4 April 13
Day 8 of my Challenge.
Today I was buying a present for my little nephew who turns 2 tomorrow. When I was reflecting upon the things I thought he might like and might need (aunts are notorious for buying things that kids NEED), I thought that the thing that he needs most is his mom and dad. I have always believed that moms should get the presents on children's birthdays, because they did all of the work, had all of the faith and did all of the…Continue
Where to next? The answer seems obvious: Harriet, my other sister.
Harriet got married about a year ago to a wonderful man, a public defender in SC. The trouble was, he wasn't white. I'll just say it caused some problems in my family and leave it at that. Harriet stormed through them, had a lovely wedding, and recently gave birth to her and her Brian's first child, a boy named William. It wasn't the easiest of pregnancies. William was born several weeks prematurely, and he…Continue
I've decided to only include those gifts that I would otherwise have not thought to give. I mean to say only those gifts that my 29 day giving challenge has inspired.
Today, after reading the wonderful 'stealth' gift ideas on the forum I decided to leave a sachet of body wash with a pound coin (the denomination needed to use a locker) in the gym locker upon my departure from the gym. I was quite excited to do this - best case scenario is it finds someone having a disorganized…Continue
Today I gave some of my daughters outgrown school uniform to another mum who I pass on the way to school each day.
Her little girl is a year or two younger than mine and my daughter seems to know her daughter. They exchange greetings whenever we see them but I don't know anything really about them. It occurred to me a few days ago that my daughters outgrown clothes would be the perfect fit for her girl so I asked her, out of the blue, if she would accept them. Some people…Continue
Friday, June 17th - Round 2, Day 10
Today my intention was to give consciously to several people.
On my way into work today, I walked and conversed with a coworker. She thought we were running late for a meeting, but I knew it was later on my calendar. So I called our office receptionist, as we were walking from the parking deck, to let them know that we were on our way in and would be there in a couple minutes. We met our supervisor in the hallway as she was…Continue
Day 27 - June 5 (Day of giving to myself)
-Colored my hair...saved $$$
-Treated myself to manicure & pedicure
-Chatted with little girl in salon ;)
-Walked at the park
-Sent card to my niece in MI with $ for her fundraiser
Okay, so I really feel the need to blog today!! I found out on Saturday that a very dear friend and mentor will have surgery later today. She has breast cancer. They will not know what stage until…Continue
I bought my sister’s dinner this night at the last collegiate women’s basketball game to be played at home. Always fun to watch a live game of basketball with the cheerleaders, mascots, and band. I get out of breath just watching the women…Continue
My gift today was with gratitude for having a parent still on the planet at 89 years old. My mother had never had a Carl’s Jr. hamburger. With coupons I’d bought at a church fundraiser in December, I treated her today (she normally buys) while we were running errands. Between a cane sometimes and a wheelchair at other times, maybe it wasn't quite running. However, gifts at a discount, I like – a double blessing. :-)
I have not had much time to blog, but I do want to keep track of my journey.
Day 4- My mom called me yeaterday and asked for forgiveness for some pretty heavy duty stuff- the funny part is I had already forgiven her. I told her that I forgave her. I hope that heps her along her journey of healing...
Day 5- Today I brought my therapist flowers. I told her it was for Unconditional Love Thursday. Thanks you for whoever originated that.... I do not…Continue
This week is the first week of summer vacation and we're all adjusting the out routine changing. My daughter, Amelia, just finished full-time Pre-K and has been thrust back into the everyday hanging around the house routine that her 2 yr old brother and I are used to. Add to that the fact that it's been raining and this kids haven't been able to play outside. We're all going a little batty.
Amelia is so proud of all the games, nursery rhymes & songs that she's learned in…Continue
It's a long weekend- busy for many. I was going to post this yesterday, but I'll do it now. A day late and a dollar short is better than nothing at all!
This isn't a big deal. I've discovered that many of life's gifts don't have to be big deals to mean a great deal.
My parents and I teach at the same music studio. Saturday rolled by and I waited for my last student. My parents had been in, taught, and gone.
When it came time for me to go, my…Continue
I've really been enjoying Cami Walker's book, and finally decided to take the plunge and commit to my own 29-Day Giving Challenge. The idea of giving to open oneself up to abundance is not a new one to me, but I've been bumping my head against my own scarcity thinking. So this is a little scary, but I think it will be a growth experience.
I came to the decision to do the challenge this afternoon, and was thinking that I would start tomorrow - but then I remembered that I had…Continue
I thought that instead of just jumping right in and talking about the start of the challenge I would start by talking about me. That's what a blog is, right? A chance for someone to talk--about whatever they want? Well, since there is no one here to tell me that I can't then I will.
My name is Allison Margaret Spalding, although I usally just go by Ali. I am 27 years old, although sometimes I feel much older--like a grandma, and sometimes I feel much younger--like a teenager.…Continue
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This memoir is among the books I think of as a gift. I was lured into Blair Kilpatrick’s memoir, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music, the moment I saw the charming cover depicting a happy little girl holding her accordion, although I was surprisingly unprepared for the extent of the adventure she’d lead me on in this extraordinary musical memoir.