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thankful heart thursday :: it’s way more than just a tip #tht {link up}

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Happy Thankful Heart Thursday!!  I wanted to share with you today a little bit about our weekend.  We had a neighborhood garage sale.  Now, that in itself is something to be thankful for, because we had been storing boxes of things to sell in our garage for months and I was sooooooooo happy to sell some and donate the rest!  That’s not what I’m thankful for today, though.

Our garage sale was open on Friday and Saturday, but since every weekday is a school day now in our house, Saturday was the only day that my daughter, Lexi, could really help us with it.  She was so super excited to help us with it, too, by the way!  After feeling how cold it was on Friday for all the shoppers walking around, we decided to have Lexi set up a coffee stand on Saturday.  I made some fall-flavored coffee and Lexi sold it for $0.25 a cup.  What I didn’t mention, though, is that just about the time the coffee stand was set up, the sun came out and it started to get warmer.  My husband and I were thinking that the coffee sale may be a little disappointing for our young entrepreneur.  Boy were we wrong!!

Not only did people buy the coffee from her, they stood and talked with her for a minute and left her a tip for her great service.  Not just one or two people, but every single person that stopped did this.  We even had people pull down the street, park, buy coffee, chat, give a tip, and leave.  They didn’t come to shop.  They just came to support a little girl and her stand.  That is was this Momma is thankful for today.

I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers.  The people that stopped by didn’t have to stand and chat, they didn’t have to give her a tip.  Heck, they didn’t even have to stop at all.  Remember, it was a sunny 65 degrees out by the time we had that stand set up.  It’s not like coffee was a must have that morning.  These people just wanted to support and encourage a little girl.  It sounds like such a small thing, and I’m sure the people that stopped for coffee Saturday morning haven’t even given their actions a second thought, but we have.  Lexi counted her money when the day was done and she had $13 in her little jar.  She probably only poured 10 cups of coffee, so most of that money was given to her as a tip.  The whole experience left my daughter feeling encouraged, empowered, and loved.  I hope those kind strangers realize that their tip was way more than just a tip!!

Now you know what I’m thankful for.  What are you THANKFUL for today??

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  • Sara
    September 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Nee, that is so sweet! She must have been such a happy girl!

    • Nee
      September 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

      She was, Sara! We believe in our home that ‘the best way to learn kindness is to show kindness!’ It’s so nice when it comes back to you!!

      • Nee
        September 27, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Ooooops. That was supposed to say EARN kindness, not learn kindness! 🙂

  • Renee
    September 27, 2012 at 7:46 am

    OH that is just so precious! She must have made their day too!

    Ok for lack of sounding too cheesy or lovey dovey I’ll keep this short 😉 But this week I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I am thankful for my husband. Why does it take tradgedy happening for me to notice this?! We had a rough week and man is he a ROCK. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without him this week *swoon* 😉 I don’t know about other husbands, but mine knows how to do just about everything that needs to be done to keep our house running – including knowing the girls’ schedule, what they usually eat, and how to cook a chicken! Ha! I usually take care of just about everything (like most of us Mama’s do!) but when I needed him – he just did it. No asking. No prodding. Just laid everything down…for me. He is amazing – a picture of Christ indeed 🙂

    • Jaime
      September 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

      That is just awesome Renee…I am so glad he can do that for you when you need it the most. You are one lucky gal!!

    • Née
      September 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Thank you so much for sharing, Renee! You are very lucky indeed! I have a feeling, though, he knows how lucky he is to have YOU, too. Love is such a motivator! You’re wonderful for keeping a Thankful Heart in the midst of your tragedy! <3