Kindness Advent - Day 1

Kindness Advent – Day 1

Thanksgiving night, we drove over to our storage unit in an attempt to find our Christmas decor. Thirty minutes & one serious circus later, we left with some boxes. Two trips later & I still can’t find our advent calendar! So…we are in the process of making another one. If you’re already feeling behind on some good intentions…I’m right there with ya!;)

I am happy to report that Day 1 was a success! When we were planning out our days, I shot this one down. We have set out to find bell ringers for the past 3 years with no avail. Aubrey convinced me to give it one more shot! We drove around, scoping out our recipients before we bought the hot chocolate (why have I never thought of that before). Wal-Mart did not disappoint. These faithful folks were out on this cold, rainy night & deserved a little chocolate-y goodness. Jett volunteered first, which was no surprise…

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At the next entrance, Grady man willingly jumped out of the van…that’s a big deal, folks! I LOVE this picture of me coaching him on what to say. As we were walking away, he looked back & said “have a nice night.” Aubrey & I couldn’t believe it! Who is this kid?

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Our last stop was Hobby Lobby & it was finally Miss Kaylor’s turn. I was just waiting for her to spill it all over the poor man!

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It took him a second to realize it was for him but when he did, he was so crazy grateful…made my night!

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I read on Salvation Army’s website that one hour of bell ringing raises enough money to provide a family in need with two bags of groceries. They will be out through Christmas Eve…so if you see one of these kind folks, drop them a smile, some change or maybe even a treat!

This Christmas, we are reading Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. (It’s on sale for $14.99 right now on Amazon! If you’re interested, click HERE.) As Aubrey was reading tonight, I was reminded that small acts of love can change a heart. We just have to look for opportunities…they’re everywhere!

“Look for the little child everyone else forgets. Look for that hunchbacked old man no one else remembers. Look for the small, broken cracks in the world, in hearts, that would be easy to walk right by – and right there, slip in a little word that grows great courage.”

7 Comments

  1. Leah Susi
    December 1, 2014

    I’m excited for your Advent! I started a variation last year of doing a mix of kindness, activities, treats, etc. Lilah really enjoys it! And, we just bought that same book, and read it tonight. It’s a little intense! I had a friend post about it a few weeks ago, so I bought it without knowing much. It seems great, but pretty deep….even for me…haha!

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    • Jen
      December 1, 2014

      I agree! She is pretty intense…very poetic & floral in her writing. Took me awhile to get through 1,000 gifts but I was glad I did.

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  2. Leah Susi
    December 1, 2014

    And I should also say, thanks for inspiring me to do something and look at advent in a different way!

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  3. Kim McIntosh
    December 1, 2014

    Jen, aka Pooh!
    I need help…I really want to do this with my kuddos but don’t know where to start! Help me please? Love you much

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    • Jen
      December 2, 2014

      Of course! We created a resource page for our church & that would be a great place to start. Just go to http://www.songandstory.com/advent Let me know if you need anything else & I’d be glad to help! Love you guys!!

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  4. Jessica Thompson
    December 2, 2014

    I am totally taking Noah to do this!!!!

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    • Jen
      December 2, 2014

      Do it!:) You’re awesome!!

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