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7 Acts of Generosity

We are ending week one of 2015 and I’m just beginning to use my Word of the Year. I am thrilled to share the random acts of generosity that were either bestowed upon me or that I witnessed being generated to others. During this week, I’ve been very focused to see at least one act per day. How are you using your word of the year?

1. Fairhope Roasting Company Hosted Southern Bloggers Jubilee

Fairhope Roasting Company

On Thursday, Southern Bloggers Jubilee was hosted by the Fairhope Roasting Company. The owner of this brand new local company had breakfast waiting, freshly roasted, ground and brewed coffee and a demonstration of how it all happens. (A separate post will follow just about this experience.) Hanson Eskridge and his staff went out of their way to welcome our group. It was the #1 act of generosity for the week. Thank you so much, Hanson.

2. Bliss Bridal Assists in the Adoption of New Family Member

Lingerie Fashion Friday

You can read She was Born Yesterday to see how Katie Ward with Bliss Bridal helped with the adoption process of the newest member of our family.

3. Friends Host Former Co-Workers’ Retirement Party


A friend of ours is retiring this year. Several of her former co-workers gathered together to honor the 37 years that she gave to her company. She is the beauty smiling in the center. It was such a fun night with friends. Dinner was delicious with appetizers, pork tenderloin, a potato bar, roasted asparagus and plenty of bubbly to toast the retiree. From left to right:  Joan and Robert Moore (hosts), Pam Roberts, Danny McMillan, Teresa Barler (retiree), Ed Holmes, Rhonda McGill, Mr. Cozi and Milan McGill. When we tallied the number of years that these folks had worked for the same company we came up with 308 years. Not only were our hosts most generous in their hospitality, but all of these folks have been more than generous with their dedication to their employer.

4. Thank You Note

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a thank-you note for a Christmas present I sent to a friend. The written word is special to me and hand written cards are getting fewer and farther between. I consider it a very generous gesture.

5. My daughter cooked me dinner.

I have to admit I was skeptical when my sweet daughter offered to cook me dinner. You see, she is a vegetarian and planned a mushroom burger for our meal. First of all, I’m not a huge mushroom fan in general and anything without beef is not a burger in my opinion. But, let me tell you… she proved this momma wrong! It was fabulous. I ate it so fast that there are no pictures, but I do have the recipe to share.

  • 2 portobello mushrooms, stemmed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple rings, juice reserved
  • 1.5 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • Canola oil
  • Sliced Onions
  • 2 gluten-free rolls
  • Red leaf cabbage
  • Vegenaise

Marinate mushrooms in pineapple juice and teriyaki for 5 minutes. Saute sliced onions in oil while mushrooms are marinating. Add the shrooms and continue cooking until they are tender about 6-8 minutes. Assemble with a slice of pineapple, red cabbage, grilled onions, vegenaise and the cooked mushroom. I highly recommend this recipe. Lunch or dinner, it was 5 stars! Thank you, sweet girl, for cooking this for me!

6. Our dog-walker contacted us concerned our shih tzu was lost.

While we were at the retirement party, we received a call from our dog walker wanting to know if we had lost our dog. She had seen a dog on Facebook that looked just like our Shih Tzu – that had been lost in our neighborhood. She sent me the picture and it did look a lot like ours.

Stray Shih Tzu

Stray Shih-Tzu

Shih Tzu

Our Shih Tzu

She was safe and sound, but Mr. Cozi and I were overwhelmed with gratitude that she would reach out to us in concern over a lost dog in our neighborhood. She was not sitting for us, but received a notice of a lost shih-tzu and checked with us immediately. Thank you, Debbie! She is a retired FBI agent, so our pets are always in good hands!

7. You have been generous to read through all my list today. Thank you. You’ve made my day.

When I woke up this morning I wasn’t thinking this had been near as good a week as it was…until I started this list. I hope your week was as great as mine. I like having a “word of the year.” Do you?

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