Porch Presents


Thank you, thank you!! I can't say it enough to you or my family and friends.
I've talked enough about the big H but I want to share something that I learned from this experience.


The very minute I had surgery loved ones started taking care of us with calls, visits, food, etc. 

Every single bit of it was needed and appreciated.

It was awkward though because we've never had to be the recipient. Anyway...

Guess what I never expected.....PORCH PRESENTS.

I'm calling them porch presents because wonderful helpful things landed on our porch
the day I came home from the hospital and for several days after. 

The doorbell never rang but we would receive a text saying...check your porch.

We found cake, cookies, flowers, and cards out there.
Who would have thought?!

Those things were wonderful and boosted my spirit.
The best part was that I didn't feel like visiting at the time and 
somehow those people just knew it.

Today a friend of mine shared this article on Facebook:


The gist of it is that we often tell someone, "Let me know if you need something". 
However, they never tell us and we don't always follow through even though we intend to.

I'm here to tell you that one answer might be Porch Presents. :)

Please tell me your great ideas of things we could give someone in need just by sneaking
by and leaving it on their porch. I'm going to practice this kindness.

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41 comments

April said...

Oh, I think that's just wonderful how folks reach out when you're in need. Prayers for your complete and speedy recovery!

JoAnne said...

I love that idea of "porch presents" especially when someone is under the weather and may not feel like answering the door and chatting. I'll have to remember that one!

Shelia said...

Hi Stacey! I'm so sorry you've had to have the "H" but glad you're doing better. I love the idea of the porch presents! You're right, so many times we ask if we can do something but we just fail to do it. It's best just to do something. I've had the "H" too and was the recipient of many sweet gifts, food and even house cleaning. I'm so thankful everything was benign. I had a scare when we moved here of finding two lumps in my breast. I faithfully have my mamo each year and was amazed there were two lumps! So with a new doctor and all of the tests, not to mention the fear of the waiting, a couple of weeks ago those lumps were removed. Praise God they were lipomas (fatty tumors). I have them all over me but never thought of them showing up in my breast. So I'm trying to milk this as much as I can! :) So glad you're okay.
Blessings,
Shelia ;)

Dee said...

I've never heard of leaving porch presents, but I think it's a wonderful idea. I'm going to remember this, too.

I'm still praying for you. Blessings... :)

debi said...

Stacy I love the idea of porch presents. I had a hard time when dear friends offered to prepare meals after my back surgery...it felt so odd..It of course was such a big blessing that the next time it was offered I shouted a hearty yes!! I find it blesses the giver just as much.

Hope you getting some energy back!

Hugs!

Gina said...

How sweet! I love the porch presents idea. I'll have to remember that.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Love the porch presents idea! How thoughtful!

20 North Ora said...

Love the porch idea! There are so many things that can be done without asking. After John passed away, I had a dear friend bring a box of thank you notes plus a roll of stamps. I hadn't even thought if I had enough stamps to mail out all of the thank you notes that I needed to mail out. There really are so many good people out there.

Continue to get well.

Judy

Kathleen Grace said...

What a wonderful idea! Yes, there are times that we need a little TLC but aren't up to a visit, you know a true friend when they know when that is! I have a friend who has been spending time at the hospital with her mother in law and I just haven't been able to coordinate getting a meal to her, Maybe I'll leave it on the porch! It sure isn't going to spoil in this weather, it's colder than the fridge out there!

chateau chic said...

I read down to catch up...so glad you're doing ok! LOVE the idea of "porch presents." When we're in need we want friends to know what they can do for us without us telling them.
Mary Alice

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

What a lovely idea! I hope you are feeling much better too!

The Gathering Place said...

I love the idea of porch presents! Hope you are feeling better now.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stacey, What a wonderful idea to gift a porch present to another in need. So glad you had this blessing and I am sure it helped you to feel better.
Hope you are healing each day and getting all the rest you need.
We had a cold rain all day here in North Texas and perfect to recoup by. Hope you are feeling better soon.
Hugs

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

How sweet of your friends to leave things on the porch without disturbing your much needed rest. I hope that you are continuing to make good progress!

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

Stacey, hope this note finds you feeling better, what a lovely idea. feel better soon.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Porch presents sound amazing! We have had a practice here, when someone needs a little extra support, of leaving a cooler on their front porch. We created a schedule for one of us in our community to leave dinner in their cooler each evening at 4 or 5:00 to help them out. It makes it easier for them than getting bombarded with tons of casseroles and frozen dinners that they don't have room for!
Hope you are perking up a little :) The sun comes back tomorrow, yay, then a week of sunny, warm days! xoxoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That sounds wonderful! We have a little cubby below our mailboxes for notes and cards from our neighbors. Mine had a birthday card from a friend tucked inside this week. It really makes you feel special. Take care of yourself my friend...go slow! Gentle hugs, Diane

Kim said...

Stacey, I am glad you are feeling better and I love the idea of Porch Presents! You are right, don't ask, just do! :)

Jaybird said...

If I knew where your porch was, I would leave you something cool, but useless :^)
Praying for you!!
Blessings,
J

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

People can be so very kind! I'm sorry to hear of your surgery...I've had it, too...and it wasn't easy. Hope you are feeling better SOON! Get lots of pampering and enjoy those porch presents! xo

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Hope you are feeling better and I love the idea of porch presents!!! I am going to do this too!!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I'm so glad to hear people were taking good care of you! You are such a sweetie and I'm sure it blessed others to be able to give to you!

JG said...

Stacey, hope you're feeling better! I bake Bran Muffins or Craisin Raisin Oatmeal Cookies to drop off when my neighbors will be/are recovering from surgery. They can place them in their freezer & take out when wanted.
~Judy

Noelle the dreamer said...

Seems I have missed a few things in my absence from blogland, apologies!
Please know you are now in my thoughts and prayers and so glad to know how thoughtful people have been!
God bless,

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

I'm glad you're feeling better Stacey. I've never heard of porch presents. What a great idea! You're right, let me know if you need anything is pretty lame.. no one ever lets you know..
I'm definitely going to keep this in mind and leave a porch present next time someone needs help. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

Domestic Designer said...

I love this idea! I am going to use this idea in the future. Glad you are feeling better and glad that you are being cared for. Hope you have a good weekend. I'll keep praying for your complete recovery.
Blessings!
DD

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

It sounds like you have some wonderful neighbors, friends and family near you! I hope you are feeling better.

Art and Sand said...

I love the idea of "porch presents".

We live in a very tight neighborhood. Our lane totally takes care of one another and arranges for food, rides to the doctor, etc. for people.

But, porch presents are such a nice idea for any time.

Hope you are doing better - are you still crying?

Mimi said...

Stacey,
I hope you're feeling better by the day! How sweet that your friends and neighbors are taking care of you in their own thoughtful ways. Enjoy the pampering--you deserve it! :-)

Sonia said...

How nice that you have a porch that keeps on giving! Read your last post about the H word! Since I deal with post op patients all the time I had to smile as I read your top ten list! You will feel so much better and yes you'll need to start on hormones or your going to need to stock up on waterproof mascara! Continue to recover and get lots of rest!
Miss Bloomers

Beverly said...

Stacy,so sorry I have been away so long that I missed being supportive during this time before and after the "H". Hope you are feeling better every day.
I think your posts would be encouraging to any who read them that are going throught the same feelings. I too love the idea of porch presents and have made a promise to myself not to say " Let me know if you need anything" again and to just drop something off anyway. You have inspired me to be more aware of friends in need. Read back through some posts and i am in love with the Robins egg color in your master bedroom. It seems so soothing.
Thanks for stopping by my blog again. You are a sweet friend. You will be in my prayers now that I know what you have just been through.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

It's wonderful and your friends and neighbors were smart as well, knowing you'd not want to visit just yet, hence the drop offs.

Just a little something from Judy said...

It has been 15 years and I still can clearly name for you the "porch gifts" we received and who they were from, when my dad died a sudden, unexpected death. The words you shared on this post are most important, especially coming from one who is in the midst of it all. Thanks so much for this post. I wish I could have dropped off a "porch gift" for you all.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

So sorry about your surgery, and glad that it's over and hoping you are back to normal soon. You are so right we need to stop saying "just let me know if you need anything" and just do something. This has inspired me to rethink. Porch gifts are such a great idea in so many ways. Thanks so much for writing this it has changed my perspective!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Hi Stacey. Last year about this time I wrote a post on my blog called Flowers for Ruthie. It was a very tender look at the life of a deceased blogger who had a profound impact on my life, although I never knew her. . .I found her blog after she passed. Leaving a jar of garden flowers on a hurting friend's porch was her favorite pastime. When I have a cutting garden again, that's what I plan to do. Just leave fresh flowers in a jar on a friend's porch. God bless you, Stacey. ~ Nancy

Poppy said...

Hi Stacey,

Haven't been posting or visiting as often the last 2 months or so, and just saw your link at Brenda's. Well, I'm glad I stopped by, and am very happy to read that you are doing well after your surgery. Your porch presents are the perfect name to give to such sweet acts of kindness.

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Hugs,
Poppy

The Charm of Home said...

Sweet neighbors! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Babs R said...

What lovely friends you have, and I love the idea of Porch Presents. I'm sorry to hear about your surgery, and hope you are feeling fine now. Thankful that there was no cancer.

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

Hello Stacey, Thinking of you ~came by to see how you are doing? Prayers Teresa

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Stacey! I think that is a good thought to quit saying "let me know...". Really...not many folks would let you know. I need to follow through with this old saying in mind, "Just Do It" when it comes to helping others out.

Michelle said...

Porch presents…what a wonderful idea. Hope you're feeling better.