Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer of Service - week 3: words are powerful

While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 3: words are powerful
Welcome back to the weekly Summer of Service challenge!  We had a great week last week serving our furry friends!  The kids enjoyed taking cookies to the animal shelter workers who took care of Maggie before we found her and the kids also worked all week making dog collars to donate.  Were you able to join us?  I would love to hear from you if you are serving alongside us this summer!
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 2: animals

You can find previous challenges here:

This week's theme is:  words are powerful.  This one is super duper easy - all you have to do is leave a note (or notes!) of encouragement in a public place for someone to find.
Bonus - the only supplies you will need are a package of post-it notes and a pen.  That's it! We did this last summer and it was so fun! Something about trying to post a note without being detected gets your heart beating a little faster!  A few of the reasons I love this challenge so much are because the cost is minimal, anyone can do it, you can complete this anywhere (even on vacation!) and it brightens the day of a complete stranger. Words are so powerful!  Let's use them for good this week (and every week!).
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 3: words are powerful
I always start out good with my notes but then draw a complete blank on what to write. No worries - I've got you covered!  Here's a few ideas when you get writer's block!
We can't wait to get started!  What about you?  Do you have other quotes that could be used for this challenge?  If so, share them in the comments section!

Join me on Instagram and tag your pictures with #soschallenge2015.  I would love to share what you guys are doing!  I love pulling inspiration from projects that others are working on so share, share, share!

I hope you'll join me!
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service
Have a blessed week!  Gig 'em and God bless!
Holly

and come back on Wednesday for the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly!  :)  
While I'm Waiting...Waiting on...Wednesday link-up
AND...for the next 11 weeks, you can find a BONUS link-up here for summer family fun posts!  There are 30 co-hosts so your post will get maximum exposure!!!  Feel free to link up both days!
Be sure you check out my FAVORITE link-ups page to see where I'm linking up today.  Stop by and show them some love! :)
While I'm Waiting...link party list
also linking up with Mandy @ Almond Place for her #summerfunfriday
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Much appreciation goes out to Nina from Grandma Ideas for featuring week 3 of our Summer of Service challenge! Thank you so much!

40 comments:

  1. This is a challenging idea for sure. Kind of goes along with June's Twelve Months of Bliss I'm participating in too. I have a doctor's appt. this morning so I may just put my first note somewhere there without getting caught. That will be the tricky part. Love this whole concept! Have a merry Monday Holly! Stop back time to time this week to read the comments on your Connect page.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I find that writing a few notes before I go always helps (otherwise I'm stuck in the bathroom stall trying to figure out what to write!). :) Think I'm going to put a few on packages of diapers today - "The days are long but the years are short. You've got this, mama! You're doing great work!". Hope it blesses a mom who needs a little encouragement. Thanks again for the Connect post! Such an honor!

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  2. Wow, lots of activity going on here! Love your emphasis on the power of words, and so thankful to have found your blog for the first time ever at Soul Survival link up. Blessings to you!

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    1. I'm so glad you found me - welcome! I hope to see you back soon!

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  3. I love this idea! I'm over from the Inspire Me linkup. Nice to meet you!
    Carol
    www.carolcassara.com

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    1. Hi, Carol! I'm so glad you found me! This idea really is a lot of fun! I hope you'll join me! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. What an awesome summer project. I love your task for this week. I'm sure you will brighten man days.

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    1. Thanks, Steph! Would love to have you join me - just grab some post its and put it where someone else can find it (public bathroom mirrors are easy targets!). Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Holly, my very favorite quote ever is "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love." ♥ (Mother Teresa). So I may not march on Washington or find the cure for cancer or bring safe drinking water to Africa...but I will do what I can, with as much love as I can.

    I found you on Grammie Time :)

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, Joy! That was such a turning point in my life when I made that realization. I kept telling myself I didn't have enough money, time, etc. and that's such a lie! If we all did just a little, think of the difference we could make! Glad you found me - isn't Michelle the sweetest? Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Words are powerful, this is a great service!!!

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  7. Love this! Random acts of kindness are the best =) We are working on our summer bucket list and your ideas are great to add to it. Many blessings to you, Tiffany

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! Can't wait to have you guys join us!

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  8. This might be fun while we are here in Omaha....hmmm....wonder if we could actually put notes on the boys hotel room doors?!!!

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  9. Love this! This is a great week for this as I am gone of vacation :)

    Thanks for always being so encouraging.

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    1. Thanks, JulieAnn! It's a fun one to do no matter where you are (but maybe even more fun if you're on vacation!). :) Have a great time!

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  10. What a great idea. I think we all profit when we know someone is thinking of us !!! This project would have lasting effects. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Words with Winter.

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    1. Hi, Rebecca! Thank you! It truly is the little things! I hope you'll join us!

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  11. Love this idea! So simple, yet could make someone's day!
    Thank you for linking up with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie
    www.myhusbandhastoomanyhobbies.blogspot.com

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    1. So true, Laurie! I think it's easy to forget the just the simplest act of kindness could mean the world to someone! Thanks for hosting! Hope you are having a fabulous day!

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  12. I love this idea! I'll try to Instagram my notes as I go through the week. :-)

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  13. Love your ideas, Holly! We start our summer next week (Boston schools), but I am so glad to keep coming back here to check out your ideas. My niece did something like this once. And I LOVE words and encouragement, so this is awesome! Blessings! Coming to you from #EspressosofFaith via #Mom2MomMondays!

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    1. Thank you so much! I can really get in a rut if I'm not being intentional! I do these things so that my family and I can put others first but it really blesses me when it inspires someone else! Thank you for your sweet words! I look forward to you guys serving with us! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Such a great post and powerful lesson!

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  15. What a very sweet idea!

    Last week my daughter and I were walking along the water at a beautiful park right near our home. Written on the ground was "I hate you". I thought to myself, how sad that someone would leave that on the sidewalk.

    Your suggestions are wonderful. What a Christ honoring way to minister to complete strangers.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Karen, that story breaks my heart. But, it's a great example of how words ARE so powerful. Those three simple words - yet they spoke volumes. I'm sure you wished that you would have had some sidewalk chalk with you to mark over those words with "but Jesus loves you". I hope we can spread a little kindness to others - one post-it note at a time! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll come back next week.

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  16. What great ideas Holly! So neat. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Come back next week for week 4's challenge! :)

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  17. What a great idea! I need to do this with my grandkids! Thanks for sharing on the Mondays @ Soul Survival linkup. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Would love to have you guys join us!!! Thanks for stopping by! Stop by again tomorrow for the week 4 challenge!

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  18. Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas link up. This is a great service idea -- and a great way to get kids to focus on saying nice things to others.

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    1. Thank you, Nina! I hope these things "stick" with my kiddos! ;)

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  19. Such a great idea! I love the followup post that shows all your post-it notes in the store. So fun. I hope someone received encouragement from your notes!!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! We hope the notes brought a few smiles to others! Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Holly, I have been out of town for two weeks and am way behind, but I love this idea! Won't be skipping this one, even though it will be late! :)

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    1. No worries! Never too late to complete a challenge! I love sharing ideas and getting inspiration from others! Can't wait for you guys to join us!

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