We’ve often spoke of our love of community, not just the one that we found in Sharon Springs when we moved here, but all the opportunities we have in our daily lives to find good “neighbors” – online, in the Mercantile, sitting next to us on an airplane….wherever.
Recently one of our neighbors, Carrie, who runs Black Willow Pond Farm with the help of her two young sons, shared an inspiring story of community with us. We asked her to write it down so that we could share it with you.
When you read it, look to the person nearest to you and think of something nice to say to them, even if it’s only a “hello”.
Not sure how to begin this – other than with a huge THANK YOU to an unknown person who spoiled me with something I would have never splurged on for myself. I sit here reflecting in awe and amazement of the outpouring of blessings from so many during this difficult year.
From people sharing their valuable time assisting me by watching my boys, work my table at the local farmer’s markets or help me in a variety of ways on the farm.
To those who have helped financially to keep my head above water or my car running.
To those who have dropped off gluten free meals and or left bags of GF groceries at my door- to “fatten” me up!
To my amazing customers who purchase meat and eggs from my little farm.
To those of you who have listened and allowed to me vent, breakdown and wiped away my tears. And to so, so many of you, who have lifted the boys and I up in prayer….I will never be able to thank you!!!
I have never been so humbled. I can only hope I can pay you all back in some way, somehow, but be sure I will continue to “pay it forward” helping and reaching out to others, as so many of you have taught and encouraged me to do. My faith has led me through this storm but your kindness, love and prayers has kept me going!
All these examples of kindness, leads me to share the most recent amazing story of kindness. A few weeks ago I shared on my Facebook page a fabulous pair of cowboy boots embroidered with wildflowers that were being featured in a giveaway from an online store called Country Outfitter. As a nature loving, country farm girl, I stated on my status: “Do these boots say “Carrie” or what?!?!? So me!!! So ♥ them! But the price tag is so not for this frugal girl!!! What an evil email to open this morning! But a girl can dream!”
Well the other day a package was delivered to my house. You can imagine my shock, as I opened the brown box to discover the amazing, wildflower boots. Yes, in my exact size.
My seven year old, stood there with me as puzzled and filled with questions as I was. Being the realistic, tad bit melancholy person that I am – I quickly searched for a phone number to call the company. As I spoke with customer service, explaining my “dilemma”, I questioned “did I win these boots?”
The representative asked for the packing number. A short pause. He came back on the line. “Well I pleased to tell you that those boots are indeed a gift. The person indicated that they wished to stay anonymous. The boots cannot be returned unless they do not fit and then they must be exchanged for the correct size.”
“Well,” I exclaimed, “they fit like a glove!” The representative laughed with me and told me to enjoy them!
While I may never find out who purchased this extravagant gift for me, I can make the promise to this person that each time I wear them I will remember the struggles, the pain I have experienced – BUT I will smile at the beautiful wildflowers stitched on a simple pair of cowboy boots and FOCUS on the new season of life and happiness my boys and I are entering!! How’s that song go…”these boots were made for walking?” ….Well I hope these boots get to walk, dance, and skip down the wondrous path laid out before me! Big hugs and blessings from the bottom of my heart!!!
You can see Carrie and all the goods from Black Willow Pond Farm at the Sharon Springs Farmers’ Market on Saturdays