Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gratituesday: Scrapbook Paper and The Guy Who Gave Them To Me!

Today's my birthday. My husband presented me with a gift first thing this morning. I love birthdays. I love gifts. That's just how I am!

He always takes great pleasure in going on long drawn out shopping trips whenever he is shopping for me for a special occasion. During which, I will call him repeatedly on his cell phone and try to figure out where he is and what he's buying. I'm just really sweet and caring like that.

Well, he went shopping last week and came home awfully excited about what he had purchased and what a great deal he had gotten. Fortunately for him, we had a really busy weekend and I didn't have time to badger him about it. Well, not too much.

So this morning he handed me two gift bags. In the biggest bag were 5 packages of Martha Stewart scrapbook paper. I had mentioned that one thing I'd like is some big packs of 12 x 12 papers or those blocks of paper that I've seen at different craft stores.

If you're rolling your eyes right now and wondering if I'm really going to write a whole post about how thankful I am for scrapbook paper, I will tell you. Yes, why yes, I am!

You see, I'm frugal and practical. The man I married, not so much. When we got married, he barely knew what the word budget meant, let alone how to live on one. How far we have come! Nowadays, he looks for deals when shopping and is careful to live below his means.

So when he says he got a really good deal, I get excited about that! Again, it doesn't take much to make me very happy!

After I opened my gift of paper, he could hardly wait to tell me what he spent on it. It turns out he went to Michael's and saw a Clearance display of these scrapbook papers outside the front door. "These are nice," he thought to himself as he picked one out that was marked at $6.98 and went to pay for it. After ringing it up, he was surprised when the cashier said the total was $.98! He was shocked and went and picked out 4 more packages. "The ones I thought you'd like the best," he told me. "I left the ones that weren't very pretty."

So I agree, he did really, really good. Really. $.98 a pack! I'm going to have so much fun creating with this wonderful paper.

But of course, I'm not just thankful for the paper. The paper is just a reminder of my husband who loves me just the way I am and seeks to bless me with little things that show his love and care. And since he knows how excited I get over a good bargain, he gets excited, too.

This is just one more reason I'm thankful for this man who is my husband!

**This post is part of Gratituesday hosted by Heavenly Homemakers.

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CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home said...

Happy Birthday! I am cracking up at envisioning my husband getting me scrapbook paper, number one, but then it ringing up 98cents! He would say "great" and then just buy the one!!! Good for yours buying you a whole bunch! My husband doesn't like clutter, so he knows that it would end up cluttering up my "area". Enjoy it, and what a bargain!!

DarcyLee said...

Happy, happy birthday, Mary Ann! What a thoughtful husband you have. My husband would have just given me a gift card. Places like Michael's intimidate him a little.

thehomespunheart said...

Happy Birthday!

What a special gift - and yes, he did get a great deal! I would've bought as much as they had! :)

Glad it was a special start to your special day!

Wendi said...

I was laughing as I read this. I am the kind of gal that would love to get scrapbook papers for my birthday! Finding out that it was such a great deal would only make it sweeter.

Happy Birthday!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!

My husband really enjoys shopping for me; a gift card just wouldn't cut it for him. You'd have to know him to realize that not many stores would intimidate him although he refuses to go to Garden Ridge! LOL!!! I never know what he's going to come up with but it's usually something most men wouldn't buy their wives for their birthdays! I love it! I am so practical and I love crafting supplies and simple gifts and he knows that.

I'm glad to know that some other people would also love scrapbook papers for their birthday. I've been so excited about this all day, it almost seems silly.:-)

Because it was such a great deal, I ran into Michael's when we were out for dinner to see if they had anymore to use for gifts. No such luck!

Carrie said...

My hubby and I joke that sometimes he is just not a very good 'girlfriend'. But you! You have the very best 'girlfriend' and that is just spectacular!!

Mary Ann said...

Not sure how my husband will feel about your comment. LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

--Mary Ann

Kathryn said...

I think thats such a fun gift! Knox can't wait to give you our present! He's big into birthdays right now, and studies the sales flyers and the commercials on TV and says, "I'm going to get that for you for your birthday, Mama!" So far, I'm getting a scooter, razors and some medicine--one to make my eyelashes longer and one for depression....I just think he likes the way the names sound. ;-)
Have a good day, I'm going back to baking my cookies for small group tonight!

Rachel said...

I'm so glad for you! What a thoughtful gift! Thank you for mentioning it on your blog, too. I saw your post yesterday and was able to get to my store here in Colorado today to find the same kind of deals. I love nice (and cheap!) crafting supplies. Happy Birthday!

Mary Ann said...

I'm so glad you were able to take advantage of these deals as well. Yeah!

Thanks for commenting!

--Mary Ann

CalvaryGirl said...

What a sweet, sweet birthday memory! and happy belated birthday! Mine is tomorrow (7/30). People always tell me they're not sure what to get me, so I spilled out a few things to my husband last night before bed that I'd like. In jest, I shared it on my blog this morning. After lunch, my BFF called asking for my address. I said "are you sending me a birthday card?"- and she said "No, I'm buying you that mag subscription you said you wanted on your blog!" (awwwww!) that just made my day.

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