Words Crush Wednesday: On Gratitude, Please Help Me Pay it Forward

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy


My cutie pie!


I love this time of year! Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Time to cook a nice meal with all my favorite Southern fixins’–cornbread stuffing and fried turkey here we come!

BUT…I NEED YOUR HELP! Some time ago my husband returned from Costco a bit wound up as he shouted, “I got into an argument with an elderly man!”

As his statement rolled off his tongue,  I had nothing to say. His comment was met with my non-verbals of confusion and a crease that often deepens between my eyebrows.  All I could muster was, “Well what happened?” In my mind, I’m hoping he did nothing outrageous as he was wearing his Air Force uniform.

My husband declared, ” He wouldn’t let me pay for my groceries! I tried telling him to not pay for the groceries, but he told the cashier to ring the groceries up on his account!”

While my husband’s rehashing his “argument,” I am feeling hugely guilty as he was only supposed to pick up a few items.  But a friend said the quinoa was good, so I had to try that, and how about another bottle of wine. Thus, a plague of guilt danced about my head as I realize this generous man has paid for our $75.00 grocery bill!  I am thankful; however, we prefer to shy away from the generosity our community tries to bestow upon us.

The truth is we are very blessed. We both served in the United States Air Force and in many ways we have not financially struggled as I know other military families have faced financial hardships. Perhaps one reason is when we moved, our careers moved with us while some spouses are forced to leave their careers or jobs due to military moves.

So my intent of this blog is to pay it forward. I cannot let this gentleman’s good deed stop with us! I would like to return his generosity for “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them (Kennedy).


So please help me by nominating a military family for a $75.00 Commissary Gift Card. I’ve listed the super easy requirements below.

  1. Must have access to a Military Commissary
  2. Must be nominated by a friend, family, supervisor, co-worker, commander, someone who loves or adores you–like the nice, wise lady next door.:-)
  3. Must email me a short letter (roughly 450-500 words) of why you feel this family is deserving, the current duty location of the family, or their current location if the family is no longer in active duty status–in this case, list the last duty assignment (These details are only for me and will not be shared on the blog, but I may share a brief description of who was given the gift card. I will, of course, practice caution to keep our families safe. Anything shared will be approved by the family first.)
  4. Must enter by December 7th, midnight Arizona time, and the above requirements must be met in order to be considered. 🙂

That’s it! I will contact you via email if your family is selected, and I will need a mailing address to send the gift card. If you’re hesitant on my credibility, please feel free to view my LinkedIn account. I’ll be investing my two older children to help me in the selection process of one family to receive a $75.00 Commissary Gift Card. So please help me to pay our Costco gentleman’s good deed forward! Thank you so much and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day with family and friends! Wishing you all the best.

Email: leadership2mommyship@gmail.com

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