December 15, 2007

In The Words Of Gomer Pyle....Suh-Prahhz, Suh-Prahhz, Suh-Prahhz

I went on my weekly shopping trip and broke my own cardinal rule….I took one of the kids with me.

So on top of the fact that I was distracted, I was also in a rush.

And on top of being in a rush, I tried a new store.

And on top of the new store, when I realized everything was priced above what I could get it at my regular discount stores, I was too lazy and too late to walk away and go where I knew I could get it cheaper.

So my shopping trip this week was over budget and very disorganized.

And I kicked myself for making such bad choices all the way home. In fact I wrestled with my lack of planning and a bit of panic at what I was going to create for meals out of the mish mash of groceries that I came home with.

I pulled into my garage and went in the back door of my house. (I always use the back door. I only go out the front to get the mail or answer a knock.)

We unloaded and I set up my purchases on the dining room table for my Grocery Cart Challenge picture.

And in a moment of distraction, I decided to turn on the Christmas lights on my front porch before my dinner guests arrived that night.

And when I opened my door, this is what was waiting for me on my front porch.

I was humbled, I was blessed, I was shocked, I was, YES, speechless, and I was happily puzzled because there was no note other than a decorative bag filled with gourmet chocolates, specialty teas, and a yummy lotion with a “Merry Christmas” banner across it.

And we’ve had fun guessing who it could have been and how they snuck up on us and, “Oh gosh, was it when I was yelling at the kids and could they hear it?” or “Was it when Chris was taking a nap on the couch right in the front window and you watched him snoring?”

We are blessed. We are thankful. We felt loved.

And you SO covered my hiney this week.


Halfmoon Girl said...

What an awesome, awesome suprise. God is so good!

Emily said...


What great friends you have.

chickadee said...

shazam! that was a wonderful gift. somebody loves you.

Laurie Pace said...

God is Good! All the time, God is Good. Your stories bring such grace to all of us. Thanks again for reminding me of the lack of control in my life! On He knows what is there for us.

kari said...

What a wonderful gift! I'm so happy for you and know that you feel blessed.

Mikki said...

What a Jehovah Jireh moment!! I love those!!

I loved the part about "could they hear me yelling at the kids"... to funny.

Ronnica said...

What a huge blessing! Things like this remind me of what a big, loving, gracious God we serve!

ConservaChick said...

You know, I bet who ever gave you these groceries feels even better than you do! AWESOME! What a God thing! ~Karlie

Jimmie said...

Wow. What a blessing. He is glorified through your thankfulness and through their generosity!

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