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Saturday, January 05, 2008

My Bucket is filling up.

Yesterday I came home to a box on my doorstep full of the best dinner I have ever had with this note on it. Someone must have a nanny cam in my house because this was an answer to an ungiven prayer. I have still been sick since the holidays with not much sign of getting better. I missed church last Sunday and can't imagine being able to go tomorrow (we switch to the early schedule tomorrow - yikes!) My pink Bucket has seemed a little empty these past few weeks and it has been hard not to get too down. I have not had the energy to run - which makes me kind of sad or the energy to do my dishes or laundry.
So, if I could thank this mystery family who brought us this dinner that we have eaten all weekend I would. I would say "THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!" I realize that it is all a circle when you can not thank those that serve you, you just go and serve someone else.
If you have that little nudge inside of you to go do something for someone - do it, don't wait!

Chicken Chili Soup - this soup was hands down the best soup I have ever had and to think I can't get the recipe. It had chunks of green chili in it (which are my favorite). I can't figure out where one would get such big chunks around here I only see chili sold in chopped small cans - it is all part of my investigative work to find the recipe!

28 comments:

carlo said...

oh kristi, how great and wonderful is that!

deserving indeed.

feel better soon.

Jill said...

It's so nice to see acts of kindness like this, and it's especially nice to see your family on the receiving end of it after you've spent the entire last month serving others.

I'm so sorry you're sick, but it's not surprising after all you've done last month, you must be exhausted.

We're switching to the early schedule tomorrow too and I'm sick about it, but have no business complaining since our building is just around the corner from us.

Autumn said...

I'm so glad they took care of you and your family this weekend. I know you have got to be exhausted!

Jill said...

P.S. I hope your Pink Bucket is overflowing this week with all your birthday festivities!

Amanda :-) said...

Oh, brilliant! It was when I'd just given birth to Erin that I realised how fantastic a meal can be as a gift. I hope you start to feel better soon. At least you're not so ill that you couldn't taste it. I hate it when you're ill and you can't smell or taste anything.

Paul has said in the past, 'That an answer to a prayer I never prayed'. Haha! God must know you haven't even the energy to ask.

You've reminded me I have people at church to thank for helping me with our Jesse tree.
*sticks Post-it Note in middle of PC screen*

Traci said...

What a nice surprise to find, especially since you aren't feeling well. The meal sounded wonderful! The soup- way yummy too!

Amy said...

With all of the help you have given to people throughout the year, I can't think of a person more deserving of a little break. I hope you get feeling better.

Melinda said...

I hope you can kick what ever you have. The darn cold that is going around wants to linger for well over a month here. That is so great that someone listened to the spirit and helped you when you needed it. Get feeling better!

Suzanne said...

Ye reap what ye sow. I'm so glad that someone surprised you with some edible TLC. You and your family deserve it.

crystal said...

Get well, Kristi! I think you must've been operating on reserve energy during Christmas and finally just crashed.

I love green chilis, too! Were they fresh, in the soup, or canned?

kristi said...

crystal, i am sure they were canned, i can't imagine where they would get fresh ones here..

Anne said...

You definitely deserve it! I'm sorry you're not feeling any better :( I would ask if there is anything I could do to help, but you'll probably say that there's nothing. Watch out, I just might show up on your doorstep one of these days...

Kim Sue said...

enjoy...
hope you feel better soon
and thanks for the nudge to pass on kindness to someone

deidra said...

Isn't it kind of funny how extreme a relief food can be, especially when you are so exhausted it's the last thing you want to plan and make. You are definitely a deserving family.

Just a few weeks ago we had returned from an out of town funeral with plans to go support a friend's caroling group. Another friend called and said, "Would you just like to eat dinner with us? We've got plenty!" What a relief, comfort, and such a touching gesture!

Jessica said...

I'm so glad that someone did that for you, what a wonderful surprise.

andrea said...

what a heartwarming story. I can't imagine how exhausted you must be after all you did in December.

I've been sick all day too. It's the pits. Get well soon.

melanie said...

The soup sounds fabulous! I'm so glad you liked it. Your family is so deserving! I love seeing service in action!

I hope you start feeling better soon. It's awful to feel that worn out!

We go late schedule tomorrow and I am so happy to say farewell to that nasty early schedule. We were late almost every Sunday of 2007. NOT good!

{natalie} said...

it's nice to see someone helping you out after all the helping you've done. i hope you feel better soon! and post the recipe if you get it!

pjmesser said...

What a fabulous thing to do!
I am so glad you deserve a break- big time!
I too hope you feel better really soon. My prayers are with you.

Melissa said...

You do so much for others- how nice that someone did something for you. I hope you start to feel better soon.

Lauralee said...

the soup sounds awesome.. the brownies better.. take care.. hope you are feeling better soon!

Tasha said...

I am so inspired by this! What great people, and they are right, what a deserving family! Maybe they broiled the peppers and chopped them themselves? Or I 'll bet there are latin grocers all over in the area that sell more than the ortega diced green chilis.

Feel better friend! You deserve a rest!

kacey@doodlebugspaper.com said...

Hope you are feeling better soon!! What a nice gesture and your family deserved it!

Poppy said...

Here is a wonderful recipe for chicken chile soup...I can't help with the chiles, though. I hope that it is close to the one you got (and it's super easy!)
2 cans of diced tomatoes w/chiles
1 can each of:
Black beans
white beans
kidney beans
pinto beans
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1 packet taco seasoning
1 lb (or so) of chicken-cut up
Throw it all in your crockpot (do not drain anything) and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve with cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream.
Enjoy!

Liz said...

That is awesome! I am so glad someone did this for you! You all deserve it! If I lived close by I'd be bringing you dinner for sure! :)

We just switched to afternoon, and I am not sure I like it. Jared would not sit in Sacrament, my brother in law took him out and he seriously ran around the building the whole hour! I don't know what we are going to do!

Amy said...

If you ever get the recipe, you know you have to post!!!

Victoria said...

How wonderful!

michelle said...

I'm so glad you were the recipient of such kindness! It's always amazing to me when someone sees a need and steps in to fill it. I hope you find that recipe!

It sounds like you are feeling better now, I hope you are and not just pushing through the pain...