Bless My Heart

Did you ever notice how Christmas seems like a great time to think about every-single-little-tiny one of our blessings? 

  • Family? Blessing.
  • Children? Blessing.
  • House? Blessing.
  • Heat? Blessing. 
  • Vehicle? Blessing.
  • Gas for the vehicle? Blessing. 
  • A warm place to sleep? Blessing. 
  • Being able to use a bathroom that’s not in a public building because there aren’t any private bathrooms on the street? Blessing. 
  • Food on the table? Blessing. 
  • A visit from Santa Claus? Blessing. 

A few days before Christmas, I went to the store in our small town. When leaving the store, I saw a man who was holding a sign, standing on the corner. 

We’ve lived in the town 15 years and there’s only been less than 10 times I’ve ever seen someone with a sign and because it’s a rare occasion here, I notice. 

For a few weeks, I’d had some money in my back pocket, I wasn’t spending it, just had it there. I pulled up and gave him my offer of a few bucks. He was beyond grateful. As he walked back towards the curb, I asked him what his sign said. 

“Need propane and a blanket.”

My heart broke. A blanket? Someone needs a blanket? You know what I mean? How many extra blankets do we have in a closet that rarely get used? 

I reached back in my pocket. 

That night our furnace started making racket. The times it happened before left us with no heat. Uh oh. The low forecasted for that night? 7 degrees. 

Thinking that the furnace would go out in the middle of the night, I was soooooo thankful for the blankets we have. I scrambled them all together and piled them on the bed. 

We didn’t lose our heat and our kind repairman arrived in the morning and fixed the furnace. 

Fast forward to Christmas Eve. We were up at my parents and Santa needed some batteries for Christmas morning. I went 20 miles to Iowa to get them. When I left the store, something caught my eye. 

On the corner by the stoplight was a mom with 2 little boys, who were blowing bubbles. A pretty joyous thing to see on Christmas Eve, until I saw her sign. 

I’m not exactly sure what the whole thing said, but what I saw was “I have 3 children and need food.”

I had $10, so I went to the dollar store. I did pretty darn good with that ten bucks. 10 packages of cookies in one box for $1. 2 cans of soup for $1.20. 2 packages of crackers for $2. A box of cereal for $1. And, 3 of those red handled plastic candy canes with candy in them for $3. Grand total? $9 and some change. 

I drove back to where she was and told her I had something for her. She had only one question. 

“Food?”

I handed her the stuff I bought. I don’t know if it’s a mom thing, but just looking into her eyes, there just seemed to be an understanding, you know? You never want your babies hungry. 

English clearly wasn’t her native language, but I’m sure what she did say, will stay with me always and forever. It was genuine, heartfelt, and simple:

“Bless my heart.”


61 thoughts on “Bless My Heart

  1. thechickengrandma December 27, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I think you gave the best Christmas presents ever…..love, compassion and dignity. You are a blessing!

    • Jessica December 27, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      Oh my goodness, thank you. I just reread my post and found myself all choked up. Cheeks are wet. Thank you for your kind words. All of Christmas Eve and Christmas I just kept thinking about all those years ago and no room at the inn. I’m so thankful I had $10. You know, $10 doesn’t seem like much- it doesn’t buy much these days. Until someone doesn’t have anything, then $10 seems like so much more. โค๏ธ

  2. amischiefmanaged December 28, 2016 / 4:00 am

    What a wonderful story and what a wonderful difference you’ve made to those lives. A very merry Christmas to you xx

    • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Hi. How are you doing? Thank you so very much. Something in me can barely pass one of those signs. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Hopefully they found all the help they need and are both warm and have full tummies.

      We’ve been going to the libraries in a bigger town nearby and there are many homeless people in the public libraries now that the weather turned cold. I’ve seen some exiting the restrooms- pretty sure it was a shave, brush teeth, clean up type thing. Glad they have a place, but it’s sad that it’s there. Certainly can’t help everyone, but can help a few. โค๏ธโค๏ธ I hope your holidays are wonderful. How are your rats and horse?

  3. thecobweboriumemporium December 28, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Thank you Jessica … from us all, .. for showing kindness and for the love which is in your yeart, which urged you to make a difference.
    Bless you and your beautiful heart.
    love ~ Cobs. x

    • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 9:58 am

      Oh Cobs, if we were neighbors, I’d run to your house and hug you. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  4. Billi-Jean December 28, 2016 / 10:37 am

    What a lovely post. It is certainly full of the real spirit of Christmas.

    • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 10:53 am

      Well hello there! Welcome!! I truly appreciate your kind sentiments. Thank you! How was your holiday?

      • Billi-Jean December 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

        My holiday was perfect, thanks! Low key, but a HUGE (still dealing with leftovers) dinner for my entire family, and lots of love and laughter. I hope yours was wonderful as well.

        • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 11:31 am

          Oh my gosh. I’m so happy for you. No one ever says “perfect” and holiday in the same sentence. Ha. Love and laughter filled mine, too. Nothing better than that!

          • Billi-Jean December 28, 2016 / 11:39 am

            As long as things stay more or less on track, with minimal drama, the holidays are always perfect as long as I have family and friends to share them with! Turkey grease spilling all over my oven and kitchen floor midway through making dinner is minor. LOL

          • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 1:55 pm

            Ha ha. Good point!

  5. AmyRose๐ŸŒน December 28, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Your kindness and generosity of spirit is what Christmas is all about. God Bless you!! Your post touched my Heart deeply! <3

    • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Oh my. How incredibly kind of you. Can’t tell you what it means that it touched your heart. You made my night. Nice to meet you, by the way. I saw your nice comments on Rabbit Patch Diary, so I looked at your blog. I can’t wait to read your posts. :)

      • AmyRose๐ŸŒน December 28, 2016 / 8:32 pm

        I just followed you because of what you wrote to me. I really look forward in seeing more of your posts and more importantly, getting to know you better. :) And welcome to my blog, Petals Unfolding. <3

        • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 8:57 pm

          Oh my goodness. Pretty sure my heart is bubbling over. Don’t think I’ve ever gotten a new follow because of a comment. Got me smiling big time here!! Welcome! So glad you’re here. :)

          • AmyRose๐ŸŒน December 28, 2016 / 9:05 pm

            Jessica, I only follow for content that is quality and the person behind the blog. I’ve been here for over 4 years and my following is huge. In that time I’ve come to know how important it is to me that a relationship is formed between blogging friends. I always listen to my Heart when I follow new blogs. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

          • Jessica December 28, 2016 / 9:56 pm

            That is awesome to hear! Thank you so much. Looks like you’re about 3 years ahead of me. I had my one year anniversary in October. I was one of those girls that was never going to have a blog- too old fashioned. Until I unexpectedly found myself in the hospital for 4 days. A few weeks after I got out, I started blogging. ๐ŸŒป I love to write. My dad says I get my love for writing from my Grandma Wilma. I’m honored that your heart led you here. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

          • AmyRose๐ŸŒน December 29, 2016 / 7:18 am

            Well! I enjoy writing too along with my Passion for photography. See? Even in a dark time you found an outlet to share your talent for writing. How wonderful! And how wonderful as well that you inherited your talent from your Grandma. She would be so proud of you!!! :)

          • Jessica December 29, 2016 / 10:24 am

            Love how when darkness appears, light follows. That hospital stay ended up being a gift. Thank you. My grandma was an amazing soul. :)

          • AmyRose๐ŸŒน December 28, 2016 / 9:06 pm

            Oh and you definitely have me swing too!! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜™๐ŸŽ€๐Ÿ˜™

  6. Bun Karyudo December 29, 2016 / 4:35 am

    Poor things, not having enough food for the children or a blankets to protect against the cold. It was very kind of you to help out like that.

    • Jessica December 29, 2016 / 5:39 am

      Well, hi. How are you doing? Haven’t seen your name for awhile. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you. It’s hard to know that someone is cold or hungry.

      • Bun Karyudo December 30, 2016 / 8:41 pm

        Hi Jessica, sorry about being off for a while. :) I’ve had various family issues of one kind or another over the last month (and probably into the early part of the new year too), so I’ve barely been on WordPress recently other than to just keep my blog ticking over. However, I’m hoping that 2017 will be a great year for all of us everywhere. :D

        • Jessica December 31, 2016 / 1:41 am

          Oh my goodness, I sure didn’t mean anything by my comment. I completely understand. Sometimes I’m not online for a while just because life gets busy, etc. In fact, that happened recently, and I’m trying to catch up on the posts others wrote. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š I hope things are going great for you guys and that you’re 2017 is a fabulous year!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

          • Bun Karyudo December 31, 2016 / 5:45 am

            Thank you! 2017, here we come! :D

  7. karenlee December 29, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Blessings to you my big-hearted friend. You are generous beyond most and think of others always. I’m glad to know you. <3

    • Jessica December 29, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Aw! You spoil me with your words, Miss Karen. Thank you. Seems like there’s a Give Button that is always switched on. Ha. I’m glad to know you, too.

  8. Debra Farmer December 30, 2016 / 8:15 am

    You are such a beautiful person.
    Wishing you love and happiness in 2017! It’s going to be an exciting year for you and your family.
    Love

    • Jessica December 30, 2016 / 8:42 am

      Thank you, sweet friend. Takes one to know one!! ๐Ÿ’–

      Hope you have a glorious 2017. Are your grandkids in KS?

      • Debra Farmer December 30, 2016 / 9:55 am

        I’m so sad…..this is the first year that they weren’t able to come back to Kansas with me. We did have a wonderful time at their house for Christmas.

        • Jessica December 30, 2016 / 10:14 am

          Uh oh… So are you and W on some big church tour??? If so, I want to see!

          Glad you had a wonderful time at their house. Sorry they couldn’t go back with you. That is sad.

          • Debra Farmer December 30, 2016 / 12:17 pm

            We were out at a cemetery before Christmas and it was so cold my camera froze! I had never had that happen before. It was COLD. I’ve been keeping busy recovering from Christmas. Such a beautiful time. Love the family time.
            You know you are welcome here anytime!!!!!!!!!!
            โค๏ธ

          • Jessica December 30, 2016 / 4:52 pm

            You froze your camera?? That much has been really cold. Brrr. Yes, we need to get to KS!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  9. Sheryl December 30, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    What a beautiful post! It’s a good reminder of how fortunate I am. I hope that you have a wonderful new year.

    • Jessica December 31, 2016 / 1:32 am

      You’re very kind. Thank you so much. :)

  10. Miriam January 1, 2017 / 5:16 am

    I knew there was a reason why I love you. Your huge overflowing heart and sense of compassion. This was a lovely story and truly highlighted the spirit of Christmas. And now it’s a new year! How time flies. Happy new year to you my friend. May 2017 be kind to you and your family. Big hugs xo โค๏ธ

    • Jessica January 1, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Oh my dearest Miri, you make my heart burst with joy and spill onto the floor… Thank you so very much for your words that are sweeter than honey.

      I’m getting excited now about moving. The sadness of leaving has subsided. Bring on the new adventures!! Let’s get this party started! Ha! 2017 will be great for you, I bet. Super great! Big hugs back.

      • Miriam January 1, 2017 / 6:03 pm

        I’m so happy to hear that you’re excited Jess. I think this year is going to be a great big adventure for you. So much to look forward to. Enjoy, my lovely friend. Big hugs xo ๐Ÿ˜Š

        • Jessica January 2, 2017 / 1:06 am

          Thank you, Miri. Little Bit is ready for a new place and roads to check out. Makes me want to go too. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’—

          • Miriam January 2, 2017 / 3:59 am

            Aw, I bet it does Jess. It’s so good when you’re all in the same page. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

          • Jessica January 2, 2017 / 9:25 am

            Yes ma’am. How was your trip. The beach looked amazing!

          • Miriam January 2, 2017 / 1:36 pm

            Our trip was last minute and very spontaneous. And the beach, the sky, the water was all just so amazing. I felt so blessed. xo

          • Jessica January 2, 2017 / 4:04 pm

            Nothing like nature… โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  11. Aunt Beulah January 1, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    How happy I am that you found my blog, Jessica, and led me to yours. This was a perfect post to remind us all of small kindnesses we can do at Christmas and throughout the coming year. And the ending was delightful. It made me happy to spend some time with you today.

    • Jessica January 2, 2017 / 1:21 am

      Aw! How super kind of you! I’m so glad we’ve “met”. I think I found your blog through comments on Finding Merle. Karen is so great.

      I love that you thought my ending was delightful. That makes my day. Thank you for visiting. Can’t wait to read more of your writing. :)

  12. Eskie Antics January 2, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Jessica, you are such a beautiful person. Thank you for giving to others. The world needs more people like you. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Jessica January 3, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Hi!!! How are you? I’ve missed you and your sweet animals. Thank you for what you said. Means so much to me. May this new year be a wonderful one for you!

      • Eskie Antics January 3, 2017 / 10:26 pm

        Thanks so much! We’ve been doing well as usual, just extra busy with the past holidays and the rough Winter weather!

  13. thejuicenut January 7, 2017 / 7:07 am

    We do what we can, your $10 made a real difference not just in substance but in moral support and letting her know she was not invisible to you. Good luck with your move and wishing you all the best for 2017 ๐Ÿ’œ

    • Jessica January 7, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Thank you. That’s a great point. Sometimes it’s about just being seen- being noticed. I hope your new year is as wonderful as you are!!!

      • thejuicenut January 7, 2017 / 9:28 am

        Thank you, what a lovely thing to say

        • Jessica January 7, 2017 / 4:30 pm

          You’ve been kind to me since we’ve “met”. It means a lot! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

          • thejuicenut January 8, 2017 / 6:09 am

            That’s what makes the world go round and needs reiterating once in a while, you help turn the wheel๐Ÿ˜Š

          • Jessica January 8, 2017 / 10:27 am

            ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Jessica January 8, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you so much! Don’t think I’ll ever forget those bubbles on Christmas Eve, or the smile on one of her boy’s face when he saw all the food. :)

  14. Annika Perry January 13, 2017 / 5:58 am

    You have the warmest most generous heart. โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ What a most wonderful present for her and as always the biggest gift is in the giving. Blessings to you and your family, Jessica. ๐Ÿ’

    • Jessica January 13, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Aww. You spoil me with your kindness, Annika. I learned the art of giving from my beautiful mom. Just this week she texted to say she was in a store and was asked a question by a gal. The gal told mom that mom reminded her of her mother she’d just lost 2 months ago.

      And what did my amazing mom do? She bought her a pretty set of cards and gave them to her. ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I cried like a baby when I read her text.

      That’s what mom does– ALWAYS thinks of others. Always.

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