September 11, 2012

A Glitter Covered Thank You Note

A couple of weeks back, I came across this picture on Pinterest of a do-it-yourself glitter starbucks cup. And I was instantly smitten.

Which is kind of weird, because I don’t know that I’m really the kind of girl who gets smitten….let alone uses words like that.

And yet, smitten I was.

If I’m being honest, I think it was the combination of Starbucks and glitter being found that close together in nature that really got me. I mean that’s the kind of interstellar gravitational force that could make a super nova explode….and then rain down confetti. Where it would promptly flutter to the ground and land on the eyelashes of unicorns. Who let’s face it, have always been known for their extra long eyelashes.

Yea, it was that kind of awesome.

And it prompted me to post this on Facebook:

About a week later, we came out of our DC Lighting Intensive around 11:30pm at night. Exhausted but happy, I crawled into the passenger seat and looked up to notice a gift bag stuffed with tissue paper sitting on our windshield. Inside it…. a Starbucks cup diy’d to the brim with teal glitter. It had a note from the amazing Sarah Mitchell thanking us for coming down.

Last night, as we returned home from our travels, we walked in the door with about a half hour to go until sunset. So I grabbed a glass of wine and my latest John Grisham book, and hurried out to the front porch to soak in the last of the golden light while I still could. As I crawled into our front porch swing, exhausted but happy, I looked up to see a delivery box sitting across from me. Inside it…a second Starbucks cup diy’d to the brim with yet another kind of teal glitter. This one bearing a note from our extra amazing bride Tricia saying “we all know you’re too busy to make one for yourself….saw this and thought you’d love it!”

Now here’s the thing.

We ARE really busy right now. My head is spinning and I have absolutely NO idea how it’s September already (seriously how did that happen??)

But guess what….so is everybody else. We’re ALL busy right now.

And for these two people to take time out of their busy schedules, their to-do lists, their things that make their heads spin and the months go in fast forward… take time out of all that just do something so thoughtful for us in the midst of our busy season. Well I’m going to be honest, it made me realize that I’ve got a lot of work to do on being a better person. That being thoughtful somehow needs to make its way to the top of my to do list, and being really, really “busy” should never take the place of being really, really kind.

In the past few years of writing this blog, I have been absolutely blown away by the amazing, amazing people it has brought into our lives. And I just want to take a few minutes this morning to say…..thank you. To ALL of you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for taking the time to read along. To leave a comment. To cheer or cry right along beside us. And to reach out across the internet and do something so thoughtful that it somehow takes this big old world and makes it feel smaller. You guys make every crazy, busy day more worthwhile.

And just so you know, and in case it hasn’t been said often enough:

You guys are like the glitter in my starbucks cup. The confetti raining down on my unicorn’s lashes. The pumpkin icing on my three-tiered cupcake.

In short, you make everything better.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for that.

And I think it’s safe to say, right now I am feeling quite smitten.

  1. sarah m

    that is took funny. now you guys can have matching cups! or maybe mary you can just have 2 sparkly cups! I’m so glad you got it! as i was driving away, i totally thought.. ‘dangit, its dark out, and they are not going to see the bag and some random person is going to pick it up in the middle of the parking lot tomorrow!’

  2. Alicia

    Addddddorable <3

  3. Rici

    So much love and glitter! Mary you just made me smile!! sweet day!

  4. Kari Jeanne

    Love these. Love you guys. In a totally non creepy blog stalker kind of way ;)

  5. Lauren Wakefield

    It amazes me how thoughtful people can be. This is definitely something I need to work on too. Adding it to the list! :)

  6. Tiffany Farley

    um SO cute!!!

  7. ashley barnett

    Amazingggg. I have to make these!

  8. Gail

    People love you guys :) Wonderful of you to take the time to so eloquently thank your fans (and friends). You bust your tails and deserve all of your success!

  9. heather

    So adorable!!

  10. Bethany Ann

    Love those glittery cups!! :) I love thoughtful people!

  11. Ciiku

    I honestly will probably never meet you and I know you are awesome :-) So I am not surprised by this gesture :-)

  12. Cindy Habel

    Love this Mary! I’m going to make that a quote to remember……"being really, really ‘busy’ should never take the place of being really, really kind."

  13. Jordan Henson

    so awesome!

  14. LEOLAK

    So awesome!!! You guys rock so not surprised of the love you get! Thank you for all you share!

  15. Eryn Kesler

    Love. Love. Love.

    Love what you said about being to busy should never take the place of too kind. LOVE.

    Off to pinterest to find out how to make a glitter cup! LOVE.

  16. Jennifer Bacchiocchi

    Amazing! It just goes to show that good things come to good people! Thanks so much for always inspiring me, both as a photographer and a person.

  17. Brooke

    O.M.G. With all of my time online how have I not seen this?! I’m in love, and will have to make two immediately!

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