Things in my life have been so strange lately.† From my site getting hacked [it is fixed now] to being without a computer for almost a month [I got it back today!], to being unemployed for 6 months [I've started back now for at least 5 weeks] to Christmas and then Kei’s birthday.
Many of you followed us on Instagram to see what Keilee did for her 13th birthday.† The response we got there was unbelievable!† Keilee has wanted to spend her special day doing “13″ things for others.† She researched and made signs and made lists and got everything ready.† She got $100 for Christmas and she wanted to use it for doing Random Acts of Kindness.† And it took almost every bit of her money.† She was adamant that this is what she wanted to do.† So I told her to go for it.† [Secretly I was thrilled that she wanted to do this.]† We have been so blessed the past year, unbelievably blessed and she wanted to give a little of that blessing back.
So…here is “Keilee’s 13th Birthday”
We start her birthday the same way we have done since she was 3.† We go to IHOP for breakfast.† This is the same hat she has worn since she was 3!† I asked her if she wanted a new one but nothing doing.† This is taped all over to keep it together.
1st Stop:† The Mailman.† She made cookies and put a card that she put or gave everywhere we went.
#7 Give someone a Wal-Mart Gift certificate.† She and I said a prayer that we would find the person who needed it the most, then she bought a $10 gift card and walked around until she found someone.† She gave it to this younger woman with a baby and about a 2 year old.† She handed it to her and told her what she was doing.† The lady said, “Is this for real?” and Keilee told her it was.
#9 Give 13 Balloons to people in a nursing home.† This was her favorite.† She could see the reactions plus this is where my Mom was before she died.† Keilee spent 2 months when she was just turned 8 here.† She would walk all over the place talking to the patients, playing dolls with them and visiting.† There was one lady who Keilee LOVED named Mary.† Mary wasn’t very old but due to circumstances she lived there.† She remembered Keilee and kept saying, “Keilee! Keilee!”.† I almost cried.† I thought it would be hard to be back there but it was wonderful.† Every single person asked Kei to tie their balloon onto the back of their wheelchair.
#10† Give a candybar to a cashier.† We bought something small and Keilee asked her what her favorite candybar was.† She told Keilee and Kei said, ‘Ok I will try that” then bought it and gave it to her.† She was thrilled!
#11 This was supposed to be to leave quarters in a bag on a washer but we saw this woman and Keilee just walked up to her and told her what she was doing.† She couldn’t believe it and just† hugged Keilee and gave her a kiss on her forehead.† So precious.
This was one proud Mama.
She got home and made this video with cards that she had already made.† Enjoy.
We are so ready for ‘normal’ here.† I am ready to visit and LEAVE comments and blog every week and do school and just live our lives.† It has been so crazy lately.
Happy weekend to all!
ìNo one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.î ~Charles Dickens
ìFor it is in giving that we receive.î ~St. Francis of Assisi
Linking up [FINALLY AGAIN]
with Mary at “Collage Friday“