How a Simple Gift Can Brighten Someone’s Day


After a nice dinner date to celebrate our wedding anniversary, my husband and I made our way to our parents’ house to pick up the kids. When we arrived, our daughter, self-appointed messenger of all things, told us the big news of the night. “There was a fire here!”

Wait, what? A fire? Was this a game that they were playing? But, one look inside the kitchen confirmed that this wasn’t a game. There was indeed a fire.

It happened while my mother-in-law stepped out of the kitchen briefly to change my son’s diaper. But, in that short amount of time, whatever was on the stove caught fire. Here’s the crazy thing. The smoke detector didn’t even work! (Check your smoke detectors and make sure they have fresh batteries … this is your public service message.)

Well, in the providence of God, a neighbor was walking by outside the house and noticed the flames through the window. This neighbor quickly ran to the front door to alert my parents. Thank God the damage wasn’t too bad and that no one was hurt!

But because of this small kitchen fire, my parents were without a stove for over a month, and the insurance company removed a number of items that were damaged by the smoke. Even as I write this, they are still waiting to have their cabinets replaced.


My mom has been a trooper throughout all this. I never heard her complain once about not being able to have full use of her kitchen. This is the heart of her home, where we gather to pray before every family get-together, where we congregate around the table to talk and discuss life, where there’s always food on the counter ready to be eaten (I always gain a few pounds when I’m there), and where the kids know about all the cabinets where Grandma keeps the treats.

And for a time, this part of her home was closed.

When someone goes through a difficulty or an unexpected change like this, a simple gift is often enough to lift up their spirits. To them, that gift represents the fact that someone was thinking of them. And when that gift is personalized, like with an engraving or an inscription, it can mean so much more.

I want to introduce you to a great company that does just that. They take many different items and personalize it, so you’re not just giving a mug, but a mug with a meaningful quote or a bible verse. Maybe you’ve come across a store that sells products like these, but the vast selection and prices that Gifts For You offers is unlike anything that you’ll find at your local mall kiosk.

So, for the grand re-opening of my mom’s kitchen, Gifts For You provided the perfect present.


When we gave it to her, she noticed right away that her name was on it. It doesn’t matter how old you are, but there’s just a cool factor when you see your own name on something, like it was made especially for you. She laughed when she read the rest of it, and before we left, she was already walking around the kitchen with it, trying to find the perfect spot for her new sign.

I suspect it won’t be long before Emma’s Kitchen will be fully open for business!

What gift would you give to brighten someone’s day?



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19 thoughts on “How a Simple Gift Can Brighten Someone’s Day

    1. Yes, I’m so glad no one was hurt! My niece, who’s older than my kids, was there and she did a great job ushering all the little ones outside while my parents tried to put out the fire.

    1. I’ve been on the receiving end of unexpected gifts, and it really touches my heart when someone can be so thoughtful.

    1. Yes, I’m so thankful no one was hurt. Now my kids are extremely cautious when they see me cooking, always asking me if I left the stove on or if I’m burning anything. It was a good safety lesson for them, but I wish they didn’t have to see a live example.

  1. The kitchen always seems to be where my family end up gathering, we did it growing up and we do when we go to my parents house and it’s the same when they come here….It drives my husband nuts!

    It was a lovely thoughtful gift that you gave your Mum and I hope it’s taken pride of place on her kitchen wall….Hope her kitchen is all up and running again too.

    Popped over from #SHINEbloghop.

    1. Some of my best family memories, growing up and today, are those unplanned kitchen gatherings and conversations. This is so true for many homes. It really is the heart of the home. Thanks for coming by!

    1. She was always looking at the bright side. The insurance co sent people to clean up the house because of possible smoke damage and other things related to the fire. She kept saying, “At least now, my house is cleaner.”

  2. I’m sorry to hear about the fire, but I’m glad that everyone was safe. It’s crazy how fast those things can happen! Your gift for her was super sweet. It’s always nice to get something personal, no matter what it is. Thank you for linking this up with the SHINE Blog Hop this last week! 🙂

    1. I’m so thankful no one was hurt. We just had a get-together at my mom’s this weekend, and she proudly showed off her sign. It was nice to see that room full of people again. Thank you for stopping by!

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