Friday, October 29, 2010

Unexpected Kindnesses

unexpected kindnesses

Yesterday (Thursday) I got a package unexpectedly.

I hadn't ordered anything, or been in any swaps recently, and the package was larger than a fabric packet from a bee member.

When I opened it, I found this.

unexpected kindnesses

A couple of months ago a fellow bee ran into some life changing problems.  I offered to step in as the admin on a couple of groups.  I didn't think anything of it, really.  I even wrote off the fabric I had sent, assuming it was gone.  Given what was going on in their life, I was totally okay with that.

The package also included my finished bee blocks. 

This could not have been a more touching Thank You gift for me. 

It doesn't seem like much, does it?

I shall explain.
We're not poor - we have high-speed internet, we always have food, and gas for the van.
We're happy.

I stay home with the kids, the Mr and I both work in an industry that we love, is seasonal by natural, and not always a sure thing.

Making ends meet at the end of the month is hard.

I am completely happy with the choices we've made.

In order to be happy, we've given up extras.  The Mr and I haven't exchanged Christmas gifts in years, he doesn't golf, and I don't have a fabric budget.

The money for my fabric purchases comes from collected change, bottle returns, and any random cash that ends up at home. 

If it's price tag is more than $10, it's not gonna happen.
If I want it just because it is pretty, it's not gonna happen.

I drool over the moda precuts.
I adore the designer fabric lines.
I love working with them when they get sent out in a bee.

I wouldn't ever buy one for myself.
I would talk myself out of it, buying yardage on clearance, grab bags, or fabric I need for gifts.
I have a hard time spending money on me.

To receive a sampler box filled with 480 2-1/2" charms from 12 different fabric lines, is just beyond anything I would do for myself.

unexpected kindnesses

I will be admiring the box and it's contents for a long time.

Thank you. 
My thoughts are with you and your family.


  1. what a thoughtful gift, but I love how appreciative you are! Isn't it amazing what kindness can do? I hope you receive many more gifts of fabric in the future!

  2. awww....what a thoughtful gift. :) And what a nice, nice surprise to get in the mail! :)