My Witness ~ A Note From Ginifer Ree & “Three Years Ago Today” follow-up ~

 This is a follow-up to my Saturday post.    (https://stuffitellmysister.me/2012/03/24/three-years-ago-today/ )While “three years ago” has been on my mind these past few days, who pops up on my Facebook as a friend request, but Ginifer Ree!  She is the dear and sweet witness that was there for me when I had my accident. In visiting with her via Facebook last night, I told her about my Saturday post.  She then said that I should go to her “notes”  on her Facebook page. I read her October 5th, 2011, entry.  Ginifer has graciously allowed me to share it with you:  

WAKE UP CALL!!!

by Ginifer Ree on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 11:28pm ·

  So, as most of you know, my husband & I have been going through some pretty rough stuff this last year financially.  A couple of weeks ago, right in the midst of all our chaos & at the very peak of it when I didn’t think I could handle anymore, something I think is pretty significant happened to me & it has been on my heart ever since to share.  This isn’t a debate about religion or anything, just about my personal beliefs, feelings & the way that I interpret certain things in my heart.  This is what happened.

I was already having a pretty rough start to my day, trying to get Ashlynn adjusted to her new schedule for school & dealing with all of her stuff including working on mom’s house, figuring out finances, getting moved out of the other house by that specific date, my ulcer….you name it, we were probably going through it.  Ash woke up mad & crying b/c she was tired, which normally does not start me off to a good day either.  I got her off to school, then mom & I headed over to the other house to try to get a couple of truck loads of stuff.  It was an all around HORRIBLE day.  I was on the verge of crying that day & my stress level was through the roof.  I didn’t feel like I could handle much more at that time.  I wanted to literally climb in a hole & hide.  Yes, it was THAT bad.  I consider myself a pretty strong person & I can carry a lot on these broad shoulders of mine, but that particular day, I was feeling helpless.

I went to check the mail just to see if anything had come, since I had all of our mail forwarded to the new address & there shouldn’t have been anything coming to that address anymore.  There was a card in the mail & I didn’t recognize the return address.  I opened it & this is what it said.

“~Dear Kelly & Ginifer,

On 3/24/09, you witnessed an accident near Sonic on 116th.  My car was t-boned after a young lady ran a light.  Now, over 2 yrs passes & my surgeries are over & the case is closed & I can finally tell you  both THANK YOU so much for staying to inform OPD & for just being there, when you didn’t have to be involved at all.  Your kindness is so much appreciated!  May God richly bless you both!

Truly Greatful~”

I read this card & my eyes welled up with tears & automatically I thanked God.  He knew I was in a dark place that day & He knew I needed a wake up call.  And that was what I got.  This lady’s wreck was terrible & we witnessed the whole thing.  Ash still talks about it to this day every time we drive by that spot & I can see it replaying in my mind even as I type this.  It amazes me that someone in that bad of shape would even think to find out who we were & thank us for staying with her.  She even enclosed a $10 gift card to Sonic.  She thought that much about what we did, even seeming so small to us, to send us a card & a gift over 2 years later.  I took away a HUGE message out of that one little card.  It amazes me.  I wrote her back telling her how much her card & thoughts meant to me & how it totally changed me that day & the rest of that week for that matter.  I wouldn’t have done anything different that day.

Life is too short to be mad at someone, especially family, over stupid petty things.  Life is too short to be mean, hideous & judgemental to people, you never know what someone else might be going through in their life.  Life is too short to think that just b/c you have more than someone else that you are better than them.  Make as many friends as possible.  Don’t have any enemies.  Think about what you are going to say to someone & how it will affect them BEFORE you say it.  Forgive them & let God be their judge.  Besides, in the end, none of this stuff will matter.  You can’t take it with you.  I got it.  I hope someone else gets it too.  😉

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Wow….coincidence?  I think not.  So great to connect with you again, Ginifer! And under better circumstances.  Thanks for all you did AND for reconnecting with me!  I promise to pay your kindness forward.  May God richly bless you and yours ♥

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14 Responses to My Witness ~ A Note From Ginifer Ree & “Three Years Ago Today” follow-up ~

  1. Jeannette Wynne says:

    Coincidence? … sounds more like Ginifer kept a divine appointment that day:)

  2. What a beautiful and amazing post… God Bless you all… so moving.

    God Bless and Keep You,

    Carri

  3. renae says:

    wonderful story! ( you know i had a little chuckle about that sonic card hehehe) it’s always brightens someones day to find a smiling face or kind word in the mail. with only a little more effort and thought you can make a big impact on someone and you did!

  4. I know….with all that happened….I still go to THAT Sonic! Pay it Forward !

  5. Ginifer Ree says:

    WOW. you know, this whole thing still amazes me. I’ve read this probably 5 times so far today & i get teary eyed everytime. As many bad choices I’ve made in my life, looking back, the good outweighs the bad. I believe there is a purpose for everything & everyone that is placed in our paths. What we do with it is up to us. Thank you so much for just thinking about me & my family. It does mean ALOT to receive kind words from someone, especially in a dark time like we were going through. Like I said in my note, you just never know what kind of situation someone is going through in their lives. A random act of kindness, even as small as a smile, can make a change. ❤

    • I know, Ginifer ~ it’s still a “wow” for me, too. We just have to keep looking forward….and try and listen to our hearts for those “random acts of kindness”, just like you did ♥ Thanks is not enough, but ~ thank you ~ paula

  6. GMBlaxton says:

    Amazing story. So thankful for great people and great acts of kindness.

  7. We should never ignore the prompting of God’s Spirit.

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