Surprises are the BEST!

As you know I have been busy putting up lots of Christmas Decor at the store I work at and when I get home from doing that I am totally immersed in my “Decorating Marathon” projects. I have been soooo focused on these tasks that I haven’t given thought to much else.  It is times like this that life can totally surprise you and make you stop and think what really matters and to enjoy the little things.  This happened to me earlier this week when I was on the receiving end of two surprises, both based on kindness.

“The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention”

One came in the mail from a person I have never met and the other from my hubby – both were totally unexpected which made them all the more wonderful to receive.

1st Surprise

Remember one of the projects in my “dec marathon” is re-doing my foyer steps. I showed you my progress in a post last week  – I had only taken carpet off 4 of the steps.  Well after my husband read that post in his e-mail the next morning he decided to surprise me and  took the rest of the carpet off while I was at work. He didn’t tell me when I got home and waited to see my reaction when I saw the un-carpeted staircase.  xo xo xo It would have taken me hours and hours to get it all off.  Now, because of his kindness, I can start the sanding, staining, and painting.  Gotta love him.  He is so busy trying to find a job and decided to take the time to help me out.  I truly appreciate his thoughtfulness. I only wish I could surprise him and give him what he really wants – a great job offer.

DIY Staircase Makeover

The hardest part of removing the carpet was around the outer edge of each step.  I swear there were 20 staples on each steps edge.

DIY Staircase Makeover from the kindness of my Husband

The 2nd Surprise

Came in the mail and made me smile big time. I still am smiling as it was such a small, but thoughtful gesture.  My hubby went to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. I did not know him then, I met him after he had graduated and always thought it would have been fun to be a midshipman’s girlfriend. There were so many dances and events that took place there that I never got to experience. I have seen lots of pictures of these events and all of the girls my hubby took to them in a photo album he has.  The closest I ever got to spending time at the Naval Academy was getting married there 5 years after he graduated.

USNA Wedding & a gift of kindness

Anyway out of the blue, I recieved a small package in the mail that contained this- his class pin

Naval Adadeny Pin

and a note from one of my hubby’s old girlfriends who he gave this class pin to while attending the Naval Academy.  (He must have really liked her.)  She recently was cleaning out her home and found the pin.  I have never met her and hubby hasn’t seen her since his USNA days.  She decided to look him up on LinkedIn, found him, and connected.  She felt it did not belong to her anymore and wanted me to have it.   Isn’t that sweet, thoughtful, and so very special of her to think to give the pin to the girl my hubby ended up marrying. 

Thanks so much Megen – I am truly touched not only by your thoughtfulness, but the fact that the pin sort of connects me to his days as a midshipmen.  :)  I can now wear it when we go back to Annapolis for Homecoming and other alumni events.  

Thank you Letter

I wrote Megen a note to thank her.  

Receiving these two surprises has touched me and has made me want to pass on the kindness I have received in a “pay it forward” kind of way.  I am going to be looking and keeping my mind open on how I can make some one’s day by doing something special for them when they least expect it.

Has anyone ever surprised you or did something special out of the blue for you that you would like to share?  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  

I am now putting the paint brush back in my hand so I can soon show you my “dec marathon” projects. I will keep you posted.


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  1. That was a very thoughtful thing to do and I can certainly understand how happy it made you feel. It’s nice just hearing about kind acts like that. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Your stairs look marvelous! And I LOVE that wedding photo. The story of the pin and the woman returning it to you is so amazing (almost like a Lifetime movie). Really, though how fantastic of someoen to take the time to do that. This just makes me smile!

  3. The Polka Dot Closet says:

    That is so sweet, but I must have some insecurities in me as I would have been a wee bit jealous! I guess I would be consoled with the fact that you had the real prize….Your hubby!


  4. simpledaisy says:

    Lovely!! What a sweet post!!

  5. Linda @ A La Carte says:

    How sweet of her to send that pin to you. I also love that your husband finished taking the carpet off your stairs. What sweet and kind surprises. I love to have unexpected gifts but love even more to give them.

  6. What a sweet post! I love that you have such an attitude of gratitude- it’s contagious! Thank you.

  7. Stefanie@IvyRoad says:

    That was very thoughtful of her to return that to you and your husband. I wish there were more people in the world like that.

  8. Funny enough, when I was in the fifth grade I played the clarinet. There was a little girl on my bus that was an absolute horror, and I had to sit with her one day. She pushed my buttons for over a half hour and then got quiet when she realized how mad she had me. She then asked if she could clean my clarinet for me. It is the very first memory I have of someone changing their attitude and genuinely wanting to do something nice for someone. I can still see it like it was yesterday. Glad that nice things have been happening for you, I hope it is an omen of things looking up for your husband too. Hugs to you!ERin

  9. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Those are wonderful instances of making someone’s day, Diane! What a guy ~ he’s a keeper. I hope he finds something soon. How nice of the old girlfriend to send that on. She could just as well have disposed of it, but I’m so glad she was a thoughtful person.