“Were you expecting a package from Jane Kemp in Minnesota?” Ted asked, as he brought the mail onto the sunporch this afternoon. I had been about to doze off and sleepily said, “No.”
“Well, she sent you a box,” he said, handing it over.
You remember Jane. She is the blog reader who gave her mom a “Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog” book for Christmas last year. She also sends in wonderful recipes nearly every week for the Friday Recipe Day post. This time last year I didn’t know there was a Jane Kemp in Minnesota – or anywhere else. Now I count her as a special friend.
I opened the box to find this note atop lots of plastic stuffing paper. “Hi Bree. Hope this finds it’s way to you, and that I got the correct address . . Bear did say he lived on Flintside Drive, and I only found one Horton on Lake Blackshear! As soon as you said you were having surgery, I had this idea . . for a little memory book to peek at while you make your recovery. I hope you and Ted enjoy it – as you begin to make plans for another trip to the island. Your friend in Minnesota, Jane.”
Inside the box I found what you will see below – page after page of scrapbooked material telling the whole story of Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog and our summer on the island last year. I immediately emailed Jane to thank her. As I said to Jane, “years and years after Bree’s Blog is just a fuzzy memory in my already fuzzy old brain, I will be able to pick up this beautiful book and relive it all again.” I hope you enjoy paging through it as much as I have. Everytime I turn the pages, I find something new, and it will be going with me to the island this summer – and home again in the fall.
Thank you, Jane from Minnesota, for a gift I will cherish forever. God bless.