Sunday, July 8, 2012

"Good Intentions" has a home

Random Act of Kindness (RAOK #2 )

The food that I purchased on Monday has a home (read July 4th's "Good Intentions" post)! My mother shared with me that FreshStart Resources was doing a food drive for single parents. I looked at their list of needs, and knew immediately what I needed to do. God is so good!

FreshStart Resources currently has 46 families on their roster that represent 122 people. They will be receiving donations Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm through July 18th. Please call 615-822-6772 if you are interested in helping.


Taking care of our dog, Gnash, is Austin's reponsibility this month.
Gnash received a bath from Momma!


The GREATEST mom on the planet received flowers this week from her FAVORITE CHILD! Oh! I mean her favorite daughter. Hee! Hee! I just had to put that in there for my brothers to see.

Not only is she my mom, she is one of my closest friends. I can always count on her to be there for our family. It doesn't matter what time it is or where she is, she's there if we need her. AND...she is the PERFECT Grandma. I really believe that our children would live with her if we gave them the opportunity. If our children read this post, the answer is NO! Don't ask! I'm keeping you all.

We love you, Mom, Grandma, Gram, Golden Graham, G-ma and G!

RAOK from Taylor

Taylor made her brother, Austin, his favorite food, BANANA BREAD! She made it ALL BY HERSELF too! She LOVES cooking, and enjoys experimenting with different flavors.

RAOK from Kevin

Kevin enjoys cooking too. He made breakfast for our entire family this morning. He gave his brother, Christian, plenty of water to help him feel better (102.5 temp). Also, Kevin was opening all the doors for the ladies yesterday. He is becoming quite the gentleman!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Good Intentions

Monday was unpredictable, to say the least. I drove to Nashville for a doctor's appointment only to find out that I was a week early. As I was leaving, I saw a woman standing next to the street. She was holding a sign asking for help as her three children were sitting nearby.

I must be totally honest with you. I have never given money to someone standing on the side of the road, because it totally frustrates me. I thought about my Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) goal, but I still couldn't do it. Then something happened. The car in front of me pulled over, rolled down her window and handed the woman a couple bags of groceries. The mother was grateful, and handed the food to the children. They immediately started pulling out food and started eating.

I knew what I needed to do. I drove a few miles down the road to Kroger and filled a grocery cart full of food. When I returned, the family was gone.

At first I thought I had completely failed at my RAOK #2. After several hours of reflection, I realized the important thing is not necessarily the completion of an act of kindness; it's being obedient to God's calling.

Now, onto RAOK #3.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

46 in 46 Days

I've always tried to teach our children the importance of random acts of kindness. When Christian and Austin were little, we had a "Star Chart." They earned stars for chores, reading, and acts of kindness. They would spend their stars on different things, such as bowling, movies, sleepovers, money, etc.

I'll never forget the look on Taylor's face when I suggested she do some random acts of kindness. She picked out five balloons to give to five different children and one beautiful bouquet of flowers to give to an elderly woman. She was excited at first, but then the look came. She was terrified. I asked if she wanted me to help her, and she said yes.

We sat in the car and prayed for God to show us who He wanted us to bless that day. Taylor would see a particular person, and say "that's not the one." We were driving around the shopping center when she spotted her, the perfect child! We stopped the car in the middle of the road, jumped out and walked up to the little girl and her parents. Taylor said "Merry Christmas" as she handed her a balloon. The sweet girl smiled, looked at Taylor and said "Feliz Navidad." It was beautiful moment for both girls.

I will be 46 years old in 46 days. Instead of being sad about getting older, I've decided to CELEBRATE with random acts of kindness. MY GOAL: 46 Random Acts of Kindness over the next 46 days.

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS #1: Clean up all the toilet paper in my neighbor's yard from being rolled last night.

I would like to add that it was over 100 degrees and our 17 year old son, Christian, helped me. We are so proud of the man he is becoming!

It's really weird to ASK for a birthday present, but I am! Please consider joining me with a random act of kindness. Either comment on our blog or shoot me an email at with the details of how you blessed someone. This truly is the greatest gift you can give to a person, to yourself and to me.

Check back often for updates. I'll be including YOUR random acts of kindness too.

Have fun blessing others!