Sunday, October 4, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
I just returned from vacation and as always, am more tired than ever, but so spiritually renewed. How exactly does that happen?!
I absolutely LOVE Sister Hugs and sometimes have a hard time understanding why everybody isn't as completely smitten by it. Why everyone isn't in line waiting for the next activity, the next love bomb building, the next response. Why other living rooms are not full of chairs waiting for a complete transformation for the chair-ity event. Why others don't have July 5 circled in a big red circle on their calendars for our SH shopping trip to celebrate our anniversary....why few have stopped by to see Boomerang and offered to paint...
I question myself daily as to what I could be doing, what I'm not doing, how I can share this joy with all of you and help you to feel the joy in your hearts, too. What am I doing wrong? But then God reminds me that my job is simply to love and to share the love. When it's right for you, you'll be there. When it's not...well, then it's not.
But you know what? It's all good.
I pulled up the SH Facebook page and went back to 2012. Everything was fresh. Everything had a purpose. Everything was exciting. We had prayer warriors and need beyond belief. We had people craving to do for others. We had people sharing others with needs. We had people wanting to help. We had joy in the giving.
It is now 2015. Things are still fresh, there's still purpose. Things are still exciting. We still have prayer warriors and need beyond belief. We have people craving to do for others and people sharing needs and desiring to help. We still have joy in giving
A post from 2012...
"I want to give a HUGE shout out to three wonderful women and their businesses. The first is Jen Hieb Leetch and her business, Photojenics Photography. She is a cancer survivor (YEA!!!) and has offered a photoshoot to someone going through and having gone through their own battle with this evil disease. We are currently working on an offer.
Huge heart woman #2 - Barb Brown who owns Shutter Bug Photography has offered to do a free photoshoot/pictures for a lady with children who might not be able to currently afford this treat. We connected her with our own Kerrie (remember this sweet mama of three whom we bombed earlier?) and they are getting together Oct. 22 for a fun day.
Huge heart woman #3 - Lisa Sperandio-harp, owner of Harp Strings. She has offered to set up a facebook show with us and on this specific date and time, any sisters who like her page will be in a drawing for a free prize - if you order something and put the word "Bomb" in the message, Sister Hugs will get 20% wihich we could use to get a special G.C. for special sister gift.
All so very cool and all were thinking outside the box - I love it!! Thanks ladies!! And sisters, please check them out and let them know how much we appreciate them.
Those 3 offers were all from 2012 and not from my immediate area. Our requests for love come from all across the U.S. Your gifts may be exactly what it takes to brighten someone's day, an act that etches on a heart forever!
Your next opportunity to join an activity is July 5. A few of us...right now I believe that number is 3, but sure to grow as the day grows closer, are meeting at 1:00 to go shopping. We have a specific recipient who will be shared soon, and we are each contributing $10 to splurge on gifts for her. We will then combine our gifts, add notes of love and encouragement, and send it off to brighten her day. Do any of us know her? No, but that's all the more reason for us to reach out and offer our token of a hug. Another group of people live farther away and have plans for the day. Is that stopping them??? Of course not! They have a family reunion, but each are bringing an item to combine for the recipient of their choice, adding notes of love, and sending it off to brighten a day. I don't know if they know their recipient either, it's all about being the hands of Jesus whenever and wherever we can. If you're nearby, join us. If you're not, grab your own family or friends. Most of us spend $10 very easily - chose to use it on another. Not a bad investment for a smile and a heart tattoo. (Little do you know that I'm talking about your smile, your tattoo.)
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I hear those words A LOT!! Mostly as a statement, not good, not bad. I can't really argue with them. I do have a different way of seeing things. Not always right (WHAT?!!) but almost always different. I'm not sure I quite get the label of dancing to the beat of my own drummer, but I could if I had that much confidence in myself. Inside, I am a free spirit but outwardly, I often conform to what is expected. I really do not like to be the center of attention - I love for my ideas to be the center of attention, but not me. It's not that I mind talking to groups or mind answering questions, I'm just not comfortable having all others judging what I have to say. I'd guess this way of thinking goes back to school, when catty girls loved to sit and judge and talk about others. I never really got into that, and my close friends didn't either, but many loved to bring others down to feel ...ummm, I'm not really sure what, but apparently it did something for them. I was pretty sensitive and maybe that made me a target. I was also a nice person...not sure why that mattered but it seemed to. For whatever reason, I felt judged a lot. I think this has made me sensitive to others' feelings. I would certainly hate to be the cause of someone's pain and don't think I would knowingly do that.
This past week I learned of a sweetheart of a girl being hurt by others' words and actions. I don't know all of the details, but I do know enough. Other people are knowingly and willfully hurting a precious person. I don't get it... With social media, bullying (yes, I did say the b- word) has gotten out of control. It is so easy to hurt and spread lies behind the ease of a keyboard. I am constantly telling my 5 and 6 year olds to worry about their own business unless someone is hurt or needs help. Sounds like some advice that older kids could use. Some are so busy bringing others' down; it would say so much more about themselves as people if they would work to boost others up.
On a different, but similar note, I've witnessed A LOT of unique children over the past 21 years in teaching. Give a person a cast, and they have friends galore. Give them a disability that isn't as evident, or treatable, and suddenly "Let the judging begin!" Labels, judging, whispering, laughing...WE are all so darn smart at trying to place everyone in that "normal" box. I read an article the other day that perhaps it's actually more normal than not to be on the spectrum, to have some degree of ADHD or ADD, to have our own quirks. Most of us do have our quirks...how do we determine which ones are ok and which ones need "fixed"? to function in society? I've seen many children with autism who may not function the same as others, but they have amazing gifts that the "regular" kids do not possess. I've seen kindness and tolerance from many who don't fit the norm. Those catty girls may not have qualified to sit on the spectrum, but their brand of cool is not one I'd care to imitate. I'll take quirks and kindness and tolerance over boxes any day.
Friday is mismatched socks day. - be proud to be different. I plan to participate and have invited my students. We need to learn to celebrate our uniqueness and special talents. It is
for me! Who wants to join us?