**My hubby and I wake last Saturday morning and decide we're taking the 5 kiddos OUT FOR BREAKFAST to experience some wonderful pancakes at one of our "kind of famous" local hole in the wall places!! Last time I had breakfast there, I ran into Steven Curtis Chapman...so I kind of like the cool little place!!! So, we head out... We arrive and enter this cute LITTLE place with our LARGE family of 7...and we get the entire restaurant staring at us from the minute we enter (kind of normal with a large family, and not to mention that all 5 kids are little and look basically the same age :) So...they have one large table left open..so we get sat quickly (yay..) So, breakfast is going as usual....no one crying at our table yet (a bonus at any eating out adventure)...a drink or two were spilled....Hal (my 4 yr. old) not eating because he doesn't like anything....AND...I certainly was enjoying every bite of my banana-chocolate chip pancakes!!! (my absolute fav) Then the craziest thing happened EVER:
We are just about finished eating when our waitress comes over with a simple paper napkin in her hand and shows it to us....She goes on to explain that someone sitting across the restaurant wanted to give us THIS NAPKIN....The napkin simply said "GOOD JOB" written on it...AND, she explained that they had told her to tell us "WE WERE DOING A GOOD JOB" and THEY PAID FOR OUR BREAKFAST BEFORE THEY LEFT!!!! Will and I were stunned!! She said they had already left, and paid for it all, and JUST wanted the message sent to us!!! Isnt that the craziest, nicest thing EVER?????? We asked her IF she knew this person/couple?? And, she said she DIDN'T!!!! She'd never seen them before....I seriously got all teared up and couldn't believe someone, a complete stranger would do something SO NICE!!! So...we left our morning outing with such a fresh, renewed outlook on life...There really ARE a lot of nice people in this world!!! And, if such a small gesture could bring us SUCH warmth and happiness..we wanted to GIVE THAT BACK!!! So, look out world...we're looking for the next opportunity to PAY IT FORWARD!!! We're going to do the exact same thing....I'm sending a note over to the NEXT BIG family out and about I see...and picking up the tab for their meal....I'm also leaving FIRST before they figure out who did it!! :) I'll keep ya posted!!! :) AND, a HUGE thank you to the complete stranger that MADE OUR DAY!!! :) May God Bless you for being so kind!!
***Happy Saturday to you all, kj