Category Archives: Thankful



Quick to Complain…Slow to Give Thanks

Many years ago, a friend told me she heard a sermon on how we are quick to complain and slow to give thanks.  We should go out of our way to give thanks for even the smallest things.  

I do complain and I do forget to give thanks.  It is a selfish part of me.  When I remember what my friend said, I try very hard to give thanks and give it often.  In return I get a few smiles and that makes me happy. People appreciate being appreciated.  🙂

Just recently I experienced a Thank You in return that was way more than a smile.  It was so overwhelming to me, I shut down for a day and didn’t say anything to anyone.  I didn’t even tell my husband or a week!

It all started back in September.  I placed and order with Tom Bihn company. I ordered a Side Effect in Steel/Wasabi, but after the order went through and I had paid, I realized I ordered Steel/Steel color.  I contact Customer Service  and asked for a change if it wasn’t too much trouble.  The answer I got back was, “No problem! Already taken care of”.

Let me tell you, I did not expect this answer. Other companies I know of do not let you change your order after placing it.   I enjoy the high quality of Tom Bihn’s products and would have been happy with the steel/steel color, but I really wanted the steel/wasabi. So, for them to make the change was very cool.

I was so impressed and so thankful, I sent them a very small (and I mean very small) gift card for cupcakes from Cupcake Royale.   Yes, I said cupcakes.  Wouldn’t you love a cupcake as a thank you?

My Side Effect in steel/wasabi was mailed in time for me to take it to the mountains for ten days!  Love, love, love, the Side Effect.  So easy to carry while sight-seeing. More on this tomorrow.



When we arrived back home there was a Tom Bihn package on the table.  I could not remember ordering anything from them.  Then I got worried that I was getting really old and forgetting purchases I made.  Which is a very bad thing.  So I opened it thinking I will just return it, since I know I didn’t order it. Really, can anyone actually forget about purchases from Tom Bihn? No.

This is what was inside:


I was speechless!  A thank you for the thank you.  The purple pouch is a Medium Clear Organizer Pouch  and the black pouch is a small (I think) Padded Organizer Pouch.  More on those tomorrow, too.

See the cardboard cupcake?  It was signed on the back by the employees and owner.  


The card made me smile.  The pouches made me happy.  I love small businesses!

But that isn’t all of the story.  Nope.  I am a member on Ravelry.  My username on there is Appliejuice.  Surprise!  I am giving my name just in case there are knitters and crocheters out there that want to be my friend.  Back to Ravelry.  Ravelry has groups.  Lots and lots of groups.  One of those groups is Tom Bihn Knitting Bags.  

On October 23rd,  I open the group and found The Cupcake Day Inspired by Appliejuice.  I don’t know if anyone can see the post, but it is filled with people eating cupcakes.  

That put a huge smile on my face.  The husband saw it and asked what I was smiling about and I had to fess up.   I told him it was just a very small thank you and I don’t know what to do about all of this.  The pouches were still in the box!  🙂  He said, “You let someone know you appreciate them and that made them happy.  Enjoy your gifts.  You have been blessed”.

Yes, I have been blessed.

Go thank someone today.

I am thankful for…

  • A husband who will do anything for his children and wife
  • The experience The Violinist is getting being on a LifeSmarts team
  • Rainy days
  • My friends on Twitter



Our Bumper Crop

Since Kristy was kind enough to photo her bumper crop of veggies from her garden, I thought I’d do the same.

These are little grape tomatoes.  We have been blessed with ten this year! They’re only about 1/2 inch in diameter.  Cute!  Tasty!

What makes these so special is the fact we did not plant this plant.  I was out mowing our back lawn and saw four red berries and went to investigate.  It was this tomato plant.  We do not know how it got in our backyard, right behind our porch.  We do say it was planted by God. 🙂

I am drying a few to save for seeds.

We are very thankful for our bountiful crop!

I am thankful for♥♥♥

… Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Matt 10:15

  • The 65 new believer’s (professions) and 19 re-commitments during VBS altar call.
  • VBS was a successful week.
  • VBS is over.
  • That God will heal my head cold.
  • Sir Son finished his very first college class successfully.
  • Sir Son is now a driver.
  • God is there to give peace to Sir Son’s mother, while he is out driving.

Sheriff CowPaddy

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousenss, and I will sign priase tothe name of the Lord, the Most High. Ps. 7:17

  • A husband who still opens doors for me.
  • A husband who loves and cares for his children…and wife.
  • A husband who still thinks I am beautiful.
  • A daughter who turned nine this week and we brought her home from the hospital on Father’s Day.


I am thankful for♥♥♥

  • Hot, sunny days
  • Air Conditioning that works
  • Air Conditioned vehicles
  • Sir Son can now drive on his own
  • The Lord protects Sir Son while he drives on his own
  • The Lord reminds the mom that He protects Sir Son
  • Having summer time fun with the girls
  • Dinner at the in-laws last night
  • Butterflies that sit long enough to have their pictures taken

I am thankful for♥♥♥

In all things give thanks.
  • Spending time with my P31 friend yesterday.
  • Saving money on used books for school.
  • Rainy days.
  • not panicking over highschool curriculum, credits, scholarships, and college.

I Am Thankful For ♥♥♥

  • My family.
  • My country.
  • My freedom.

I am thankful for♥♥♥

Give Thanks!
  • All testing is done for the year.
  • Sir Son is doing well in English Comp 1
  • We have a newer waterheater
  • It’s SUMMER!!
  • Friends