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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 ♥♥♥

Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.  Psalm 69:34

I am thankful for…

  • Spring time weather
  • Hiking with the family
  • Celebrating good times
  • Field trip with co-op friends
  • Wonderful kids

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

  • Heating Pad to warm my cold toes.
  • Co-op begins again on Tuesday.
  • Back to normal schedules.
  • A husband that cooks.
  • Giggly girls.

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

  • The Lord our Savior
  • A healthy husband
  • Healthy children
  • One hour of extra sleep
  • Temperatures under 50 degrees
  • New bread machine I got at an exceptional price!

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good!

I Am Thankful For♥♥♥

  • The Lord who provides.
  • A healthy husband.
  • Working internet.
  • New friends.

A New Friend

Another Biology Facilitator

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

  • A birthday boy.
  • A birthday girl.
  • All of my awesome children.
  • Working appliances

I am thankful for♥♥♥

Give thanks to the Lord!

  1. Date night with the husband.  Steak dinner!
  2. Nice clean microscopes.
  3. A handy husband who is installing a new oven and a new washer, repairing a broken plug, and calls me when there is a spider I need to take a picture of.
  4. Cooler, breezy days!   Yes, that’s right.  BREEZY.  I saw the tree leaves moving and I also felt the breeze.  Amazing!  It’s getting ready to turn into the best time of the year.  Well, except for winter, spring and summer.

Have a great week!

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

The Bread of Life


Homemade Whole Wheat Bread.  Some to keep and some to share.

Whole Wheat Bread

Good Morning and I Am Thankful! ♥♥♥

Mornings are my favorite time of the day when we go camping.  Good coffee, good breakfast, good slaves helpers, and good down time.

Nothing tastes better than breakfast cooked outside. Bacon, eggs, potatoes, and coffee. Yes, I have started drinking coffee. The truth be told, I have started drinking sugar, cream, and a touch of coffee. I have to stop.


Getting someone else to do the clean-up is also a great thing about camping. I just sit back, watch, and take pictures.

Breakfast Clean-up

After breakfast is a great time to hit the beach. Not too many people out at that time. At the end of the pier to get to the beach we see the warning flags. Red means Rip Tides and purple means Dangerous Sea Life. Oh who cares, we are going out anyway. While out in the water the red flag was changed to Yellow – Medium hazard. We did see some dangerous “sea life” and I’ll post about that later.

Warning Flags

Mornings are the best time to hunt for shark teeth. This weekend we found only one tiny shark’s tooth. It was a let down.

Shark Teeth Hunting

While the girls were looking for shark teeth and chasing the birds (not swimming), I got to play with the color switch setting on my camera.

No Life Guard On Duty

It really was a great  weekend.  I am so thankful God has given me this family and the fun times we have together.

I am thankful for ♥♥♥

Give Thanks!

  • 27 years being married to a great man!
  • Children old enough to stay alone at home.
  • Roasted chicken.
  • Wine.