Monday, February 20, 2017

30 Day Writing Challenge!

Hey friends! Today I am starting a 30 Day Writing Challenge. I will blog every day. (hopefully ;)) But I am just going to add to this post. By doing this, I hope you can get to know me a little better. Besides just a person on a screen! :) So come back every day to see this updated post.
Day 1: Write 10 things that make you really happy.
1.Jesus time  2.Baking and cooking  3.Children  4.My small group and youth group 
5.Using Snapchat filters with my siblings  6.Haiti. Period.  7.Smiley faces :)
8.Hanging out and laughing with friends  9.Doing acts of kindness/serving
10.Shopping with my sister 
Day 2: Write something someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.
"You continuously blow me away and inspire me to love others with a greater capacity! Never stop being YOU for you reflect the love of Jesus in such a special way!"
Day 3: List your top three pet peeves 
1. When someone says "Down Syndrome Kid" or "Downs kids" instead of "Child with Down Syndrome" 2. When a recipe says baking time is 1 hour and it ends up not being done till 1 hour and 40 minutes. 3. When recipe says "Makes 5 dozen cookies" and it only makes 2 dozen.
Day 4: Write about someone who inspires you
Mother Teresa. Period. The way she gave up her life and lived it for others and God is truly inspiring. She loved others with such a great love. Every time I think about her or read one of her quotes, I get inspired all over again. She was amazing and is such an incredible role model!!! <3
Day 5: List 5 places you want to visit
1.Ukraine  2.Africa  3.India  4.Columbia  5.Indonesia *I'm not counting Haiti because I have already been there. But if I am counting any country, Haiti would most certainly be on the top of my list! :)
Day 6: Your Favorite Comfort Foods
Anything cheesy or casserole like. Mac and cheese, tater tot casserole, etc.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

National Random Act of Kindness Day!!

Today is National Random Act of Kindness Day. On one of these last days of RAK week, let's all try to be a little extra kind. Although, you shouldn't have to have a national day to do something kind, you should be kind no matter what the day, week, or year! Be kind! Don't be afraid to show God's love! Acts 1:8 is a website helping Christians share the  gospel through kindness! Go check it out! There are so many other websites too that just focus on kindness. Go Google some!

"If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that" - Unknown
"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you are going to make" - Jane Goodall 
"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain
"No act of kindness is ever wasted" - Aesop
"Spread kindness to one person each day. Imagine the amount of happiness you would dispense in a lifetime!" - Unknown
"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it" - George Elliston 
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible" - Dalai Lama
"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always." - Unknown
"You don't need a reason to help people." - Unknown

Thursday, February 16, 2017

RAK Week Day 4!!!!

So today, (again, yesterday) I did two things but didn't get pictures of either. Ha I'm so good! ;) But I'll tell you anyways. With or without pictures. :)
#1: I gave a babysitting kit to a friend who wants to start babysitting! :) She loved all the fun stuff I included for her to bring with her babysitting. 
#2: Went to Culver's and gave away two free scoops of ice cream! :)
There you go. My beautiful post without pictures. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RAK Week Day 3!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!! Today also happens to be day 3 of Random Act of Kindness Week. ;) So today called for a little bit extra of love. <3 So I made these adorable heart shaped brownies and brought them to a V-Day I went to.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

RAK Week Day 2, Day Late!!!!!

Today (well yesterday cause today is really day 3 but...) was day 2 of Random Act of Kindness week!! Have you shown any love and kindness yet? If not, I encourage you to do so!! :)
I babysat for a Grandma for free so she could go get her hair cut. 
I also bought these two balloons then headed to a local nursing home. I picked out two tired looking nurses, walked over, and brighten their day! :)

It brightened my day just as much as it did theirs!! I strongly encourage you to go out of your way to do something nice for someone. Do more than hold the door for someone (although that is awesome if you do!). Buy flowers or balloons for someone not expecting it! That's what makes it random! :) Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks. Bring in donuts for your co-workers. There are MILLIONS of ways you can celebrate RAK week. Just pick one. I challenge you to just do one act of kindness this week. Just one. Please help make this world a better place. <3

Sunday, February 12, 2017

RAK Week, Day One!!!

For kick-off of RAK week, I made cookie bars for my small group and made a gift basket for my firefighter youth leader!! :)
As you can tell, I am one of those awesome bloggers who takes pictures of everything. NOT!! Haha, here is a picture of the plate the bars were on ;) Hey, they were good!

And the basket that I also took a picture of. NOT! His wife sent these to me from their house cause I forgot to take a picture. Haha I'm the worst! :)



But aren't those rubber duckies ADORABLE?!? <3
Well that's all for today. Planning tomorrow though! :)
You have plans for random acts of kindness this week?

RAK Week 2017!!!!

Hey friends! February 12th-18th is National Random Acts of Kindness week!!! Are you ready to spread some love and kindness in this world? Make you sure come back to check up with what I am doing to celebrate this awesome week!! <3 For now, check out these articles!!

http://abc7chicago.com/society/high-school-athletes-kick-off-random-acts-of-kindness-week/1748171/

http://www.nwherald.com/2017/02/10/high-school-girls-soccer-local-teams-kick-off-random-acts-of-kindness-week-as-boys-teams-did-in-fall/afvraoh/

http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/02/11/students-join-in-random-acts-of-kindness/a21mucr/

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sponsor a child?

On my trip, I fell in love with the country of Haiti. Especially the children. 


On one of our last nights in Haiti, I volunteered to find sponsors for five children. For as little as $1.16 a day you can provide a child with:
*Christian Education
*School Uniform material each year
*Three new schools books each grade
*Hot meal Monday-Friday, year round
*Vacation Bible school the entire summer
*Upkeep and improvements to school property
*Medical care at the Mission E4 clinic

When I choose my sponsored child Nadie online, she was just a picture. Then I met her.


:) And I saw her at her school. :)

She WAS getting an education. She WAS getting a meal. 
(Her school)
For just a little more than a dollar a day you can give another child a chance at a better life. One of our translators was saying that in Haiti, education is a child'd ONLY chance. You can give a child a chance at a better life. :) If you are interested or want to learn more, email me at 432craftygirl@gmail.com or comment below. I can show you pictures of children that I am finding sponsors for as well as some personal information of theirs. It takes so little to change a life. <3 Thank you!

Haiti.

Haiti is a beautiful place with beautiful people and I want to go back. :) Here are some pictures I took during my trip. Enjoy! (I'm not a very good photographer... Have grace :)) 


























Monday, January 23, 2017

Poverty is Real.

I just got back from a week in Haiti. It was honestly the most meaningful week of my life by far. This country stole my heart. I am in love with every part of Haiti. Especially the children. <3 This past week has inspired and changed me in so many ways. I'm going to say that the most eye opening part was the bus ride from the airport in Port Au Prince to the Mission E4 Campus where we stayed. The poverty I had heard about and seen in pictures was coming to life. It was there. All my life I have heard about the "poverty in some far away country". But here I was, in this bus, and I was seeing it. It was real. It IS real. We are here in America not having to worry about where our next meal is coming from. We have running water and flushing toilets. So many things that we take for granted. We can just go to Kohls and buy a $40 shirt or go to some fancy restaurant and spend $60 on food. We just do it. We don't even have to think. We just do. I never spent more than $15 on a pair of jeans but I wouldn't feel guilty buying a $5 coffee at Starbucks. But like I said, this trip changed me for the better. Yesterday, the day after we got back, we went out to eat. Between me and my two grandparents, we spent $22. Now for some people, that doesn't sound like much. But for me, after just getting back from Haiti, I felt guilty. Like really guilty. It is $35 a month to sponsor a child. $22 is over half of that... Why didn't we just eat at home and spend that money on someone who actually needs it? This trip opened my eyes. That bus ride opened my eyes. Our walks through the villages opened my eyes. It all opened my eyes to see that there is a world in need. The small part of a small country that I saw, changed me. I am changed. This one week trip to Haiti, changed me and opened my eyes to see the poverty all around me. Not just material poverty but spiritual poverty as well. I ask one thing of you, next you turn on your faucet, pull a snack out of the fridge, or even take a shower with hot, running water, think about all those who can't. And say a prayer. Pray that God would use you in ways you can't even think of. That is all I have to say right now. But I will be back. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Slow and Steady

"Slow and steady wins the race" Isn't that how that famous saying goes? As of Dec. 23, only 9 acts of kindness for law enforcement have been completed. 270 to go. It sure is going slow. I try not to get frustrated. I try to be positive and remember "slow and steady wins the race". I'm not sure what race we are in, but we will get there. WE will get to 279 acts of kindness for law enforcement officers. We may not see the finish line, but that is okay. Because this is not a race. This is a project that a small 14 year old girl from a small town that was once forgotten on the map started. She may of had big dreams when she started, but now she has come to realize that she has to be patient and trust in God's timing. He has this all worked out. This girl has now decided to take it one day at a time. Focus on TODAY and what she can accomplish. Tomorrow will worry about itself. This girl still has dreams but she learned is still learning to be patient and remember that slow and steady wins the race.

Please, will you help this girl see the finish line by completing an act of kindness for a law enforcement officer with project "279 Acts for Heroes"? Or to make it easier you can do an act of kindness in honor/memory of police officer shot or killed. Here are some ideas for acts of kindness for law enforcement officers. I'm sure you know someone who is either a law enforcement officer or a family member of one. Please, I am begging asking you to do something. It is not that hard. It can be so simple and you don't even have to spend money... A simple thank you card works wonderfully! If you do complete an act, please comment below or email me HERE so I can add it to the list. THANK YOU from the girl who will be patient. <3

Friday, December 2, 2016

New Way to Help "279 Acts for Heroes"

I was trying to think of a way that I could get more people to help with "279 Acts for Heroes". It wasn't till I was browsing HERE on www.gunviolencearchive.org this morning that I thought of it. I was looking at the incidents involving officers shot or killed, I saw names of the officers shot or killed. So from now on, you can either do an act of kindness directly for a law enforcement officer, or you can do an act of kindness for anyone and include the name of an officer you chose off the website (tag provided below) and have the act be in honor of him/her! :) Sound good? Here is how to get to the names of officers to choose for an act of kindness.

Go to www.gunviolencearchive.org.

Scroll down and click on "Officer shot or killed" under its map

Then click on "View incident" (not all incidents have names)

Here you have your names!! :) 

Print the tag below, add the name of who you are honoring with your kindness, do an act of kindness with that tag, and then email me, telling me what you did (with pictures!) and I will add it to the list! Or you can still stick with doing an act of kindness directly for an Officer. Either way, it will make many people smile including me!! :) THANK YOU if you choose to participate!!!




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"279 Acts for Heroes" Ideas

Today I am going to share with you a list of ideas for my 279 Acts for Heroes Project! I hope as you look at this list, you will see an idea and take action! :) As of 11/30/16, only 5 acts of kindness for law enforcement have been completed and that makes me sad. Please, PLEASE do an act of kindness either from this list or something you come up with on your own and tell me about so I can add it to the list below. (use #279acts on Facebook) It would make my day. :)
Here are 12 ideas for acts of kindness for law enforcement!!!!

1. Kit-Kats with a tag: "Take a break. You've earned it!"
2. Tootsie Rolls with a tag: "Thank you for the role you play everyday"
3. Bring a meal to a Police Officer's family you personally know
4. Buy cookies or donuts from the grocery store and deliver them!
5. Bring in healthy snacks and energy drinks to your local station.
6. Bring in breakfast items. Orange juice, bananas, store made muffins, etc.
7. Lifesaver candy with a tag: "You're a lifesaver. Thank you!"
8. Bring in useful gift items.
9. Make and give police appreciation bags
10. Have your kids make handmade cards and deliver them
11. Share stories on social media of police officers showing love and kindness instead of hate.
12. Bring a gift to a police officer's family you personally know.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"You've been Gobbled!"

Today my brother and I went and delivered 4 of these bags to our neighbors for Thanksgiving! :) A couple people were at work so we just causally went up and left them on the porch. But the neighbors at home, we did a little "Ding-dong-ditching" :) A little way to show some love. <3

What we included in the bag. :)

Here is the tag I created that you may use for personal use only! Have fun making your neighbors smile this holiday season!


Friday, November 18, 2016

#279acts Meal time!

There is a Police Officer and his family that we personally know. (I am only doing this project because we personally know them. Please do not do this if you don't personally know the family of the Police Officer and they have said it was okay for you to do this.) After trying to think of something to do to thank him and his family, bringing them a meal popped into my head. Something easy and heartfelt. :) With younger kids, I had to consult with their grandma to make sure it was something they would eat as well. Baked mac and cheese is what we came up with.
The recipe I found was from "Spend with Pennies" HERE Please go to her blog to find the recipe. I made this for me before I made a batch for the family just to see how it would turn out and oh my goodness!!!!! It was SO good! So creamy and not your average mac and cheese. Again please go to her blog www.spendwithpennies.com for the recipe.
I made the mac and cheese, some classic brownies, added some lettuce for the adults and applesauce for the kids, and I was set to deliver. :) She was very grateful for the meal and I got this note from grandma later :"Dinner was WONDERFUL! Thank you so much! Blank was very touched by your thoughtfulness and appreciation for his service as a policeman. Not everyone does these days so it meant a lot to him" Wouldn't that just make you want to do it all over again? :) If you want to feel happy because you made someone's day go HERE to learn more about my project "279 Acts for Heroes" You won't regret making an officer smile with a simple act of kindness! :) Thanks! #279acts