Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Feeling the Love

On Valentine's Day I got the most amazing gift.  And I mean AH. MAZE. ING.

It came in the mail.

A check.

And in the memo section, the words:  VITAMIX.

I told you - amazing.  If you read my blog you would know how much I've been wanting to get a Vitamix.  In fact, a few weeks ago the girls and I watched the Vitamix guy at Costco for almost an hour.  We were in awe and devoured every sample.  Needless to say, it completely blew my mind when a relative that I haven't seen in years emailed me saying she wanted to give me and my family a Vitamix.  Her generosity left me speechless.  I didn't quite know how to respond, let alone receive such a gift.  In the end, I simply said thank you - sincerely and humbly - thank you.  

This post isn't so much about the Vitamix (which I LOVE and use everyday - I'm blending everything I get my hands on) it's more about learning how to receive.  Whether it comes by way of encouraging words, small acts of kindness or generous gifts, learning to receive has been one of my greatest lessons.  I lived most of my life in the "no, no, no thank you" camp - thinking it was polite and more acceptable to turn down such offers. It wasn't until I was in position where I couldn't do things for myself that I started to learn how to receive, how to open up and let others in, how to graciously say thank you.

Thank you Aunty Cathy for your incredible thoughtfulness and generosity. I can't wait to post pictures of all our fun creations (I'm still learning how to use this powerful beauty).   Hopefully one day we can cheers with a (perfectly blended) green juice.  Until then, please know that I am overflowing with thanks.

Feeling the love,


  1. Thanks Kim! This is a lesson that I am learning in my life right now being in such a place where I do need help but my first reaction is No Thank You. I need to learn how to receive with an open heart and no fear. God Bless you and your Ohana!

  2. Hi Christie,

    Yes, it has been an amazing lesson. Whether we're just being polite or think we can do it all on our own, the truth is we need each other. Letting go of "doing it all" was so freeing for me. I also realized how much it blesses others when we allow them to pour into our lives.

    You are doing such a great job with Koa - an open heart and no fear will only make you stronger.

    Thanks for writing.


  3. What a thoughtful and sweet gift! :o) My parents make all kinds of drinks everyday for lunch. They love it and they love how easy it is to clean. I can't wait to see picts of what you make! Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom with all of us.

  4. Ooooh! I'm so envious right now!!! That looks like such an amazing blender!!!!

  5. Ohhhhh, its so pretty!! We found an ancient one on ebay and even though its a dinosaur, that thing continues to grind everything up and make the most delicious smoothies imaginable. Yep, that is love to get one in this way!!

  6. I heard those blenders are beyond awesome. So cool. Yes, receiving is so hard! I have been in situations that my reflex reaction is, "No worries" then two minutes later I am kicking myself. Sometimes I blame culture. I think it has the potential to cross the lines of false humility. I also learned that saying no robs others of the gift to give. So much to learn huh?