Archive for April, 2006

I was amazed at the response I received from my challenge. You may vaguely remember, I think it was over two weeks ago now. The challenge was: “Imagine trying to fit at least one small act of kindness into every day. What kinds of things could you do to achieve this goal?” And here are the responses…

  • Lazy Daisy (Kathy) said: Knowing that someone is praying for you, caring for animals when a neighbor is gone (like on Saturday?), simple touch on the arm, undivided attention when a person is speaking, respite care for caregivers, coming up a specific plan to help someone rather than saying….if there is anything I can do for you…
  • Darlene from What Would Jesus Blog shared these thoughts: Clean up your teenagers room, carry the neighbours recycling back to their door, buy an extra coffee for someone at work.
  • Iris from Sting My Heart offered these: send an ecard to someone that doesn’t live close to you, drive your 20-year-old to places, because he doesn’t want to get his drivers license, tell your hubby that you respect him for the things he does.
  • From Lauren at Created for HIS Glory we heard: Let someone who needs it go ahead of you in line, even in the grocery store when their cart is full. Offer to watch a young couple’s children for free so they can have a night out. Shovel your elderly neighbors walk and drive without saying a word.
  • Then Priscilla at Scilly’s Spot offered: Call up a friend you haven’t seen in a while and offer to take her to lunch-your treat! Someone did that for me yesterday!
  • Susanna at A Christian Mother’s Reflections offers these:

    Actually smiling and saying hello when you pass some one in the street.

    Bake a cake for someone with a large family/your pastor’s wife, just because.

    Write a letter….a lost art these days, but nothing beats getting meaningful mail through the door (especially when at home with children and somewhat lacking in other company).

    Make a point of telling loved ones different things you appreciate about them everyday.

    Always say ‘thank you’….my boss says thank you to everyone as they leave at the end of the day. Doesn’t take much but it is much appreciated.

    At work we have a ‘fairy god-mother scheme’ Each member of staff has the name of another member and they are meant to leave encouraging notes/little gifts/ do somethikng thoughtful for this person (don’t think mine has visited yet!)

  • No Average Girl came through with these suggestions:

    as you walk past a stranger, look them in the eye and genuinely smile! this is a personal favorite!

    when you check-out, crack a joke to lighten the cashier/bag boy’s day. they’ve been there for a long time so they could serve you, go ahead and help make their day a little better.

    when you meet someone, look at them and repeat their name, making sure you pronounced it right.

    if you see someone with a hair color, shirt, scarf, a pair of sandals, anything that you like, gently get their attention (heaven sakes, don’t scare them to death doing it though!) and give them a true compliment. not just a general, “I like your shirt,” but, “i just love the color of your shirt. it looks so good with your complexion!” you’ve just achieved two things…one, you gave them a true, detailed compliment and they know you weren’t just giving a general compliment good for just anyone. two, you made them feel good about themself and given them a reason to hold their head a little higher and smile!

    when you bake some bread, cookies, goodies for your family, bake a little extra and just “pop” in to your elderly relatives with it and visit for a few minutes. they love the surprise and it’s an extra bonus if it goes great with coffee!

    write a letter to a family member and leave it in the car, on a mirror, or nightstand (where they’ll find it) so they’ll get it as they get their day started. what a wonderful way to begin your day!

    when at gatherings, offer to refill someone’s drink if you see it getting low. a way to let your family know you love them is to offer to refill their drink (or get them one) while watching a movie or while you’re just around the house.

  • And last but certainly not least, we have these responses from Kai from Kai’s Poetry: give a frend a hug & kiss on the cheek for no reason… just let a friend knows u care…, write a short friendly poem with encouragement for somebody who brighten ur day…

Thank each and every one of you for being such a good sport and helping me out with this. I thought it was fun and apparently some of you did too because you said you’d like to do it again. Maybe in the next couple of weeks we’ll try again. If you’d like to do another, please leave me a link below.

Thanks again and God bless each of you!


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Friday’s Feast

MY BAD! Haven’t been around much this week. Sorry to all of you who have come by and I wasn’t here but most of you know how that goes. So I’m trying to get back in the grove.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how polite are you? Most of the time, I’m pretty polite because I appreciate people being polite to me. I’d guess about an 8.

What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud? As a matter of fact, this morning while out running around for a bit, I heard a country song “The Perfect Country Song” played on the radio by a friend of mine. I laughed out loud (good thing I was by myself and on a back road).

Who is your favorite cartoon character? Hummmm. Would you believe…Dudley Doright. I always felt sorry for him.

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Tell about the funniest teacher you ever had. It wasn’t a teacher, it was my high school principal, Mr. Kiger. He was friendly and always telling funny stories. He was a good one!

Complete this sentence: I strongly believe that Jesus is coming back soon.

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While visiting My Lighter Side, I found this and decided to give it a whirl…I got the same answer she did. I too like mornings. I can have my quiet time with the Lord without any interruptions.

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You’re often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is – not for how it should be.

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Monday Memories

Did I ever tell you about my first sports car?
...It was back in the early 70s. I had a good paying, steady job, single, liked to get attention and acted on impulse.

One of the dealerships in the city where I lived then got in a Lotus Europe and I thought it was the coolest car I'd ever seen! It was yellow and you could see it a mile away. I was riding in style.

Needless to say, I didn't know anything about sports cars and was not too up on keeping cars tuned or oil changes or maintenance. I just knew it look good and would go fast. Of course, that didn't do too much good since the speed limits were only around 60-65 on interstates.

I did get it up to 80 one time and my palms were sweaty and my heart was racing and I almost fainted from freight...now wouldn't that have been good.

It wasn't long before I discovered that I needed my own personal mechanic! There was one mechanic in the whole city that could work on it and it was quite expensive! I could make the payments without any trouble, but it needed a lot of attention and costs were getting out of hand. Had to sell it then.

Learned a valuable lesson. Here's a picture of one, but like I said mine was yellow. I always said it looked like a little pickup truck!

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Better late than never!!!

List 3 things you keep putting off. Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! Can you tell I had to clean?

What do you feel is your greatest responsibility? To be a witness for Jesus.

If you could have starred in any movie, which one would you have wanted to be in and why? The Passion of Christ because I would like to have a feel for the time and place where He was.

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What is an expectation you had as a child about being an adult and, now that you are grown up, you realize you were wrong? I think as probably many other little girls did back then, that my knight in shining armor would take me away and we would live happily ever after! I wasn’t completely off track, it just took longer than I expected. I am happily married to my knight in shining armor but it hasn’t always been easy. He’s not perfect but neither am I. There have been some rough spots along the way but by the grace of God, we’ve made it to 23 yrs.

When was the last time you had your car serviced? I don’t do that Hubby does. 😉

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Who isn’t? I didn’t plan to have a busy week, but things don’t always go as I plan them.

Monday I was able to spring clean our bedroom, begin changing out winter/summer clothes, you know, all those fun things and it took the biggest part of the day. Yesterday I was asked to do some volunteer work BEFORE I got done the remainder of the spring cleaning so that threw me behind at home. Today I have to get our state taxes done :0{ and tomorrow I’m going back for another volunteer day. Sometime before Sunday services, I have to get the PowerPoint presentation ready.

Soooo, to all those waiting to see the results of my challenge from LAST WEDNESDAY (has it been that long ago), just hang in there a little longer. I had wonderful responses and am anxious to share them. Stay tuned!

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It’s fun. This time I was tagged by Nightingale Here we go…..

Name ten of life’s simple pleasures that you like most, then pick ten people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used. That’s how the tag is, but I don’t see how that’s entirely possible.

In no particular order:

  1. being with Hubby
  2. a good day with my daughters
  3. a walk on the beach
  4. a walk on the beach after a rain
  5. listening to Christian music
  6. tasting new foods
  7. not having to fix dinner
  8. sitting on the front porch swing
  9. watching butterflies and birds (especially hummingbirds)
  10. going to the mountains

I am tagging the following: A Cracked Pot, Sting My Heart, She Lives, Two Talent Living, As My World Turns, and that’s all I do that haven’t already been done!

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