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. robbiesinspiration March 18, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I just loved reading this delightful story, Jessica. It is wonderful to know there are so many lovely and kind people in the world. It quite restores ones faith in humanity.

    • Jessica March 18, 2017 / 1:04 pm

      Oooohhhhh I’m so glad you loved reading it. Thank for you telling me that. ❤️

  2. sandyjwhite March 18, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    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.

    • Jessica March 18, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Oh, I love that! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch the news and ONLY see kindness stories??? Bet kind deeds would definitely increase. I love what you said about so many people having hearts of gold. I truly believe that! Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Means a lot to me. :)

        • Jessica March 18, 2017 / 7:40 pm

          Aw!!! You’re so nice!!

  3. SpiritualJourney17 March 18, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    If there were more lovely stories for us to share more people would awaken and notice this world is a great place to be in.

    • Jessica March 18, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Oh my goodness, yes!!! It is a great place!! Thank you, you’ve given me an idea to share more kindness stories! :)

  4. watchingthedaisies March 19, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    A really heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing get it with us.😊

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you. Love these kinds of stories.

    • Jessica March 19, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Aww!! You are definitely my ‘brother’!! Thank you. That was sooooo nice. PS I think there are tons of great people, but we only hear about the yuckies.

  5. Miriam March 20, 2017 / 2:40 am

    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 ❤️

    • Jessica March 20, 2017 / 8:25 am

      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!

  6. March 20, 2017 / 9:54 am

    well. that made me cry! such beauty and so much of it! Thank you sweet one, for reminding us that the world is full of goodness too!! God bless the world

    • Jessica March 20, 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Oh my goodness, my friend! You cried?? Me, too. After I published it and reread it. I LoVe what you said!!! Yes!! The world is full of goodness. And, you are part of it❤️

        • Jessica March 20, 2017 / 7:11 pm

          I wish I was closer to the Rabbit Patch!! ❤️

          • March 23, 2017 / 2:47 pm

            me too Jessica-who knows, maybe we will meet in real person oneday

          • Jessica March 24, 2017 / 12:24 pm

            Wouldn’t that be something???

          • Jessica March 25, 2017 / 11:18 am

            Yes ma’am ❤️

  7. Eskie Antics March 20, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing this lovely story!! :)

    • Jessica March 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Heyyyyyyy!!!! How are you?? Are you traveling? (Thanks so much. I’m just so HAPPY to see your name!!) 🎉💜😊

      • Eskie Antics April 21, 2017 / 3:54 pm

        Hey, Jessica! I’ve been doing great, I am currently in Europe. How have you been? :)

        • Jessica April 21, 2017 / 11:16 pm

          Oh my gosh! You’re in Europe??? How exciting! I’ve been good. Busy. Trying to get our house ready to sell.

          • Eskie Antics April 26, 2017 / 9:09 am

            Yes, a few more weeks before I return home to my fur kids!

          • Jessica April 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

            Oh man, I bet they are missing their momma.

  8. onecreativefamily March 20, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    What a wonderful act of kindness. You don’t hear this type of thing often enough. Wish the media would cover this more.

    BTW. Mailed your package today.

    • Jessica March 21, 2017 / 12:04 am

      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!! :)

  9. Mr. Johnson March 21, 2017 / 12:04 am

    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!! 💙💙💙

    • Jessica March 21, 2017 / 12:27 am

      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. 💜💜💜

  10. JBeck March 21, 2017 / 12:26 am

    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…

    • Jessica March 21, 2017 / 12:35 am

      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.❤️❤️

  11. Sheryl March 21, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    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.

    • Jessica March 21, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      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!

  12. Debra Farmer March 27, 2017 / 7:10 am

    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!!

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      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. ❤️

  13. anotherday2paradise March 27, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Such a heart-warming story, Jessica. So many kind people in this world. Best wishes to the happy couple and also to the person who they love so much that they brought the wedding forward. :)

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      They will love that. Thank you so much!

  14. Ali Grimshaw March 27, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    What an amazing love story. The act of love is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Wow! What a beautiful comment. Thank you so so much!!

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Hi stranger!! Yes ma’am, they are true heroes of the heart. ❤️

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Oh. I completely understand.

        • Jessica March 27, 2017 / 10:05 pm

          I don’t know. That happens to me sometimes with Weird Guy with the Dog. He’ll check in once in a while and ask if he’s in my feed. The last time that happened, I unfollowed him and refollowed him.

          I just figured you were busy healing. Didn’t think anything about it.

          • ladieswholunchreviews March 27, 2017 / 10:49 pm

            Nope, sorry, but I am doing well. I should check my list every once in awhile I guess! :)

          • Jessica March 28, 2017 / 5:48 am

            Yay!!! Glad you’re doing well!! Love your new pictures!! You are rockin’ your new hair.,💜💜

  15. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy March 29, 2017 / 8:36 am

    What a lovely story! To me, it is a good reminder that weddings are about family – making a new one, joining two families together, becoming part of a new family.

    • Jessica March 29, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Aww!! What a beautiful point!! Thank you so much!! ❤️

  16. thechickengrandma March 31, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I am so behind on reading your blog!!!! For some reason you are not showing up in my wordpress Reader list. Nuts. I love this post, by the way!

    • Jessica March 31, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      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…

      • thechickengrandma March 31, 2017 / 8:34 pm

        LOL that is how I felt today! I have just reread the one I just got done posting and it makes me laugh how much it rambles. Oh well…….

        • Jessica March 31, 2017 / 8:39 pm

          The great thing about blogging is there is room to ramble. :)

          • thechickengrandma March 31, 2017 / 8:41 pm

            For me that is a blessing ….. I am a rambling kind of person hahahahaa

          • Jessica March 31, 2017 / 8:45 pm

            Yeah, well you ramble well. God and you have this thing where you start going and He slips in the lessons. Perfect team.

      • thechickengrandma March 31, 2017 / 8:34 pm

        I did see that you had your lake house posted. It looks like a beautiful place!

        • Jessica March 31, 2017 / 8:43 pm

          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.

        • Jessica March 31, 2017 / 9:13 pm

          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!! :)

    • Jessica April 13, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      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. :)

  17. GANSU April 23, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    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.

    • Jessica April 23, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Hi there. What a nice comment. Thank you. I like what you said about kindness being a few words. What a great thing. :)

  18. Peter Mis April 24, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    A great reminder of how each of us can make a difference in the lives of others simply by offering a little piece of ourselves to others!

    • Jessica April 24, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Hi. Thank you for your insightful comment. That is a great point. Seems sometimes even something small can really make a difference.

  19. Adrienne Morris November 16, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Human nature tends to have us remember the one negative event over the 5 positive ones. Silly us.

    • Jessica November 16, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      Unfortunately, that seems to be the case. But, if we can open our hearts just a little bit, seems like sometimes beautiful things can happen. Thank you for reading and for your comments.

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