Tuesday, July 1, 2008


My friend Delores celebrated her birthday last month. As part of her celebration she posted about gifts she received from her husband each of the 22 days leading up to her birthday. Along with the posts she ran a little comment contest. The fun thing about it was that somwhere along the way I forgot about the contest and was just having so much fun getting to know Delores. And boy did she receive some doozy of gifts: like this one and this one all leading up to the big one (which was really a planned purchase that just happened on her birthday!). I really had fun reading along and commenting and it paid off because now not only am I a big fan of Delores but I also won her contest!

So this afternoon she delivered our prize to our doorstep!

She gave us a that large tote, embellished with the words 'beach bums' and our last name on the other side (done with her snazzy gift from day seven!) and filled with fun beach toys, a very large beach towel, that super cute beach ball, and a case of Thomas Kemper Root Beer!

Thank you Delores, we feel so blessed!

But wait, there is more to this story:

Just yesterday (Monday) the boys and I went to Costco to pick up a few necessities. As we were wandering the aisles scouting for yummy samples Benjamin spied the cases of Thomas Kemper Root Beer. He pulled one of the cases off the stack and asked if we could get it. I hesitated for a minute, because I do love good root beer, but then told him "no, it's not in the budget". He put it back without saying anything, but I could see disappointment on his face. So much so that I almost wavered on my response. But I stuck firm and we walked away.

So today when Delores delivered our gift and I spied that case of root beer I almost started crying. I pointed it out to Ben and he almost started crying and then he hugged Delores about three times! In that moment I was able to share with Ben how God honors our obedience with blessings and that root beer was a blessing!!

Thank you Delores!

We will enjoy our prize and each time I sip from one of those root beers I will be reminded of how God honors our obedience.


The Pace Posse said...

What a fantastic blessing!
That is such a powerful lesson you had the opportunity to teach Ben.
Thank you for posting it - it's a reminder I could use as well.
Enjoy your prize!

Julie said...

i cried when i read it on dee's blog, and now i'm crying even more! That rootbeer story is so awesome. enjoy your prize!

meleea said...

what a great testimony to God's faithfulness. What a cool prize you won - have fun!!

Dee said...

Oh Jules, I think your pregnant hormones are contagious...I'm crying too. I love to give gifts and this is by far my favorite gift I've given. I just love how your boys appreciate the little things. They are so precious! Let's get together soon. Autumn was disappointed that she didn't get to play with Cooper very long. I told her that we are going to have a playdate with you guys!

Kat said...

Congrats on your win! And I love Delores' idea of a month of birthday gifts. Mine is this month...I'll have to let the family in on this new tradition :-)

Gramma 2 Many said...

Hey Trish, my birthday is this month!! Just a small hint to dad?
Have fun with the goodies. Dee has to be generous beyond comprehension. Maybe I will take a lesson from her play book
Love Ya

Gramma 2 Many said...

Are you bringing it to Seaside?

The Aldridge's said...

OK, I not only got misty...I had to go and read all 22 days of the birthday! Thanks for sharing!


Emily said...

Well, it's not a Wii, but it's pretty lucky! How exciting!

Debbie said...

Oh Trish. You know God consistently shows HIMSELF so faithful in the little things doesn't HE. I just love hearing these testimonies that HE DOES care and wants to bless us with those little things. I just love this post and have goosebumps everywhere.

Eryn said...

I'm crying too...love that story!