Comment: Thanks for sharing with me and allowing me to get to know you better. I have not seen any of the shows or movies of your characters. Yes, I'm part of the 1% who has not seen Pirates of the Caribbean.
Comment: Howdy & thank you for your most honest and warming note:-) I thoroughly enjoyed reading your note and loved how it touched my heart. You sound so down to earth and someone after my own heart. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope something opens up for you and that you will just love it! If you ever need to vent to someone, just pm me:-)
Comment: Thank you for the nice note and goodies. If you get a cat, be sure you don't get into trouble with him/her. =^,,^= You should go Geocaching again - many people use their cell phones (I don't own one though and my GPS is broken) to Cache. I've grabbed some letterboxes as I've Geocached - very similar, but instead they get you "close" to the box and you will need a personal stamp. Hope your day is wonderful and get out to try new things! :)
Comment: Thank you Tara for your letter and lists of gratitude! And the cool pc! (I'm a big fan of Perry Mason) I named my son Perry. Anyway, thank you - family are wonderful and I hope you and your family get to go camping very soon! take care, darla
Comment: What a great letter! I love the doodles all over the letter and envie. I wish I could do that, too, but my doodling looks like a child did it. LOL Thanks for sharing your life and dreams - I'm wishing you all good things for 2014!!
Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the letter and my doodles :) Thank you for the good wishes...right back at ya!!
Comment: Recieved the beautifully decorated envelopes for this swap. They're gorgeous, so you DO have a talent for them! Its a tough week for me this week so having a happy and inspiring start to the day like these to look forward to is certainly going to help! Thank you and Happy Swapping! :)
Response: I appreciate the kind words concerning my drawing, haha! I hope you like the stories and anecdotes I chose :) Hope your week turns out good!
Comment: thank you for the book. Stephen King was my favorite author for so many years, then I started having nightmares from his stories. LOL I have read this one so will pass it on but I appreciate your sending a mystery, as I do love them. Yes I have seen the movie. I liked the little mouse,. Sorry to hear the big black guy who played in that movie recently passed away. He was a great actor. My grandson has asked his mother to get him Stephen King books to read, He is 14, so she is thinking about it, but I think she is going to start him out on something like THE LONG WALK to start. ha ha thanks again. Marcia
Comment: Finally got your letter today. Thanks so much for it. No, to answer your one question. I like how open and honest you were. I plan to write back, if that's ok with you. :) Thanks for the bookmark. My husband loves Starry Night, he might steal it from me. :D
Response: I would love to hear back from you :) I'm glad you like the bookmark...it was though to give away, haha. I was planning on sending some Steelers stickers and notebook, but they wouldn't fit in the envie and i didn't have the money to pay the extra postage at that time! Lucky you, haha :)
Comment: Thank you very much for your lovely package! The book seems very interesting and meets my taste, I think. Later, IÂ´ll definitely make a pot of tea and lay back to enjoy it. And I already love the journal. Thanks!
Comment: Thanks for the card Tara, I loved it! Hermione is such a great choice - I'd definitely love to have her life too. (Mostly because of magic, lol). My choice would be Amelia Emerson from my favorite series (the Amelia Peabody Mysteries). She's based on the wives of famous archaeologists in Victorian Egypt. She's super feminist, gets to work in Egyptology, has awesome adventures, and plus she has a really hot husband! Haha. Thanks again dear. :)
Response: I will have to check that series out!! It sounds interesting!
Comment: Thank you for the gift and letter that accompanied your journal. I have read it and wish I could offer you more than my wishes that you find a house and happiness. You and your children deserve that.
Response: Thank you so much for the sweet wishes!!!
Comment: It was worth the wait - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE (did I say LOVE?!) what you sent - the custom bird addy labels, the bird mailing labels and the cat stationery - all perfect for me!! I enjoyed your letter too, and am happy that you are choosing to be happy each day. Hugs to you.
Response: I'm so glad that it all made you happy...that was the point, right? :D Enjoy!!
Comment: Tara, thank you so much for your lovely envelope! I love the keychain and also the HP Postcard, it is so funny as we have just been there last year!!ðŸ˜ŠI bet you have seen the Hobbit!? Will answer you back as soon as I find time! Best wishesðŸ˜Š
Response: I'm so glad you liked it!! You are very welcome. I actually, sadly, have not seen The Hobbit yet :( It was impossible to find a sitter on the days it was showing down here...guess I have to wait for the dvd to come out!!
Comment: Hello my dear! Thank you SO much for the great package, it arrived just 20 minutes ago and I really really loved every single item of it! Especially the book, of course, since it's a book I always wanted to read and if it's similar to 1984 like your husband said, it will be perfect! Thanks a lot! :D
AND the Tshirt! Wow. I really love it's colour and the cheesy poem of couse, haha! I understand that your husband wanted to keep it ;P I like it A LOT!
Merci for aaaall the things you send me (the recipe pages are strawberrytastic!), great swap!
Comment: What a beautiful journal! I had so much fun reading about your daily life, I felt like a stalker cheering you on. I hope Robert pattison replies to you soon ;) tell him I said hi. You sure love your dr pepper, lol! And I'm so glad Grayson had a good party too. I hope things get better for you, you are so blessed with friends and family who love you that I know you will pull through :) you gotta make another swap for December now!
Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!! Thank you for all the good wishes, Dear!!! I just put up another swap for December :) I was waiting to get my rating for this one first!! Hope to see you there :)
Comment: Thank you very, very much for your journal, dear Tara! You put a lot of work and much more heart and soul in it and I hope so much that it helped you a bit!
I will write you a private mail now too!
I am glad that you tried the zentangles, I also think its a good way to relax a bit! :-)
Comment: OMG OMG OMG thank you so much, really thank you! i never did anything like this and it worked out. Happy Birthday to your middle one! i enjoy reading to so much and i agree with what you said, it does help when you can escape for a while. again thank you so much the things you sent are beautiful, and just in time for a special project for my neices
Response: Oh, wonderful!! Glad to be able to help out with the project for your nieces!!!
Comment: A. The decorations were super cute and thank you so much for the soda tabs (I hope you didn't change your health regimen for me). B. While I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more information about your day (perhaps regarding cute things your kids did or explaining what you did to celebrate hubby's bday), your journal has prompted me to respond with an appropriate penpal letter. <3
Response: Oh, wonderful!!! I'll be waiting for that letter. Yea, I tend to write feelings rather than events, but now that you said something I will remember to include more of such things in my future journals :)
Comment: Great package!! Since this goes on your profile, I'll keep it short, unpersonal, and simple. Let's just say I felt that I really connected with you. You package was awesome, I can't wait to read the letter and write you back, you are my new penpal!
Comment: It sounds like you have a lot going on in your life right now and need some friends who will lift you up. If you like, you may contact me anytime. I know how it feels to go through some hard times and I've finally started to see the light of better days myself. Remember, you are never defeated until YOU say you are! Above all, remember that God is consistently by your side, you just have to turn things over to him and have the strength to make the moves he leads you to make. If he brings you to a mountain he will be right by your side to help you climb it.
Response: Thank you so much for the kind words my Dear!!! It means a lot :)
Comment: So sorry for the late rating!! Thank you so much for everything you sent!!! I love the batman bag (I can keep my jewelry in it when I travel) and the note cards are great and the domo mailers are amazing!!! Thank you so much!!! Definitely made me smile! :]
Comment: Thank you! My son had a blast opening all the packages! I had to struggle to see the letter on each one before he tore into it, lol. He loved the postcards and he immediately stole the TV keychain and has been playing with it ever since. The fabric and paper you sent was so beautiful - I think that is my favorite. Fun swap! Thanks!
Comment: I loved your journal! I just picked it up today and read it all.. It sucked me in like a good book. I didn't want it to end lol. I felt like I could really see into your life! Thank you so much for being honest and real. I would love to receive a journal from you again sometime! ps. I hope one day you can follow your heart.
Response: Oh, I'm so glad!!! I always worry about the things I write, but it really helps me to get it out in these journal swaps. Anytime you want to do a one on one let me know!!!
Comment: I really enjoyed this swap & I really hope you do it again in the future! I received your journal today & I had such a fun time reading everything you wrote & looking at all the things you attached to your journal! This has been such a fun swap and I'm a bit sad that it's over now.
Comment: Gigglesnorts abound! Thanks for the great stress relief for my breaks at work!!! I didn't believe a word of it, but I did wish the part about Roland of Gilead were true...he is my dream guy. ;) <3
Comment: My kids absolutely love the jar you made them. It was our first mail at the new house. I am so sorry again about whatever in the world happened to the one i sent u. I am nearly done unpacking and then will get your resend made. Thank you so much for ur patience.
Comment: Wow, what a bulging full journal you sent me (I should have saved more stuff to stick in mine!) This was such fun to get - I was in a hurry, but thought I'd take a peek, and ended up skimming through the whole thing because I just wanted to see what was on the next page, and the next, and the next! I will have to sit down for a more leisurely read of the details over the weekend. Thank you for sharing your month with me, and especially for sharing so many of your swaps!
Comment: Hello Tara,
WOW! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with me. I got to know you some through your writing and found some simiiarities with me. This was a great swap that you hosted.
Hope you are having a great New Year.
Comment: I received your journal today, thank you so much! I haven't had a chance to sit down and read it but after glancing through the sections, I can tell you've put a lot of thought into your lists. Looking forward to reading it!
Response: Thanks!! Hope you will enjoy them! Have a good weekend, Dear!!
Comment: Thanks so much for re-sending this; I know that re-sends can sometimes be a bummer to put together but your letter was great! Loved that you even deconstructed a beautiful re-used envelope as one of the pages! If you don't mind, I will be writing you back! :0)
Response: I would absolutely love to hear back from you!!! A new pal wold be great!!!
Comment: Thank you for the very honest journal. I like your choice of quotes and I think you're spunky and funny and you cope with being a wife and mother very well! I pray all the best for you and your family.
Comment: Tara , I loved everything you sent !!!! i thought i had enailed you right away when i rec, I am so sorry!!! I loved this swap and the idea of it and you sent me smiles with your package, i wish we could rate with more than one star. I loved this, kimberly
Comment: The Sweet Treats Cookbook arrived today. Like you, I had a ball with this swap. My 50 recipes were tried and true family recipes. In making my book, I got to re-live parties and get-togethers. I included personal notes and what recipe belonged to which relative. This was a wonderful swap. Thank you.
p.s. In teaching crafts for many years - my students got tired of hearing my "Remember to sign your work". I will put your name in this one.
Comment: great colorful airplane
Robbie really liked
Response: We ALL enjoyed making them!! We actually went through about ten of them because the kids and hubby kept wanting to play with them all and I'd have to make more, haha!! I hope your boy enjoys it!!
Comment: Oh my goodness thank you so much for an incredible package! I was so surprised when the mail came today! I'm chowing down on the worms as i type this, and I plan to hang the plumeria lei on my wall and my room will smell great! Also, I'd love to send you a postcard from Japan if you like! :DDD
Response: Ah, that's great!! So glad you love it!! It was hard not to eat those worms myself, haha :) Yay, I'm looking forward to the postcard!!
Comment: Tara, I really liked how you listed your blessings in that little notebook. I wish I would have thought of that. You and i had some of the same things listed, too. That made me happy. Thank you for the wonderful list you sent me and for hosting this lovely swap. Sending and receiving it really gave me a sense of peace. Swap hug! Sue
Comment: Aww ... your secret is sad. :( I love the postcard, though - it fits perfectly with the theme! If you ever want an online friend, feel free to send me a message ... and congrats on the soon-to-be arrival! :-)
Response: Thanks, love...you're sweet :) I was a little scared to send out serious secrets...apparently everyone else sent out funny/silly ones :) ...but atleast I got to tell somebody!!! :)