Monday, May 2, 2016

Little Peanut's 2nd Birthday

It was my little granddaughter's 2nd birthday last month.  She is growing and learning something new each day.  My son and his wife wanted a simple birthday party for her this year.  So the theme this year was birds and banners.  

My mom and I made a birthday banner for her....
Then I made her a birthday card with birds....
I wrote a little note inside that summarized our year together and my favorite picture of the year. 
This is the cake my son and his wife special ordered for the day.
And at the end of the birthday party the birthday girl had a special message to share with everyone. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rest of My Gifts

The last time I posted was right before Easter and then we went on a short vacation when we came back I have been swamped with work.  But I am here to post the end of my 29 Gifts.  

25.  Compassion for a sick person on the plane....
We had a horrible landing into Las Vegas.  It was a very windy day and needless to say the plane tossed and bounced and we came into the airport.  The women next to me got sick.  I offered her a clean bag and some kleenex.  I felt horrible for her.  I can't imagine being sick in front of strangers.    

26.  Giving to a homeless person.....
On the first day of our vacation my husband was sick.  So I had a little time on my own.  I could not believe how many homeless people there was in Las Vegas.  So I purchased two Starbucks gifts cards and drop them in two peoples' buckets.  I didn't want to give cash because I wanted them to get food or coffee.  

27.  Rounding up at the check out line..
Another thing I did in Vegas was at the check out lines I was always being asked to round up for different causes.  This is something I do at the grocery store however I continued to do it on vacation.  It seems like more and more stores and starting to do this.  

28.  Collecting the soaps at the hotel to give to the homeless shelter
Before I left on vacation I read in the school newsletter that the men's prayer group would be collecting toiletries for the homeless. So I packed my own soaps and then at the hotel collected their little soaps for the homeless.  Then when I arrived home I went to Target and picked up a toothbrush and toothpaste.  

29.  Giving away my stash of JUNK....
For the last couple of years I have been collecting toilet tubes and lids from sour cream and yogurt containers.  I was saving for art projects for my classroom.  I decided I didn't need to hold on to these no more and so I donated them to the art room at my school.  

What I learned from this process
I think the gifts I enjoyed giving the most were the ones people did not expect to receive.  I especially liked giving something that did not cost something.  I enjoyed giving my time or something of my self.  I also felt that I was more thoughtful and patient towards other people and that was a good feeling.  

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gift 24 -- E-Card


Today I received an e-thank you card from one of my students.  I thought it was super cute.  It has been a LOOOOOOONG time since I sent an e-card so I decided to send one to my grand-daughter.  I don't know if she will understand yet but I thought I would at least try.

I sent her the bunny and egg one in the middle and inside I put a graphic of a chick because I know she loves birds.  My son said she saw the bird.  I hope she made a little connection. 
She is pointing at the card.  Pointing is her favorite thing to do right now.  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gift 23 - An Unexpected YES on a Snowy Spring Day

I have been trying to call my mom for three days.  She wanted me to help with some Easter wreaths however I have had classes the the last two days.  So I tried to call again today but my mom wasn't home and my dad answered.  We started to talk a bit and he was looking for someone to drive him around and pick up his car from the shop.  I knew I had some time so I offered to help.  I think he was surprised by my offer.  It took about an hour and a half of my time but I had a nice conversation with my dad.  

Gift 22 -- The Simple Gift of Prayer

My gift today is simple, 

I pray for those in Brussels who have been affected by violence and I pray we can learn to live together peacefully.