Monday, August 5, 2013

Welcome to the USA

 Twenty years ago, I participated in a two year, cohort, graduate school program and developed a strong friendship with another member of the group.  Jodi was a young teacher in the process of finishing graduate school, planning a wedding and preparing to move to Cyprus with her new husband.  After nineteen years of living and working abroad, they are returning to the USA with their three teenagers and a dog.

I made an eclectic collection of cookies as a welcome gift, took pictures of them and created a card that said:

As you leave the beautiful 
beaches of island life behind,

keep Cyprus in your heart,


as you embrace the journey 
of your new life in the
United States.
Welcome to your new home,


You can learn more about the Gren(adiers) here.


  1. You are the sweetest of friends! A gift like this collection can't be beat. You always think of the special cookie shape that will tug on the recipient's heart strings! Welcome, Jodi, and Go Grens!

  2. From Cookie Friend's Big Sis:

    Diane, I always knew you spoke well but you kept your writing talents a secret from your family all these years. Anyway, this was a very thoughtful thing to do and a beautiful story. It's getting to the point that I don't want to eat your cookie creations anymore after varnishing & making ornaments of the special ones you made for my grandkids. Luv you, Carol


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