Over Pies

A few nights ago I heard lots of kid voices on the gravel road in front of our house which is  highly unusual.

I mean, we hear our share of frogs croaking, birds singing, and coyotes howling, but there are hardly ever kids on this dead end country road.

They came to the door with a flyer and said they were having an upcoming fish fry and pie auction at their church a few days later and were inviting people in the area to come.

We set the flyer out so we wouldn’t forget, and yesterday we ventured a mile up the highway to their church called Friendship Church.

We’d been there two or three times several years ago when we were trying on churches, so to speak, but it was so long ago that this was a new experience for us.

I’ve got to be honest here, the “how are we going to walk into a room where we don’t see anybody familiar” butterflies were making some serious racket in my stomach.

It’s kind of unnerving, you know? To walk into a place where everybody already knows everybody else. It does makes it pretty easy to pick out who is new.

But, maybe that’s a good thing because we were greeted with lots of smiles and warm welcomes. In fact, one of the ladies even recognized us from the time we were there like 5 years ago.

The kitchen was a buzz with meal preparations and after everyone was seated, chit chat filled the room.

As weird as it sounds, in a room full of virtual strangers, I was almost transported back to when I was a kid at my grandma’s Iowa farmhouse.

When we got together, the adults in our family used to sit at the kitchen table and tell stories that filled the whole house and meals with laughter.

Last night I realized that it didn’t really matter if we knew anyone or not, just being there was enough.

For the pie auction, Little Bit and the kids took turns carrying the desserts through the sanctuary to show each one to the potential bidders while the auctioneer was busy calling out the dollar amounts.

While waiting in line for his turn, Little Bit spotted something on the table that he really, really wanted:

A pie.

Ok, this is a really, really huge thing! My boy has never even eaten pie! Like ever!

So, with money in my back pocket, this momma set out to get him his first ever fruit-filled confection.

Well… I lost by $5.

After the last of the desserts sold, everyone was gathering their things and getting ready to head home.

I was standing near the pulpit when a kind gentleman I’ve never met before approached me and offered his lovely raspberry masterpiece.

What?? Me?? My response was “Let me give you some money for it,” which he refused to take.

So, there I stood, dessert in hand and a lump in my throat. Then, a sweet gal I don’t even know came up to me with her arms outstretched.

I about fell over when I looked down and saw her gift! It was the very pie that Little Bit had wanted so badly.

Seriously? Who does that? Who is soooooooo kind that they buy something and hand it over to someone else? Someone they don’t even know?

Evidently they do.

Suddenly as I started to thank her, I felt the lump in my throat make its way to my tear ducts.

With extreme gratitude about to  spill down my cheeks, the only words I could seem to muster were,

“Who cries over pies?”


95 thoughts on “Over Pies

  1. Almost Iowa May 21, 2017 / 8:29 am

    I would cry over homemade pie any day of the week and there is nothing better than a church bake sale.

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Amen to that! You should have seen that dessert table!! There was a triple layer Italian cake, 2 double layer strawberry cakes, pecan pie, strawberry pie, brownies, a “better than anything” chocolate cream cheese bar, and more!

      • Almost Iowa May 21, 2017 / 8:41 am

        Just reading that spoiled my breakfast. Now I want pie.

  2. robbiesinspiration May 21, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    You live in a wonderful community, Jessica. I had goosebumps reading this post.

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Hey, friend. Your goosebumps bring a smile to my face. Sounds like me… I agree, it is a wonderful community. Kindness radiates around most of the people here. What a gift it is to live here.

  3. watchingthedaisies May 21, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    What awesome gifts. Those pies look delicious. You sure did find some lovely people. 😊

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Not sure how I stumbled into such kind people, but am so thankful I did. The pies are absolutely delicious. The raspberry one is kind of like whipped cream and maybe jello? I am not sure, but it is so wonderful. The fruit pie is blackberry. Delicious! Thank you for reading and for your comments.

        • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm

          If we were neighbors, I’d run a couple of pieces over!

          • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 4:15 am

            You’re welcome! By the way, how are you feeling? Shingles gone?

          • watchingthedaisies May 23, 2017 / 3:02 am

            Thanks Jessica. I am feeling a lot better but very tired. I am planning to reblogged some old posts over the next few weeks to allow me to regroup. I have been asked to do some posts for another blog so I shall do that over the summer. Slowly. πŸ˜‰

          • Jessica May 23, 2017 / 9:05 am

            I understand. Viruses are exhausting. I just found out recently that I have chronic Epstein Barr virus which can cause chronic fatigue- yuck!! I’m trying to figure out how to get rid of the virus. Hope you get plenty of rest. You have so many wonderful posts, I look forward to seeing them again ❀️ Congrats on being asked to do posts for another blog! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š

          • watchingthedaisies May 23, 2017 / 10:25 am

            Goodness Jessica that is not so good. I found a medical herbalist who helped me enormously. It helped reduce the problems I was having with chronic lung infections and internal bleeding from my bowel. I really appreciate your lovely comments. 😊

          • Jessica May 23, 2017 / 2:22 pm

            Medical herbalist? I’ll look into that, thank you. Wow! Glad to here it helped you!

          • Jessica May 24, 2017 / 9:17 am

            Found someone❀️

          • watchingthedaisies May 24, 2017 / 9:27 am

            Brilliant. Let me know how you get on. It took a while for me to feel the benefits but I am so glad I stuck with it…

          • Jessica May 24, 2017 / 9:30 am

            Thank you for your help. I will let you know how it goes. I’m excited to finally be listened to!! Drs wouldn’t listen. 😊😊

          • Jessica May 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

            I agree. However, as they say, where there’s will, there a way. We keep looking until we find our answers, don’t we? :)

  4. Ruthie's Crafting Corner May 21, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Now my tear ducts are filling up!! Such a heartwarming gesture!! I am so glad you went and had that wonderful experience!! The pies look delicious!! Enjoy them :) xxx

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Sounds like we have matching tear ducts! 😊😊 Thank you for reading and for your wonderful comments. The pies are soooooo yummy! Got to love homemade.

  5. thejuicenut May 21, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    My mouth is watering and I never eat pie! I can feel how much it meant to you and your son 😊

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Oh my goodness, I don’t eat pie either, being GF, but I stuck a spoon around the crust and right in the middle of the raspberry one. Mmmm!! So good. Little Bit even tried them! Thank you, it did mean a lot.

  6. sandyjwhite May 21, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    What a wonderful encounter. There are so many kind people in the world.
    Thanks for sharing this story. And enjoy every bite of those pies!

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:37 pm

      Hi. Thank you for reading. Love what you said about kind people in the world. These kindnesses snuck up on me- I never expected it. Wish you lived closer, I’d get out the bowls and ice cream for the blackberry pie!

      • sandyjwhite May 21, 2017 / 6:41 pm

        Sounds delicious! We don’t have pie very often, but my favorite is apple warmed up with a glob of vanilla ice cream.

        • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:43 pm

          That sounds really good, too!

  7. Ann Coleman May 21, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Those were so very kind people! And I’m glad you got the pie… I love church bake sales!

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 4:02 am

      Church bake sales are the best, aren’t they? Love the idea of tried and trusted family recipes being made with love. You would have loved that table full of scrumptious desserts. Yum.

      They surprised me with their kindness. That’s one amazing thing about kindness, simple gestures can sometimes knock us off our virtual feet. :) Thank you for reading. Hey, how’s your dog?

      • Ann Coleman May 22, 2017 / 5:14 pm

        She’s so much better, thanks! And great minds must think alike (so do ours) because I was just thinking of writing a post about how important small acts of kindness are!

        • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 5:16 pm

          Oh I am soooooo happy to hear she is better!! Yay! That’s funny about our great minds, we do seem to write similar things sometimes. I hope you do write it, I’m excited to read it!

  8. SpiritualJourney17 May 21, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    I was getting a lump in my throat reading this. Lil Bit must’ve had a huge smile when he saw you with the pie he wanted badly. Did he like it?

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      We sound like twins! Oh, yes, he was very happy to see that he got it after all. He did like. He tried them both. They are soooooo good.

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 6:42 pm

      Oh my, yes. I’ve never heard of the raspberry one and it is really good. It’s light and just a bit tangy. You should see the crust on the blackberry pie. So crisp and flakey. Definitely a treat!

  9. Weird Guy With The Dog May 21, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    There are some people, few and far between at times, worthy of of the gift of time. Time being the one thing we can give that truly expresses our hope for a better world.

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 4:05 am

      Hey stranger! How are you doing? Hope you and Vinny are doing well.

      Thank you for reading. Time is a great thing to share. Love what you said about a better world.

  10. Tamara Hoerner May 21, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    What a lovely story and beautiful gesture. Very heartwarming. Thank you for sharing. :-)

    • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Hi. You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you like it. I just stuck my spoon in the raspberry pie. Mmm good!

        • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 7:13 pm

          I’ve never heard of it before. It’s really great.

        • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 7:13 pm

          I can’t eat the crust because it’s not GF, but the raspberries are yummy.

          • Tamara Hoerner May 22, 2017 / 5:39 am

            I’m GF as well so I sympathize. I often do the same thing… eat the filling. πŸ˜‹

          • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 9:03 am

            Yay! A fellow GF-er! Good to know that I’m not the only filling eater!! 😊😊

        • Jessica May 21, 2017 / 7:14 pm

          But, my husband can eat both crusts!!!

          • Tamara Hoerner May 22, 2017 / 5:40 am

            πŸ˜‚ my husband or son will eat both. 😊

          • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 9:01 am

            Send them over!!! :)

  11. Sheryl May 21, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    What a heart-warming story! There are some wonderful people out there.

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 4:14 am

      Hey girl, thank you so much! There are some great people around. Can’t believe how nice they were.

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 3:57 am

      Hey sweetheart, how are you doing???? Thank you, I agree. Lots of really great people around, even when we least expect it. :)

        • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 5:10 pm

          Yay!! Hope you are healing and getting stronger every day. I am pretty good. Trying to get this house ready to sell… Also reading every book I can find- to make sure we are doing everything we can for our Little. I’m sure you did tons of stuff for Dave. ❀️❀️ I can’t even tell you how much I am learning! Very exciting.

  12. thecobweboriumemporium May 22, 2017 / 5:32 am

    What a beautiful story, and beautiful gestures from two strangers. Gifts given with hearts filled with love. I’m choked at the kindness, genuiness and the lovliness of two truly beautiful people.
    It’s like I always say … never lose your ‘ness’. It’s what makes *you* so incredible.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us all.
    Sending oodles of love ~ Cobs(ness) ~ xxx

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      Hello sweetie! I know what you mean, they were so amazing. I love your saying about ‘ness’. That’s so great. ❀️

  13. karenlee May 22, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Wow! The sheer beauty brings tears…but what I want to know is…are they gone yet??????????????????????????? I think there is nothing better sometimes than the kindheartedness of strangers found in small towns. <3

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      Ha ha. No, we still have some! Want to come over????

      I agree about small towns. Kindheartedness is the perfect description. How lucky that we landed there at the church that night. Grateful.

        • Jessica May 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

          We would have some fun, for sure.

  14. peggyjoan42 May 22, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Ah – what a wonderful story. I would have cried too. Often we forget how many wonderful people there are in this world. The news should tell some of the heart warming stories instead of so much of the awful things in this world. I bet those pies were delicious.

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Hi. I’m so glad you like it!! Made my day! Thank you!!

  15. rabbitpatchdiary.com May 23, 2017 / 5:40 am

    what a delightful story! You made me cry over [ies too! ha! Isn’t goodness just sweet!

    • Jessica May 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

      YOU are sweet!! I can just picture you reading and getting all choked up! Wish there weren’t so many states between us- we could sit on your porch swing and share these pies.

      • rabbitpatchdiary.com May 23, 2017 / 4:51 pm

        Isn’t that a sweet thought! A little boy with a pie-that is a cute picture!

        • Jessica May 23, 2017 / 5:23 pm

          Oh, yes ma’am ❀️

  16. restlessjo May 23, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Fabulous! Restores your faith in human nature. So glad you went along, Jess. :) :)

  17. dajanaerd May 24, 2017 / 6:31 am

    They look super delicious! Love it 😍 Great post!
    Have a lovely day!

    • Jessica May 24, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Hi. Thank you so much!! So nice to see you here! Welcome! Thank you, hope you have a wonderful day! 🌻🌸

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Hi, how are you? Sorry, I am running behind on responding. They sure were something. I was never expecting such kindnesses.

      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy May 28, 2017 / 9:17 am

        I’m doing well – and no need to apologize – I certainly get behind (/am currently behind) on my blog! It happens to almost all of us. And those who don’t get behind are quite likely robots.

        • Jessica May 29, 2017 / 9:24 am

          Hope you have a great trip! Saw you’re going to a remote spot. :) And, thanks. Good to know that everyone gets behind.

  18. Mrs Strawberry Blonde May 24, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    How wonderful!
    What a lovely bunch!
    I might have cried a little too. Yes, I agree, who cries over a gifted pie, but how wonderful are these guys? And what did Little Bit say? Were the pies tasty?

    • Jessica May 26, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      The pies were homemade bliss! The people were beyond kind and Little Bit was sooooooo thrilled when he saw me holding it. He even tried them both when we got home! It was really something to see such kindness in action.

  19. theapplesinmyorchard May 27, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Great, well told story. It is wonderful when you can experience the good in people! Your post made me smile!

    • Jessica May 27, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Yayyyyy!!! You made my day just picturing a smile. Thank you so very much.

      • theapplesinmyorchard May 27, 2017 / 6:47 pm

        You are very welcome! We love pie in our house and will replace a birthday “cake” with a birthday “pie” on many occasions!

        • Jessica May 27, 2017 / 8:33 pm

          Ohhh. That is a GREAT idea!! I’ll have to try that! YUM. Thank you.

          • Jessica May 29, 2017 / 9:24 am

            Wow! What kind?

          • theapplesinmyorchard May 29, 2017 / 10:10 am

            Several Varieties of Apples, three varieties of plums, two varieties of Sour Cherries, one sweet cherry, two types of pear, two apricots (new this year), a peach (new this year), and blueberries (five bushes, several varieties)! We love our fruit!

          • Jessica May 30, 2017 / 7:19 pm

            Wow. Those sound amazing. Do you can?

          • theapplesinmyorchard May 31, 2017 / 7:17 am

            We freeze, dehydrate, and can applesauce. The plums I made jam out of and the cherries will freeze. We share a lot with friends. Oh, and we also make cider. Our harvest in 2015 was so large we made 40 gallons of apple cider!

          • Jessica June 2, 2017 / 6:06 pm

            Oh my gosh! That is a ton of cider. Bet that was really fun.

    • Jessica May 30, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      Hi there! Nice to “see” you here! Yes, yummy is the perfect word. :) They were very tasty!

  20. Sharon, Leadership2Mommyship May 30, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    These are gorgeous looking pies, but the true beauty is the generosity that represents these pies. Made me teary eyed for you. :-)

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