I don't know what it is about our family, but we always seem to be getting free stuff. People - strangers, acquaintances, friends and family - just give us random things. I have many theories why this may be. Perhaps, it is the "law of attraction" as made famous by the book The Secret, or just because people like us, or due to our "beautiful" children, or to "pay" us back for some favor or service we have done to them, or just because they are nice people or they know we have a barn full of storage and will find a good home for the stuff if we don't need/want it or people feel sorry for us or just for some other random reason. It is probably because of one of these reasons!
The other day, the kids and I were walking into Smith's. A fireman passed us to go to his truck. He came back and gave Cadence a stuffed animal and told her that firemen give stuffed animals to cute little girls like her. Wow! The next day, I needed to print a paper off at my former school to take to another teacher about a former student. While we were there, the school secretary gave Cadence a brand new Kermit the Frog stuffed animal. When we got home, there were a couple of people from down the street bringing us a bunkbed with mattresses. We don't really know them. The mom was riding her bike down the street and stopped and asked us if we wanted a bunk bed before she took them to the thrift store. We said we would love some bunkbeds.
It is amazing to me how much free "stuff" comes to us. It has saved us money and I am very grateful for everyone's kindness. I am cheap and this just feeds my cheapness! Thanks to everyone for all you have given to us!
A picture of Cadence with her free gifts.