where we would build our dream farm homes. The guys could hunt, mountain bike and drive atv’s, while we can raise chickens and grow our own vegetable gardens. Sissy would have her own healing garden with natural herbs and such and I would have an artist studio with lots of windows……ahhhh….I can dream!
I’ll tell ya, I think the hardest part of this whole project, was finding a container that would fit into the lantern. I, luckily, had a plastic container that was almost perfect. I covered it with moss.
Do you have any other gift ideas? I’d love to hear about them!
Thanks for dropping by!