Wednesday, December 26, 2012

12 Days of Kindness Day 12

Day 12 Kindness: Call Grandparents

To be fair we cheated with this one. It's Christmas Eve and we always talk to my parents. It's the best! We do a conference call with all the kids on the phone and my dad reads the Christmas Story out of the Bible. Then the grand kids open their presents from each other. Send their thank yous and love yous. It's a nice way to end Christmas Eve. 

We love you all and hope you had a very Merry Christmas. We had a great time doing these act of kindness. It's nice to go out of your way to make others feel a little better. Life is tough enough! Don't be the person that makes it worse. 

Have I Done Any Good?

 Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

12 Days of Kindness Day 11

Day 11 Kindness: Clean Your Room!

I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. -Joan Rivers

This might as well be an Alison quote. It is an event, borderline WWIII every time I ask her to clean. I love a clean house I love clean it calms me. So having Alison clean her room sounds great in theory but usually it's more stress than the final product. I appreciate the other kids and their clean rooms for this day. Maybe one day Alison will catch the vision. It isn't today though!

12 Days of Kindness Day 10

Day 10 Kindness: Send a Thank You Note

This is a little different than just saying thank you. When someone does something nice for you, return their generosity with a pleasant thank you note to let them know you appreciated their kindness.  In this day of technology many people will send emails or text messages. Be different! Think about sending an old fashioned snail-mail type of thank you note. Dig out your stamps and address book and send a note in the mail!  It will be an added delight for your friend or family member to get physical mail.

12 Days Of Kindness Day 9

Day 9 of Kindness: Reconnect With An Old Friend

I totally stole this from but it's good

You've probably wondered what ever happened to your best friend from junior high or maybe your high school sweetheart. Life takes people in different directions, and it's easy to lose touch with one another. Fortunately, with the Internet it's now easier than ever to reconnect with old friends. Here are some pointers to help you reconnect with your old friends.


    • 1
      Think about the people you miss the most in your life. Maybe it was Sandy who moved away in fourth grade or your best friend who dropped out her junior year of college. Who do you find yourself talking about when you reminisce?
    • 2
      Use the tools the Internet has to offer to find your long-lost friend. Facebook is a great starting point, as well as the Classmates or Reunions websites. Don't forget about the trusty phone book, which may give you a hot trail to you friend's parents at least.
    • 3
      Pick up the phone and call. It may be scary, but someone has to make the first move here.
    • 4
      Find out if your friend is still interested in being a friend to you. You may have to rely on your gut instincts here, or just flat-out ask if she'd like to grab a cup of coffee to catch up on old times. If she doesn't seem interested, don't feel bad. At least you made the effort.
    • 5
      Be a good friend to your old friend. Give her space to really get used to the idea of having you around. Respect the friendship by showing up on time, by being interested in what is happening (and what has happened) in your friend's life. Share as much of yourself as you can, and you might end up with a friendship that's better the second time around.

      Get out there and say hello to an old friend!

12 Days of Kindness Day 8

Day 8 Kindness: Say Hello to Strangers

In Sunday School we were discussing the importance of welcoming new members and ensuring that nonmembers and members both feel welcome in our ward. I realized that I am hands down the worst at this! I am aware that I need to do it but I don't. Not saying hello to someone who is in our midst for the first time can quickly make sure they are never in your midst again. Or, if they have to be around us (i.e. at work), our first impression with this person probably isn't the best in the world. Even further, ceasing to say hello to someone who has been in our midst for a while can be damaging in the long run. Not at first, of course, but eventually that person may not feel cared for by those who no longer greet them.

I would argue that one of the best questions to ask yourself when thinking about what it looks like to welcome the people around you into your midst is, “What makes me feel welcome.” When I think about what makes me feel welcome in any place, new and strange or old and familiar, someone saying hello and recognizing that I am there is right up at the top. There’s plenty of other stuff, but a regular greeting can trump a lot in this world.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12 Days of Kindness Day 7

Day 7 Kindness:

Make Someone Laugh

Here's a little joke for you today!

Two guys were out walking their dogs on a hot day, when they pass by a pub. The first guy says “Let’s go in there for a pint.” Second guy, says, “They won’t let us in with our dogs.” First guy: “Sure they will, just follow my lead.”

He goes up to the pub, and sure enough the doorman says, “I can’t let you in here with that dog.” He replies, “Oh, I’m blind and this is my seeing-eye dog.” The doorman says, “Ok then, come on in.”

The second guy sees this and does the same thing. He goes up to the pub, and the doorman says, “You can’t come in here with a dog.” He replies, “I’m blind and this is my seeing-eye dog.” The doorman responds, “You have a chihuahua for a seeing-eye dog?” The second guy stops for a second, and exclaims, “They gave me a chihuahua?”

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Days Of Kindness Day 6

Day 6 Kindness: 
Thank Someone

Well I want to do a quick Thank you to the kind lady in front of us at Sonic who paid for our drinks! 
Thank you Thank you!!

This kindness day was a pretty good one. I try to say thank you to all the people I interact with. I know that I appreciate hearing it so I try to put it back out there!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

12 Days Of Kindness Day 5

Invite Someone To Join You (lunch table, group, meeting etc)

No cute sayings or clever poems just that the kids invited others to sit with them during the school day. Kelsey and Alison both invited girls to sit with them at lunch. Jon invited kids not normally in his group in class to join when they had to "form groups". Josh just sat next to someone he doesn't normally sit next to at his table since they are assigned tables. 
I was home sick for this one and Joe works in an office of two lol so we didn't do this one today. However, I need to remember to step out of my comfort zone and sit next to ladies at church or invite the ones sitting alone to sit by me.  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Days Of Kindness Day 4

Day 4 Kindness: High-Five A Stranger

It's Sunday so it was a little trickier to do high-fives but man oh man once again Alison really got into it. After church she wandered around to find people roaming from the other ward. She got 8

People could use some unexpected cheer – so go out of your way with a high-five. Sure, some people don't reciprocate the high fives, but the ones that do leave with big smiles on their faces. And that's what High Five Day is all about (we think).

12 Days Of Kindness Day 3

Compliment Someone

“Idle words are characterless and die upon utterance. Evil words rankle for a while, make contentions, and then die. But the hopeful, kind, cheering word sinks into a man’s heart and goes on bearing fruit forever. How many beautiful written words—words in book and song and story—are still inspiring men and making the world fragrant with their beauty! It is just so with the words you write, not on paper, but on the hearts of men. I wish there were room to mention here the testimonies of great men to the power of some hopeful, encouraging word they had spoken to them in youth and in the days of struggle. But every autobiography records this thing. Booker T. Washington tells how the encouragement of General Armstrong saved the future for him. I know a young man who is to-day filling a large and useful place in the world, who was kept to his high purpose in a time of discouragement by just an encouraging word from a man he greatly admired. That man’s word will live and grow in the increasing influence of the younger man. This world is full of men bearing in their minds deathless words of inspiration heard in youth from lips now still forever. Speak hopeful words every chance you get. Always send your young friends from you bearing a word that they will take into the years and fulfill for you.” — The Enlargement of Life (1903) By Frederick Henry Lynch

The movie below is called Validation. It's a short movie about 16min long. It's well worth your time!

For your veiwing pleasure...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

12 Days Of Kindness Day 2

DAY 2 KINDNESS: Give Someone A Hug

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbour,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts -
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

~ Jill Wolf

So when we gathered together to talk about our hugs Alison out did everyone by saying she hugged 106 people! Way to go Alison . Think of all the people's days you made!

Let us not forget to embrace those whom we love. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

12 Days Of Kindness Day 1

Every year I try to do something that will help my children to know of the true meaning of Christmas. Well this year I had found some good ideas on 12 Days of Christmas Kindness and decided to run with it. Whats fun is that some of the kids friends are getting into it as well. So we draw what the kindness will be the night before since Kelsey and Jon leave for Seminary before Alison and Josh are even up. Then that evening we discuss what we did!

Forgive Someone

“Of You It Is Required to Forgive”

A spirit of forgiveness and an attitude of love and compassion toward those who may have wronged us is of the very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each of us has need of this spirit. The whole world has need of it. The Lord taught it. He exemplified it as none other has exemplified it. (President Gordon B Hinckley)

The kids mostly shared stories about someone bumping into them or a teacher erasing something they had drawn on the board. Silly little things. However mine ended up being a little bigger and I had started off SO ANGRY! You know how you just feel it radiating and taking over?! I remembered I needed to "forgive someone" today. I did. Simple. Just let it go and the weight literally lifted. I could have carried it around with me all day. Let it fester. It would have continued into the evening and possibly much longer and my whole day and their whole day would have been ruined. I just let it go. It was amazing. So maybe the forgiving was for me. But it was great!!