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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.

Fifty Weeks – Week One

 

Well, Week 1 is behind me…

What I did involves a website, a family business. And it made me think about how I wanted to handle links and other people’s businesses. So I’m going to add a disclaimer:

While I do use affiliate links on this site, I will not use any on my “50 Weeks til Fifty” blog posts. It is not my intention to gain financially through these acts of kindness. If I link to a website, it’s because I’ve used it and/or I think it will be beneficial to someone else. Clicking on it will not earn me a commission. If I decide to do anything with either of my businesses along this journey, I will not link to their websites within the post. The purpose of this series is to bless and inspire others, not to make money off of it. That said, let’s get on to the Random Acts of Kindness (RAKs)!

We are fast approaching the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday is February 14, 2018); the time when Christians all over the world commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert, praying and being tempted by the devil.

Sometimes this season is difficult for children to understand – it can be difficult for adults too! We call it the 40 Days of Lent, but there are actually 46 days from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday. To help kids understand how Lent works, a Catholic family created an interactive adventure called Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure. It’s a completely free service; with activities, videos, projects, prayers, Bible stories, and more. All from one family! And it’s mostly done by the kids themselves. My kids did this adventure for several years; not only did they enjoy it, but they learned so much about their faith along the way. You can sign up for free here.

One of the optional products that can accompany the Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure is a Lenten Road map called “Road to Easter

So for this week’s RAK, I purchased a couple of these and had them sent anonymously to my church so they could be handed out to kids who would enjoy using them. While it’s not necessary to use the maps for the Adventure, it is a nice little addition to it. Hopefully, some of the younger children in my parish will learn a little more about the 40 Days of Lent.

Note: The Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure, according to the website, is geared towards children aged 5-12.

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