I’ve been away from the blog a little bit, but I’m back! As I’ve said in previous posts my baby will always come first, and as we celebrated our first holiday as a family…. that held true, especially after the devastating tragedy in Newtown CT. The past few weeks I’ve hugged my baby a little tighter, kissed him constantly, and somehow loved him a little more, which I didn’t think was possible.

I haven’t been able to post any new posts until I got my feelings out about Sandy Hook Elementary, and honestly it has been too difficult to do until now. It has consumed my thoughts and shed too many tears, but it’s time now to move on and find some hope and good that can come from this. I have no connection with Newtown, CT. and do not know anyone from there, or even have a friend of a friend who knows someone from there. However, I am a teacher, my husband is a fire fighter, and we have the most amazing 8 month old baby boy, who is our absolute world, and this tragedy hit us a little too close to home. It could have been any one of us…. I could have been one of the teachers, my son one of the students, and my husband one of  the fire fighters on scene to see such a horrific act.

My heart breaks for the 20 children who lost their lives… the angels taken too soon from us, and the teachers and principal… the heroes that did everything they could to protect the sweet and innocent little ones. I do not want to make this post a sad one or break my heart any more than it has been broken. We all know the tragedy that has happened and the devastation it has brought to an entire nation. I am trying now to find peace with everything and search for hope as life must go on.

It is so unfortunate that it has taken such an event to change a nation. This change is something that has needed to happen. We are now becoming a kinder. Becoming more kind sounds so simple and maybe doesn’t even seem that important. However, in each and every one of our everyday lives it can make such a difference. Making a difference in our individual lives is what is changing the nation as a whole. People are putting others first, lending a hand when needed, feeling sympathy for others, and being there for others in need. There have also been all different “Acts of Kindness” that people have been participating in. Through all of this, I find hope.

I have wanted to do my part, pay it forward, and show that the kindness really does exist in this world. I have been thinking long and hard about what I can do to share my kindness and hope to pass it along to others. My husband and I decided to take part in the 26 Acts of Kindness that is sweeping the nation. I wanted to share what we did, to hopefully inspire others to do the same. We bought 26 $5 gift cards to a local coffee shop. One gift card and a note were put into 26 envelopes and passed out at random to different customers, some were even left on car windshields. The note we included read this….

“In honor of the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary we are doing 26 Acts of Kindness. Being a teacher and fireman, with a new 8 month old baby we were deeply affected by the tragedy in Newtown Ct. We want to do our very small part to show there is kindness in the world, and honor the lives that were lost. You are random act #1, in honor of Charlotte Bacon, age 6. We hope this puts a smile on your face, brightens your day, and inspires you to pay it forward.”

~ Nicole, Keith, & Blake xoxo

With a quote on the back….

“Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

~ Scott Adams

26 Acts of Kindness

I hope that this inspires anyone reading this to pay it forward. It does not have to cost you money either or be something that you do 26 times. Just take a moment to think about the importance of kindness, how far it can take you, and the impact it can have on others. And the best part it is, as the quote above talks about, it seems to be contagious! So spread the kindness and learn to live a better and kinder life 🙂

Though it should be simple, here are 26 things you can do any day or every day and it costs you nothing…

1. smile

2. say please

3. say thank you

4. hug someone

5. kiss someone

6. ask how someone is doing, and sincerely listen to their answer

7. say hello to a stranger

8. wave thank you when crossing the street

9. help someone with their groceries

10. hold the door for someone

11. help your neighbor (with their trash, raking leaves, shoveling the driveway, moving stuff around their house)

12. call an old friend (do not just text them, but a Facebook message may be ok, but your voice would be the best)

13. Pick flowers and deliver them to someone special

14. laugh

15. don’t take yourself or life too seriously

16. play, sing, and laugh with a child

17. give someone a sincere compliment

18. Let someone merge into your lane of traffic or wave someone on who is trying to turn onto the street in front of you

19. write a thank you note to anyone who has had an impact on you in your life

20. let someone go ahead of you in a check out line that may have less than you

21. bake goodies for someone who could use a little treat

22. volunteer your time somewhere (local school, soup kitchen, nursing home)

23. donate anything you don’t need anymore (clothes, food, furniture)

24. tell a joke to someone

25. listen to a friend who needs it, and only offer advice if it is wanted

26. be genuine, honest, compassionate, and unconditional

Thank you to the brave angels and heroes for spreading more kindness, you will never be forgotten and forever in our hearts….