Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer of Service - week 6: water

While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 6: water
Welcome back to the weekly Summer of Service challenge!  Last week was a fun way to give back to those who serve us everyday.  On Monday, we joined Katy from Queen of the Kings and her sweet family to take breakfast to our neighborhood fire station.  Nothing fancy - just some fruit, muffins, mini crescent dogs (aka pigs in a blanket), and some OJ.  It doesn't matter how many times you visit a fire station - it's still fun to get the tour and meet the firefighters.  We also left a little treat in our mailbox for our mail guy on Wednesday - did you know July 1st is National Postal Worker Day?!  Were you able to join us and serve those who serve?  I would love to hear from you if you are serving alongside us this summer!
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 5: serve those who serve
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 5: serve those who serve
While I'm Waiting...Summer of Service week 5: serve those who serve
You can find previous challenges here - it's never too late to complete a challenge! :)

This week's theme is:  water.  There are so many occupations and activities that require people to be out in the heat.  Let's bless them this week with a glass or bottle of cold water!  Here are a few ways you could bless someone this week:

- someone mowing lawns - This could be your dad, a teenager, or a crew of workers.  Imagine their surprise when you bring them a cold bottle of water!

- construction crew - Just a walk around the neighborhood and you can find a crew building a new home, re-roofing a house, etc.  Why not load up your wagon with water bottles and bless a few people on your daily walk?

- sanitation/recycle workers - This might be one of my favorites!  Have your kiddos out waiting for the garbage truck with cold water bottles.  Guaranteed to bring smiles!!!

- mail/delivery person - Leave a treat for your mail person inside your mailbox (or you can wait on them like you did for the sanitation/recycle workers).

- anyone that looks like they are in need - Talk to your kiddos about this week's challenge and have them point out people they think you should bless that work out in the heat.  It's a great way to get them thinking about helping others with simple acts of kindness.

I love how it's the little things that can mean the most to others.  We left a bottle of water in our mailbox last week for our mailman, Dusti.  It brought a smile to my face to see him open it up before he drove away.  We hope this little unexpected treat made his day!  

We have a few things planned out for this week!  What about you?  Any other ideas of people we could bless who work out in the heat?  If so, share them in the comments section!  I hope you and your family enjoy this challenge!

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 fabulous 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!  :)  
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AND...for the next 8 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! :)
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also linking up with Shellie at The FABulous Journey
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25 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I'm sure your postal worker loved his/her surprise :D

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    1. Thank you! I'm just hoping these little things stick with my kiddos and they will enjoy passing this tradition of service on to their kiddos one day!

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    2. You're welcome. I'm sure they will :)

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  2. It's not water, but an unusual thing happened last night. We have new neighbors moving in next door. The house has been in foreclosure for awhile and many people have been in and out. Not sure who is moving in we went over to introduce ourselves and bring homemade cookies to welcome them. Well, who we thought were the owners, were not, it was the contractor working there all this time, so we gave the cookies to him. I'll make a new batch when the new owners actually move in. He was thrilled to receive them. Love the unexpected!

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    1. Michelle, that's awesome! Unexpected surprises are the best!!! I just love your heart! Keep up the great work - you are making a difference!!!

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  3. Water. So simple, but much needed on a hot day. Great idea!

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    1. Yes ma'am - it's the little things that mean the most! I've already talked with the girls about this weeks challenge. They've already pointed out a couple of people mowing this morning! Love changing their focus from "me" to "others"!

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  4. I get so inspired when I read your post. It such a refreshing part of my day. I need to get out there and do more service to others. Thanks for sharing. ~Lowanda

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    1. Ah - thank you for making my day, Lowanda! I get so much inspiration from others and I love sharing my ideas with you guys!!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a super day!

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  5. You guys are too sweet with all you do - I love that little bag for the postal service worker!

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    1. Thank you, Christina! The bag was filled with lifesafers! :) Just a little something that wouldn't melt in our mailbox. :) I'm so glad you stopped by! Have a super week!

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  6. This is such a great idea of Texas! I mean its a a great idea for anywhere but ESPECIALLLLLLY for Texas. Challenge accepted.

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    1. Awesome!!! So glad that you guys will be serving with us! I love how easy this one is! My thought is - if you can't find someone to bless with a glass or bottle of water - then you aren't looking hard enough! :)

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  7. I am really enjoying this series! These are great ideas and such a variety. :)

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    1. Thanks, Keri! I'm enjoying sharing it with everyone!

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  8. I love the idea of leaving your postal worker a Thank You. My mom would do this (still does!) every year around the holidays. Until now, I'd forgotten about that - thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I feel like such a stalker watching him but it's just so much fun to see his unexpected smile when he opens the mailbox and finds something that's for him!!! Glad it could make you think of your mom! Those are special memories (and hopefully I'm creating them for my kiddos!). Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day!

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  9. I love this idea of reaching out to others!! I would love for you to share this in the #funsummerfinds linkup on my site from Thursday to Saturday!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Thanks, Shellie! I just shared it with your link up! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I love this list!! We have surprised our mailman, our sanitation workers, and even door-to-door salesmen with bottled water, and we've been met with huge smiles every time. What a great idea, to take a walk around the neighborhood delivering water!

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    1. Thank you, Kimber! We took a quick walk in our neighborhood tonight and quickly found 6 people mowing yards - they were very appreciative of the break and the cold bottle of water! Thanks for stopping by! Have a super day!

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  11. Love this, thanks so much for sharing on #funsummerfinds! What a great example of love in action...enjoy your weekend!

    Shellie

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    1. You are very welcome, Shellie! Thanks for telling me about the link-up! Hope you have a great weekend too!

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  12. What a great idea for service. You come up with some excellent ideas! Thanks for sharing on my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link up.

    Nina

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    1. Thank you, Nina! This was the 4 year olds most favorite week!

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