We live reeeeally far from our work/church/school, so we spend a LOT of time on the road.
I was recently trying to take inventory of the ways I am working to teach my children about kindness and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that most of the kind things we are actively doing each day happen in the car.
This is good because #1 – The children are physically contained and are mostly an attentive audience (because you can only play the license plate game so long, yah know?), #2 – The children are learning how to love and serve others as Jesus did, and #3 – I am not spending a lot of extra money or going on any extra outings that require a lot of forethought and supplies (ie. that time I tried to do 30 RAOKS for my 30th birthday and ended up stopping after 7 because I was so overwhelmed and broke – lol!).
The ideas I am about to share are great because they work quite naturally into the life you are already living! It will be easy for you to add these simple RAOKs (Random Acts of Kindness) into your family’s daily adventures.
My personal favorite thing to do while driving is look for cars that are trying to move into my lane. I LOVE seeing someone’s blinker on because it is an opportunity for me to wave them in front of me so that they can get where they need to go. I talk to my kids about being a thoughtful driver who pays attention to the needs of others on the road. We can get so focused on getting where WE are going that we forget to have an attitude of a servant – quiet, humble, and in search of ways to be make someone else’s life better.
This kind of calling on our lives does not have to get in the backseat once we get behind the wheel. :-)
So I made a little FREE Printable featuring 9 easy RAOKs to do while driving for you to print and then leave somewhere safe on your dashboard as a reminder to bless others as well as inspire your kids to do the same.
Happy RAOK-ing While Driving! :-)
While your kids are draping themselves over chairs complaining that there’s nothing to do, gently encourage their little hearts to go and be a blessing to someone.
Here are a few ways we like to serve in the hot months of summer…
Our favorite is to bring cold water bottles to the garbage men – I learned that one from my sweet dad!
Happy Summer Service-ing! :-)
The message of Easter is LOVE.
And love is best shown when we choose to put someone else’s needs before our own.
Like Jesus did.
Here are a few fun ways you can share the sweet message of Easter with the people in your world.
Happy Easter RAK-ing! :-)
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18
When I am going through a difficult season, I find it incredibly helpful to focus on others.
I like to prayerfully ask, “How can I be a blessing to someone today?” It gets my mind off my own troubles and onto being a part of the healing of someone else’s troubles.
Sounds like a good recipe for joy. :-)
Plus, it is reflective of the true spirit of Christmas as seen in Matthew 20:28 – “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Here are 12 easy ways to inspire you to be a part of making someone’s Christmas a little brighter.
Happy Christmas RAK-ing! :-)
Since my post yesterday was of epic proportions, I thought I’d balance it today with a short one! :-)
I am always looking for ways to bless and serve others in our community.
So, this month, make it your Happy Home’s mission to complete a few of these Thanksgiving-themed Random Acts of Kindness.
Happy Thanksgiving RAK-ing! :-)
*Turkey cookie idea found HERE*
*Turkey Box of Warm and Cozies found HERE*
“Turkey Fruit Platter found HERE*
*And if you need an excellent Thanksgiving joke, go HERE*
With all the candy floating around this time of year, I thought I would share with you a simple little RAK (Random Act of Kindness) that the Happy Buddy does every time we go to the grocery store.
I used to be a cashier for Publix stores when I was in college and let me tell you, checking groceries can get a little dull.
So we thought we’d spice things up for the person who is working so hard to scan all of our peanut butter and eggs and
lots and lots of ice cream cheese and bread.
As soon as we roll into a check-out aisle, the Happy Buddy eagerly asks the cashier what his/her favorite candy bar is.
Once they give him an answer, he swings around to the display of candy bars to locate the one that the cashier said was their top pick.
Sometimes I give him a little help, but he usually has no problem locating the standard Hershey’s bar or bag of M&Ms. :-)
Next he hands the candy bar to the cashier.
At this point, the cashier usually laughs and looks at me with a, “Is it okay for him to to be doing this????” face.
Then the Happy Buddy tells the cashier that we’d like to buy the candy bar for her to keep and enjoy!
It’s super fun to see their reactions.
This easy idea gets your Happy Buddies thinking of others and you get to cheer someone up with a little sugar.
Although it adds an extra 97 cents to our weekly food budget, we think that the pay off is worth more than a 100 Grand.
Happy Candy Bar RAK-ing!
**How much do you know about candy? Take my fun Candy Quiz HERE with your Happy Home this Halloween!**
Y’all know I am a fan of Ding Dong Ditching!
Last year we Ding Dong Ditched some diapers to a sweet friend of ours who had just had a baby (you can read more about that HERE).
This year, with spring starting, we felt it was the right time to do another Ding Dong Ditch to make someone’s day.
In our neighborhood, there is a woman several doors down from us who lost her husband a few years ago.
When the Happy Buddy and Happy Baby and I go on walks, I’ve noticed that she does not have a doormat.
With all those April Showers coming, we figured a new doormat was a necessity!
Instead of just giving her one, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a new doormat just magically appeared on her doorstep??”
So that is what we did!
I picked up a new doormat at Home Depot for about 10 bucks.
Then we wrote her a little note.
We headed down the street, quietly snuck up to her door, set the doormat and note down, and raced off!
We’re praying it will be a happy springtime blessing whenever she comes home.
Happy Ding Dong Doormat Ditch-ing! :-)