Chatting Over Chocolate

Monday, January 28, 2013

OPERATION: CHEER {Extraordinary Care Package Inspiration!}

I was unknowingly involved in a secret mission last weekend!



The following is a documentation of this successful mission. Read carefully. Following this debriefing you will receive your assignment.

First, a brief introduction to the agents on this mission.:

Agent A (aka: Aunt Ann): The relative I admired throughout my childhood, and as an adult count one of my dearest friends. She's one of those precious family members that make you anticipate Thanksgiving, for reasons beyond turkey and pie! Kindhearted, compassionate, with a heart of gold, she loves life and fills hers with magical, adventurous moments! For this mission, she was practically perfect in every way.

Agent E (aka: Ann's daughter, my youngest cousin, Emily): She's the one on my lap in all our old family photos. As years pass, much more than blood connects us. We share a deep bond of friendship, love of family history, admiration for our late Grandma's handwriting, and crazy obsession over love of all things Disney! She's the one that brings insanely delicious desserts to get togethers, and an even sweeter presence. This mission had her name written all over it!

The mission, which they chose to accept (and were also the masterminds behind): Create and deliver a care package so thoughtful that it would overwhelm the recipient with gratitude, fill her eyes with happy tears, and in an instant cheer her previously discouraged heart.

The Target: Me. Sick for nearly two weeks, and now also caring for our oldest daughter who had also become ill, I was an easy target for Operation: Cheer. My blues didn't stand a chance.

Details of the Agents Carrying Out Their Mission:
Just after 1400, I received an innocent text inquiring about my wellbeing. I was thankful for the thoughtfulness behind the text, yet completely unaware of what was coming next.

Fifteen minutes later, I received a second text. It read:
Are you too sick to open your front door right now? It might brighten up your day!

When I stepped outside, everything changed! I found the cutest care package I'd ever seen!



I could hardly wait to open it! (After snapping a few pics of course! How could I resist capturing this, it was so incredibly cute!) I proceeded to open:


... Everything a sick girl could possibly need, and then some!



The care package included:
Kleenex
Clorox Wipes
Moisturizing Chapstick
Medicated Chapstick
Kermit & Mickey Mouse Band-Aids (You know the kind that are so cute you can hardly wait for a scratch. ;))
2 cans of Chicken Noodle Soup
2 cans of Tomato Soup
Macaroni & Cheese
M&M's
Mickey & Minnie Journal and Pen Set (LOVE!)
Mickey Mouse & Star Wars Sticker Sets (fun!)
Minnie Mouse Tumbler Cup with Straw (great motivation to stay hydrated!)
2 Pin Print Toys (we found those incredibly entertaining! :))
... & a whole lot of love!


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Later, they texted me this snapshot taken during the delivery...


...How cute is that?! They said they enjoyed both putting together the care package and delivering it! I was so incredibly touched by their thoughtfulness, generosity, and care!

On that note, are you ready to receive your mission, friends?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves showing compassion and care for those around you. Your first task is to find someone in need of cheering. Secondly, create your own care package with them in mind. Be creative, have fun, and extend love and cheer to one dear to you today! You'll both be happier for it! :)



{Visit my LINK PARTIES! page to see where I've shared this,
and find other fabulous bloggers' creations & ideas, too!}


56 comments:

  1. What a lovely thing to do, I know exactly who I am going to do this for :)

    Alison
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    1. Great to hear from ya this morning, Alison! The blessed recipient of your care {package} will surely be touched by your thoughtfulness!! Enjoy putting it together :) You're so good at creating crafty cuteness...I'm sure you'll do an amazing job of making your loved one feel extra special!! . . . Tickled pink to hear you were inspired! :*)

      Have a fab week ahead!! <3

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  2. OMGosh that is so awesome!!! I love the sneak picture!! That is an amazing care package, very blessed.

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    1. Blessed indeed, & oh so thankful!! :) It totally brightened my day, and made my week! ;) ... I know, I was SO glad that they took and shared that sneak pic! :) I LOVE it too!!
      Thanks for the sweet comment, Alexis!! Always great to hear from you! :o)

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  3. Such a fun mission - I think I know just the recipient!
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  4. Such a fun mission - I think I know just the recipient!
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  5. What a sweet care package to receive when you were sick! I love this idea and the writeup-so creative... and do we ever outgrow cute bandaids? I don't think so! Hope you are all feeling better.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie!! Your comment sure made me smile!! :D
      Our family is happy & healthy once again ... maybe it's the cute band-aids! ;*)

      Thanks for stopping by! It was a real joy to hear from you! <3

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  6. Awe, this is super sweet!!!!! New follow. Follow back at http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html

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  7. I love this! It's great to hear of new ways of lifting spirits and taking care of one another!
    Thanks,
    Melanie
    feedingmygiant.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & leaving such a lovely comment, Melanie!! :)
      Have a great end to your week!! Hope you'll visit again soon. :)

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  8. This is so sweet! This is a great example of how something small can make a huge difference in someones day. I'm resolving to do this next time a friend is sick. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. You are so right, Monica!! It truly can! :) Thrilled to hear that you were inspired!
      Thanks for stopping by & commenting! I sure enjoyed hearing from you!!
      Have a lovely day! :)

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  9. What a wonderful surprise!! There is nothing like getting something totally unexpected at the time when you most need it :-) I actually just did this--my latest post is actually about the care package I sent to my friend.... funny synchronicity!

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    1. Thanks, Leisa! I agree!! :) ... How funny that you just blogged about care packages too! Can't wait to check out your post now! ;)

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  10. How cute and creative! Love it!
    Sarah M.

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  11. Wow, what a lovely gesture. My mother in-law is about to embark on some Chemotherapy & this is exactly the type of thing I wanted to do for her. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! I'm sure your mother-in-law will be very touched when you present her with a sweet care package too! I'll pray for her as she prepares to embark on Chemotherapy. <3

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  12. SNEAKS! I love this. :) Feel better soon.

    Visiting today from the Adorned from Above hop. :)

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  13. LOVE THIS! (saw you at the Happy Hour Link Up) I'm your newest follower too! :)

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    1. Thank you!! ...& thanks again for hosting! ;)

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  15. So sweet and thoughtful!! Thanks for linking this up at my party, too!! I bet this made you feel better much quicker!

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    1. Thanks, Eva! It sure did!! ;) ... Thank you again for hosting! Always fun to link up with you! Happy Friday!! :)

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  16. Isn't that awesome?! I love it. We can all do better about considering others, thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Loved your sweet comment, I agree! :)
      Hope you enjoy a terrific weekend!

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  17. That is so thoughtful! My brother sent me a care package once and it was so great to know he was thinking about me and took the time to go get me things and even mail it to me. Made my day.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today and following. Can't wait to see what's next on Magical Mondays! :)

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    1. Isn't that the best?! Knowing someone put so much thought and care into preparing something just for you is so touching! It made my day too! :) Thanks for sharing ... sounds like you have an amazing brother! :o)
      So happy to have you here, Chrissy!! Have a fantastic weekend! :*)

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  18. I love this!!!! How inspirational. I accept that challenge and will write back.

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    1. Thanks, Olivia!! I'm thrilled to hear that you were inspired!! :D
      Enjoy putting your care package together! I'm sure that the recipient of your thoughtfulness will be incredibly touched too! Can hardly wait to hear back from you! ;)
      Have a great weekend!! :)

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  19. This is so amazing!

    We'd love for you to share your posts at our Finished Friday Link-Ups!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment and for extending the invite to your party!! See you there soon! ;*)

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  20. What a thoughtful family you have! Glad you are feeling better and I hope the "sickies" leave your house very soon! Great post!

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    1. Thank you so much for this sweet comment!! I appreciate it very much!! :)

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  21. oh my... YUM. I hope you'll come share at my New Super Saturday Show & Tell Party today :) You're awesome and I love your mad cooking skills! xoxo~ Ruthie http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

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  22. This is too cute!! How nice is that? Thanks for the mission!! I have an idea for an elderly neighbor! Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Your comments always make me smile!! Glad you've accepted the mission! I'd love to hear all about it afterwards!! Thrilled that you were inspired, and I'm SURE your neighbor will be tickled pink!! :*)

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  23. Great idea! I have done the "Sunshine Box" for a few folks who needed sunshine in their day, but love the idea of this care package. I'm visiting from It's Overflowing.

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    1. LOVE that you've given out "Sunshine Boxes"!! Nothing can brighten someone's day quite like unexpected thoughtfulness!! So fun for both the gift giver & the recipient! ;) Thanks so much for visiting ... it was great to hear from you! :)

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  24. How sweet! Don't you just love family to pieces! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

    Hope to see you again next week!

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  25. Yay for thoughtful kind souls! Double yay for awesome family!!! This made my day. Thanks for sharing and linkin it up!!

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    1. ...& your comment made my day, Kristine!! ;) Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed, & thanks again for hosting each week! It's so fun to link up with ya!! :*)

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  26. I enjoyed this post so much. I'm inspired to do something like this now. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Such a joy to hear from you, Michelle! I'm so delighted that you were inspired! If you treat someone with a special surprise like this too, please come back and share!! I'd LOVE to hear all about it!! :)

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  27. Love, love love this post. Sounds like something my Aunt Joyce would do!! Great idea, can't wait to try it out!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy!! Sounds like you are blessed with a very thoughtful family too!! ... If you do create a care package, I'd love to hear all about it afterwards! ;)

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  28. Such a cute idea! I have a few people in mind that I can do this for! I'm so glad you shared it at my weekend link party @The Weekend re-Treat

    Hope to see you again next weekend :)

    Shauna

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  29. How Sweet was that! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing on I Freakin Did it Friday!

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  30. Wow. I would love to be related to you! Love it! xoxo

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  31. How incredibly sweet!! This post makes my heart happy.

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  32. This is so fun! I'm popping by from the GYB Blog Hop and I've been exploring your blog a little bit! Any blog with chocolate in the title is automatically a blog for me to follow!

    Amberly
    http://amberlyandjoe.blogspot.com

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I would love to hear from you today!! I enjoy reading each and every comment I receive. (I do moderate them before they're published. Gotta keep it family friendly! ;)) My preferred means of replying to you is via email, so please make sure you aren't a "no-reply blogger". It's sad when you take the time to leave a sweet lit'l comment, but I'm unable to reach you with my appreciation. If I can't reply to you through email, I will reply directly below your comment, right here on this post. ;)

Thanks for visiting! Have a fabulous day! :*)