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adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome


on March 8, 2014

Growing up Catholic, I’ve always done something to mark the forty days of Lent.  I attend a Lutheran church now and there is, at least in my experience, much less emphasis on the “giving up” than what I had previously become accustomed to.  However, it’s always stuck with me that we should, in some way, mark these days.

(In previous years, I’ve given up alcohol… this year, that ain’t gonna happen.)

As we chatted over dinner on Wednesday night, I asked John what he was going to do.  He said “oh, the same thing I always do.  Give up Sports TV.  Except the Final Four, of course.  What about you?”  It kind of struck me in that conversation that he and I were starting to go through the motions of Lenten sacrifice.  (God gave his Son for us and we can’t be inspired enough to give up beer and basketball?  We need to refocus!!)  Especially in a year when Ellie has become very cognizant of who is doing what and why, I feel the need to step it up.  Not just for her, but for me, too.

After a day of soul searching, I got the knock in the head that I really needed.  Our blog friends over at David and the Giant posted this list of 40 Random Acts of Kindness and immediately, I texted it to John to ask what he thought.  He was in!  I was in!  We may be a couple of days behind, but we’re doing it.

Here is our list.  We have modified from David and the Giant to fit our lifestyle.  🙂

  1. Pass a gift card to the person behind us at Panera
  2. Send a “hug” in the mail
  3. Donate toys to a shelter
  4. Bring my children’s child care worker a yummy dessert
  5. Relay an overheard compliment
  6. Sign up to help at Feed My Starving Children
  7. Pay for the person behind me at Starbucks
  8. Bring treats to the nurses at the NICU
  9. Donate books to the library
  10. Send a note to a family with a baby in the NICU
  11. Hold the door open for a stranger
  12. Leave my Postal worker a thank you note
  13. Mail an old picture to a dear friend with a note about the memory
  14. Put a lottery scratcher in a library book for the next checker-outer to find
  15. Send a thank you card to a favorite Grad school professor
  16. Write a positive review on Yelp for a place I loved
  17. Donate clothes to Good Will
  18. Bring coffee to a coworker
  19. Let someone go in line in front of us
  20. Send a letter to a former co-worker telling them what I appreciated about them
  21. Say “hello” to people in the grocery store
  22. Leave a thank you note for our Pastor in the offering plate
  23. Change my Facebook status to a compliment of one of my friends and tag them so all of their friends can see
  24. Bring Ellie and Tessa to visit a great-grandparent
  25. Have Ellie mail a card to a friend
  26. Donate baby clothes and blankets to the NICU
  27. Bring healthy snacks to leave in our shared offices at work
  28. Clear our neighbor’s sidewalk after snow.
  29. Call a restaurant where I received great service and compliment the employee to their manager
  30. Leave a big tip when we go out to eat with a kind note
  31. Have Ellie color a picture for a friend
  32. Pick up trash in the common areas around our house
  33. Return someone’s shopping cart
  34. Bring flowers to someone special in our life
  35. Use my blog and Facebook to ask friends and family to donate to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
  36. Offer to help a coworker finish a task
  37. Pay a compliment to the trickier students in our classes
  38. Donate canned goods to a food pantry
  39. Leave a bag of candy at our neighbor’s
  40. Share a positive email with a parent

For more really awesome ideas for Random Acts of Kindness, check out http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/



2 responses to “Lent

  1. Love your list!! I like your adjustments, in fact, I may have to ‘steal’ a couple. I’ll be anxious to hear how it goes!

  2. Laura W. says:

    What a great idea! Although I’m only 39 days behind. 😦 next year for sure!!!

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