My Belgian Shepherd is laying in the front entry way as I sit on the couch in the living room and work on my laptop.

I can hear the low rumble building in his throat letting me know someone is out front.  He jumps up and starts barking, apprising me of the impending arrival at my door.  We have no need for a doorbell or a burglar alarm as long as we have him.

I groan inwardly.  I just put Vista down for a nap.  The barking will wake her.  So much for working on this project.  And a knock on the door in the middle of the day hasn’t meant good things lately.  I groan again and get up to see who it is and how grumpy I’m going to have to be to get them to go away.

I tell the Shepard to knock off the barking and lay down.  He completely ignores me and blocks my way to the door.  He’s nothing if not a good guard dog and my fierce protector.

I shove him out of the way and open the door a crack.

A little old lady standing on the front step with a box.  I look past her to her truck in the driveway and see the Canada Post logo on it.  Oh.  A delivery.

I straighten up, tell the dogs to go to bed, and open the door wider.

“Are you Jennifer?”  She hands me the box already lightly covered in a dusting of flakes from the blowing snow.

I mentally run through my mind of things I’ve ordered online lately and draw a blank  I wasn’t expecting anything.  Hmmmm…

As a take the box and close the door, I flip it around looking for the return address.

Colleen… my girl Messponential has sent me something!

I race to the kitchen, tear open the box and start taking out the contents.

A pink shirt studded with rhinestones.  Too small for me.  I smile.  But a perfect fit for Vista.  Especially with her latest growth spurt.

Another thing for V.  A stripped fleece hoodie!  I have to hold back a ‘SQUEEEEE’.  I had just about bid on this exact one on ebay yesterday!  Now I’m glad I held off.  I know Vista is going to put this on as soon as she gets up and not take it off for the next week.  She loves soft clothes like this.

And then I get to the good stuff.  Oh, Colleen, you’ve really outdone yourself.

You all know my Tassimo fetish.  The only down side is there are a lot of Tassimo discs that are available in the US that we can’t get in Canada (sad panda).  And even the one’s we can get are not always available.  Bil has been whining for the past month about not being able to find the Chai Tea in any of the stores.  Well, now we can indulge thanks to Colleen!


colleensgifts Surprise!


Did I mention the indulge part?


swisshazelnut Surprise!


As soon as I pulled everything out of the box, I heard Vista calling to get up.  I picked up the shirts Colleen sent and went to show V.  She immediately reached for the hoodie.  “Oh!  I LOVE IT!  Put it on.  It my coloring shirt!”.   (I have no idea what a coloring shirt is, but the hoodie apparently matches the description perfectly).    I told Vista I wanted to take her picture to show Colleen and she immediately grabbed her cowboy hat, sat down and smiled.  “Cheese mama!”


colorshirt Surprise!


Thank you Colleen.  I’ve been struggling this week to remember where I put my smile.  And here it is in a box from a friend.

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13 Responses to Surprise!

  • How Sweet! Looks very yummy and it looks like there is more than your smile at your house today!
    .-= Kim @ Beautiful Wreck´s last blog ..WeaselMomma Made Me Do This: 25 Things About Me =-.

  • So cute and sweet! Colleen kicks ass sweet! Colleen k

  • Avasmommy says:

    *sigh* and I thought you were gonna say you were pregnant.

    .-= Avasmommy´s last blog ..What I am Thankful For =-.

    Jenn Reply:


    Ummm… if that was the case, I would have A LOT of explaining to do to Bil.

  • Colleen says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It arrived!!!!!!

    Oh I’m sooooooo happy that you got it and you are smiling again!!!

    Also? You remember that convo we had a few weeks ago about how I was all freaking out because I couldn’t believe the size clothes I was putting on Bear and “OMG MY BABY IS SO BIG” crap? I was totally fishing for V’s sizes. :P

    Love you!!! I’m so glad you got the package!!
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Holiday Mayhem =-.

    Jenn Reply:


    Are you serious? LMAO. I can’t believe I fell for that. Damn you are sneaky!!

    Thank you again so much.

    Love you lots.

    Colleen Reply:

    @Jenn, I am seriously surprised I got away with this. For real.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Holiday Mayhem =-.

  • the title of the post and then the last line were my faves…. everything in between was sweet and tender and kind and suspenseful and lovely…. but the title and this….. “I’ve been struggling this week to remember where I put my smile. And here it is in a box from a friend.”

    beautiful. i needed to read something like this that brought someone else joy this week. so glad you posted about it.
    .-= nic @mybottlesup´s last blog ..friday fumblings =-.

  • Pres. Kathy says:

    It is so nice to get suprise packages in the mail! The sweater is adorable!

  • Cara says:

    Everyone should be as lucky to have a friend like Colleen! And Vista totally rawks that adorable hoodie!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Thankful =-.

  • I was thinking you were beginning to write the introduction to a scary movie, lol.
    .-= Midwest Mommy´s last blog ..A Letter =-.

  • Kellee says:

    Ohhh… so sweet! Friends save the day, again!

  • Laura says:

    Such a beautiful girl and such a pretty hoodie. I’m so glad you got a happy surprise.
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..Wisdom =-.

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