Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Treat for Teachers

When I dropped A off at school on Tuesday, I got a notice in her mailbox from her teacher's aide that said she was sad to announce her departure as she's been hired full time by a school district and that this Friday is her last day.

Even though, A has only been in school 4 weeks - and part time at that, I still wanted to send something in for her before she goes.  This teacher, has helped my child grow, stay safe, and enjoy her time in class.  Ashlynn loves both her teachers and when I tell her it's a school day, the first thing she asks is about seeing Ms. J and Ms. L.

So with basically a day to get something put together, I used the inspiration I gave myself with last week's giveaway (today is the last day to enter!).  Since I didn't have enough time to order a subscription box as a gift, instead I picked up an initial mug from Target and some Teatulia Jasmine Green Tea.  It was funny enough that I had made the printable that morning and when I saw Target carried Teatulia, the same brand I received in my Tea Box Express,  I grabbed it.  It was actually Ashlynn who told me "no, the purple one!" And I realized how it'd coordinate.  Girl, has been paying attention!  (Or she just really likes purple)



I got the printable idea from pinterest, it really just completed this as the perfect (literal) $10 gift.  I wrote it up in keynote, added a clip art apple and printed it out.  Easy peasy lemon squeezey.


This actually fits right into something else I've been thinking about lately.  Two blogs I read, 6th Street Design School and Little Miss Momma, both shared this video earlier this week.  It was produced by their church, but you don't need to be a member of LDS faith to be hit with the message it puts out.  I'm sure most young mother's in today's world feel like this on a daily basis, and it's a feeling I've been having quite frequently.  It was a message I really needed to hear at the right time.


At the same time, it made me realize, I'm not doing enough.  I'm not serving others and 'throwing kindness like confetti' even though I routinely think about doing so.  I'd like to make an effort to do more acts of kindness because I know that while it's something that should be done without a reason, it's something I want my girls to witness and be raised built within their character.  The best lessons aren't taught with words, but with actions.  So this week it was buying a small gift on short notice for a teacher who only helped for a short time.  Maybe next week it'll be baking cookies for our neighbor, collecting donations for the local food pantry, buying someone a coffee, or just telling a struggling new mom that she's doing a great job (thanks Colleen).  I believe in karma and while I'm not going to strive to complete these tasks for my own benefit, but maybe there will be more light let in from the warmth in our hearts and most of all, develop kind and sharing hearts within my daughters.



13 comments:

  1. You are such a great mama, adorable!

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  2. I love this! And always appreciated the gifts my students brought! They came at the best times!!

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  3. I always struggle with teacher gifts! So this is perfection!! And SO CUTE! And I love that quote/video/message. Like woah love it.

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  4. Such a cute idea! I also love that saying :) Throw kindness around like confetti!
    XO Kelly
    www.dettecakes.com

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  5. Thank you for sharing that video. I TOTALLY needed it today. Big picture! :) Love your blog, as always.

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  6. I do too! I never really want to spend a lot, but most small gifts just seem too small/cheap. This is a perfect balance of creative-affordable-thoughtful.

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  7. Thank you, I needed that! Lately I've been feeling the blogging blues, hopefully once we get some house stuff going and up coming holidays these next few weeks I'll get some more creative juices going!

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  8. What a great quote! It is funny how I can be stingy with kindness, when really that doesn't do any good. I'm going to start making this my motto! Also, love the gift you put together. :)

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  9. My problem is that I think about doing things, but never follow through. I'll think of a friend, but never make a call or shoot a text. I'll think about bringing donuts to the ladies at the gym child watch, but never do. I know they say it's 'the thought that counts'... but sometimes it's not!!!

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  10. Well as a mom (also) of a baby and a toddler, I know how that goes! I don't know how you manage to blog, Period! Any content here is always enjoyed. :) I think the day to day stuff is actually the most inspiring!

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  11. What a simple and thoughtful gift you gave that probably MADE her day. This is so important and thank you for the reminder. I'm in the same boat where I have these grand ideas and would like to do this and this for other people but don't get them done. Here's to following through on a few..!! :) And spreading more kindness, I know how much I appreciate it so why do I hold back..?!

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  12. such a great reminder in that video!

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