HUGE apologies to my email subscribers– my itchy trigger finger got the best of me and I published rather than saving and you all got a not-even-half-written idea of a post that I had just started working on. I am sincerely sorry for that. So here’s the full post for Thursday just a bit early to try to make up for the spamming of your inbox. (I won’t let it happen again!)
Generosity. Big word.
There are so many different ways to be generous. And this week, I have been the recipient of generosity in so many ways.
The friends we vacation with are just like that– generous in ALL the ways. They take us to amazing places that provide to the outside observer very visible and tangible evidence of their generosity. And I completely agree, it’s incredible. My husband and I have done SO many things we would never have had the opportunity to do and have had so many incredible experiences thanks to our unbelievable friends. They are kind and generous in the extreme. As they tell their children, they work hard to be able to bless others. At this moment, I certainly feel blessed. No doubt about that. The pools, the palm trees, the views, the pina coladas, it’s all unbelievable.
But they are generous in even more spectacular ways that the outside observer probably has no idea about. So I will tell you.
They are generous with their time. This trip to Mexico is without a doubt a family vacation for our friends and their two little ones, and yet they invite my husband and me along. We are included in ev-er-y-thing… from fancy excursions to bedtime hugs and everything in between. The Lemas let us feel like part of this family, they share all of that precious time with us.
They are generous with their words. Chris is the Chris of chrislema.com and as I worked on my biggest post of the week, he was dispensing free advice on how best to woo the reader with my blog formatting. Do you have any idea how much something like that costs?! A lot, I’m sure…. and Melissa is 100% mom-spirational. She teaches me more than she could ever know about how to be a good mom someday. That kind of advice is not only invaluable, but it literally cannot be bought.
They are generous with their hearts. Chris, Melissa, and their kids, Emily and Christian, are unbelievable when it comes to generosity of the heart. At dinner, both kids prayed for my husband and I during a 100% unprompted grace. They also thanked God for this wonderful day. Pure hearts, good parenting, a beautiful thing.
I don’t think that I could ever possibly begin to repay the generosity afforded me by this beautiful family, but I also don’t really think that that’s the point. The generosity is poured out with no expectation of anything in return… except maybe to pay it forward when given the opportunity.
I like the idea of that.
By the way, I’m sitting next to my dear friend Melissa as I type this and when I cringed over the mistaken early publication of this post she said to me, “It’s ok. Everybody makes mistakes.”
I cheekily replied, “Not me. I was perfect until that happened.”
And brilliant and beautiful Melissa replied, “From the topside.”
Oh man, does she ever GET this tapestry thing. Probably she should be writing this stuff, not me, but as long as it’s me doing the writing, I am crazy glad she is my friend.