Sunday, January 31, 2010

This is a fun story- The hand painted bed and chest of drawers in this photo are pieces I painted, oh gosh, 10 or more years ago. In those days I painted mostly large pieces of furniture and sold locally in a consignment shop. So I rarely knew who bought my items nor where they were actully going. So, when I received this photo via email from the woman who purchased them, (10 years ago)  I was thrilled! Mainly because, this was my all time favorite bed and to see it look like the day I painted it, and in such beautiful surroundings really made my day!!!  I love the sage green walls and area rug my client chose, so pretty with the white furnishings.

 Things I Love

If you know anything about me, it's that I'm crazy over Danish decor. While I am still working on my decorating book, you can rest asure this simple and rustic, yet elegant style will be featued in a section or two, or three.   It's the perfect marriage of feminine meets masculine.
This ever so romantic bath room belongs to my friend Gua, of Hvitur Lakkris. She possesses the most romantic, elegant style.  Please be sure and visit her lovely blog for more swedish inspiration.

Linens, lace and baubles
Gua's pretty table


Breakfast at McDonald's
I received this beautiful email story today from my dear friend Marsha.  She only sends me the good ones, and after reading this one you will agree.
I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.
The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile. ‘The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.
I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.
Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.
We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.
I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.
As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.
As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance-
He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them.
The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.
He said, 'Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.
I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.
He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'
I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope'
I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'
We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.
Then she looked up at me and said, ‘can I share this?'
I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:



UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.



LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS -



NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.



There is an Angel sent to watch over you.
An Angel wrote:



Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart
to handle yourself, use your head.
To handle others, use your heart.
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
May God send his warm blessing your way sweet friends..
Love and X's , Jo-Anne & Jessy

8 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Ooh Jo~Anne... that entire post is so precious, just like you! What a heart~warming story from your friend... every time I visit you, you make me smile... I hope I can return the "smiles" to everyone too... xoxo Julie Marie Doggie kisses little Jessy!

Cindy Geilmann said...

What a wonderful story to read today. Thank you so much Rose. I love the furniture you use to paint.

cindy@stitches

Anonymous said...

Joanne dear your blog is beautiful.The story was so heartwarming. I sent it on to others.What a great message in it.Give little jessie a hug, He looks so contented.Love always Aunt Rita.

Roberta said...

Jo, A beautiful rose bed and story. I love this Swedish bath too, oh my! Can't wait for the book Dearie. Stay toasty today.
xo

Sherrie said...

Oh my. I am so glad that you shared the story. I have tears running down my face as I type this. What a blessed way to start a Monday Morning. Thank you.

Tutti Chic said...

Okay....now I'm crying. What a beautiful post~this story is so touching....beautiful Jo thank you for posting it. xoxo chris

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Joe-Anne, I just had to tell you how much I loved this story. I had butterflies in my stomach after reading it. How beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.
Love,
Amy

A Romantic Porch said...

Oh that is so touching. I just love people, and I never like to see anyone hurting. What a beautiful story. xo rachel