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Inspirational Stranger ~ Paying it Forward

Meet my beautiful friend, Rebecca.   I met Rebecca and her awesome family when we lived in California right after Ricky was born.   She is a kind, loving, generous soul and was a wonderful friend to me as I learned how to be a mom in a new place where we knew no one.    Her two boys, husband and mom are equally as amazing.    And this story couldn’t have happened to anyone better… read on for a first hand account of the generosity of a stranger:


Paying it Forward ~ By Rebecca

I had to tell this story, had I not experienced it first hand, I’d find it hard to believe.

I go to Stater Bros today.

I shop ~ always very aware of my coupons, sales, needs/wants, etc.

I get to the check out stand.

The gal tells me the total.

I reach into my bag, get my wallet out, and nothing… no check book, no atm card, no cash, nada! (I remembered that I took my checks & atm card out to pay my bills online & forgot to put them back into my purse)

I apologize & feel incredibly stupid.  I tell her that I can run home, etc.

Next thing I know…

The gentleman behind me says ~ “I’ll get it”

I’m like ~ “No. No.  I’m not gonna have you buy my groceries.”

He says, “Let me.  I can.”

I say, “No. I’ll run home.”

He says, “Let me save you a trip and you can pay me back.  You look like an honest lady.” (tear, right?)

So I say, “Oh, my bank is right across the parking lot, I’ll run over, get you cash, and run back.”

He agrees.

I’m flustered.

I’m thankful, of course.

I literally run across the parking lot to the bank.

Get his money.

Run back and notice he’s putting his groceries in his car.

I run up to him & he says ~ “Oh no, you found me”

I say ~ “Of course, here you go, thank you very much.”

He says ~ “I’m not going to take your money”

Me ~ “Oh yes you are sir, thank you, but I can’t have you do that.”

He say ~ “I can and I will, I want to.”

He’s next to tears

You all know I’m a big cry baby so I start tearing up.

And he says…. “donate half to charity & do something for yourself….”

speechless and tears falling down my face.

He says ~ “I have a wife at home dying of cancer & if I can do this for you, let me.”

speechless… we are both crying.

I hug him, tell him I will honor his wishes and pray for him and his wife.

He smiles & says, “I mean it when I say do something for yourself.”

wow…

wow…

wow…

I asked him who he was so I could donate in honor of his wife and he said, just Don.

Had to share and you bet your lifesavers I’ll be paying it forward!

What an awesome story that you typically only read about in books or see in movies.   I had to share and hope that this inspires you as it has me.   Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!

Love,

Thank you, Grandma DeDe

Dear Grandma DeDe,

Last weekend I got to go sledding on my coolest new sled from you!   It is the best sled ever!   Nana, Papa, Angie and my mommy all tried it too and everyone loved my fast blue sled.  Thank you so much and I love you.

Love, Ricky

Happy Birthday Lil’ Bro

Happy 32nd Birthday to my little brother!

This is why I do what I do… who doesn’t love to look back remember the hairdo’s, the broken bones, the fun times.

Okay, well some hairdo’s you might not want to remember;)

Love you, Barn.

Princess Bella {Salt Lake City Children’s Photographer}

Bella might look pretty familiar as I just photographed her and her cousin a few weeks ago.     I was thrilled to be able to photograph her again and spend a bit more time with her.    And, I might mention this every time I get to see a repeat customer but one of my favorite things about photographing children is seeing them grow.   I first photographed Bella as a newborn and she is now two and an amazing little princess with an independent mind of her own.   She was a blast to play with again!   Here are a few of my favorites:

Then Bella had some fun playing with her Papa.

And fun being a goofball with her mommy:

And we finished with a little bit of lovin’

Thanks so much for coming to see me again, Bella and family!  I always love to see you guys.

Love,

Disneyland

Dear Ricky,

We had such a fantastic time at Disneyland celebrating your 5th birthday!  You were so excited to arrive in California that you almost couldn’t contain yourself.  You had been marking off the calendar for 2 weeks, in anticipation of the big day.   And you weren’t just excited for Disneyland you were excited for everything.   You loved our “bright blue” rental car.  You loved everything about the hotel room and walked around the room announcing every bit of it to us, “Mommy, we have a beautiful bed, and two mirrors and a beautiful chair, and MOMMY, we have HANGERS!”   You were ecstatic about every detail.

On the first day, we went to ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney to watch the Super Bowl.   It was SO crowded that we never got a table to sit down and eat.  We stayed there until half time, playing all kinds of games, hoping for a table.   When there was no end in site to the long wait list, we decided to walk around Downtown Disney and find a new place to eat.   We decided on a little outdoor cafe that had a few TVs so Daddy could still watch the game and you and I could eat.    It was probably torture bringing you so close to Disneyland without actually going in on that first evening, but you didn’t seem to care.  You were just SO excited to be close.   At one point I looked over and you were up off of your chair just dancing.  Dancing in between the other tables having a great time!

The next morning we woke up bright and early to get an early start on our first day at Disneyland!

We arrived right when the park opened and were greeted by the Disneyland Railroad Train and Marching Band.

We entered the park, and you were so excited to spot Disney and Walt and the famous castle featured in SO many commercials!

You saw the entrance to Tomorrowland and the Rocket ship ride first, so we jumped right in line and our first ride at Disneyland was history.

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster was right next door however, you were not so sure about this ride.   The entrance was fairly dark and you really didn’t want to go on it at all.  I had been told by many friends that this was a perfect ride for you and that you would love it.  So we made you go on it.   You complained during the entire wait in line and even once we started on the ride.  I think you realized you would love it, but were now just being stubborn and trying to prove me wrong.  Little stinker.    Half way through the ride, you decided to have fun and started shooting the Zurg targets.   You earned a ton of points and beat Daddy!

Playing around with the Goofy Hats.

After a few rides you kept asking to play games.   I guess all the game playing at ESPN Zone the night before gave you the wrong idea about Disneyland.   Over and over again you kept saying, “I just want to play games.”   Just as I finally convinced you that Disneyland was all about the rides and that there were no games inside Disneyland we walked out of Space Mountain and directly into an arcade.   Guess you did prove me wrong this time, lil’ man!    We gave in and let you play one game, to which you chose: AIR HOCKEY.    Air Hockey… at Disneyland!   I didn’t even try to remind you that our neighbor has an Air Hockey table where you can play everyday or convince you otherwise.   You were so excited to play and once again beat Daddy.

You loved “It’s a Small World.”

And then…. you spotted Pluto!   We had seen some other characters previously, Alice, Gepetto, etc. that you weren’t interested in and were actually fairly intimidated by so I wasn’t sure that you would really want to meet any of the characters.   I was wrong.  You had no fear going right up to Pluto and were so excited to get your picture with him.

You loved the fact that Mickey was everywhere.    In fact you wanted to save everything that had Mickey on it.  Thankfully you agreed to instead have your picture taken with your lunch container so we didn’t have to tote around a grease covered box the rest of our trip.

Dumbo was one of your favorite rides.

Toontown, I think, was your favorite part of Disneyland.   You loved going through Mickey’s house, Pluto’s house, Daisy’s boat, Chip and Dale’s Treehouse, meeting Mickey, riding the roller coaster and of course getting Cotton Candy!

Yes, you loved the Cotton Candy!

Late in the afternoon, as we getting ready to leave Disneyland and walk over to California Adventure we spotted Mickey once again.    So, of course, we captured another picture!

We ate dinner, had more treats and relaxed inside California adventure for awhile before tackling some more rides and games, yes, games.

We decided that if you’re going to get any souvenir at Disneyland it had better be a pair of Mickey ears, especially given how much you adore Mickey right now.   You were in love with them and so excited that your name was on the back.   We played some games where you tried and tried and tried to win a prize.   It seemed like on every game you would get inched out by a split second by the same adult guy.    Finally you won a little stuffed duck that you love.   We were getting ready to leave when you decided to finish out your last few credits on the same game where you won the duck.   We got in line and the lady in front of you won a huge stuffed Mickey Mouse.  She heard you say, “Mommy, I hope I win that,” and preceded to GIVE  you her Mickey.  She said, “I already have one at home.”    She was so nice and that made your night complete.   Mickey ears, Mickey mouse and a baby duck and we were ready to call it a night!

Day one was a complete success.   We ended the night with a dip in the hot tub at the hotel, which you thought was so awesome.    Then you snuggled up with all of your friends in your “beautiful bed.”

Day two started with a bang!   Once we realized how much you loved meeting Mickey and his friends around the park, we decided to have breakfast with all of them.   I am so happy that we did!   It was definitely worth it and you were able to meet most of Mickey’s friends.

If it can be shaped like Mickey, it will be shaped like Mickey!

The friend you really wanted to meet was Goofy.    We didn’t see him in the park at all on the first day and you kept saying, “Keep your eye out for Goofy!”   He was the last friend that came around during breakfast and we were so excited that we got a picture with all of us together.  Boy, is goofy tall!    The only friend of Mickey’s that we didn’t get to meet was Donald.  We were sad, but felt very lucky to meet all of the rest of them.

We spent day two riding some new rides.     Pinocchio:

Daddy enjoying the Storybook Boat ride through the Whale’s mouth!

Alice in Wonderland:

The carousel:

and, Finding Nemo:

I think we were able to ride every single ride that we wanted to and even got to ride some of your favorite rides a second time.     We had such an amazing couple of days.   When I asked you what your favorite thing was, you said, “Buzz’s ride.”   However after some thought you said, “Mickey’s house.”    I agree.  I think your favorite things were Toontown, Mickey’s house and meeting Mickey and his friends.   Although we had fun on rides like the Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, I’m sure happy we made the trip during such a magical time where what you loved most was Mickey!

I’ll remember this trip forever, buddy.   We love you so much and still can’t believe that you are FIVE.

Love,

Mommy

Kathi - Heather,

I love this!!! Your little guy is going to so cherish this when he gets older.
Your pictures are amazing. They really catch the spirit of Disney!!!

MIchelle - I love the pictures! Looks like you had a marvelous time! Can’t wait to see all the pictures!

Elisha - Oh my gosh, I’ve GOT to take my boys there! Awesome pictures as usual, Heather! I can’t wait until it’s warm again for the boys to play outside together!

Heather Bird - Thanks ladies! We really did have a magical time and would suggest it to you all. Your kids will absolutely love it also.