Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Saturday, I went to Trader Joe’s and as I was returning home, I noticed a Fed Ex truck in my driveway. The driver carried a very big box to my front porch.

I could see it said “full length mirror” on the outside of the box so I thought Tom had ordered it for our bathroom, the new hall bathroom, or our bedroom. We had just received our new hall bathroom vanity, so it made sense.

I went inside and told Tom his box was on the porch. He said he didn’t order anything but went out to get the box and bring it inside. It said my name and address on the box so we knew it wasn’t meant for a neighbor. Tom’s theory was that I was browsing online and accidentally clicked “buy”. He also thought maybe I online shop in my sleep. Wow, Tom!

I googled the return address, but it was just the shipping center. Then, I looked up the brand Neutypechic and really liked all their mirror products, but I had never been to their website. We decided not to open it until we could figure out the mystery behind the box. I think I was planning to call the company next.

About an hour later my sister Kate texted a picture of the same box and said, “Did you get this?” Well, that solved the mystery, but why did she send it?

She said “Amazon wouldn’t allow me to put a note in it, but I would have said, ‘thank you for always seeing me and listening to me. Every time someone asks me how I got through all my mess, my answer is always – my sister got me through it.”

She wanted me to have a better mirror for outfit photos at home because she sees me and knows that is important to me.

Not a blog worthy outfit:

It fits perfectly in my bathroom in the space and with the decor. I think Tom likes having it, too!

I am still so touched.

I was given permission by her to share this. Her divorce was just finalized and the judge who decreed it via Zoom was named James Brown. She said she “feels good”! She bought her own house and is killing the single mom (shared custody) life and is the strongest person I know. I could tell you much more because her life has been like a Lifetime movie – seriously – if you have watched The Cheese Gal’s story, Kate’s might rival it. She is also an amazing elementary art teacher and kills it at work, too.

It would have been much easier for her to just keep the status quo, but she did the brave and hard thing and I am so proud of her.

I am so glad she is my sister, but if she wasn’t, I would definitely want her to be my friend.


42 thoughts on “Story Time

  1. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it and I love that you and your sister have such a supportive relationship. This was heartwarming to read!
    Also, that mirror is gorgeous!


  2. My mouth literally dropped when I read this. That is the sweetest, most thoughtful gift! I don’t really care much about what people give me, because I feel like I’m easy to please, but what I DO love is a thoughtful gift. I probably would have cried over something like this. I’m such a sap, but really, how moving is it that she knows you so well? You are both so fortunate to have each other! I feel the same about my sisters and brother, though I don’t often see Terri and Paul, and can’t imagine my life without them. I know you feel the same! Side note- what a gorgeous mirror! It looks incredible in your bathroom!


    1. Awww, thank you. I gush and gush when someone sees me through their gift to me. I don’t care about the money value, but I love to feel SEEN. I think you have the same with your siblings and that is a tribute to your parents. Thank you so much!


  3. *not me crying on a Tuesday morning* what a lovely post (& lovely story) I love the mirror & the story behind it. I hope the days continue to get better for Kate. Such a sweet sister story 🙂


  4. That is the sweetest! I am sure it is MOST deserved. Kudos to your sister to being amazing in so many ways! During my divorce, my sisters helped me in so may ways… I would not be where I am today without them and neither would my kids! Hugs to both of you.


  5. That is the most beautiful mirror! Life is so messy and it’s the ones who show up for you that are your true people. Kudos to your Sis for making it through such a tough time, it will only get better, that I know for sure. Thanks for sharing your surprise.


    1. Thank you! Yes, it is. And, you do see who is there for you when the mess happens to you. I hope I have truly been there as she says. I am so proud of her for making the first step.


  6. So wonderful that you have such a loving relationship with your sister. It is a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I love it. Tom is so funny. I am him in female form, lol.


  7. Awe! This was so sweet to read. Your sister is lucky to have you. I also love sending surprise gifts to my friends and family when they go above and beyond – it just feels so good!


    1. It really was a reminder to me to do more of this and maybe more of this with my teenager nieces and nephews and the little ones, too. I send texts often, but there is something about the effort someone takes to mail you something. It really feels good to do it and be on the receiving end.


  8. This is so touching – what a wonderful gift, especially coming from your sister. It sounds like she has been through a lot and is very strong. I’m glad you are such a good support/friend for her!


  9. What a sweet sister ❤️ So happy she is doing well!! I have a friend that was married to an alcoholic. He was verbally and emotionally abusive and at one point physically abusive. She made the decision to divorce him for the her safety and her two boys. She raised them as a single mom. I’m so proud of her just as you must be of your sister.


    1. She is! Your friend is so brave and I admire the heck out of her. Women have a hard time leaving situations like that. I hope your friend is happy and confident now.


  10. Wow, what an awesome surprise! This is a such great reminder to tell / show the people in your life how much they mean to you. And that mirror looks like it was made for your bathroom?!


  11. I love this! You are both so lucky to have each other! That is an awesome mirror, too!
    And tell Tom, really?! In your sleep? Too funny.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!


  12. I have tears running down my face. There is nothing better than being friends with your sibling, thank you for sharing the love here.


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