I want to start off by stating that, although this post is sponsored by Sears, please don’t discredit any of the meaning or thoughts behind it. As a member of the Sears blogger squad, I was asked to think of a person/persons who really matter and shop for a special gift for them. Almost like the “unsung heroes” in our lives. While we were given ideas such as coaches, a mail carrier, and so on, I immediately knew who some of our unsung heroes really are, and I wanted them to know that.
Hopefully you’ll see why as I go on, and I continue to thank you all for your continued support around STSL and sponsored content. <3
When I first started writing out this post, I took it in a slightly different direction. However, after reading through it a few times and having Jay look it over with me as well, I realized that I just didn’t feel comfortable with it. As many of you already know by now, my father in law hasn’t been well. And one of these days, I will find the right time to share some of the details of what’s been going on with you all. My original thought was to share some more of that in this post with you all today, but there’s a time and place for that and, for me, tying it in with sponsored content just didn’t seem right. It’s a deeply personal matter, and the details of it deserve their own place, straight from the heart.
So for today, rather than focus on the backstory of what’s been going on, I’d like to focus on the positive of where we are today.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but my father in law is currently in a nursing home. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t all a bit nervous/worried/hesitant about having my father in law here, but it is what it is. And, thankfully, he’s had some fabulous people by his side. And ours.
It’s been almost a month (hard to believe) that he’s been there, and we really have been so pleased with how things are going. He’s getting physical therapy almost daily, and really is getting stronger. It’s been incredibly comforting to have him getting back to his normal, witty self!
And honestly, a lot of the credit for that needs to go to the nursing home staff that tends to him day in and day out. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of the nurses and aids during my visits, and everyone has been so friendly and helpful.
Knowing that you have people like that in your corner is so incredibly comforting, and although we continue to give our thanks and gratitude, I really wanted to do just a little something extra.
Unfortunately, there are rules when it comes to staff being able to accept personal gifts from others, which made things a little more challenging. But there is one thing that I think is always appreciated and can be admired by more than one person, and that’s flowers.
Did you guys know that you can order flowers through Sears? Because I certainly didn’t, until I was browsing around on their mobile app one day and saw it.
While it was easier for me to order the flowers via my computer, Sears recently improved their mobile app, which I’d highly recommend you check out: Sears.com/mobile.
It allows you to check out local ads, deals, coupons, and more.
It’s a quick way to get shopping done, and even allows you to utilize their integrated retail services, like In-Vehicle Pickup.
So I ordered my flowers and had them delivered to the nursing home staff the very next day. They arrived right on time, and while I wasn’t there to be able to see them be delivered, we’ve had many of the staff stop by my father in law’s room to say thank you.
I actually hadn’t even told my mother in law I was sending them, so she was a bit thrown off guard at first. :)
So for us right now, the nursing home staff are the unsung heroes in our lives. The ones that come to their job every single day, making a difference for someone we love so greatly. And we’re very lucky to have them by our side.
Sears also wants to give one of you the opportunity to shop for your own unsung hero and those who are important in your life. So to do that, they’re offering a $50 gift card. To enter, just leave a comment on this post sharing who your “unsung hero” is, and what you’d like to surprise them with this holiday season.
I’ll choose a random winner on Friday, December 11th. Good Luck! :)