The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 16.

It’s late so this will be short. I know this challenge is about giving but tonight I want to say thank you for something I received. On Saturday two very good friends came to my rescue. We have a bedroom that has been designated as our home office. No one has officed in it for a very long time and it had become the drop-off room. Literally, I would open the door and drop whatever into the room and close the door. It was so depressing. And overwhelming. I don’t have any “before” pictures, you would’ve had to judge me.

So, the two friends came over and gave me part or all of their Saturday to shovel out the room and get it in working order. I am working on something exciting in my life and I needed the room to help me be organized and successful in my new venture. I do have “after” pictures and I am happy to show off the newly reformed home office.

I see a new coat of paint in the future, perhaps a sage green. Put new blinds in the window, and I think we will be cooking with gas. My friend “D” who couldn’t stay all day came by Sunday to see the progress. She said it looked like a before and after room on “Clean Sweep”, it was that dramatic.

One room down, nine more to go.

Thanks, “B” and “D”. You made my day, my week, my month!!! Love you both!

The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 15.

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
~ C.S. Lewis

The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 14.

I’m about to drop into bed, I’m so tired.

I was the recipient of a great, gracious gift today.  We have an upstairs bedroom that has been designated as our office.  But it really is the drop-off room.  Anything that didn’t have a home got dropped into the drop-off room.  There was barely room to walk through and finding a surface on the desks to work on was unheard of.  I am trying to get a home business off and running and knew I needed that room to keep my inventory and have papers in one spot so I can run my business.  So, one of my dearest friends, B, came at 9:00 this morning and helped me clean out the office.  Another really really good friend, D, came also; she got to stay until 11:00.  B stayed until almost 8:00 this evening, cleaning out, throwing away, sorting, taking me to Wal-Mart to buy all kinds of storage drawers and containers, bringing her good vacuum cleaner and cleaning the room , even the baseboards.

I’m exhausted and must now go to bed.  What a good feeling to know there is a room upstairs that is straight and clean and ready for success.  What a wonderful gift that is.

I was too embarrassed to take a “before” picture.  Not putting that mess on the internet to come back and haunt me later!  So you’ll have to take my word that the difference in the morning’s room and tonight’s room is day and night.

And while I was receiving my gift, Big J cleaned out the closet in the office and washed all the bedding we no longer need.  It was taken away by B this evening to be used in a mission supported by our church.  Someone will be getting a nice bed set.  So most everyone was a winner today.

Sleep, sleep.  Good nite, all.

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The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 13.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
~Sir Winston Churchill

 I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
~ Maya Angelou

How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…
for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love?
You say it by sharing what you have.
You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.”
~Thomas D. Willhite

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.”

The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 12.

I’ve written about Joe and the SuperStars here, and here. This is part 3 of the story. When Joe said he was calling his students the SuperStars, I thought to myself, “Self, let’s create an identity for the students that focuses on that title. SuperStars.”

So I went home and asked my 12-yr old son, Little J, what he would draw if he were to draw a logo for the SuperStars. He, almost immediately, said he saw a star with a cape blowing in the wind and a mask like the Lone Ranger. So I said draw it. And he did.


 Right on, Little J!

I knew that Joe had talked about his students writing thank you notes for an LCD projector that was given to them through  I thought it would be fun for the SuperStars to have their note cards to use.  I really got into the designing mode and ended up creating posters to put up in the classroom, a banner with the kids’ picture on it, sticky notes, business cards that say I’m a SuperStar, notepads, magnets with the SuperStars picture on it, caps, shirts, tote bags. 










Maybe I got a little carried away but it was fun.  When Little J got a thank you note from Joe, written on a notecard with his design on the front, he was happy and proud.  SuperStars, hope you enjoy your goodies, because I enjoyed creating them for you.

The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 11.


  Lose yourself in generous service
and every day can be a most unusual day,
a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day!”

 William Arthur Ward

The 30-Day Giving Challenge. Day 10. Classroom Library.

I wrote about getting together a classroom library for Mr. Hays and his SuperStars here.

Well, this morning, a picture showed up in my inbox.


What a way to start my morning.  I truly almost started crying, realizing that sending out the call for help resulted in such bounty and encouragement for Joe and the SuperStars.  I do small things for the people around me but not things that I think make a huget impact.  To see the results was such an encouragement to me, also.  I CAN make a difference in someone’s life.  YOU can make a difference in someone’s life.

Thank you to everyone who contributed money, giftcards and money.