Soul Sister Stew: The Best Recipe Book Ever! {08.01.11}

Have you ever received a package in the mail that was so special you didn’t want to open it? This package sat in my home for two days before I found some precious time alone to carefully unwrap it and savor the treasure inside. I wanted some alone time to take it all in and finally found it on Saturday {July 30, 2011…you’ll see why this matters in a sec}. It was well worth the wait. 
Inside was a handmade book from dear heart and doodle dynamo Aimee Dolich. Do you know Aimee? She is the sassiest, classiest, kick-assiest creative mama and her talent knows no boundaries. If you haven’t yet, you must take a trip to Artysville
I knew I had saved our first email exchange {which sounds kind of weird, I realize, but I’m an email pack rat}, so I dug through my online folders to find it. I was floored to see that we first connected exactly two years before, on July 30, 2009. I had left a comment on her blog, she wrote back and we formed an online friendship over our common traits: the challenges and rewards of birthing highly spirited kids, our creative journeys following corporate careers, and our knack for seeing the world in full color. I almost just wrote that she made me feel less crazy at the time, but actually I think she helped me embrace the crazy in me. A great gift.
Last fall, we actually got to meet in real life – eye to eye, heart to heart – during a creative getaway with a cabin full of amazing, awe-inspiring women. This gift she sent to each of us last week is a hand-drawn recipe book; not just with recipes for the delicious dishes we shared, but with all the ingredients that went into our Soul Sister Stew – great memories, cherished moments, and a perfect blend of personalities. It’s flat-out amazing {you can see the whole thing at her blog}. 
Aimee arrived at the cabin a day late with Susie and Jen. I vividly remember seeing her standing by the kitchen shelves and feeling a big lump in my throat. I couldn’t believe she was really there; I couldn’t believe any of them were really, truly, fully, magically there. It was an experience I will cherish always and they’re a group of women I love like crazy. And now I have the ultimate souvenir: an incredible book made with love {so much love!!} by a crazy-creative mama I adore. I’m so full. 
Liv Lane

Liv Lane

As an intuitive adviser, author & teacher, I help brave-hearted women illuminate their paths to purpose through powerful classes, individual readings, workshops and writings. This blog, started in 2006, chronicles my journey and offers light for yours. Thrilled you're here!
Liv Lane