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Feeling inspired to give!

May 3, 2013

Yesterday morning I had planned to go to the grocery store to get a few things that we needed as well as dinner for a couple nights. After putting it off for a few hours, I decided that I would stop after picking the Teen up from school. I really didn’t feel that great, I had gotten up early and the Toddler missed her nap. I’m sure my appearance reflected that.


*Taken on a different shopping trip. This is how I usually look at the store.

When I go the the store I wear the Newborn in my Action Baby Carrier, The Toddler sits in the cart and The Teen walks (of course). Many times The Teen gets mistaken for my sister or even The Toddlers mom. I usually have to explain that they are all mine, lol. We live in an area that is big for retirees etc. so most times there is an older person who gets sucked in to a conversation with the Toddler while I put the groceries on the conveyor to get checked out. This time was no exception. However, The Teen was able to help translate The Toddlers conversation, she talks very well for her age but also talks very fast sometimes, and older people have a tough time hearing her.

After some talking to a very nice lady and getting all of my items ready, the lady asked if that was all I was getting. I assumed she wanted to make sure before putting her items up. When I said yes, she said “I would like to pay for them.” I didn’t know what to think. I was amazed! Of course I told her that wasn’t necessary, she insisted. She said “In honor of your new son” when I declined again she said Jesus told her to take care of it. Can’t argue with Jesus.

She asked for nothing in return. She didn’t even ask me to pay it forward. Although I vowed I would! And I will.

The whole way to the car I was thinking. A part of me thought I must look like I needed a hand out and was slightly offended. As I continued to think, it became clear that I had done something great to deserve this kindness! Somewhere I helped someone and was being repaid the favor. I try to help when I can. Last Easter we left behind Easter Eggs at a couple different parks as well as the parking lot at the very Walmart! They weren’t extravagant gifts, just something to say “Happy Easter”. In fact I posted the video on youtube! The idea was to teach my girls to share, and that holidays are more about giving!

Today I am feeling like I want to do something amazing. I have decided that to pay it forward I want to be one of those secret Santa’s that pays off Lay-a-ways. I am going to talk with some friends and see if I can maybe start a group. If we pool our resources we could help a few families. I know you can’t completely pay off a Lay-a-way without picking it up. I think paying it down significantly would be great too.

I hope my story has inspired you to do something selfless. If you are interested in joining my effort in some secret Santa Lay-a-ways feel free to contact me!

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
― Winston Churchill

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2013 1:44 pm

    That was a very sweet thing for her to do. A couple of weeks ago my husband’s debit card didn’t work during the checkout process (we had to go to the bank to remove a weird hold on it), and the woman behind him insisted on paying for his purchases. Granted, it was only about $8 worth of groceries, but still…so many people wouldn’t even contemplate for a second spending money on a stranger.

    I’m a big fan of paying it forward in any way possible…whether it’s paying for someone’s groceries, or mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn, or helping a stranger pick up their spilled groceries in the parking lot, etc. Little nice things like these can go so far in the cruel world we live in.

    P.S. I found your post via the B2BC group on Facebook. It’s nice to “meet” you!

  2. May 6, 2013 2:34 pm

    Wow that was SO nice! I hear of these stories all the time… it’s nice to hear!

  3. May 6, 2013 3:34 pm

    Found your blog from Arizona Bloggers today. I saw that you posted about a Pay it Forward, and I was like “Hey, that’s what’s going on my blog too!” I started a Random Act of Kindness challenge on my blog earlier and am loving this story! Thank you for sharing this sweet story. Would you let me share this story (a snippet from it and I would refer to your blog too) on my blog? I’m compiling stories of random acts of kindness. If so, you can email me at Thanks!

  4. May 8, 2013 10:55 am

    That is truly amazing. I definitely believe in the power of paying it forward.

    • May 8, 2013 11:26 am

      In a world where watching the new gives me nightmares, this definitely restores some faith in humanity! I think if we all helps out someone else, whether less fortunate or not, the world would be a much better place!
      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. May 9, 2013 10:05 am

    I love hearing stories like this. 🙂

  6. May 9, 2013 10:18 am

    What an awesome Pay It Forward experience!

  7. May 9, 2013 10:37 am

    What a sweet story 🙂 I love the concept of Pay It Forward!

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