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For the Birds, Kindness

We are a bit late in posting pictures for the last two days of our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness calendar, but it would be a shame not to share them with you. It is precious to see my little girl already understanding the importance of kindness.

We put together a little treat box for our mail carrier. Emma got to deliver it to her personally and we received this note in our mailbox the next day. kindness Our very last task was to feed the birds. Surely, this is intended for more of a winter climate than North Florida, but it was fun anyway. I also suspect that the stray cats around here may have taken advantage of our kindness before the birds got the chance. Either way, we had a good time. kindness

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Christmas Kindness

christmas kindness

This Christmas, my daughter and I are using the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness 2014 Calendar to celebrate the season. We usually have to move things around or make little adjustments, but we make sure that every day is covered.

Today, we mailed a handmade card to my friend’s brother in law in Afghanistan. It may not make it there by Christmas, but we can hope.

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Yesterday, we sent a ‘hug made from paper’ to my parents. Emma decorated it with stickers and adorable crayon drawings. Here is just a piece. My parents read my blog and we certainly don’t want to spoil the surprise. 🙂

Christmas Kindness

We didn’t bring coffee to her teachers because it is doubtful that they drink it while surrounded by 2 year olds. Emma colored a picture for them instead.

This experience has been extremely rewarding. It has kept us in the appropriate frame of mind for this time of year. It helps avoid some of the “dangers” of the Christmas season…stress, commercialism, family squabbles, overspending, etc.

We highly recommend the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness 2014 Calendar. Feel free to download it for yourself and get busy!

Merry Christmas!

Mingle Monday: One Word

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I was honored, to begin with, that Be Like Water shared one of my most popular and meaningful posts, PPD and Me. It was the comment left by SandySays1 that touched me.

“One word…dedication.”

She really hit the nail on the head. My story is about lots of things, but most of all, it is a story of manifestation. And it certainly takes dedication to manifest one’s desires. There was nothing I desired more than being a mother. The whole process of IVF is nerve racking, tenuous, and emotional, but my thoughts rarely swayed from complete hope and belief. There was no option other than a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby. And even when PPD and anemia  made their wicked entrance after birth, the hope never failed. I knew we would be OK.

So, SandySays1, thank you for your one word. It’s worth a thousand.

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She jumped right in and became a leader. She is the mother of three, including 7 month old twin girls, and a two year old boy. She was in the middle of moving and renovating. She moved out of one house and into the other with concrete floors being prepped for wood.  I definitely identified with her on that.

A bit of advice: Don’t move into a house in the middle of renovations with small children. It just doesn’t work.

But this new friend of mine made it work. With a smile on her face and a skip in her step. She quickly became a resource for neighborhood moms and families. She volunteered to help with my neighborhood charity and is more on top of things than I am. Her innate kindness is obvious. Her energy is contagious. Her love for her children is sweet. Her excitement to be in her new community is refreshing.

I look forward to getting to know my new friend better. I anxiously await an updated tour of her new/newer house with floors. Our kids will grow up together and I know we will collaborate on many ways to help other people. It will be awesome.

Thank you, neighbor and friend. Here’s to the years ahead.