I've had a gruesome day today. I won't get into all the gory details, but if any of you out there are potty-training toddlers who have not *quite* gotten the whole #2 deal down . . . 'nuff said. Add to this an incidence of misplaced creativity that occurred between Little Miss' crayon and the wall, a baby that couldn't nap between the robust yelling of his big sister, and the fact that Mr. Skooks did not get home from work until past our normal dinner time, and you can start to feel my pain even more.
All I really needed at the end of such a long drawn-out battle of a day was for my sweet husband to come home with open arms. Which he did. He always does. But he also came bearing gifts!
You see, on Sunday morning (aka Valentine's Day - not typically a terribly big day for us) he told me that he had ordered me some token of affection online, but it hadn't come in time for V-Day. As it turns out, that was kind of fortuitous since having this *crazy pull-my-hair-out* day made me even more grateful for a sweet showing of love from my sweetheart.
He picked out something for me from one of my favorite stores: Ten Thousand Villages. If you have never heard of them, I would highly recommend clicking through that link. It is a wonderful place. If I haven't piqued your interest through that very brief endorsement, let me at least share their Mission Statement with you:
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee.Go ahead. Finish this post and then go peruse. You will not be disappointed. (And I'm only telling you to finish this post first because if you're anything like me, you're going to be over there poring over the handiwork for so long you'll forget how you got there in the first place and never make your way back!)
My little gift came wrapped up all sweet and lovely-like with a handmade bow and wrapping made from recycled paper. Here's what was inside!
Let's see that a little more closely shall we?