In a world filled with bad news, tragedy, and unkindness, we want to promote the GOOD AND KIND things people do for others.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011



Come with me  
to a third grade classroom..... There is a  
nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of  
a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and  
the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his  
heart is going to stop because he cannot  
possibly imagine how this has happened. It's  
never happened before, and he knows that when  
the boys find out he will never hear the end of  
it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak  
to him again as long as he  

The boy  
believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his  
head down and prays this prayer, 'Dear God, this  
is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes  
from now I'm dead  

He looks up  
from his prayer and here comes the teacher with  
a look in her eyes that says he has been  
As the  
teacher is walking toward him, a class mate  
named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is  
filled with water. Susie trips in front of the  
teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water  
in the boy's  

The boy  
pretends to be angry, but all the while is  
saying to himself, 'Thank you, Lord! Thank you,  

Now all of a  
sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule,  
the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher  
rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts  
to put on while his pants dry out. All the other  
children are on their hands and knees cleaning  
up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.  
But as life would have it, the ridicule that  
should have been his has been transferred to  
someone else -  
She tries to  
help, but they tell her to get out. You've done  
enough, you  

Finally, at  
the end of the day, as they are waiting for the  
bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers,  
'You did that on purpose, didn't you?' Susie  
whispers back, 'I wet my pants once  
May God help  
us see the opportunities that are always around  
us to do  

Remember.....Just going to  
church doesn't make you a Christian any more  
than standing in your garage makes you a  
Each and  
everyone one of us is going through tough times  
right now, but God is getting ready to bless you  
in a way that only He can. Keep the  

Monday, June 27, 2011

WEEK 4--Kindness Challenge

Send an email to someone for no other reason than to just say "I'm thinking of you today."

I get a lot of spam email that is really depressing, I love it when I get an email from a friend that just says they care about me.  This is a really simple and often overlooked way to show kindness.  You never know the difference you could make in someone's life with just a simple email "hello" and it doesn't require money or a whole lot of time.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A.R.K.--The Parking Meter

Today while on vacation I was able to do A Random act of Kindness.  When I got back to my vehicle, I noticed that the persons meter who was parked next to me was expired.  I had an extra quarter in my pocket so I popped it into their meter to give them an extra 40 minutes.  I've never done that before and it felt really good knowing I was helping to prevent someone from getting a parking ticket with just my extra quarter! 


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kindness Challenge #3

Since I still have access to the internet where we are at, I thought I would blog a little reminder of Kindness Challenge #3 to say Thank you to everyone who serves you this week.  You could leave a little note in the mailbox for the mailman, say a sincere thank you to store clerks, etc. 

We've had lots of opportunities for this on our vacation because we've got mixed up on map routes and have stopped to get directions.  The people have been very friendly, informative and sympathic as they point us in the right direction.  We still have a ways to go so I'm sure we'll have more opportunities to Thank People for their service and help this week.

I can't begin to describe how much it brightens a clerks day to have someone say "Thank You".  I use to work as a cashier for Hardees.  Some of those days were really long and discouraging.  It was amazing how someones simple "Thank You" to me totally changed my day around.

Remember the magic word THANK YOU this week!  :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reflections on Kindness Challenge #2

We have been traveling through the state of Wyoming for the last couple of days and I have been able to enjoy seeing clouds.  In Wyoming the clouds seem to go on and on and never end--it is a pretty amazing sight.  I have seen big puffy "happy" white clouds and big "angry" black clouds that shoot out lightening.

Today we went and saw Devils Tower and we really enjoyed walking around it and marveling at this nature made piece of artwork.  We also had an ARK (Act of Random Kindness) performed for us here when a total stranger volunteered to take a picture of our family in front of it--that was really nice and gave us a chance to have a picture with all of us in it instead of the cameraman missing.

Remember Kindness :) It Matters and it begins with you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WEEK 3--Kindness Challenge--June 20th

Remember I'm posting this early because I'm leaving on vacation, so you will have it for next Monday.  This Challenge doesn't start until June 20th.

Go out of your way to say "THANK YOU" to everyone who serves you this week, the delivery person, mailman, cashier, store clerk, etc.


Monday, June 13, 2011

WEEK 2--The Kindness Challenge

This week take time to notice the beauties of the earth, the mountains, the trees, the flowers, a sunset or sunrise, the clouds, a rainstorm, a rainbow, etc.

This may seem a little strange as a kindness challenge because it is something you do for yourself.  Have you heard the scripture, Love thy neighbor as thyself?  The problem is a lot of us don't love and take care of ourselves so we are unable to help and love our "neighbor".  Once a month one of the kindness challenges is going to focus on doing something kind for yourself so you can refill your cup and be able to help others.

NOTE:  I am going to be on vacation next Monday so I am going to post the Week 3 Kindness Challenge tomorrow.  I'm hoping to have internet and if I do I will post a comment on that post if I don't have internet then everyone will still have the Week 3 Challenge.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A.R.K--In Church

I had an Act of Random Kindness shown to me today at Church.  I was substituting in a primary class as a teacher helper today, but, the regular teacher with the lesson didn't show up.  I was freaking out not knowing what to do.  Lucky for me one of the other Moms stayed with the class to help me out even though she didn't have to and I'm sure she would have liked to go to her regular class.  She jumped right in and taught a lesson off the top of her head and then involved them in coloring and singing a song.  She was my life savor today and I'm really grateful she chose to help out!  She taught me a great example that sometimes Acts of Kindness aren't planned out and prepared for in advance, sometimes they happen at the spur of the moment--the key is to just be willing to adjust your plan in order to help out. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kindness Challenge #1 Review

So, we are coming to the end of the Kindness Challenge Week 1.  I hope everyone found some way to honor or remember someone special in their life.  I chose to honor Mikayla Grace, Maxxton, and my own two Angels, Janessa and Hope, by delivering a bag of candy and sending 2 cards in the mail just to say I'm thinking of you.  I also tried all week to do some of my kid's regular chores for them in honor of these 4 Angels.  It has been a hard "remembrance" week for me, but, being able to do these little random acts of kindness has helped make this week a lot more bearable.  Remember to come back this next Monday for Kindness Challenge #2!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Week 1--Kindness Challenge

Welcome to Week 1 of the 40 week Kindness Challenge! 

Do an Act of Kindness in honor of someone.

This weeks challenge is free choice of what you do, just do it honor of someone. 

Who can you honor?
How about someone who has helped you like a friend or teacher, etc.  How about someone who has been a great example to you--a grandparent, a neighbor, etc. How about honoring one of the Angel Babies celebrating Angel Birthdays in the month of June--see for the list. 

 In fact Angel Baby Mikayla, whose 1st Angel birthday is June 13th, has a special blog where her parents are celebrating by inviting everyone to do an act of kindness in her honor for the whole month of June.  They have little cards you can print out to leave in honor of her. 

That brings up the next point of How do you do this act of kindness in honor of the person?
-Leave a note that says this was done in honor of. . . . . . . . .
-Think about that person as you are doing the act of kindness
-If you can, send a note to that person you are honoring to let them know what you did or just write it down so you can remember what you did.

What are some ideas for Acts of Kindness?

Send a card or email to someone, make or buy treats to give to someone, help someone with a chore, donate your time or money to help someone, help weed or mow your neighbors grass, give out a compliment, etc.

Have Fun!

Teen's dad spends school year waving at bus, embarrassing son

I scan the paper a couple of times a week to see if there are any good or kindness news in them.  Usually, I'm disappointed, but today I hit the Jackpot.  The title of this newsstory "Teen's dad spends school year waving at bus, embarrassing son"  instantly drew my attention.  I have 3 teenagers, and I have to admit I get my thrills trying to embarrass them as their "Old 80's Mom" that they think of me.  I got a good laugh reading about this Dad's devotion to come up with creative ways to dress up and wave at the bus for the last 170 days.

This is how the article started up  "No matter how cool a teenager's mom and dad might be, few teens get through high school without feeling their parents embarrassed them.
And one teen has his dad to thank for embarrassing him the entire school year — well, 170 days of it.
When the high school's bus routes changed this year, 16-year-old Rain Price soon found out he'd be going right past his house every single morning. Much to his chagrin, he also found out his dad would be standing outside, waving.
The embarrassment was a thrill for his father.
The second day of school, there he was again, only this time Price was wearing a San Diego Chargers helmet and jersey. Day three, it was an Anakin Skywalker helmet, and the next day, swim trunks and a snorkel mask.
Other kids started to take note.
"Most of them like it, and we roll down our windows and wave. It's fun," Rain said.
His dad admits it took a lot of effort to keep it up, but said it was "a way of letting him know that we really care about him, but do something a little different." He described it as "a father's way" of saying I love you."

Do you think this kid has any doubts if his Father loves him?  Of course he would probably wish that his Dad would show that love in a less embarrassing way!!!  But that's what part of our job description of parents is, Get kids up for school, check, Feed Breakfast, Check, Embarrass in front of everyone, CHECK!

Click on the following links to read the full story in the Deseret News and to visit their blog:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Monday Weekly Kindness Challenge

Last year in an effort to cope with grief, I started doing random of acts of kindness on a monthly basis.  They were just little things like smiley face bags of Hershey Kisses and Hugs left on doorsteps with a simple note saying you're being thought of, or a "Just Because" Greeting Card sent in the mail, or a simple email just to say I care.  I was amazed at how much joy I received doing this every month.

Starting Monday June 6th I will be posting a Weekly Kindness Challenge for the next 40 weeks.  I invite all who want to participate to check out my blog every Monday for that weeks challenge and then post a comment as to what you did and how it went.  I'm excited to start this Kindness Revolution!

Remember Kindness it Matters :)  It starts with you!