Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ABC Wednesday O for Opportunity



Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more
Anthony Robbins





Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Alva Edison quotes

Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals - Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want
Marsha Sinetar

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
Orison Swett Marden
We had a wonderful opportunity this week to do something kind! It totally Worked for Me, and I hope it will work for you too!
Sienna, Mila, Sofia and Kaish went to Luther Village Nursing Home to Trick or Treat with the residents. It was a tad bit stressful getting there by 6 but it was worth every stress we encountered!
The residents were so delighted to see the children in their constumes. The children were delighted to get candy. Sienna and Mila and Kaishon were especially sweet to the residents. The children gave out lots of hugs and smiles. I truly think Sienna, Mila and Kaish are the best little kids in the whole wide world...besides your kids and grandkids, of course : )!
If you live near a nursing home, why not check and see if they do something like this! It was fun for everyone! My O pictures this week are of Opportunities we had for kindness. ABC Wednesday is so much fun! I can't wait to see your O pictures this week!
Quince is very depressed. He is in therapy for 6 hours a day. He needs prayer. Thank you!

50 comments:

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

Okay, you have the sweetest blog ever :) Thanks for stopping by, hope you join the swap!

Julie said...

that is such a great idea, if we ever move back to the states, I would love to do something like that...but I am sure my kiddos will be older by then. *sigh*

Grandma J said...

You have such a kind and pure soul!
You are also a positive example for Kaishon and the other kids, I see it in their smiles and kindness.

I don't have an O for today, but I go over and take JJ for a car ride. He is basically an orphan all day long.

On a serious note...I do have projects I do for pediatric cancer.

I pray for Quince, asking our merciful Lord to heal him and to lighten Quince's heavy heart.

leslie said...

What a glorious opportunity you all had to help create smiles on the faces of the elderly! Your little cowboy reminds me of my grandson and HIS smile! They all look so happy.

richies said...

It is so nice to someone doing a kind deed. What a wonderful idea!

An Arkie's Musings

Dina said...

The kids all look so sweet. I have to get used to these new names, though (they're Greek to me ;) ).
Good deeds are the way to go.
Love your quotations.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

It is a wonderful idea!And such an inspirational piece.Thank you for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

I like your beautiful page and the photos of the children. Lovely quotations under each photo make it extra special. Your Kaishon looks like one of my Australian grandsons. He and his sister have an Aboriginal dad.
I do hope that your friend Quince will soon be less depressed.

Aileni said...

A charming post, Rebeckah.

Granny Smith said...

This is an inspiring post and a beautiful reminder of what we can do for others and of how much pleasure we will get from it. Your photos are outstanding, capturing the poignancy of the interaction of the generations.

photowannabe said...

Your pictures show the joy the kids brought to those lovely men and women. Starting the kids young to do this type of thing will definitely last for their life time.
Wonderful O for Opportunities post.

babooshka said...

Fabulous idea and yes opportunity. Thanks you for popping over on my blog yesterday, It's been hard to sort out the genuine commenters from the spam, but I got here eventually.

April said...

Love your sweet pics. My dad was in a nursing home for a short while before he passed away almost two years ago. I know, firsthand, that most of nursing home residents thrive on being around other people, especially children. What a wonderful thing to do!!

ellen b said...

That is so fabulous! What a sweet time that must have been!!

BusyBeeSuz said...

Beautiful pictures of the kids, the big ones and the little ones.
So wonderful you and the kids did this. what a lovely gesture.
I used to take all my scouts to the nursing homes around Christmas to sing songs and give out treats. They always loved it too.
Take care.
**Quince***

Katie said...

We need a picture of Quiency. I keep praying for him, maybe you should put some needs down for his family and contact information to help. I would love to help his family for Christmas. I would need ideas for them and sizes etc.. I love this post great job.. Your a treasure.

Sandy Toes said...

Oh my that touched my heart...I loved it..those sweet older folks probaly were overjoyed to see those sweet kids...sandy toes

Baby Favorite said...

That is SO sweet! I bet you really made those seniors' day with that visit. How wonderful for everyone involved!

Prayers for Quince. My heart aches.

DD said...

WOW! Early bird this is fantastic I especially like the addition of the quotes...very nice!! Was Sophia a lady bug? It looks like one of the two outfits I have for Annabelle.

We will continue to pray for Quince! Should we sent more cards?

Jessican said...

Wow, that is such a cool event. The kids are adorable and you are such a great mom and role model for taking them on trips like this. Seriously. I am humbled.

DD said...

too funny about the gun pointing at people! Very nice!

D Herrod said...

Nice post. Like the bg music as well.

Caroline said...

Oh that is just wonderful! I bet the residents had so much fun with the kids. You are so kind hearted...it gives me hope:)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love this idea! I wish there were something like that near me!
Carrie

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow...great post...I love the quotes. There were a couple there I had to read twice and then I just went...YEAH! Loved the pictures of the kids. What a great way learning moment for them. You must be a very special person!

Rinkly Rimes said...

I belong to a group that entertains at nursing homes so I know it is a good Opportunity to get to know the inmates. It's also a bit scary because I'm not far off their age!

Daphine said...

Loved this! And I LOVED the 4th pic with Kaishon! The look on his face is priceless! Girl, he is so darn cute!!! What a great opportunity to do something like this for the elderly. What a blessing for them and for the kids.

Audra Krell said...

This is such a great post, such a great thing you did. I love these pictures, it really captures what life is all about.

Bear Naked said...

Opportunity knocked for all of you that day.

Bear((( )))

Grammy said...

I am so glad to see this. I took my kids to the nursing home and they gave presents to lady's who did not have family. And they did a number of other things there over the years with girl scouts.

antigoni said...

Wonderful post! Very touching!

marina said...

How kind of you to do such thing!!! It's the best way to show to the children what life is really about, which is the good and the bad! Good for you is the least I can say!!!

Dragonstar said...

What a sweet idea, and a definite Opportunity. Your photos are absolutely delightful.

RuneE said...

I can oly say that the pictures nof youg and old together gave me a real pleasure. There is still hope for this world.

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Adventure girl wanna be said...

Great post!
I love all the quotes. I love Anthony Robbins. What a sweet thing to do.

I have to ask....who is Quince? Your husband?? I will pray for him.

k said...

This looks like it was a really good thing for your kids and the residents of the nursing home. I'm going to post a link to this post on my blog soon!
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The Messy Mom said...

That is awesome. I love your photos. I was just telling someone how they should have more babies visit nursing homes because nothing brightens an old soul like seeing a young energetic life!

DeeJay said...

Lovely photos and beautiful sentiments

gretchen said...

You have always loved nursing homes...remember when me, you and Dan Dundore visited that lady in the home in clarks summit and she wanted us to sing "O Holy NIght"...what a good job you have done passing on your caring heart to the kiddos.

MumbaiiteAnu said...

Wonderful to see little children doing such acts of love and kindness.
It's true. My maternal aunt always says - if you get a chance to do an act of kindness, count yourself fortunate because not all get a chance to collect goodwill and blessings from serving others.
Loved your 'O' post.

Jay said...

My goodness - what sweet kids!!

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

I love that quote!

Darlene said...

They are so cute and I know the nursing home residents enjoyed it! When Lexi went to daycare they went next door to the nursing home and trick-or-treated and the people there were just beaming when they saw all the little ones all dressed up....they couldn't get enough of them!

Grandma J said...

Rebeckah, I sent you an email. The card I sent to Quince and his family came back! I'm so upset about it.
I will resend, please email me a current address. In the meantime, I continue to pray.

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Neva said...

I visit "senior living communities" frequently to stop in and say hi to many I know and have met.What a nice thing for the children to take part of.....good opportunities!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

That is so sweet of you and the kids! You can tell by all the photos that everyone was blessed. Still prayng!!!

Brandi said...

I LOVE this post - what a great lesson to teach your children and the rest of us! I work at Assisted Living Facilities with patients doing physical therapy and it's amazing that even the people with poor memories will remember my son and ask about him. They love when I bring him! It's also great for him because when I first took him he was afraid of the wheelchairs - now he sees the people for who they are and doesn't even notice the chairs! I will also pray for Quincy - since I am in PT I know the strenuous routine he is enduring - but I know he will leave rehab stronger and with alittle more hope for the future.

Tricia said...

Great idea! Love the pictures.

Anonymous said...

i love this idea! I am sure the residents were happy you came.