I turned the ripe old(ish) age of 38 on the 6th of this month.
Half way to 76.
Anyway, I wanted to do something different than the normal
"it's just another day"
I once read a blog about how a lady did one RAK for every year she was old.
I thought: genius.
Then, I read this blog.
This is the younger sister of a student who was killed in my high school.
Instead of holing up every October, she does RAK's and encourages everyone to do the same.
So, I'm going to file this birthday under #AdamsActs.
So...38th birthday, here we go!
1. The night before my birthday, I left a gallon of cider and donuts in my friend, Leah's, car. We had just recently had a conversation that about the weather and how it made her want to eat donuts and drink cider.
2- 13. I made a pan of cinnamon pull-apart bread, put it in individual containers, and brought it to the faculty and staff of our school/church. The following were recepients: Pastor, Joel, Debi, Anne, Kristin, Ashley, Jennifer, Yvonne, Diane, Ellen, Chris, and Dawn.
14. I sent a Redbook subscription to my mom.
15. I sent a long-overdue baby gift to our new nephew.
16. I gave a little boy 2 quarters to play a claw game. I was going to tape it to the machine, but he was there checking out the toys, so I thought I'd save WalMart the left over tape residue. :)
17. I prepared the coffee pot for Dave so when he got up in the morning...well, read the note.
18. I dropped a mum plant off at my friend, Barb's house. She has amazing gardens, and I just know she will take good care of it!
19. I dropped some peanut butter M&M's off in Melody's van. I went incognito on this trip...so it was a surprise to her!
(finger inserted to protect the innocent)
20. I dropped dark chocolate covered acai berried off to my sister-in-law. I didn't go incognito on this one simply because their dog wouldn't have it. BUT I did get to chat with Marianne and got a birthday hug out of the deal, so I'll call that a win!
21. I purchased a busy bone for Ally. Dogs need kindness too.
22. I brought Marie Catrib's to my friend Michelle and we lunched together. I also introduced Baby L. to the AMAZING chocolate pudding there. Oh my word.
23. I dropped off a devotion book to my friend Rach's house.
24. I left another devotional book on my friend, Abbie's, car while she was working. :)
25. I took the carpool kids through the drive thru for ice cream cones on the way home from school. (I got to be the cool mom today!)
26. I emailed action shots to the other parents on C's soccer team. (Normally, I would have just deleted them after several months post season...)
27. The lady that did my last pedicure was GREAT with child and told me she was having a girl. I dropped of a baby gift to her husband.
28. I did a drive-thru pay-it-forward at Biggby. (Where I also got my free birthday drink. Mmmmm)
29-32. I filled 4 carts at Aldi with quarters. Some mama who only has nickels and dimes in her change compartment will silently thank me. :)
33. I left a cookbook on the front seat of my friend, Sarah's, van. (This was also an incognito mission.)
34. I sent two of my favorite coffee flavors to my favorite pen pal in Texas.
35. I sent Gina a card. Just because.
36. I stuck a sweet note in A's lunch box.
37. I made C's favorite dinner. (It's literally called C. Casserole because the boy will eat 1/2 of the 9x13 in one sitting. True story.)
38. I planned a hot date for my husband and me to go out for dinner. Secured the babysitter, fed the kiddos, made reservations, paid out of my lunch (and grocery) envelope.
38 RAK's done!
I learned something going through this: doing these RAK's...I felt more and more energized as we went along. Like they were filling me instead of me filling them. It made me want to do more and more.
Perhaps that's how kindness works.
All I know is that the world could use more of it.
Pass it on.
Pay it forward.