Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Day, Teacher Appreciation, and Happy Mail

When the doorbell rang this afternoon signaling that a package had been delivered, I wasn't thinking about Valentine's Day being only a couple of days away. However, Robbie knew that I was going to be in and out quite a bit this Thursday, so he had my Valentine's gift delivered early to be sure I was here to receive it! I opened the big box labeled Shari's Berries to find this wonderful gift box inside . . .

. . . filled with delicious chocolate covered strawberries (of course, I tried one immediately after snapping this photo)!

We rarely have a typical Valentine's Day (some of you will remember that Robbie had his gall bladder out last year), so this was a wonderful treat that I'll be enjoying the rest of the week. Thank you Robbie - my true love and Valentine!

I also received this beautiful Valentine's card from Rebekah, a dear blog friend! (Thanks Rebekah!)


In fact it's been an especially nice week around here in many ways. I walked in to my classroom Monday morning to find this Teacher Appreciation treat basket on my desk.

 
A little later that morning, during a general assembly at the school, all the teachers were invited to come to the front of the sanctuary. One of the students said a nice prayer for the teachers and then we were all given a little "blessing ring" and gift card to a local sandwich shop.


The "blessing ring" is the mini-album on the right with notes from students grouped together on a ring covered in ribbons. I was especially touched by the sweet notes from several of my students, particularly because I've only been at the school for a few short weeks.

Actually, in the past few weeks I've had a couple of pieces of happy mail, too. First, a package arrived from my sister with two scrapbooking inspiration books inside. (I've already used one of the patterns for a 3-D embellishment on a layout I'll be sharing soon!)

 
And a few days before the Finding Photo Freedom workshop started, this happy mail arrived from Stacy Julian as a thank you for agreeing to coach in this year's class.


I have to admit that it's pretty exciting to get envelopes and packages in the mail and to be given such wonderful teacher gifts! Have you had any special deliveries lately?

13 comments:

Ellyn said...

wow! are you sure it wasn't YOUR birthday? I had lots of treats and packages last week & I am feeling very spoiled! Glad to see you are spoiled too. You deserve it

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those chocolates look wonderful! Expect some more happy mail soon - just a little thank you for your generous heart in sponsoring me and Clara!
Rinda

Sian said...

Oh, what lovely gifts! I can't believe it's a year since Robbie's operation - wow, how time has flown..

Tammy said...

Wow - lots of fun things for you this week. I'm feeling the love! :)

Cheri said...

You are so spoiled girl! And I laughed at the treat basket... totally recognize the TLC papers from my days in "the biz" - I still have some of those exact papers in my stash.

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how lovely to have such a nice lot of mail. Well Ewok got Lego today and Wookie received electronic components yesterday.... me? I stopped at the post office to pick up a package - containing live worms ;) For the birds and I'll enjoy watching the various different species visiting.

Karen said...

Wow, what a wonderful week of Happy Mail!

Rebekah said...

Oh my, what a fun week! Those chocolates look amazing! As does the Amy Tan stamp set! :) Stamps and chocolates! Glad I could add to the spoiling just a tad this week! :)

Elizabeth said...

Melissa, I think you must be a gift magnet! What wonderful surprises and those strawberries look just luscious. Enjoy all your wonderful gifts.

Alison said...

What a lovely array of Happy Mail!....bet those chocolate strawberries are delicious !
Alison xx

Sue Althouse said...

What a thoughtful husband you have! Those chocolates look amazing!

Beverly said...

I adore chocolate covered strawberries and plan to make some today...yum! Love the blessing ring idea. I finished up my sub job the day before Valentine's day but did get 2 wonderful handmade valentines and a Justin Bieber valentine from 3 of the girls in my class.

S said...

Wow, you've been blessed over and over again with goodies. I've always wanted to try Sherri's Berries, it seems they have gotten quite a bit of publicity this year. At our house, we had a few hand-dipped berries from the local grocery - not nearly as pretty, but very tasty!