Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. ~Seneca


We have been having the most lovely days lately.
Summer = Bliss.
We have popsicles a plenty.
And smiles wherever we go.

I know I might be a crazy Mommy,
but I just LOVE Summer days.
I wish the kids were home from school more than 90ish days.

 I don't mind the mess.
{too much}
I don't mind the late nights.
or the endless 'I'm bored's'
 I don't mind sticky fingers,
 growing afros,
 or dirty faces.
 To me, every hot and sticky minute is a joy.
 So thankful for this day. 
It was filled with all of the above things.
And love.
Lots of love.
Every day we find it : )
I hope you are finding it too!

And a shout out: 
My sister Betsy was at the market tonight with her 3 littles.
Age 5, 3 and 1.
You can just imagine how swell that trip was, right?
So, she is trekking out to the car to load up 
and an older gentleman
(age 70 +)
comes over and starts helping her. 
He helped her put all of her 200 and some dollars worth of groceries in the car.
Betsy was looking in her purse so she could give him something and before she could find anything,
he gives her a $10 bill and says he just wants to pass on a kindness.
He told her he had just come from a church service
and he wanted to do something nice for someone.
Isn't that the nicest story?
It made her night.
She called me from the grocery store parking lot.
I love that sort of stuff.
God bless you, sweet stranger.
Thank you for helping my sister tonight.
May we all seek to pass on blessings today.

30 comments:

Laureen said...

oh my goodness. I could just eat the little buy right up. How cure is he???!!!!
And the one of the little girl losing it laughong at the end is just wonderful. It made me smile. : )

Mom2Isabel said...

Make that *guy*

She Writes said...

Me too!

Wanda said...

Becky - it was enough that you described your perfect days with kids to hug and popsicles and dirty faces and all that love floating around with adorable pictures to prove it.

But then you topped it off with the "kindness of a stranger" story. You kill me everytime. (Have you notice good things just follow you around? Ever wonder why? Psst...good gets good!)
xoxox

Wanda said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures and the story is so precious. I love paying it forward stories. What a blessing for your sister!

Tracy P. said...

How sweet is that! Love the swoosh of the net. I agree, summer=bliss. Good thing there's still lots more left. I want to hang onto every minute.

Buckeroomama said...

I love stories like these. Bless you, beautiful stranger. Wouldn't it be great if we each be a beautiful stranger once in a while? Imagine all the smiles and the feel-goods that will go around. :)

LOVE those pics of Kaish and his hair --just love them!

TOLIVER FAMILY said...

always always inspiring. super sweet. and just beautiful

Kayce said...

Summer is pure bliss and then some!! Love your thoughts as always and your pictures always inspire me!

Heidi said...

LOVE it.

mom2kiddos said...

What a kind kind soul, that old man. I always believe in kindness and paying it forward. Thanks for sharing that story. Beautiful pictures.

Roger Owen Green said...

I think it's important for the daughter AND her mother that structured time - ballet camp this week! - take place.

but glad you're enjoying the time as much as the kids seem to be.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mark said...

Love the story. Hate my messy house. m.

Formerly known as Frau said...

I love summers too! Omg I'm tearing up at your sisters story....I love stories like that too...paying it forward acts of random kindness....yay goodness still exists!

Anita Johnson said...

I love summer too. Especially the fireflies that rise out of the fields in the evening. I have wonderful memories of summertime growing up in Chicago. I loved this post...and I love the man who helped your sister, sweet stranger indeed.

Sarah said...

I love these photos. Looks like an awesome Summer so far.

Pix-Ology said...

I couldn't agree with you more, I live for summer too and try to fit in as much fun as I can everyday (after work :(
I love these shots and that story about your sister made me choke up a little!!
Have an awesome sticky day!

Janet

Meryl said...

I also love the kids being home and I LOVE snow days too!

Ashley Sisk said...

Beautiful post today my friend and that story at the end...so wonderful!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

wonderful story...i think I'm going to go buy someone a coffee in the line after me at DD.
Loving K's growing afro.
M

TechnoBabe said...

What would the news be like if we heard stories like this instead of the ridiculous mean spirited stories spewed now? I would listen to the news again if I contained human interest stories. Huge blessing being sent out to the nice man.

Danyelle said...

We are having our last summer before Gwendolyn starts kindergarten and I am relishing every minute of it too.

Marla said...

What a sweet man! I hope you summer continues to be wonderful! :)

Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

Team Lando said...

You put a smile on my face as I finally got little one to sleep!

Us teachers wish summers were longer so we could play with our own kids, too!

tinajo said...

That was a really sweet man - I love stories like that! :-)

Great pics! :-)

jlo said...

We're loving up our summer over here too. Part lazy-part busy=love!

Heart n Soul said...

Love that....how amazing - such a kind hearted man!!....so inspiring.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Ah, that we all had our antanae up to see the simple things we can do to help others. All moms can use help loading there car . . . and a million other things.

Fondly,
Glenda

Shey said...

wow! what a nice thing to do! God bless that man! You know Becky, I think you're the only momma I've known that wants and enjoys her time with the kids during the summer, it's sad but when I'm at the gym I hear a lot of mother's complaining how they can wait until their kids get back to school. It breaks my heart and makes me mad, but I'm also glad there's moms like you. =)

Teachinfourth said...

Wonderfully written and 'portraited' in images. That shot of the hoop caught my attention right off.