MamaCreates

Behind the Scenes of One Mama's Life

Fifty Weeks – Weeks Three & Four

 

Well, that didn’t take long! I skipped the Week Three post, but I didn’t skip the kindness.

And I had a good reason too.

I went to the doctor for an odd symptom, which led to urgent tests, which led to a biopsy…

Praise God that it was benign; but they’re not sure what it is, so it needs to be removed. Yay; surgery!

So my blog post got delayed, but I still tried to be kind through out the last two weeks. I modeled this time after St. Terese of Lisieux and her “Little Way” – which means that I tried to do little things with love.

You can learn more about St. Terese here and here.

So… what did I do over the last two weeks?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Moved over on the highway so someone else could go around me
  • Slowed down to allow a car, stuck behind a parked car, to enter my lane
  • Allowed people to cross the street, even though I had the right of way (did not inconvenience anyone behind me by doing this)
  • Complimented my son in a way that made him very happy
  • Offered to pick up another student from rehearsal so her mother wouldn’t have to drive as far
  • Picked up this student multiple times; and will continue to do so until rehearsal ends
  • Complimented an employee in front of his manager
  • Saw my daughter’s frustration with a mess she’d made and cleaned it up for her
  • Took another student home with us on a half day and kept her until her father was able to come get her
  • Completed some of the kids’ chores for them
  • Said prayers for the homeless I saw on the streets
  • Shared a special treat I received with my son
  • Remained calm and did not react when I had justification to be angry
  • Took my daughter somewhere she wanted to go even though I would have preferred to be at home
  • Drove an hour to take my daughter to a new activity, sat and waited for two hours, then drove an hour home, with love
  • Laughed off a frustrating one hour wait time on hold; joking with the customer service representative who probably heard her share of complaints throughout her shift
  • Hid the tests & biopsy from my kids in order to spare them worry & anxiety (some may argue that it’s not right to keep things from them like that, but I disagree in this case)
  • Prayed for a friend’s son who was encountering a difficult situation
  • Deliberately waved ‘thank you’ to all drivers who slowed down for me, allowed me in their lane, and one who entered a lane to stop traffic in order to allow me to cross
  • Picked up two neighbors’ trash cans that had blown into the street
  • Used a freebie I received to order some prints for my daughter (Shhhh! It’s a surprise!)
  • Wished a stranger good luck when I noticed she was studying for a test
  • Looked for a home remedy for a friend and texted her photos of it
  • Did something for my daughter that would embarrass her if I provided details
  • Went through some books and created a pile to donate to a book drive
  • Went through some clothes and decided to donate some
  • Modeled praying for those who hate & persecute by praying for my ex-husband in front of the children
  • Chose one person who used to pray & attend church, but no longer does, to pray for throughout Lent; and prayed for her daily

I am sure there are other things, but silly me forgot to write them down. I guess I can be kind to myself and cut me some slack…

Barring any other surprises, I’ll be back again next week!

Keep being kind; even if it’s just in the little things ~ Especially in the little things!

 

Fifty Weeks – Week Two

 

Today ends Week Two. Our weather doesn’t seem to know what it wants to do. We’ve had days in the 60s, days with hail, and days with ice.

During the week, we had two days that ice was predicted to come in overnight. The first one caught me off guard and I wasn’t prepared. I like to leave my wipers up so they don’t get frozen to my windshield; and I like to be able to salt my walkway so we can get to our vehicle safely. I didn’t do either of those things. Thankfully, school was cancelled and I didn’t have to go out. Then it warmed up quickly and the ice disappeared.

But I was ready for the second day. When we got home from rehearsal, I told the kids to go inside while I salted our walkway. I am grateful for this project because it has my eyes open to possibilities.

My next door neighbors are a married couple. The wife cares for their grandchildren each day; and the husband mowed my lawn every time he mowed his. So here was my opportunity to do something for them. He leaves for work very early in the morning and I wanted him to have a safe path to his work van. For my Random Act of Kindness (RAK) this week, I took my salt and salted their walkway and their steps, all the way up to their front door.

It was a very simple gesture; and it cost me very little. But it created a safe way for him to get out in the morning. After all that he help me over the last year it felt good to be able to do something for him. And I think the best part was doing it without being known (at least I don’t think anyone saw me), though I’m sure they could figure it out. But that’s not the point…

My first week’s act cost me a little money, but this act really didn’t. I already had the salt, so I was able to share from my resources.

So now we move in to Week Three… which also is the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of penance and sacrifice, and that fits in nicely with what I’m trying to do. Sacrifice to bless others.

One of my goals during each Lent is to make my sacrifice be something that leads to a positive change in my life; something that brings me closer to Jesus. I pray that He uses me this Lent to be His Hands & Feet to start a lifetime change of blessing  His people.

50 Weeks til 50

I turned 49 about two weeks ago.

And it dawned on me that shortly, I’d have fifty weeks left until I turned fifty…

It took a while for that to sink in. Honestly, I thought my life would look a lot different at 50 than it looks right now. I realize that a lot can change – I hope some of it does – in fifty weeks, so I’m not giving up!

But this realization reminded me of a blog post I read several years ago about a woman who did something amazing for her birthday. She made the day about others instead of herself – 34 Random Acts of Kindness. I have wanted to do something like this ever since, but just never have.

But apparently, this is no longer a unique idea! When I went to search for the original article, I found several others, including:

I’m thrilled that this is no longer a new concept – I love that people are getting out of themselves and blessing others.

Birthdays have always been kinda difficult for me. There’s always at least a small pity party that I throw for myself; and that’s NOT the kind of party one really wants on their birthday!

So… since this is my 50th year, I’ve decided to celebrate people! My party and my gifts will last the entire year! But the party & gifts I’m talking about are going to be blessing others and the joy that these acts of kindness will bring to someone else.

Here’s what I’m proposing: each week from now until my 50th birthday, I will commit to intentionally seek out something to do for at least one other person. I will try to take pictures and post them here. That is not for glory or for pats on the back; it’s for holding myself accountable, and it’s for inspiration. The people in the above posts have inspired me to start this project; and if I can inspire someone else to do something similar, then the chain keeps growing.

And wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we were all just kind to each other?

Now when I was thinking about this project – 50 Weeks til 50 – I was wondering how I’d be able to afford to do this. I’m a single parent struggling to put two teenagers through Catholic High schools and plan for college tuition! But I realized that none of these Acts of Kindness need to be expensive. I can operate on the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) and do as much or as little as my situation allows. But I also want to stretch myself; I shouldn’t take the easy way out by always doing something free or cheap. Therefore, over the course of the year (or 50 weeks), I will aim for a variety of ideas and types of things. Because I want this to be duplicable; I want someone to read these posts and be able to replicate them if they desire.

Who will join me? Don’t worry if you find this post when I’m on week 17, just jump right in and get started. And if you do decide to participate in any way, you can tag me on twitter or IG (@mamacre8s) and use the hashtag #50WeeksTil50 – I’d love to see how you show kindness to others!

“Have courage and be kind” ~ from Cinderella

Blog Updates

Monthly Newsletter

Archives

Categories

Young Living on Facebook

Lilla Rose on Facebook

Pinteresting!

Instagram

Follow Me!

Catholic Teen Novels

Marriage Resources

https://oneextraordinarymarriage.com/7-days-of-sex-challenge-paperback/?orid=1078&opid=29 https://oneextraordinarymarriage.com/connect/?orid=1078&opid=30
Copyright Heather Gaffney