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Random Acts of Kindness...

This weekend my family and I were recipients of a random act of kindness. Someone who attends (or teaches) at the studio where I instruct left us a very generous, thoughtful, and totally anonymous gift. A truly selfless and loving gift, which brings much warmth to our hearts during this stressful time in our lives.

The act of giving in the spirit of honoring the interconnected nature of the universe has always been an important part of our lives. Whether it's passing along outgrown clothes to families in need, donating to worthy causes, volunteering our time, being responsible consumers of goods and resources, there's so much we can do to foster what is good and peace filled on this planet. As our girls grow older, we've tried to make giving (beyond gifts of desire) more a part of our holiday traditions. Even this year when things are tight, we're planning to participate in some programs to hopefully bring love and peace to those in need. We give because we are rich with things money can't, love, safety, the list could go on and on. I never want our family to take for granted those riches, as not everyone is as blessed with such wealth.

Being on the receiving end of a random act of kindness is a good learning experience for me. While I find it so easy to give, I often find it hard to receive. So I work on receiving graciously and in the loving nature with which the gesture was intended. We truly appreciate the wonderful and loving community of which we are a part, and we're so thankful for those who make this world a better place by their random acts of kindness.

Since we'll probably never know who's esponsible for our gift, we send out this thanks to the cosmos. May your life and family be blessed as you have blessed ours!



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
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Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
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DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

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Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.