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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

52 Smiles (Pinterest Project)

Good Wednesday morning!

More nature in the Gallery today. It's everywhere!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Dance Moms did not disappoint last night. (I feel like one of the best moms in the world today thanks to that show!)

RANDOMNESS #2 - Our New Orleans' City Adventure is coming along nicely. I made a list of the FREE stuff to do in the City (and there is a lot).

Today, I'm working on the "must-see-and-do" stuff that costs.

We're traveling with another family, too, so I'm going to try to get with Julie and brainstorm after church tonight (and many nights hereafter).

We want to make sure there's something for everyone... and I'm sure New Orleans will not disappoint.

RANDOMNESS #3 - Do you ever wonder what you were thinking about this very day... THREE YEARS AGO? I know. Probably not.

But sometimes I do.

And when that happens, I just read an old blog post... and I have no recollection of having ever thought those thoughts before!

Moments Matter - Originally posted March 7, 2009

Okay. Everyone get ONE piece of paper and ONE pencil ready to go. Tonight before your head hits the pillow write ONE moment that really stood out today. ONE moment that made today, March 7, 2009 a day worth being alive.

It doesn't have to be huge. It doesn't have to be "special." In fact, it can be quite ordinary. A pretty spring day. An uninterrupted cup of your favorite coffee or tea. Curling up and watching Dora the Explorer for 30 minutes with your three year-old.

What will it be?

(I'll let you know tomorrow with my "moment" for March 7, 2012 turned out to be!)

Wednesday Wisdom - I chose today's quotes to go along with a new Pinterest tradition. SMILE!

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.” Maya Angelou

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo F. Buscaglia

WOW! Guess who's going to try smiling a lot today?

52 Smiles

As I mentioned above, this is a Pinterest project from a blog (www.katherinemariephotography.com) dated January 4, 2011. Even though it would have been great to have found this in January, you can start next Monday... no problem!

And on the Whole Family-Participation Meter, this project is HUGE!

The blogger made a specific schedule.

Week ONE - SURPRISE! Anonymously leave a note, treat, artwork and/or gift for a stranger.

Week TWO - CREATE! Select a project that inspires childhood CREATIVITY!

Week THREE - GIVE! Pick a way to give that spreads LOVE, JOY and ENCOURAGEMENT.

Week FOUR - SERVE! Find a way to help others with your ACTIONS! (Volunteering and/or Community Service)

Week FIVE - THANK! Develop a way to express appreciation and gratitude to those who make our world a better place.

After the fifth week, you start over again... Week SIX - SURPRISE, Week SEVEN - CREATE, etc., etc.

She then posted an idea list to make it easier for you and your family to get started.

SURPRISE

Deliver handmade cards to a nursing home.

Take get-well balloons to hospital and leave with nurse for someone who is alone.

Leave bus or taxi fare for a stranger.

Plant a roll of nickels with a handwritten note at children’s play place.

Buy a copy of our favorite children’s book and leave in waiting room. (I LOVE this one!)

Play florist and leave small flower vases on doorsteps of strangers.

Leave stamps and a note by the mailbox inside the post office.

CREATE

Arrange for kids' artwork and carnation flowers to be delivered with Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Have kids color and design a joke book and leave in waiting room at hospital or doctor's office.

Deliver homemade get-well cards with ribbon and lotion to a Cancer Center.

Make a stationery kit with envelopes, fun papers, stickers and postage stamps for kids to deliver to nursing home.

Leave kid-made bookmarks (with scripture) in books at library.

Put together a salon kit with nail polish, lotion and glitter for a young girl at a shelter or hospital.

Make a "KIDS CREATE BOX" filled with glue sticks, paper and art supplies to leave at a shelter.

GIVE

Donate blood.

Deliver a goody basket for a nearby assisted living facility's staff and employees.

Have an extra large tip ready, order pizza and leave the tip regardless of service.

Send a box of chocolates to school custodians.

Drop off a new stuffed animal to the fire department so that they have one on hand for a child who may be in need.

SERVE

Find a busy place and hold open doors for 15 minutes.

Family sponsored food drive.

Prepare and serve lunch at a shelter.

Ask ten people if you can return their shopping carts in the parking lot. (I would love a kid forever if they did this for me!)

Road side trash pick up.

Invite someone who might be alone over for a special homecooked meal.

THANK

Leave thank you note and small gift for trash collectors.

Write heartfelt note to manager telling about a friendly employee.

Write five thank you notes to people that have touched your family's lives in small, yet meaningful ways.

Prepare treats for school bus drivers.

Honor a personal hero.

Send thank you notes to lunch staff at the high school.

Didn't this chick do a great job. As always, use your imagination and let your kids come up with some of the ideas, too.

If something was really, really fun, it would be okay to do it again before the end of the 52 weeks!

Oh... And don't wait until the weekend to start planning. It can be something you and your family talk and think about all week long!

Have an intentional Wednesday. Plan on doing something for someone else today... and follow through. (I'll try to do the same!)

I'll be back tomorrow with Blog Linkage, a great Date and more, more, more.

Take care, and I'll talk to you in the morning.

Sincerely,

The Enchanting Belinda

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