Friday, April 10, 2009


I cannot believe it has been so long since I last posted. Time does fly when you are having fun! That is, if you call unpacking, shopping for house stuff, organizing, cleaning out, throwing away, setting up utilities, having a fence built, shopping for a car, etc. having fun! (Some days, I am not so sure!)

I finally received all of my shipments from Brussels with only a few damages. It is amazing how you feel once you are surrounded by all your junk (I mean, stuff). Most of it is unpacked and scattered about all through my new beautiful home. I will eventually get it all organized and in the right spot!

Remember when I wrote this? There was something about having keys which made me feel normal, a place to go, a home. I felt so displaced when I no longer had keys when I was leaving for Brussels.

I had that same feeling coming home from Brussels. I got rid of my apartment keys, car keys, office keys, and keys to a friend's house. Once again, I felt very displaced.

I cannot remember if I have told you about my friend, Brenda. She is a purser (head flight attendant) on the Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines) Memphis/Amsterdam flight. I first met Brenda on my flight home from my househunting trip when I was moving to Brussels. I asked a flight attendant about flying with a dog. She did not know the answer so she referred me to Brenda. Brenda came back to where I was sitting and answered all of my questions about flying with a dog. She also asked me what kind of dog I had. When I told her I had a Maltese, I thought she was going to hug she is a Maltese owner herself. There was an instant bond. I told her all about Maxie and she told me all about her Gracie. Ever since then, we have become fast friends and I tried to plan all of my trips back and forth to Memphis when she was flying.

On my final flight home from Brussels when moving back,we made sure she and Rosemary (another flight attendant friend) were on the flight! It just made the experience complete to share that final flight with these 2 special ladies who always made sure Maxie and I were in good hands. They also gave me a special gift on this final flight, a very nice keychain. They have no idea how special that gift was to me and how much having keys means to someone who has felt displaced.

So, when I closed on my house, I thought it was very fitting to place that key on this new keychain and know that I will not feel displaced any longer and remember how God sends very special people into your life just when you need them!


  1. Love the keychain and am so glad to hear from you! So much to do and get reaquainted with, I am sure. Can't wait to see updated house pictures with all of your treasures inside! Blessings Tippa, and hugs to Maxie!

  2. Such a cute key chain! Can't wait to see pics of the house!

  3. Ahhh..I really love your keychain! So cute!

  4. That's a really neat story, Tippa!

  5. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Isn't it funny how we meet some of our friends? Cute little keychain...