Monday, April 15, 2013

in our hands...

It has been a long time in the works...
the second Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbook...
called Celebrations. 
We knew the printers were working on it...
and that we would have it in our hands by May 1st.
What good news to hear the books were ahead of schedule...
and leaving the printers en route to warehouses around the continent earlier last week.
 Those boxes bound for British Columbia were scheduled to arrive here by Friday.
 The ones with with our names on it...
were being trucked directly to Lovella's.

So we planned a wee impromptu celebration party at her place...
for Friday afternoon...
hoping that the books would be there by the time we arrived.

We were all there (the valley girls except Kathy)...
ready and waiting...
but the books were not!

 Ellen, Betty and Char joined us from afar via Google hang-outs.
Betty had volunteered to bring Manitoba's favorite Bothwell cheese to our party...
and though she couldn't be there in person...
the cheese was!

But where were the books?

We never had to wait long...
before the truck rolled into the yard with its special delivery.

And before we knew it...
there was a box of books for each of us on the coffee table.

How fun to open our boxes together...
 and page through the Celebrations cookbook for the first time...
at the same time.

How nice to hold it in our hands...
at long last.

I'm thinking you might like to hold one in your hands as well!
And you can.
Head over to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog this morning...
where we are having a cookbook giveaway.
Or you might just want to check out a retailer near you...
as I have heard rumours that they are already on some shelves.

Check it out.
I think you will like it!


  1. That is so exciting for you girls. I was just over visiting Lovella too. I'm glad they've arrived and that you could be together, even via the internet, to celebrate and open these special boxes. Congratulations to you all! Blessings, Pam

  2. I am just so excited for all of you girls! It's so cool that you got to have a gathering to receive your special delivery. Now, I guess it'll be time for you to hit the road. Whether it's as a group, in pairs, only one of you, or any combination of you, I'll be praying for you all. Congrats!!

  3. Loved seeing the photos here and that truck in the drive! Fun times...

  4. I'm so happy to see this day through your eyes. I am helping myself to some of your photos...of the truck and Terry putting boxes down. It is hard to believe we are now on this side of that day. So happy we could share this day together.

  5. That's wonderful! So glad the books arrived safely.

  6. What an exciting day for all of you. Your story is such an inspiration to so many of us.
    This new book has such a pretty cover. I'm hoping to get my hands on a copy through Amazon. I own the first one and love it.

  7. Truly a time to celebrate and give thanks for!

  8. How fun! I look forward to seeing/reading/displaying your book!!!

  9. I'm so thrilled for you girls. What fun to see and handle your books. What a celebration!

  10. Another Milestone as we recognize together the movement of hands. Just to be able to hold it and admire the work and hours that have consumed many of us.

  11. exciting for you all!

  12. How wonderful! Congratulations to each of you!

  13. I'm heading over to MennoMedia tomorrow in my lunch hour!!! Can't wait.......

  14. I'm thrilled to read this! Mine is ordered from MennoMedia and I'm told that it is 'on the way'. Can't wait!

  15. I can feel the anticipation that took place and the excitement as the books were held for the first time. Even though I celebrated in my heart I missed you...and that Bothwell's my favourite. Enjoyed this day through your post.

  16. What a lovely "Celebration" you had together. I missed the draw but I will look forward to buying your cookbook and to giving it to friends for their birthdays this year. You certainly make things easy that way. Thanks so much...and congratulations to all of you!

  17. How exciting! It must be such a pleasure to see all your hard work now shown in a beautiful cookbook -- it is an extra wonderful event in that it will become a family treasure and help your charity cause. I can't wait to have a copy in my own hands1 :)

  18. I can feel your anticipation as I look at these pictures. Lovella sure provided a lovely setting to share in this exciting adventure. I personally can't wait to get mine and to purchase them for gifts. You guys put so much time, thought and skills into creating this book. I know many will be blessed by it. Congratulations!


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