Be There

Don’t you just love the soul-lifting power of kindness?

Whether it’s in a smile from a stranger or a letter from a friend, kindness warms the heart.

In general, it seems like “people” as a whole get a bad wrap. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that the world is a bad place and people are just mean.

Yeah, I don’t really buy into that. Sometimes, if we just look and listen, the stories of good-hearted folks are just about everywhere.

In fact, just this week, one particular tale waltzed into my life, and you are going to love it.

Today in Nebraska, there is a wedding and  because of kindness, love is coming full circle.

You see, the couple was going to get married in 10 months. 10 months would have given them plenty of time to make plans and check off all the to do lists.

That changed 15 days ago.

One of their family members is really sick, so they moved the date up. As you probably know, 15 days isn’t much time to put a wedding together.

Can I just tell you, people have stepped up!

  • A kind woman donated a building for the ceremony when the weather for an outdoor ceremony got iffy.
  • Not one, but two photographers offered their services for the wedding photographs.
  • Someone who makes wedding cakes offered to make theirs.
  • Someone donated 100 pounds of fish for the fish fry at their reception.
  • Someone else is smoking the pulled-pork.
  • People gave money for plane and bus tickets to get family members there for the big day.
  • There wasn’t time to mail invitations, but with social media they got the word out and people will fill those seats today.

How cool is that? Brings happy tears to my eyes.

My favorite part of the story is the generosity of the couple. What an act of love to move their special day up for someone else. Who does that?

They do.

They love somebody sooooooo much, that they just wanted them to be there. 


75 thoughts on “Be There

  1. So many people have hearts of gold. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we heard more about these unsung heroes in the media! As that is unlikely to happen, it makes it doubly important to share these stories with each other. Thanks for doing so, Jessica.

  2. There is still more goodness and kindness in this world than anything else. I will always believe that. And this gorgeous couple who changed their wedding date and everyone else who helped, is proof of that. Lovely ❤️

    • I believe too, Miri. I love that we have a choice, you know? Instead of negativity, we can choose to see love and light and kindness. ❤️ Thank you for your beautiful comment!

    • Isn’t it the BEST story?? People are just so darn nice. PS woo hoo!! I can’t wait to get it!! Hope you put your return address so I can send you some cinnamon rolls!! :)

  3. This story is just a testament of the power of GODs will… the coming together of familys, friends & complete strangers to help us achieve a dream… maximum overwhelmingness… if thats even a word !!!
    And you sweet lady for taking your time to bring the light to the light… you are amazing!!! Thank you for EVERYTHING you do!! 💙💙💙

    • Oh my goodness. You are a sweet, sweet boy. I’m sitting in my kitchen at midnight with happy tears streaming down my cheeks. I felt sooooo bad because I wasn’t AT your wedding, but THIS tells me I was right where I needed to be.

      I love your words, maximum overwhelmingness, they’re perfect for such a beautiful story. This story is touching people’s hearts. What a gift you are. Thank you for your wonderful comments. 💜💜💜

  4. I was honored to be at this beautiful wedding! The joy and love radiated all day, not only from the happy couple, but those who were able to give whatever they could to help out! ❤ It was a wonderful sight indeed…

    • Oh my, I bet that was amazing!! All that love and compassion in one room. Makes me smile just thinking of it. Bet you’ll always remember it. ❤️ Bet Heaven was smiling big that day! Especially Uncle Dad! Thank you for your comments and for reading my story.❤️❤️

  5. What a lovely, heart-warming story! There is so much negativity in the news – it’s wonderful to read about the basic goodness of people.

    • Yes ma’am. The negativity gets so old. Stories like these seem to remind us why it’s important to have faith in humans. There are some great people around. :) Thank you for reading. Love your comments!

  6. Lovely story. There are so many wonderful people, young and old. The media needs to focus more on the positive and less in the negative. It’s as easy as being kind to each other.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Finally getting some much needed rain in KS as I know you are too!!

    • Hey girl. I haven’t been on WP in a lot of days. How are you doing? Yes, we’ve been getting great rains here lately. SO HAPPY to hear KS is getting rain!! How are those fires? Thank you- this story is about my cousin, Mr. Johnson, who commented above. Sweet boy. ❤️

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    • Hey girl. Someone else said I wasn’t showing up in her reader either. I’m not sure what that’s about. That’s ok, I am behind on reading and writing. Haven’t written in like 2 weeks. Yikes. But, we got our lake cabin listed this week. Been trying to get it ready to list. So much work! Now I am starting on this house. Am also scoping out properties to buy. My writing is stuck in writer’s block…

        • Thank you so much. Have some great memories from being there. We bought it in December 2004, 2 years before Little Bit was born. It was a dump when we bought it, almost literally. Ha. We completely remodeled the cabin and seriously did clean up a dump on the land. People used it for getting rid of everything!! We pulled out like 3 fridges, 2 stoves, other appliances, all sorts of dishes, metal, you name it. Someone will be getting a place that was labored with love. We worked hard there and then enjoyed it for 12 years.

        • I hope to have our house packed up and ready to paint in 3 weeks when my parents come to help… Yikes! You should see all these stuffed closets!! Ha ha. Bought some storage tubs today. Let the fun begin!! :)

    • Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for reading. I love the name of your blog! How awesome! I love what you said about Kindness being the answer. I will definitely check out your post. Thank you. :)

  8. I am so happy that there is still so much kindness in the world. when everyone wants something in return. Kindness need not be always measured, it can be a few kind words.

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