I shouldn’t look at Pinterest. It either makes me hungry or gives me ideas for things I don’t have time to do. Someone posted a link to THIS – a story about a woman who spent her 35th birthday doing 35 random acts of kindness. As I read it, I totally started crying. Then, I wanted to do it. See, my 35th birthday was coming up. (All brothers will refrain from pointing out how old I am!) So, I pinned it and waited for my birthday to roll around.
You should have seen my kids faces when I told them we were going to spend the day doing service. Needless to say, they weren’t super excited. But, it was my birthday, so they put on a happy face and we made a giant list of what we were going to do.
Because my birthday fell on Stake Conference, we didn’t have time to do all 35. (Jon had to be to the church by 4:00) We did about 25 – but it’s been so long, that we can’t remember everything we did! Here are the ones we can remember!
Cleaned the Church
Brought everyone at the church donuts and milk
Sent letters and coupons to all the cousins in the mail
Sent my brother a letter (blown up so it was 15 pages and mailed in 15 envelopes)
Left the mailman a thank you note and bag of cookies ( he wrote us a a thank you note the next week and put it in our mailbox)
Took cookies to a few families
Took cookies to the firestation
Put dollar bills in random spots in the toy section at Dollar Tree
Returned carts from the parking lot to the grocery store
Donated toys to kids at Cook Children’s Hospital
Left change on vending machines at Cook Children’s Hospital
And, we tried to smile and be nice to everyone that we came in contact with and we picked up trash wherever we went.
It was a good experience for my kids. I am glad that we did it so that they could feel the joy that came from serving others. My favorite part of the day was when the kids rode up and down the street on their scooters waiting for the mailman to get to our house so that they could see his face! As for me, I was exhausted by the end of the day! I don’t know that we will ever do it again, but I am grateful that we did it once!