Blog post by Sibyl W, a Kindness Investor from Brentwood, Tenn.
Today I met Jeannie, who is a total sweetheart. I was just getting out of my car when I saw her and just knew she was the one to be today’s recipient. Lucky for me she said yes. I wasn’t even ready and had to ask her to wait just a moment to get the things I needed out of my car, including the $10 dollars.
I explained what the Year of Giving was about and asked if she would be willing to share a piece of her story with me. Like a lot of others, she has a lot going on in her life right now.
“This week my aunt, who’s 85 years old, had open heart surgery. She lives in Toledo, Ohio and we just got back. She’s my mom’s sister, they are the only two siblings left in that part of the family. She’s the golden star patient and she’s doing phenomenal, better than everyone expected. Her mind is good; everything else is good it was just her heart. But it was miraculous. God healed her.
“There’s just so much to say. I was in an accident in January but all is well thank the Lord. My Aunt, the one in the hospital, was going to give me her car but she’ll be able to get back out and drive, go back to church and enjoy the things she likes to do. So my brother-in-law, he’s in Afghanistan, they loaned us one of their cars. God is amazing; you just can’t stop giving Him the glory.
“And, my husband and I have been approved to be adoptive parents. But, I just found out Monday the birth mom changed her mind.”
Worried about her disappointment I said, “Oh no.” But she responded, “Oh, that’s good, she’s going to keep her baby and my prayer is that God is going to give us our baby. We believe in adoption, there are a lot of adopted kids throughout our family. We were doing an independent adoption over the summer, the mother was a family member, but when the baby was born she decided to keep it and that’s great too. I always promote babies being with their natural mother. So we’ve been dealing with this since January.”
In my opinion, Jeannie’s life consists of things that I would refer to as stressful, but I don’t think she saw it that way. She was so positive and upbeat it totally brightened my day. We hugged and I thanked her for sharing her story. I told Jeannie I had one more question, could I ask what she might do with the $10 dollars. She immediately replied, “Give it to somebody. I’ll bless somebody.”