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Monday, February 16, 2015

Ring Around the Sun Birthday

     Two weeks ago I asked my Facebook friends if they would help me do 46 good deeds before today, my 46th birthday.  As you know from earlier posts, I've faced some challenges in life and been in some dark places. One of the things that saves me is focusing on the good things in life.  The bad things are still there, just as the good things are still there when I am lost in the dark.  Both exist together all the time, but what I focus on becomes the reality.  I've been struggling a bit the past few weeks, so I wanted to do something to help me focus on the good things happening around me.  My friends did 61 good deeds for me and I wanted to share them all with you.  I thought about highlighting some for you, but they are all so amazing, I don't want to make some seem more important or less important than the others.  I listed them in the order they were shared with me.

  1. Noelle covered 2 periods of french for a sub that didn’t speak English
  2. Carrie helped a mom with money and diapers who couldn’t afford them
  3. Trisha saved a dog from the road and found its owner
  4. Christina helped someone change a tire
  5. Kristi made cupcakes for a friend’s sick daughter.
  6. Kristi made goodie bags for her kids going to competition.
  7. Kathy donated to “Smile Train.”  This organization operates on kids with cleft palates.
  8. Spencer went into work on his day off.  
  9. Jannifer gave a Dr. Pepper to a student that had a migraine and let her sleep in class.
  10. Karlee helped a teacher during I-Flight to help kids who struggle in science.
  11. Karlee went to school early to be in a focus group to help teachers understand students.
  12. Ellie cut 2 people’s hair without charging for it.
  13. Nikki sent a get well card to a sick friend in another state.
  14. Mandy helped a woman who didn’t speak English practice her English and get off at the right train stop.
  15. Tracy helped the elderly woman who couldn’t get her car to work.  
  16. Tammy is doing a benefit concert to raise money for a friend who broke his arm, needs surgery, and doesn't have insurance.
  17. Mandy and I got the mail out of the tree for the neighbors.
  18. Karlee helped kids understand how to use a microscope.
  19. Whitney’s mom picked up sister missionaries and gave them a ride.
  20. Echo helped a man pick up plants he knocked over at Home Depot.
  21. MJ made dinner for a lady that just had surgery.  
  22. MJ bought socks for a student that doesn’t have any.  
  23. Noelle’s husband helped an elderly woman who was lost and ended up at his soccer practice.  He used his phone to get directions for her and then wrote them down for her.
  24. John gave 2 kids a ride to Magna
  25. John volunteered to mentor and meet with an administrative candidate
  26. John and Jake did yard work for an ailing neighbor.
  27. Jana helped an elderly man who dropped his groceries on Trax. She got a concussion when she hit her head when the train started while she was picking them up.
  28. Katreena gave a family $20.
  29. Ellie took care of a sick nephew.
  30. Ellie helped a homeless man.
  31. Ellie helped her aunt clean houses when her mom hurt her arm.
  32. Kristi picked up trash in the park.
  33. Kristi took a neighbor’s daughter to the park with her.
  34. Kristi made cookies for family and friends.
  35. Mandy helped a deaf student in her class.
  36. Noelle helped new student drivers find alternate routes to a competition in stormy weather.
  37. Dena let drill team parents in to see their kids compete for free.
  38. Tyler made dinner for a friend who had a miscarriage.
  39. Mandy helped a worker load his truck.
  40. A lady from SLCC gave $5 to help get 5 more kids candy grams to know they are special.  
  41. Nick helped an autistic boy with his report
  42. Meggie watched her friend’s kids while her friend went to the doctor
  43. Ali’s friend dropped off ice cream and let her cry when her friend killed himself.
  44. Christina paid for her team’s breakfast.
  45. Christina bought a co-worker’s child valentines because they couldn’t afford them.
  46. Noelle watched her friend’s kids over the weekend so they could have a nice Valentine’s Day weekend.
  47. Nicole’s little girl gave a homeless man her bag of chips.
  48. Alie paid for the next person at Starbucks.  
  49. Dena gave me a piano for a very good deal. It made a huge difference for John.
  50. Matt and Scott came and moved the piano on a Saturday morning.
  51. Ashley called police when she saw a domestic violence incident while driving home.
  52. Jamie made cookies for neighbors on Valentine’s Day.
  53. Kristi picked up trash on her walk.
  54. Cindy gave birthday cards and gift cards to kids who lost their dad this year.
  55. Cindy did Operation Valentine for the kids who lost their dad.
  56. Christina gave hats and gloves at bus stops -17 degrees.
  57. Christina gave people roses on Valentine's Day. One was a new widow who never thought she would get a flower again for Valentine's Day.
  58. Kalene babysat her seven grand kids at once so all of her kids and their spouses could have a nice Valentine's date.
  59. Whitney, Brandi, and Lydia spent their day off in costume for free for a little girl's birthday party.
  60. I spent my birthday dressed as Olaf to give a little girl a free birthday party.
  61. John bought a friend lunch at the game today.