The first 20 days of service in 2019 has not played out as I planned but I have been able to dip my hand in much.
Dad & Stepmother’s Christmas Gift
We have decided to make 2019 Christmas a “homemade” Christmas so I have already started thinking and working on some of the gifts I would like to give. I just hope that I have not bitten off more than I can chew.
My dad probably will never figure out what I am talking about. Several years ago I attempted to make my Dad and his wife something for Christmas but I never finished it. I don’t know that I will be able to finish the gift this time either but I am going to give it my best shot. I would say that the project is about 1/4 complete. If I keep pushing I may be able to finish.
Daughter’s Birthday Gift
I have decided to take the homemade Christmas to homemade birthday. My husband picked up a used fish tank and the stand was not in good condition so I decided to do mosaic over the ugly. However, I am so afraid to do the grout. It looks great without the grout but, I believe the grout will really finish the look. Here is a picture of what it looked like while I was applying the ceramic pieces:
I looked online to try to find some ideas on how to do this and ultimately decided to come up with my own idea. It would have cost me over $200 to use mosaic tiles or flooring tiles. I ended up purchasing $30 worth of ceramic plates from the dollar tree and taking a hammer to them. I do have to admit that breaking the plates was very time consuming. I also used eight tubes of caulking at $3 each. I bought an abundance of grout to ensure I have enough spending $28. A brand new hexagon 55 gallon fish tank would have cost north of $450. I paid $80 for the used tank, and about $80 in material to resurface the stand; my cost, $160 saving almost $300. Jo Jo LOVES the mosaic on the tank. I just hope I can deliver with the grout.
Painting With Diamonds for CoWorker
I have a coworker who is very impressed with the painting with diamonds so I decided to make her one. I asked her the kind of things she likes and I finally had tell her what I was up to in order to get a good idea of what should be in the picture.
I ended up choosing a pattern with huge red flowers. This project is about 1/10 of the way done. I have more projects going than I thought I would, so the process is proving to be slow.
Daughter’s First Mission Box
I want to be able to send my daughter’s first mission box as soon as she leaves so I am working of what goes in it. Sharing experiences is difficult when you want to be able to say the right things but you know you are not going to be there to talk your missionary through each challenge that will come.
Kayrin and I have been close since she was little. She is wise beyond her years and I believe she is going to make such a great missionary. I just never thought it would be so hard to let my little girl grow up. Words cannot express how I feel and no one has shared their story of allowing their children to grow up in ways that I could understand. I know she will make me proud.
First 20 Days of Service
I have had more opportunities to help or do good things than I could have imagined and it makes life a little easier. Not focusing on myself has really helped me to more easily see the Lord’s work in my life.
The Snow Storm
Last week we had a horrible snow storm; I wanted to go to the temple so my husband and I traded cars for the day. The snow came hard and fast. It ended up extending my hour commute home to 3.5 hours; it took husband eight hours get home in my little Fiat.
On my way home I counted over a dozen cars in the ditch or in an accident. In my last 20 miles of highway a man spun out in his little pickup and was stranded on the side of the road. I seen him walking on the icy shoulder and decided that I needed to give him a ride.
Once he got in my car he told me that he called 9-1-1 and told them that he was going to leave his truck on the side of the road and walk home. After he told me he had done that he continued to explain that within the 500 foot that he had walk he was already having a hard time breathing because he has COPD.
This man thought his house was only a couple miles from where he left his truck but the journey was 8 to 10 miles. If I would not have picked up that man and offered him a ride home, who knows what would have happened to him. He takes care of his 82 year old mother; if something would have happened to him, I am sure something would have happened to his mother.
I have been reading the scriptures on a regular basis. I am currently reading the Old Testament; I can’t say it has been the easiest reading but I can say that I have been prompted to do some things. Most recently, I have been promoted to go to the temple. This prompting to go to the temple was different from others. I felt such as strong push from the Spirit to go and I was devastated that I could not attend because of the snow storm. I finally made it to the temple almost a week after starting to prompted.
I prayed about attending often before I actually got there. I looked up every option of who I could take through the temple and I did not get any feeling outside the ordinary. I was in a good place in my mind and heart. It didn’t make any sense to me why I felt so “pushed” to the temple.
When I got there, everything felt the way it always had. I was able to go through the entire session with nothing out of the ordinary happening. When I finally made it into the celestial room, I sat there very content in myself. I dug through my thoughts to understand why I was there. It took me 30 minutes before it finally revealed itself. Oddly enough…as soon as it came to my mind I was being “pushed” out of the Celestial room.
My Take Aways
When you open your heart and mind, you see things that you have missed many times before. I am confident that as I continue through this year I will continue to have opportunities that are not my simple list that I have composed. I am thankful I have had the opportunities I have and can’t wait to see what is next. I have not mentioned every opportunity of service that I have taken advantage of these first few weeks but have mentioned the ones that have touched me the most.
This is year has not been anything for the record and I fear that I may have forgotten some of the most important things. In effort to change the fate of 2019 I am dedicating as much of it as possible to service. I don’t want to to overwhelm myself so I have identified 52 “simple service” opportunities so that I may complete one project for each week; in no particular order:
- Write letters to soldiers.
- Write letters to missionaries.
- Write the mail carrier a thank you card.
- Give birthday cards and gifts to people I barely know.
- Do something nice for a family member.
- Make birthday cards for foster kids.
- Adopt a grandfriend.
- Deliver meals to homebound individuals.
- Buy a stranger’s drink.
- Do something off someone else’s to-do list.
- Donate blood.
- Donate bone marrow.
- Complete a 5k for a good cause.
- Take treats to the fire station.
- Drop off a candy gram at the police station.
- Leave a gift for a neighbor.
- Place flowers on random cars.
- Hide eggs with affirmation notes around Easter time.
- Let someone go in front of me.
- Send flowers to someone.
- Make kind over matter Lolliflowers
- Take flowers to a nursing home.
- Make quilts or blankets to donate
- Make purses or jewelry from recycled material.
- Volunteer at the local pantry.
- Host a free resume workshop.
- Find a nonprofit to volunteer with. (not the same as pantry.
- Take photos at an event and donate them.
- Organize a community service project.
- Recognize veterans in the community.
- Make get well cards.
- Contact local rescue and sponsor an animal.
- Leave bottles of bubbles in random places.
- Pay for the order behind me.
- Scatter wildflower seeds.
- Write inspiring notes and leave them in random places.
- Tape microwave popcorn to media box.
- Tape money to a vending machine.
- Place coloring books and crayons in hospital waiting room.
- Make kindness rocks and leave in random places.
- Tape quarters to gum ball machine.
- Assemble homeless bags and distribute to those standing on corners.
- Play “Ding Dong Ditch” with DING DONGS!
- Take Get Well Balloons to the local hospital.
- Buy a gift card and give it to the person behind me.
- Leave husband love notes in random places around the house.
- Send out thinking of you cards.
- Put something on Craigslist for FREE!
- Buy two of something I love and give one away.
- Give someone a “heart attack.”
- Place flowers on an empty grave.
- Figure out one without a list!
I reserve the choice to change any of these and I will make my best effort to post my efforts. 🙂