May 08, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - Mothers, Spring, and Our Garbage Man

I have so much to be grateful for today.  I feel like I could go on and on. 

First off, I'm grateful for my mom.  She is an amazing woman.  She carried me for 10 months.  (Yeah, I was a month overdue.  Yikes.)  She taught me all about decorating as she toted me around to wallpapers store as a child.  She taught me to believe in myself.  She taught me how important the role of a mother is.  She taught me to love the gospel of Jesus Christ.  She is my cheerleader.  Thanks for everything, Mom!  (This is her on a hike we took this week.)


I am also thankful for my mother-in-law, who is one of the most thoughtful people I know.  I feel so lucky to have married into such a wonderful family.

I am grateful for spring this week because I think it finally arrived!  That means it's time for squirt guns....


...and climbing...


...and little bare feet....


....and shorts....


...and hiking!  I am thrilled.


Lastly, I had something happen this week that made me so happy.  Rex has been a fan of the garbage truck for years now.  We've lived in this home for 2.5 years and almost every Wednesday we run outside to watch the garbage man.  We wave.  Rex does the honk-your-horn gesture.  Both of the garbage men have come to know us fairly well.  We even gave them treats at Christmas. 

Anyhow, so we missed the garbage man this week and later that day I headed out to bring the cans in.  I noticed something was attached to one of the cans.  It was a brand new hat with the garbage truck logo on it just for Rex.  It honestly made my month.  I was so impressed that he would be so kind.  Rex was really excited.  Here he is modeling it for you.  It's a little big, but it makes me smile everytime I see it.  It's amazing how much one small act can do.  I was so touched.


It was a great week.  What were you grateful for this week?

Thanks for reading.

28 comments:

betsey said...

I got your blog info from my mom, Claudia Gimbel. We used to be in your ward in Janesville and went to your dad for our teeth cleaning even after we moved to Indiana. :) I love all the amazing projects on your blog, but I had to comment about the garbage truck hat...what a wonderful story! It reminds me to be extra friendly to everyone around me, thanks for sharing!

Betsey Gimbel Hawkins

Jennifer Zans Clark said...

For a little man who loves the garbage man, has he played pretend with the refrigerator yet? The large handle makes the perfect back of the garbage truck for him to hang on too!
PS love your blog!

StepThruCrazy said...

That is so sweet! What nice garbage men you have!

Moe said...

Awww... what a nice garbage man! Love it :).

Moe

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

OMGsh so sweet! Love the garbage man story!

Lindsy said...

Happy Mother's Day to you! What a lovely family and I love that the garbage man gave Rex a hat that is truly so sweet!!!!! Love that story!

Andrea said...

Oh, I totally just got all teared up. That is just so sweet. I know how excited my little man would be if the garbage man did that for him (We watch them every week too!). It just melts my heart when I see someone do something kind like that for a child. Those are the things you remember, even when you're all grown up. Happy Mothers Day!

The Smith Family said...

I love your Sunday posts. That is so sweet about your garbage man. I will only go as far to say ours is NOTHING like that :)

Casey said...

I think there must be something about Garbage Men because our local guy has the same effect on kids and adults. He is a sincere Christian man and is always smiling. Kids bring water bottles to his truck when he stops, adults smile and say hi, and he sometimes even takes garbage he shouldn't (like carpet that isn't cut down small enough). He was highlighted in our paper a few months ago because he saw a woman struggling in the park as he was driving by, stopped his truck, checked on her, and saved her from dying of a heart attack. It's nice to know that people still care. Love your blog, as always!

Unknown said...

What a sweet gesture from your garbage man! I'm grateful for my mother, church, and the song Walk by Foo Fighters.. the song helped break my writers block for my novel.

Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

That was so nice of them. I imagine it makes their day to see such a kid so excited to see them. They must have really missed seeing him this week.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

How cool is that! I'm sorry to say it was a tough week for me, you can read about that here (http://ms-smartie-pants.blogspot.com/2011/05/and-then-there-was-1.html) a little difficult to find gratitude when you are swimming around in pity. :( Loved the hat story, my son did that for years then we went to counting cement trucks as they drove down the street. Great memories! It's going to be better week, I just know it! xoxo

Alice said...

Thanks Cheri. I was touched and sorry that i had not read your log till after you left because usually it is the first thing I do in the morning. I will always be your cheerleader!!!(It's an easy job!)

The Snow Queen said...

awww I got all choked up too! That is one cool hat. I wish I had one!

Hands Sew Full said...

What a great thing for your Garbage man to do! That is a real Pay it forward...no sign up necessary! I love it!

McCrary Memory Blog said...

Cute story and love your blog. Where did you get the robot shirt??? Love it. Did you make it? If so, can you share how you did it? I have to robot loving boys that would love for me to make them each one just like it! Thanks!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

When I was little, we were friends with the garbage man too! We would go out every week and say hello. I'm glad Rex got a hat from him, that is seriously awesome!

Katie said...

I love when people notice and do, for no other reason than because it could matter to one little person. My son has autism and going into public is sometimes hard for him. But every time we go into our local grocery store the people there make our day. They say hi to him in a sincere way. They ask questions about his life and really listen to his answers. They don't mind if he is stemming or if he wants to smell their forehead (yes, that happens, and yes it is just as humiliating as you can imagine:) It makes such a difference to him, and to me. It gives him confidence and gives him "normal" for a while. I am convinced that people like the grocery store people, and your garbage man are truly angels walking around like normal people. They make the world just a tiny bit better. They make me want to be an angel for someone else.

Melanie said...

Ok this post was too cute for words! Your boys are cute, and the hat gesture was too sweet:)

S.Greiner said...

Love your blog and we too have the BEST garbage men! They always wave at my boys when they are in the window watching them empty our trash bins...I just love this little glimpse of kindness!

Joslin @ Just Batty said...

What a thoughtful little hat! About as thoughtful as the cookies for for Christmas and probably being the only person who smiles and waves at the garbage man (and makes a conscious point to do it). Maybe you've already thought of this, but if not... I bet you and your son make their day EVERY day!

Billie said...

That is one of the nicest little acts of kindness I have heard about in a long time.
What a sweet garbage man you have!!!

Mollie D said...

That is the sweetest garbage man thing I've ever heard- how adorable! And I love your mom's craft room- what a great space and a great way to use those old bed things- whatever you call them. I mean what do you do with one of those when you change decor?

The Miller Five said...

What a sweet thing to do! Funny story. Our first day in our new house, I was taking the garbage to the street as the truck was coming up the road. The garbage man said hello and asked how I liked my new place. Turns out our new place used to be his home...15 years ago. Crazy, small world!

iammommahearmeroar said...

The robot shirt was one I made Rex last year. Here's the tutorial:

http://iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/2010/03/robot-rex.html

Candace Rae said...

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Unknown said...

OMGoodness- when my brother was about Rex's age he too had an obsession with the garbage man. I was a teen at the time and I would take him out every week to visit "Vinnie" the garbage man. They brought him gifts (from the trash I fear) and took him on rides and overall just made his day! So funny!

Paula Decco Frederico Franco said...

I'm really grateful for your blog!!! Inspires me always!

Paula
www.comoagenteviramae.blogspot.com

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