Muchas Gracias

I had a bad week last week.  You all know this.  I told you about it, because that is what I do, yo.

Then things started to look up a bit.  I got a day off to get used to the idea.  So I told you about it.

I accepted what I figured would be crappy for awhile, but would then end.  And I accepted it with a heavy sigh.

You all were wonderful. No.  You were MORE than wonderful.  You all spewed words of encouragement and grace all over me.  And I felt your love.

But then?  Then something BIG happened.

Thursday morning, while I was teaching my first hour class, I got a package in the main office.  My principal called my room to ask me if I knew the person.  It was from Jennifer, a wonderful, beautiful, might-just-be-my-twin reader who lives in the area,but whom I have never met in person.

During third hour, I went down to the office, and found a HUGE bag full of art and school supplies that I had listed on my Teacher Wish List.  I sat down in the chair in the principal’s office and wept.

Huge tears of gratefulness and joy streamed down my face as I tried to explain to the office staff that it was from someone who reads my blog who I didn’t know, but that I totally knew.  I know I sounded completely weird.  But I also didn’t care.

And then I brought the treasures back to my classroom.

My students couldn’t believe that someone who didn’t know us would do something so kind.  One student said, “Why did she buy stuff for us?  If she is not from Wyoming?”

I unloaded the goods and we decided we needed to put them to use right away.  Jennifer?  She needed a thanks!

As I set things out, one boy’s eyes got huge and he gasped, “WOW!  they are all brand name stuff!  My MOM doesn’t even buy Crayola!”

Another girl said, “And Elmer’s glue!  And Fiskers scissors…I don’t know if that is a good brand, but look, they were more than a dollar!”

Everyone dived right in to the supplies!  And they took such good care of them!  Way better than the stuff they know I bought!

They all had fun writing Muchas Gracias cards to Jennifer.  And?  They may have just had fun doing arts and crafts, because it meant chatty time with the friends.

My students and I are beyond grateful for such a gift!  I even handed out one of the Kleenex packs that was in there to a student with a cold.

I honestly don’t know how to say thank you for such a wonderful gift.  I wish there was more I could do…but for now?  I will just say….

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. What a wonderful post – what a great gesture! Heart warming for sure.

  2. Belle's Butterfly says

    How sweet! There really are amazing people out there!

  3. A great gesture!! Am glad the kids enjoyed the gifts 🙂

  4. This post gives me hope in this world. There truly is good out there and that people really do care and want to help out!

  5. What a wonderful story! Jennifer is an angel among us, isn't she? Brought tears to my eyes this morning. There ARE good people in this world in spite of what we see on a daily basis. Enjoy those name-brand supplies!

  6. That is awesome. And even more awesome is how grateful your students were!

  7. Nicci @ Changing the Universe says

    How wonderful! And I love grateful students even more 🙂

  8. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says

    Oh, how very very very wonderful.

    I love when there are strong reminders of how much good there is in the world. It's so easy for grief, stress, the news, whatever…to make us forget.

    But there is magical good in the world.

  9. What a blessing!

  10. designHER Momma says

    aw, the power of a woman and her blog…

  11. Grace @ Arms Wide Open says

    you and your kiddos deserve it! what a great friend!

  12. Mrs. Dreamer says

    That is amazing! I'm so happy for your classroom. Last year, we had an anonymous donor contribute one thousand dollars to our newspaper. It takes about 7-8k to print all year, so it was a HUGE portion of what we had to pay. I also cried like a baby.

  13. WTH am I Doing? says

    Yay! 🙂 I like happy stuff & good people. 🙂

  14. Wow, how amazing and what a true blessing!

  15. I love random acts of kindness!

  16. torie@Life With Rylie says

    Love! There are still good people out there 🙂

  17. so sweet!

    this is why I love the blogging world.

  18. wow! what an awesome friend! and, um, i thought you were teaching little kids!! i forgot it was high school! so awesome to see them get involved like that!!

  19. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli says

    So great that high school students get a kick out of art supplies. They are loving colouring!

  20. Booyah's Momma says

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome gesture. I went over and visited her blog, and I had to crack up at the "I like tacos" thank you card, too.