It was sent by a special lady who was part of the January group Geoff led while Jim was out for surgery/recovery. We loved that group and were able to spend quality time getting to know them.
One lady in particular really spoiled us - me in particular. She found out about my wheat sensitivity along the way (you stand out when you don't eat the fresh, wonderful pita here), and sent this giant box full of goodies. Merry Christmas to me!
Though we only knew each other about 2 weeks, this woman of generosity must have scanned my brain because she sent things I've dreamed about for a looooong time. Even the specific flavors and varieties are just my style. One of the only items I was even familiar with was a bag of ginger snaps - which yes, I was already eating from in the picture Geoff took above. They will be savored, but the first several were, well, scarfed. Geoff bought some of that exact brand for me as a treat while we were in Texas and I treasured them. Seeing that familiar, yummy bag in the box made me feel truly warm and fuzzy all over.
She could have picked up any kind of cookie, brand, etc. but selected some that were sentimental to me - though she had no way of knowing. It's that kind of "little" thing. I felt the love of GOD pour over me when I saw that little bag of cookies. I'm certain I heard an, "it's okay, I've got you covered" from my Heavenly Father. Who doesn't need to hear that from time to time? (Or like, every day if you're me.)
Though I consider the scale of this lady's generosity to be far more than any "little thing," I was reminded by how amazing it is to find joy in things that could easily be taken for granted. She'd probably think I was crazy if she had any idea how truly excited I am over this gift. It wasn't just the food she sent that will satisfy my cravings - it was that she took the time to love me.
I'm so thankful for the little things. I'm thankful for limited budgets that turn specialty foods into great joys, when they might otherwise be taken for granted. I'm thankful for stomach problems that encourage me to eat healthier and to enjoy foods I would otherwise over-consume as treats and splurges instead. I'm thankful for the generosity of those who go far out of their way, over and over again, to make those they encounter feel loved.
I'm not nearly as good at this as I want to be. I may have great intentions, but I so often fail to follow-through. This lady not only thought of sending something, but made it happen. I don't feel worthy of anyone going so far out of their way, spending so much time and money on me just so I can have a bowl of pasta - but she did. My greatest fear and inhibition in life is being a burden. Receiving this gift requires a part of my pride and insecurity to die. I will be forever changed by her not so little act of generosity and love. I hope I can pass it on and always look for opportunities to share GOD's love in all the little things - that aren't actually all that little.