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Sweetest of Gifts: Housewarming and Heart Warming

I got a special package this week. My dear friend and former room mate had asked for our new address a little while ago. And here, in her lovely, familiar handwriting was a gift.

“Caro,” she writes… a nickname that we found so amusing in grad school. A nickname that means “Dear” in Italian. One night we sat in our crazy old house with snacks and the hope that the film “Caro Diario” would be one of those great foreign flicks that we could fall in love with and share with our friends. Instead it was a long, odd film that we found quite dull, until we began incorrectly pronouncing the title “Caro Diarrhea” and burst out laughing together.

Caro, though, is a shortened version of my middle name, Caroline. And somehow that funny Italian film and my middle name became a silly nickname that I cherish.

And this gift is as dear as my friend, Kathy. For a housewarming, she sent her first attempt at needlepoint. A small bird in a cage, below a heart, with stitches full of heart and love. In it I see the extension of our friendship, started what could not possibly be a full sixteen years ago, and continues. Despite miles and time zones and other things in our lives. I’m excited to have it in our kitchen, reminding me of old friends, of new projects, of the love that fills all things. I’m also thinking of having the design redone and made into one of these custom needlepoint keychains to go on the keys for our new home, it only seems right.

The last time we spoke she told me that she was considering moving house, so it might be time for me to send her a housewarming gift instead! I’m not sure what to give her, but something warm like Flowercard’s range of new home flowers or a home decor piece is what I’m thinking. But hey, she should find the place first! Maybe I will decide accordingly. She has always wanted to move to Los Angeles so she told me that she had been looking at some gorgeous properties on the website for a team of Redondo Beach realtors. It would be so nice to live in a property in California right by the sea, so I do not blame her at all for wanting to make the move. The real estate opportunities out there are thriving too. Above all, moving to LA would really help to kickstart her career so I hope that she can find a lovely home to call her own very soon. I would definitely be up for a trip to LA to pay her a visit!

Anyway, moving house is never easy but support from family and friends can certainly make a big difference. Are you in the process of moving house too? Remember to find a moving company that you can trust like Air Van Moving. For us, hiring a moving company was one of the best decisions we could have made. Everything was packed so carefully and all our belongings arrived safely too. Let me know your best moving tips as I would love to hear them.