Monday, December 08, 2008

random acts...GNO


over at GNO, there's a few of us who decided to challenge ourselves last week to perform a random act of kindness.  

i talked with my girls and hubs about what we could do...we reserve some funds each month out of our giving to put towards a current or urgent need that we find.  i think it's important to let the kids see how we give as family...and they should be part of that decision too.

as we were talking, and eating chinese...come on, you know there would be eating...i open my fortune cookie.  and this is it!!

i was out getting a few minutes of alone time and decided to pay hubs forward by getting jiffy lube to do the oil change.  while i was there, i remembered how hard it was being a single mom.  i remembered that the little things, like oil changes, suddenly became bigger things and honestly, more expensive things.  *light bulb!!!*

thomas rang me up for my oil change and asked if they had any scheduled appointments that i could pay for.  he looked at me a little odd...and said, 'you know someone coming?'.
i told him i just wanted to pay for someone's oil change...or whatever.  

this is the point where i saw thomas light up.  he said, 'that is really awesome. any reason?'
'nope.  just want to pass along some good cheer, that's all.'
'ok. well, let's do it then.'
thomas got the gift card set up {{{getting a quick lesson from another store}}} and smiled the entire time.  
'would you like to sign the card or put your phone number on it?'
'no. i'll write one simple word. blessings.'
'this has never happened here before.  it's really just so nice.  do you have anyone in particular you want to give it to?'
'thomas, you decide.'
'really? if it's ok with you, i'd like to give it to someone who really needs it.'
i told him i thought that would be great...even one of the peeps who work there if he thought it would be best used.

i drove out of jiffy lube with $30 less in my pocket, and my heart overflowing with joy of remembering thomas smiling and the thought of someone getting a little extra when they get an oil change...seems like a weird place, but why not?

"do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act."
proverbs 3:27

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167 comments:

randalswife said...

LOVE THIS!!! I would really love to do this someday!

tara @ kidz said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely up for the challenge!!!

Congrats on being featured!!!

Ms. Bar B: said...

That was beautiful. Every little bit helps. Sometimes we feel like we can't make a difference in someone else's life, but we can... in a million little ways we can.

Congrats in being featured on SITS.

Lilly's Life said...

This is a great idea - enjoy your SITS feature day today. Woo Hoo!!

jori-o said...

Happy SITS day to you! And what a great way to spread some cheer...you were likely the answer to someone's prayers. I'm going to look to do something similar this week. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

Rachel said...

Okay now your just awesome! I love this post so much. I love RAK'S!! Hopefully they will pay it forward to someone someday too.

:)Rachel

LenaLoo said...

Good on you Chicka! I will pay it forward tomorrow... somehow...

Mamarazzi said...

love a GNO!!

hey chickie congrats on your day in the spotlight!!

i am loving the new look!

Vodka Mom said...

I love it! What a fabulous idea!!

Lynette said...

What a wonderful & sweet thing to do!!!!

annie kelleher said...

stopping in from SITS to say hi... what a great idea for a way to really celebrte the season! great post!

Betty said...

We call it "RAK" (Random Act of Kindness), but it´s the same idea. I have been "Rakked" and it feels sooo good! And then I "Rakked" others in return. So, yeah this was really great your post! I took a look at your blog and love it! Have become your follower and plan on stopping by often. How did I find you? SITS!
Have a great week!

landofennui said...

awww. What a great idea. You made me teary-eyed

NJDecorator said...

Happy SITS day to you and what a wonderful way to remember how our hearts should be. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives we forget.

He And Me + 3 said...

That is awesome. We are doing the 12 days of Christmas give away. Where we give 12 days up to Christmas with random acts of kindness. I think it is so much more fun to give than to recieve.

silverdot said...

What a lovely story. This is so important and very nice of you. Love your blog! congrats on the SITS feature - well deserved!!

Yaya said...

Wow! That's awesome!

Just us Five said...

congrats on the feature!! what a great family!!!

sewkandi said...

That was such a great thing to do. You've definitely inspired me! Congrats on being the SITS featured blogger!

Joanne said...

That is an awesome story.

Found you through SITS. Congrats on being a FB.

Andrea said...

Congrats on your featured SITS day! Beautiful children! I'm also a reader of Bring the Rain...love Angie's posts.

Becky Welch said...

What a blessing you have been today! Congrats on being SITS featured! I loved looking around and will def. be back!!!

Rebecca Jo said...

What the world would look like if everyone SERVED!!

And look at you - the featured blog of the day... Congratulations!!!

My First Kitchen said...

Just read your Ratatouille post. Soo cute. I teach cooking, so I LOVE it when kids love the kitchen. And I just saw that movie for the first time the other day; what was I missing!! Congrats on your SITS day!

Jess said...

That was so awesome! You are Awesome!

Brindi said...

Stopping by SITS today. Feel in love with your blog. Loved the pictures, loved the message, love the music. Made me start the day with a song in my heart!

Lori said...

What a great idea! You are inspiration!! :)

The Wife O Riley said...

Stopping over from SITS, Congrats on being the Featured Blogger. That a wonderful idea to celebrate the season, if not every other day as well.

ASHLEY said...

this is so wonderufl!!!!!

Denise said...

Congrats on being Featured Blogger!!! I love your random act of kindnes! This used to happen a lot at my regular Starbucks in Tennessee and the next person would pay for the person behind. It would often go several cars. Totally cool.

kalea_kane said...

How very sweet. So glad SITs posted your link this morning! Have a great day!

Blessings,

Kelly

Liz Hibbard said...

I love you idea! I have been recruiting friends and family to help a single mom in my area--http://lizlanehibbard.blogspot.com/2008/12/do-you-have-christmas-spirit.html
It has been an awesome experience to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Way to have the Christmas spirit.

Mrs. Langhans said...

What a beautiful story! Teaching your children to give to others is a priceless gift! I definitely feel inspired to help someone else this season!

lemonologie said...

That's a fabulous idea! Congrats on your SITS spotlight! BTW - Love your blog name!

Sandy Toes said...

What a wonderful thing to do..I love it!! I am going to do it with my kids...you inspired me today! Glad I cam over from "sits"!
-sandy toes

Kelly said...

hello! that's a fabulous idea! Happy holidays!

Cindy said...

You're awesome. Beautiful

The Acting Mom said...

Love your layout! Showing some SITS love.

Honey Mommy said...

That is the best ever! It is so great to give to those who really need it and probably don't expect it at all!

Rachael said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Beautiful blog and darling little girls :-)

Amy Fichtner said...

Congrats on being SITS featured blogger today!! Your blog is beautiful, I love the name and the colors!! Enjoy your day!!

TL said...

Happy SITS day. I did a little paying forward when I went to the grocery store last week. The lady at the checkout got a couple of items from the lady behind me mixed with my goods. I told her not to fret, paid for them, and said Happy Holidays - we don't need to sweat the small stuff!

Kathleen said...

This post just filled me with goodness, well actually your whole blog does. I have really enjoyed reading it this morning. Happy SITS day and I look forward to reading more.

Laurie said...

I love random acts of kindness! Very nice of you. When I was a single mom things like that made my day - or even my year - just knowing someone cared and wanted to help.

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

What a great way to pay it forward! Oh and you are fabulous anyway, but congratulations on being the featured SITS blogger today!

Wolf said...

happy SITS day! i have loved looking around your blog. you are doing wonderful things and your children must be such blessings! :)

feather k said...

congrats on your day!!!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I LOVE that!

That happened to me at the Starbucks drive thru once. The car in front of me paid for my coffee which put a huge smile on my face...so I drove away before they could change their minds and charge me anyway...just kidding. I paid for the coffee of the car behind me too. I hope they kept it going. At least for a little while.

Have a wonderful day! I read your featured posts too but couldn't see where to leave a comment? Are they closed?

Kel said...

What a beautiful thing to do for someone...I bet you just made their day!
~K

i'm black betty said...

congrats on your SITS day! :D

MuseSwings said...

What a beautiful wonderful happy blog! I love it! Happy SITS day!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Love this post. I have a blogger friend who started something called the helping hands project. You should go to her site and get a badge, you totally deserve it.
http://thistlesandmapleleaves.wordpress.com/

Congrats on your SITS day!

ElleBee said...

What a very sweet idea! Happy Saucy Blog! :) Your kiddos are beautiful, btw.

Clippergirl56 said...

I absolutely love this post. Your gift not only brightened the day of the recipient and Thomas, but it has also brightened my day. Happy SITS day.

Kristy said...

Congrats on being featured on SITS today! Love your blog design!

Misty said...

Your blog is absolutely beautiful! Your children, your words, your attitude.....everything is beautiful!! What a wonderful person you are!!

Casey's trio said...

What an awesome post! You are phenomenal....one of those moments you wish you could have been a fly on the wall to see someone's happiness:)
Happy SITS day to you!!

Vickie said...

Have a fantastic SITS day!!

What a great thing to do!! Just awesome!!

I love your blog design. The little chirpies are so cute!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Over from SITS!

Congratulations on being the featured blog!!!!!

Annie said...

What a great message!! Happy SITS FB day to you! :)

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Awwww! The tears are out now! What a coincedence to write this and be featured on SITS the same day. You're inspiring and uplifting way more than the person at Jiffy Lube. AWESOME!

BTW: If you didn't know, references to the RAK posts are going in GNO's first newsletter. For a chance to see your name in lights, visit http://mommygossip-gno.blogspot.com and subscribe to the newsletter. This is so awesome. What a wonderful start to my day :).

Lisa @ Serah's said...

Reading this post has made my Monday. What a great act of kindness. Bless you.

Carla said...

Love it! And (amazingly) it blesses EVERYONE!! (God is too cool, and so are you:)

Megan R. said...

What a fabulous day to make somebody's holiday a little brighter! Happy SITS day!

Meaghan said...

everyone should really know that you guys really do have a heart for others, and you are so giving with the resources that God has so graciously given to you. ishould know! congrats on being the Sits featured blogger! you are so truly amazing and deserving. you rock my face off!

Rhea said...

That is a seriously awesome act of kindness. I love it. You are wonderful to pass along the love like that. You probably really made someone's day.

Wonderful.

RebeccaMom said...

I LOVE do do stuff like this! IT is such a great feeling. I never thought about doing the oil change thing though, great idea! I stopped by from SITS and I have read your blog before, it is great! I just adore the picture of your family (at the beach I think) in the upper right corner. You can see the love!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I just love this!!! You will get blessings in return, I'm sure of it, in addition to the many blessings you already have.

Michelle Sybert said...

dropping by from SITS, and am totally blown away by that story. GOd's goodness and mercy comes in the unlikeliest of packages....us.

Blue Castle said...

That's a really great idea! Just one simple act of kindness and you've made a whole lot of people smile.

Congratulations on your SITS day! :)

Katie said...

What an amazing testimony!! Congrats on your SITS time! :)

ella said...

wow, awesome post. Once I paid for the guy behind me at the toll booth. He kept trying to catch up to me and check me out, probably to discover "why" I'd paid for him...it was a good deed and the fun lasted all the way home.

DESJ and Company said...

that is AMAZING! What a fabulous thing you did...
your family is BEAUTIFUL.

Jenna Lewis Cox said...

what a beautiful post and idea. Thanks for encouraging all of us to do the same, not just in the holiday seaon but year round. :)

TuTu's Bliss said...

This is wonderful..It reminds me of my Dad. After eating our dinner he spoke privatley to our waitress and made sure another family's meal was paid for, He asked that she be certain not to tell them who. I thought it was the sweetest thing, very out of character for my usually cut and dry father.

Emily said...

what an amazing way to give back!! sooo thoughtful! love the idea!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

This is brilliant!

I've spent the last two hours out here, via SITS and I'm just in love with your site, your spirit and for some reason I think today, more than any other day, I really needed to be pointed out here.

Thanks for sharing your light, and your family with us.

Rachel Ann said...

congrats on being the featured blogger and way to go on paying it forward...blessings back to you ten fold!

Merry Christmas!

Ronnica said...

That's a neat idea! Now which Jiffy Lube did you do that at? (hehe, kidding)

I hope to one day soon pay for a meal of someone in a restaurant or doing fast food. Sharing the love of Christ!

Star Forbis said...

Great Blog, I look forward to reading more. Congrats on being featured by SITS.

I love the post A Lesson In Not Being Stupid. I have family & friends that are adopted/have adopted.

And I could write a post on the stupid things people say to the parents of twins as well. Like asking how I got pregnant (naturally or fertility drugs?) It was natural, but they don't need to know that. And every time I heard "I'm glad it's you and not me" when my girls were little I would reply "Yes, and so do the babies!" ;)

Someday people will learn. We Hope.

georgie said...

those GNO girls completely rock!
stoppin by from SITS and I see you completly rock too!

Martha said...

Your wonderful post brought tears to my eyes, Thanks Sista!

Valerie said...

Great idea! I wanted to congratulate you on being the feature blogger today on SITS! Hope you have a great day!

CntryMomma said...

Beautiful! I hope that God would provide a way for me to do the same.

LORI

Lynda said...

Congrats on being our Saucy SITSa! And your RAOK was fantastic!

Michelle said...

What a wonderful post. I wish that we were in a position where we could do that occasionally....soon, I'm sure.

Congrats on being todays FB over at SITS!! Have a great day!!

Holli said...

Thank you for sharing. It is awesome when we get to be the Hands of the Lord reaching out to show others love. Thanks for being encouraging.
Always,
Holli

LittleHenrys3 said...

OMG, this is a beautiful blog, and you are a beautiful person for thinking of the little details! I am seeking to find the little joys in life and you have just brightened my day with yours!
Thank you so much!
Jamie

The Fishers said...

I am so in love with your blog! You have the kindness heart and your children are beautiful! One of my biggest goals in life is to teach my children service and empathy and I can definitely take some lessons from you. Happy SITS day!

Deann said...

What a great post! I love your blog!

Congrats on being features on SITS!

Jen Sue Wild said...

hat am amazeing story!!
Congrats on being Sausy..

angi_b72 said...

you are awesome!!

Janah @ So Not Mom-a-licious said...

I just finsihed all of your featured posts, and I loved every one of them! I especially liked the "how not to be stupid". I just don't get some people! I loved that picture of the adotion shirt!!! Congrats on your Featured Blogger status! Rock with it!

chris said...

What a wonderful example you are of Christ like service! It truly is the simple and little things that bring great joy to others. I will take your challenge and try to think of a way that I can pay it forward this holiday season.
And Congrats on being the feature blog!! So CUTE!!
Best holiday wishes,
Chris
www.curbyscloset.com

Marrdy said...

Congrats on your SITS day!

T said...

Perfect feature for the day - so glad I dropped by... this is something so small and simple that we can all do it (even if it's something smaller) that could make a HUGE difference in someone's life :)

Megan said...

That's awesome! What a great thing for you to do.

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

really inspirational...

I guess we can be quiet about our RAK right... but honestly... if it inspires others, then that is another blessing right?

Enjoy the Holidays!

@carissarogers

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Lindsay said...

You rock. Really rock. I totally feel blessed just reading that - what an awesome gift. I've heard of doing something like that while you're in a drive thru - paying for the people behind you. How cool.

Merry Christmas.

andrea said...

That's fab...give what you can, how you can, and where you can. Whatever it is you choose to give to others, is a blessing received for you and for them. Happy happy SITS day!

Kristen said...

That is so nice

Scary Mommy said...

What a wonderful post!! You must have made that person's day! :)

Hannah said...

Hi, I came from SITS and Loved your blog! I am a mom by adoption also and was thrilled to see another beautiful family!!

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Keep spreading cheer.

hyperactive lu said...

Congrats on being the featured blog!! Merry SITSmas!


Great post!

Mindy said...

This is totally awesome!! I need to remember this... and know that it doesn't take money to do a random act of kindness. (We don't have any money, so it works for me if I can do something without money!)

I try to always make eye contact and smile a big fat smile at people that look sad or angry. Sometimes they frown at me, but mostly they hesitate and then smile right back at me! That feels good...

RandomWonders said...

That is absolutly awesome! We should all take a lesson from you!

sandy said...

Happy SITSday! Enjoy:)

natalie said...

Great story :)

I've decided for my New Year's resolution to volunteer at least once a month for the next year. Every single little bit helps.

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

That is awesome! You've inspired me to look for ways to do the same. :-)

Katy said...

Wonderful thinking! We should always be on the look out for something nice to do. Thanks for the reminder.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

you have one gorgeous heart!!

Pam said...

That is suck a wonderful idea. I want to try that sometime or do something similar. Congrats on being featured today on SITS

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

So nice!

Whitney said...

I love this! I actually did this at Starbucks the other day!
Found you from SITS - congrats on being the queen of the day over there!

The Muse said...

This is part of who I am..a random do~gooder :)

The Tildy Spot said...

Loved this. And your musical choice was nice too. :)

Susie said...

Congratulations on your SITs feature. I hope you are enjoying your day in the sun:-)

Vikki said...

What a wonderful story! I want to do this very soon! I love that you were giddy with joy and happiness!!

Gaspegirl said...

I do this often at Tim HOrton's (Like Dunken Donuts) where I will pay for the order behind me in the drive through and tell them to "Make it a great day".

I love to PIF - so glad you were able to experience that 'great to be alive' feeling ...

Congratulations on being the FB today!

dddiva said...

Happy SITS day- totally love RAOKs and yours is a great one.

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

Congrats on being featured on SITS :) love your blog design :)

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

That is a wonderful thing to do.

I found you through SITS, but I need to take a stroll over to GNO. I missed it this week.

Kimmy said...

Stopping in from SITS. Wanted to say hello. What a lovely family you have! Great blog!

Penz said...

Reading this really puts alot of things into perspective. It's nice that you put money and time aside all the time to help some one else out. Not just during the holiday season. Many thanks to you for that. Have a Merry SITSmas also and I will continue to read about you and your family.

Pen

Jamie said...

That is a great random act of kindness...how very thoughtful!

I love you blog design!! Happy day to you :-)

LaTonya Yvette said...

Happy SITS Day! What a touching story! I'm pretty sure the recipient was overjoyed.

angie said...

Congrats on your day! And what a lovely post for all us SITStas to read today!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Hello from Utah! Enjoyed your SITS feature!

Ginny said...

Congrats on being featured today! I absolutely LOVE your post. What a great idea. If everyone had that mindset once in a while wouldn't the world be a wonderful place? I feel inspired now. Thanks for paying it forward!

LenaLoo said...

I did not have to work, Thank the Lord! I went to bed and slept for 6 hours :) ADD can be a gift, but it is good to know what you are dealing with at a young age, consider that a blessing! I didn't get diagnosed till I was about 20 and there were a lot of "man why didn't you guys catch this sooner" thoughts floating around my head... Have a happy day!

Marshmallow Circus said...

Damn pg hormones. This made me cry thinking of someone's surprise on being told it was paid for. Awesome!

Pam said...

I am sure that you were the one that was blessed more than anyone! And your comment about remembering what it was like to be a single mom... tears...

Irene said...

What a wonderful idea. That is so awesome and it inspires me to do something similar. Isn't it cool how good you feel after giving like that?
Thanks for sharing your story!

Tracy P. said...

Oh, that is SO fabulous! I love that you budget for it. You know, we have things that we give to regularly, but it's so great to just let the Spirit lead the way--and how fun it must be to share it with the kids.

gingela5 said...

Congrats on being the featured blogger today! I love, LOVE your layout! Happy SITS day! :)

Kimmy said...

That is just so fabulous!!! I think this is such an awesome thing, such a simple act yet will put a smile on someone's face and warm their heart....and ours when we do such things. I think I'll do this also!!

Merry Christmas!

Tiffany said...

Paying for an oil change is so awesome! What a true blessing to someone.

Congrats on being Saucy today.

Kristin said...

You have really inspired me. I am planning a pay it forward in my mind right now!

debi said...

What a fantastic idea! Wow, there are so many places like that that single moms would need to have done....thanks for the inspiration!
xo...deb (I will pass this story on!)

Knit Purl Gurl said...

Congrats on the SITS feature!! SO glad they featured you so I could discover your gem of a blog!

Nicki and Mathis said...

Congrats on being featured at SITS!! Love your blog... what a beautiful family you have!

Jaime said...

Thanks for the sweet reminder. I think anyone who performs an act of kindness can reap huge benefits from it. I need to do more of this.

Congrats on being a featured blog on SITS.

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea. I've heard this mentioned several times on the radio and its so inspiring!!

Michele said...

What a great idea! Love your blog. What a beautiful family.

Congrats on your day!

The Rambler said...

Congrats on your special SITS day :)! And that is a GREAT idea and GREAT thing you did today!

Kalei said...

love this! pay it forward...The act of kindness will inspire many to do a similar act....thank you.

Katy's Gonna be a Mom! said...

Hi there saw you on SITS congrats to being featured. Happy Holidays
KATY

Kimmy said...

Thanks for stopping by!

My Fabulous Foto Friday is a weekly blog where you post a picture or more and write what it is about and what it means to you. Here's more info:

http://ourlifesjourney02.blogspot.com/2008/12/fabulous-foto-friday.html

It would be great if you can join in the weekly fun!!!

CrYsTAL said...

WOW... what a great feeling, I know how that feels.!

AndreaLeigh said...

That is truly incredible. I bet you made someone's day. How kind!

Jenners said...

Visiting from SITS. Couldn't find a way to comment on any of your other featured posts but then found this. Beautiful blog with lots to think about.

Avery Tales said...

It's those small little acts of kindness that mean so much to those who need it. For instance, I'll never be able to repay a friend for cleaning my living room while we were planning the funeral of my baby girl. I know that may be TMI, but that little gesture meant more to me than she will ever know. I hope your big day was fabulous!!

Kacey R. said...

Ok, am I SERIOUSLY the 154th person to comment? I didn't know my buddy was a celebrity? Where the heck have I been? Ok, enough about me - this is FABULOUS! You are such a rock star for so many reasons but this sweet blessing is so touching and I know you made someone's day! Woohoo! Great job spreading good cheer!

emily said...

What a simply fabulous idea. I just love this. I wonder who got it? I wonder what their story is? I'm certain it made their day.

Elle MD said...

Blessings to you too!!

Tracy said...

Wow, look how many peeps have showed you their love today.
I can't be left out so here's a little from me also.
:-)

Joanna said...

That is an awesome idea.

Happy SITS day!

April said...

That brought happy tears to my eyes! What a great way to reach out to others! You rock!

Solei said...

ok, I am fully aware that you might not even get to read my comment, being that you already have over 150 of them, but I cannot leave without commenting.

YOU ROCK!!!

That is totally awesome of you to have done! Like you said, weird place to have done it, but frieking awesome. Not only for the person that received it, but it looks like even the guy that worked there was touched by what you did!!! Hopefully they'll pass it along too!

Well, I am definitely going to do something too...... I love the site random acts of kindness, where you can go and post your stories for others to get inspired and hopefully do the same or come up with their own.

Anyways, sorry for the super long comment, but thank you for sharing such awesome news! God Bless you!
=0D

Laurel Plum said...

Now THAT's the meaning of Christmas! LOVE it!

CC said...

Awesome. I just blogged something similar :)

Meredith said...

I must be emotional... you just brought tears to my eyes. You're awesome!!

Carrie said...

Great idea! Do you know anywhere that does $9.99 oil changes? hehe

auntie said...

That is so awesome!! I had someone pay for my coffee one day & he was gone before I knew what happened...and it totally made my day!!

Michelle said...

I'm sure you made someone's day when they went in to get their oil changed!

Tabitha in Bliss said...

YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!!!!