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Coupon Trade

I got a high value baby formula coupon in the mail, but I don’t have an infant any more.  Rather than just throw it out I decided to leave it in the formula isle for someone else who could use it.  I left the coupon and went down the next isle for the next item on my list, only to find that someone else had left a coupon on the item that I needed!


Marin MTB

Marin MTB (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday I received a surprise phone call.  The day before I had visited a local thrift store that was having a sale on used bikes.  All my kids have outgrown their bikes, and I decided to see what they had.   I ended up purchasing three bikes.  Yesterday the manager called me (I had given out my husband’s business card) and he told me that he forgot to give me the sale price on one of the bikes.  I stopped back in and they actually issued me a refund for the difference between sale price and full price of the third bike!  It is not often that you find people that honest.  🙂  Being back to school time, I really appreciated the cash.


Big Shoes, Small Miracles

I was thinking today about how some of the most important things are so small.  I had a wonderful day with my difficult son. The thing that made it so wonderful was that he allowed me to buy him a new pair of shoes.  It does not sound like a big deal, but it really was.  It was the first time in almost a year that he had allowed me do anything to help him out.  It was difficult for him.  I learned that I needed to first let him do something for me, then I could do something for him.  It was also a good thing for me to learn.  Also, the look on his face was inspiring.  He had actually been growing in his feet, and all of his old shoes, and even his spares were the wrong size, but he hadn’t realized it.  He thought it was just his flat feet giving him problems.  We finally went to the store, figured out what the problem was and got him some shoes that fit.  He was so much happier.  I loved seeing the relief and even excitement on his face to have shoes that fit.


Car Blessings pt. 1

As we got ready to go on our trip last week, I decided to make sure that the car was good to go.  It was getting close to time for an oil change, and one of the tires was wearing funny.  I kept forgetting to take care of it, but at the last minute we got it in.

I told the mechanics that we were going on a trip, and could they check that tire and see if anything else needed attention.  I usually don’t make a habit of telling mechanics to let me know everything that is wrong with an older car, because it usually will cost me more than the vehicle is worth.

They called back saying, yes – the one tire was completely bad and would have gone out on us.  Not only that, they also checked a small leak that was coming from the engine and found a serious problem developing.  They told us that it was a $1,000 – $2,000 repair, but because they had found it so early, they could still put a stop leak option in for $20, and it will probably fix the problem for another 3 -5 years.

We still decided that a 14 hour drive wasn’t the safest option for that vehicle and opted for the rental, but at least we found the problem while it was still small.  I can’t think of any other scenario where we would have found that leak early.



“Blessed” Birthday


My youngest has his birthday in a few days.  Being a January birthday I never quite know what to get him.  I had put off getting presents until I could decide what to get.  This year it was easier than that.  Yesterday a neighbor handed us a brand new bike they couldn’t use, and this morning the preschool gave goodie bags to all the parents with some really cool learning toys.  Wrap things up and call it good.


I was going to call this his lucky birthday, but my husband always corrects it when I use the word “lucky.”  He prefers the word “blessed.”  Either way, I love it when things work out.

Happy Birthday


Recording a quick miracle that I couldn’t blog last week due to the holidays.

Went with my daughter on a quick trip to the thrift store to get some shoes while I was on vacation.  Only had about 20 min to find shoes and get back.  My super hard to fit shoes for daughter fit in the first pair that she picked up.  Because we found them so quickly I told her she could pick out a stuffed animal for her cousin.  I had wanted to look for some items for Christmas, but just didn’t feel like I had the time.  The stores back home are so small that I had given up finding things I wanted, and felt blessed to find the shoes.  I knew the odds of finding a Star Wars lightsaber were pretty slim anyway, and didn’t want to wast my time, so I just went and helped look at the stuffed animals.

I have no idea who dropped 5 Star Wars lightsabers in the stuffed animal bin that day, but I will have some very happy campers on Christmas Day!

Amazing Children

Is is just me, or are children today amazing!  It was Kimber’s 6 year old birthday today.  In addition to being super excited about everything and having a mile long list of things she wanted to get and to do, there were two things that stood out.

Request 1:     Can we all be nice to my sister April for my birthday.  She’s had a rough day and I think it would be really nice to have everyone be nice to her for my birthday.  We can surprise her.

Request 2:     She “conned” Dad into taking her to the store and buying a present for her to give to everyone else.  She has so excitedly wrapped it up, put everyone’s name under the “to” section, and her name in the “from:” category.  She has been talking about it all week.  (She did share the secret with April because she just couldn’t stand it anymore.)

I know one of her sisters learned how to knit a teddy bear to give to her, and another sister spent all the money she had on presents for her sister.

Who says that everyone today is selfish and can only think of themselves?  I think the opposite.  I think children come to earth thinking about and loving others, and it is our society, our culture, and even parents who show them by example to be myopic and discourage giving of themselves to others.  (Sorry about the soapbox.)

I know there are so many others who have experienced the absolute miracle of the innocence of children.  Children hold a special place in all our hearts and for a good reason.