Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tuesdays Unwrapped '13

Better late than never, but I am going to attempt to participate in Emily Freeman's Tuesdays Unwrapped.

Head over to Chatting at the Sky and read her post about it.

It has been a crazy busy last three days but the only thing I can think of to write about is a few people I came across living these crazy busy days.

Monday McDaniel got her braces off. 


Her mouth and our pocket book were ecstatic. 

Do people say pocket book anymore?

I took a picture of McDaniel with her braces still on in the waiting room as a "before" shot.

Another mom noticed and mentioned that she was waiting on her daughter to get her braces off as well.

It was her third daughter to have braces.

Her fourth daughter is getting ready to get them.

Four daughters with four different sets of braces.

The appointments.

The bills.

She was a happy woman with a contagious laugh.

She said she has told her daughters since they were little that they each would need to give her $300 a month to support her when she is old.

She called it "Mommycare".

She was joy wearing neon tennis shoes.

Later, I was in Kroger and the cashier got quite passionate with the customer ahead of me when a very negative partisan slam was mentioned. 

I was busy digging through coupons when I heard her say, 

"We need to offer a hand up, not a hand out."

When it was my turn to check out I asked her to repeat it.

She went on to give one of the best explanations of our current governmental/political state and where it is headed if not changed. 

The cashier at Kroger!

She got so worked up as she talked that she apologized for her passion and decided to go on her break.

I came home and told Monte what she said and he wanted to know why SHE didn't get her own TV show instead of many other unnamed, unqualified people who yell and interrupt for a living.

Now I won't go into all the political "sides" of things but,

"We need to offer a hand up, not a hand out,"

is something I will remember.

I read one of my favorite blogs today, A Dandelion Diary, by Mindy Whipple.

Some bloggers were following a "giving Tuesday" theme.

Her post listed some amazing websites that do just what my cashier friend said.

"We need to offer a hand up, not a hand out."

These sites sell the handmade items,

cute items like jewelry and bags and scarves,

 of women in extreme poverty around the world 
so that they can support themselves.

Please go to A Dandelion Diary for all the links. 
It is worth it.


  1. Thank you for the shout out friend! The whole giving thing can get complicated. I wrote my post last week (I rarely write ahead) and then heard on the news today that it was Giving Tuesday, so it fit just perfect. I love how God works : )

  2. MIndy,

    Wow--you wrote the post last week? That is such a God thing! I loved looking at all the links you posted! I am definitely ordering!

  3. I heard about giving Tuesday this morning on a radio station. I'm going to check out the links. Such a great time of year to get involved.... Fun. Thanks!

  4. I agree completely with the hand up sentiment. Although, sometimes giving someone a hand out can be their hand up. Showing someone you care enough to do something for them can be what they need to keep going and get up the next morning. There is a fine line there.


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