Thursday, October 30, 2008 4 comments

My experience today at Publix

Today, after I took Jonathan to school, I went grocery shopping at Publix. As I was in the produce department, I heard an announcement that someone had a flat tire. They didn't call my make of car so I didn't think any more about it. Even though the car they described was a blue mercury with Brooks County plates. They called it a Montage. I have a Montego. See where I'm headed?
Yes, when we went out to the car the associate pointed out that I had a flat tire. Ugh. I asked him to load my groceries in the car wherever he could put them because I would need to get the spare tire and jack out of the trunk. I thanked him, then loaded Joel in the car seat with some Goldfish. I took a deep breath and started unloading the trunk so that I could get to the spare tire and trunk. It would be embarrassing to mention all that I had to take out, but the items included bricks, floor tires and locks.

While I was unloading the trunk, David approached and asked if he could help me. I thanked him and we got to the piece in the trunk that can be taken out to reveal the spare and thankfully the jack too. And lo and behold there were instructions on how to change a tire which came in handy when we were trying to locate where to actually place the jack so that we could get the car up. And if you are familiar with Publix, the parking lot is on an incline. That doesn't really help while changing a tire.

As David was loosening the bolts on the flat tire, Travis came up and helped him get the tire changed. Then they loaded my trunk back up with the bricks, floor tiles, locks, etc. I thanked them both for their kindness and shook their hands.

Since I didn't have any other way to thank them (like give them $5 for their trouble), I went back into the store and asked to speak to the manager. I told her what these two boys did for me for two reasons. One, to let her know that they were helping me for the last 30 minutes and not bagging groceries; and two, to let her know what great guys they were. She told me that they have a program at Publix when a customer lets the managers know when an associate has been kind to help, then they give them coins (or tokens) to use to buy lunch on their breaks. She informed me that she would make sure that both David and Travis would get enough coins to buy their lunch today.

Now, if you know me well, you know that I'm an emotional person. I was so touched by the kindness of David and Travis I cried when I tried to tell the manager. But I want you to know how impressed I was with these two teenage/college boys that work at Publix. They were both gentlemen. They spoke to me while looking me in the eye. They called me Ma'am (now, I usually prefer not to be called ma'am as it makes me feel old, but this was an exception). And they were "experts" in changing tires. David said that he was glad it was not raining. Apparently he's changed a tire in the Publix parking lot in the rain before.

I prefer to shop at Publix when I can for various reasons. But the main one it that they have great people who work as associates. They are always polite and eager to help. One time when I was pregnant, the associate emptied my cart onto the checkout line for me. Yes, it made an impression on me at that time when I was tired and ready to go home. I haven't experienced these types of kindnesses at any other grocery store.

I thank the Lord for the help that I had today. David and Travis helped me change a tire. And I'll shop at Publix again.

Hungry, Hungry, Hippos

Jonathan got his wish today when Daddy bought "Hungry, Hungry, Hippos." One friend told me today that it was a very loud game. It is very loud, but that's okay. My boys have enjoyed playing it all afternoon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1 comments

Two Shall Become One

A blog that I follow is called "praise and coffee" and she has "Two Shall Become One Tuesdays". I was especially blessed by this post and wanted to share it with all my readers. Please visit this blog at your convenience.
Friday, October 24, 2008 0 comments

Praying the Word of God

When praying for my husband, I like to pray the Word of God. One passage that I pray is Ephesians 1:16-21

I do not cease to give thanks for my husband, making mention of him in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to my husband the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of my husband's understanding being enlightened; that he may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

The husband is the head of the family, but the wife is the neck. After the Holy Spirit, we wives are best able to influence our husbands. For me, praying for him allows the Holy Spirit to work and I don't have to nag.

Enjoying my blog?

I found out recently that I have several people who are reading my journey on enjoying my life. That is such a blessing to me. I pray that I am an encouragement to you all.

To those of you who do read my writings - Thank you!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 2 comments

Why does that amaze me?

My husband, Lee, took Jonathan to pre-school today. Jonathan's school is about 28 miles from our home. He goes to school three times a week from 8:45 - 12:00. So we usually stay in Valdosta while Jonathan is in school and get home around 1 pm. Joel and I had a good time together. Sometimes Joel does enjoy time with mama by himself, but he still looks for Jonathan to play.

Today I was looking for Lee and Jonathan to come home around 1 pm. That hour past and I realized they may not be back by 2 pm when I had a hair appointment. So I made arrangements for Joel and got my hair cut. When I got home around 2:30, I expected them to be back but they were not. A little after 3 pm, Lee and Jonathan walked in bearing toys from Target. So everyone was happy!

Lee told me later that while in Target today, Jonathan started crying and saying "Want Mama" and it took Lee about 10 minutes and a walk to the toy department to settle him down. Well, when Jonathan wasn't playing with his Little Einstein Rocket or Joel's Little People Fire Truck, he was stuck to me like "white on rice."

Jonathan missed me today. Why does that amaze me?

Rocket got a special place tonight at bedtime. I just had to share how cute it was.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3 comments

Inside Picnic

We overslept today, so I didn't take Jonathan to preschool. So it was obvious today that the boys needed to go outside and RUN! So we went outside to play on our play set and in our sandboxes. They had a lot of fun. It was absolutely beautiful - not too hot and not too cold - and the sun was shining. They played well together today. They are only 20 months apart and now that Joel is getting older, they can play without fighting all the time. After a couple of hours I asked them if they were hungry.

Jonathan decided that we should have an inside picnic today. So we went inside and while I gathered up some bowls for our food and put the blanket on the floor, Jonathan and Joel picked our menu:

Turkey Sandwiches
Yellow chips (aka Lays)

So we had a nice picnic lunch today. And I have enjoyed my life.
Sunday, October 12, 2008 0 comments

God is Faithful

The praise on my lips today is -

Psalm 89:1

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.