Fantastic Friday and Unconditional Love

Hi Friends! It’s another Fantastic Friday! And it’s May!

I am so thrilled to be back with you! I hope you have had a great week!

We are just a little over a week away from Mother’s Day in the USA, and the sales are awesome! Here is a list of some of the sales you will find this weekend.

Ann Taylor – 40% off full price items, use code FORMOM

Banana Republic –  30% off reg priced items, plus extra 40% off sale styles; No Code Needed

Bath and Body Workslimited edition tote with 8 lovely essentials, $30 with a $30 purchase- this looks really nice, ladies! Use code MOMSDAY

Bloomingdales – Sale on shoes, woohoo! 25-40% off a great selection of reg priced shoes! And an additional 25% off sale items! Cha-ching!

Chicos – 40% off your purchase! Use code 50849

Gap – 40% off your purchase (online only),  Use code HEYMAY. Extra 50% off Sale items, use code MORESALE

JC Penney – 25% off for orders $100 or more Or an extra 20% off orders under $100 use code 3DEAL

JCrew – Shoes are up to 50% off, use code STEPITUP

JJill – extra 30% off sale styles

Kohls – extra 20% off with Friends and Family Pass, use code SUNNYDAYS plus take an extra $10 off your Mothers day gift purchase over $50, use code MOMSDAY10 plus $10 Kohls Cash for every $50 spent. Wowza!

Loft –  40% off Fresh Picks, use code FRESHPICKS plus an extra 50% off sale items

Lord & Taylor – 25% off regular priced items. Great gifts for mom throughout the store up to 40% off- use code MOM Also, save 25% off MICHAEL Michael Kors

Macy’s – Friends and Family sale, extra 30% off many styles, 25% and 10% off select departments, extra 15% off beauty, promo code FRIEND

Michael Kors – 25% off your purchase! Use code MOM

Neiman Marcus – Friends and Family Sale 25% off and up to 40% off Spring Sale

Nordstrom – Rewards program Double Points Time through May 12

Old Navy – 20% off everything use code SWEET, and up to 50% off jeans, tees and shorts

Pier 1  – 25% off, use code OFF25

Sur La Table – outdoor dining sale 30% off, spring clearance up to 75% off.

Talbots – 40% off one reg priced item, 30% off everything else, includes sale. Code MOM40

Target – Buy one Get One 50% off Womens tops and shorts! Yessss!

White House Black Market – 40% off sale styles 

Self control! Must have self control! Hah!

Our Facebook exercise group, The Sizzler Challenge is going great! We have such really fun women in this group! So what’s it all about? Well, we are women who want to try and get a little more exercise. So we connect in the Sizzler Challenge group.

Women share when they get some exercise in, and we cheer each other on!

Any exercise counts, whether its walking, running or playing with your grandkids!

And currently we have a couple of challenges going on, a Plank challenge and a Water challenge (for those who want to drink more water in their daily lives). Both of these are completely voluntary.

We would love to have you join us too! It’s all positive, all encouragement, completely free, no one is selling anything! And you are just perfect for our group! Come join us! If this sounds good to you, click here: Sizzler Challenge

Below you see me holding up a 1 gallon water bottle I got this week.

I ordered it on Amazon, and I really like it! I picked this one because it has a pop top I can drink from rather than having to unscrew the cap. Can you imagine me drinking from something that big? Well I am doing it! It weighs over 8 lbs when you fill it with water. If you would like to see this water bottle, you can find it here. And you can just search on Amazon for 1 gallon water bottles, there are so many different varieties and colors available! This next picture was right after I finished it! You can see all the fun encouraging lines on there. It breaks it up by time of day you should be at each line on the bottle. This really helps me!

I’m doing well on my recovery. For those who don’t know, I broke my ankle on the ice back in February, had surgery and am recovering from it. I am now able to put partial weight on my injured foot. I had a minor setback this week trying to enter the front door of our house, I didn’t quite clear the step and ended up twisting my knee up on the bad leg. Fortunately, I have been going to physical therapy and they are helping me with icing it and good suggestions to continue to strengthen the leg. Honestly, my Sizzlers group above has been priceless in the encouragement to me throughout this entire ordeal. They really inspire me so much to “keep on keeping on”.

Well now I want to share with you a very special story about 3 candy bars that my grandmother told me many years ago.

My grandmother was one of the kindest women that ever walked this earth. I stop and wonder what all of Heaven was thinking when God created her! He put so much love into her that there was hardly room for anything else!

She was raising her family during the Depression, and she had 3 beautiful little girls (one was my mom). And while she was raising her girls, she also worked with the Family Court as a caregiver for babies, when needed. My grandma would have up to 3 baby bassinets in her home for babies that needed a temporary place to live. Well one time, the lady at the court called my Grandma and told her, “I know you usually take infants for us. But we have a young girl who is 12 years old who has had such a difficult time being placed. She has been in and out of 12 different foster homes. Would you be willing to take her? My grandmother said, “Yes of course!”

And so the young girl, Fern, came to live with my Grandma. Now imagine during the Depression, a young girl being moved through 12 homes, all of them “sending her back”. That would scar even the strongest of us! Fern moved in with her few belongings and began to understand what it is to be loved.

Times were tight, but on one occasion, my Grandma brought home a candy bar for each of the older girls. One for Fern, one for my mom, and one for her younger sister. The other children were too young, though I am sure she treated them too.

Fern saw the special candy bars, and she took all 3. Hers, and the ones that were to be for the other two older girls. And she hid them with her things. My grandmother found the candy bars and asked Fern about why she took them. Fern broke down trembling and crying and said, “I’ll start packing my bags.” Grandma said to her with tender love, “Fern, this is your home! I’m not sending you away because you took some candy bars. There is nothing you could ever do that would make me send you away! I love you! This is your home now!”

Can you just imagine how that dear little girl felt, who had been unwanted in so many other homes? She found love, acceptance, grace, understanding, compassion, and security in a tiny little bungalow during the Great Depression. She found the best gift of all! She stayed with my Grandma until she got married. Sometimes I think back to the woman who asked my Grandma if she would take Fern. Her wisdom in knowing this might be Fern’s only chance at a real life. All the things that had to line up just perfectly for that lost little girl to find the home of her dreams! It can only be a miracle!

And in the final years of my Grandma’s life, Fern would be one of her most faithful companions and visitors. Fern and her husband were always stopping by to help with any little thing that needed doing around the house. They helped my grandma plant beautiful roses and care for them year after year in her tiny little yard. They brought her delicious food, took her to dinner and on trips. Night after night they came to spend time with Grandma, and they would play games and their favorite was Zilch, A game with dice.

Fern almost slipped through the cracks of the universe but love reached out with warm hands and said, “No, Fern. You matter, you are precious and valuable,” and held her close for the first time in her lonely and lost life, never to let go.

I was blessed to know Fern. Because I lived for a few years with my grandma, I saw her frequently. Fern walked into my Grandma’s house and it was as though she bloomed right there in the basking warmth of unconditional love! Those beautiful eyes that once only showed fear and the hurt of rejection now danced and glowed because she had someone who believed in her and really truly loved her.

At the end of the day, I think there is nothing we could ever want or need more than unconditional love. Every human being is worthy of that kind of love and we get to be a part of the miracle when we are willing to shower someone else with that same love! I wish that love for you, my friend!

Have a fantastic weekend! I’ll be back Tuesday for another Tasty Tuesday!

Love Always,

Amy

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

 

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28 comments

  1. Great post, Amy. Sorry about your setback but it seems like a minor one. At least you have great people to help with your knee at PT. Wow… that’s some water bottle. I had to cut back on my consumption due to all my trips to the ladies room. I loved the story about your Grandma. Have a fabulous weekend.

  2. I love that water bottle! After a bout with sepsis over the winter, I’m drinking enough water just short of drowning.
    Thank you for the codes too!

  3. This is a beautiful story Amy. I can see where you get your kindness and giving to others from. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Amy! What an amazing story to share. It goes to show that it’s not money or things that make us special to people!
    XOXO
    Jodie

  5. So much good stuff in this post – you grabbed me with colorful flowers but you stole my heart with the story of your grandma. I’m trying not to cry. Our actions are little pebbles in the brook of life and I always hope my little plunks make a difference. Your grandma really shared her heart with Fern and all of you. God bless!

  6. What a lovely story about Fern. It made my heart sing. You never know who will be the person or persons to take up time with you when you need them and your grandmother had Fern. How sweet that her love was returned when she needed it, from Fern. TFS .

    1. Thank you so much for your very kind words. I am so glad for Fern that she found love! I remember that even though she was 35 years older than me, she still had the eyes of a child. I’m smiling now thinking of her. She is gone now, but I am so glad that she had a real family!

  7. Amy, so glad you are on the mend, even with some setbacks. And, what a beautiful story about your grandmother and her love for people. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt story…a great way to start my week!

  8. I just love the story of your grandma – she sounds like an absolutely amazing woman. Great example of how the love we put out in the world can come back to us. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much! She really had love woven in every fiber of her being. And she loved everyone! That is a pretty good feeling to be around someone like that. Thank you for your kind words! Have a great week!

  9. I love that water bottle! I drink a ton of water, but I don’t think I’m making it quite to the one gallon mark … wow! And your story about your grandmother and Fern was just beautiful … so inspiring to hear about such love and kindness in this world. Thank you for sharing!

    1. It is a fun water bottle, and helps me track where I should be. My grandma was so special. Love through and through. And Fern was such a dear soul, I knew her story and to see her come in the house she just glowed when my grandma was around her. It blessed me and I learned alot about love by watching my Grandma 🙂 Thank you for commenting! Have a great week!

  10. Oh Amy, what a beautiful story. Your Grandma was such a wonderful person to reach out and save Fern. Brought tears to my eyes.
    You are truly blessed to come from a line of loving wonderful female role models. No wonder you are who you are. You, my friend, embody unconditional love.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing story with us. XX

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