This year, I have set myself a challenge. #365daysofkindness – making the effort to carry out one small act of kindness every single day for a year. A little change that will hopefully help to make my little world a better place. I don’t intend to blog much about what I do as part of that during the year but I would like to share some stories of kindness, quotes that have inspired me or some suggestions of small acts of kindness to try. #withkindnessandlove will be a regular series this year, sharing those stories along with some things that have made me smile during the week.
Little moments of kindness
Since we first found out about Jessica’s heart condition, I have been blown away by the kindness of those around us. Those little acts of kindness that we have been on the receiving end of have made such a difference at times and truly mean so much to me. These are a few of the things I want to say thank you for:
- The friends who offer us their spare room whenever we are at the hospital.
- Everyone who visited us with food parcels (one friend even brought specially-made meals for Jessica when she had chylothorax and was on a fat-free diet).
- The friends who gave us the keys to their house for Christmas Day when they were away over the holidays so that we could have Christmas dinner there instead of the ward kitchen or hospital canteen and experience a little normality during our first Christmas after Jessica was born.
- The encouraging Bible verse written in a card that I read over and over again, drawing strength from it during those days on intensive care.
- The friends who sent Jessica some button-up pyjamas after I posted a photo of Jessica in the one and only pair of button-up pyjamas I had been able to find before our last hospital admission.
- Every single person who encouraged us, hugged us, listened to us and prayed for us – your support means so very much to us.
Thank you all.
Sharing some blog love
A blog post I have loved this week
I’m hoping to get a little fitter this year and try and shed some of the excess pounds. Trying to juggle an exercise routine with being a stay-at-home mum isn’t always easy. Finding family-friendly ways of getting fit is always useful – and I love the list of suggestions that Plutonium Sox shared in her recent blog post. Definitely one that I’ll be referring back to over the coming weeks and months!
A photo that made me smile
I love this shot taken by Mummy in a Tutu. The way her daughter is sitting on the tree stump and looking out on the world is just adorable. She looks so snug and warm in her fluffy jacket and woolly hat too.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to the lovely Katie from Mummy in a Tutu for coming up with the name for my series. Last year Katie shared a blog post about looking for her tribe. The tribe created as a result of that post is a lovely supportive group of bloggers. You can find them on Facebook or join in with #tribalchat on Twitter on Tuesday nights from 8-9pm.
Earlier this week, voting opened for the Tribal Awards. I won the Inspire award back in September last year and would love to be considered again for this award or for the Kindness award. You can vote in the awards here – please note though that you can only nominate someone in a maximum of 3 categories – any more and your vote will be considered null and void.
If you have any stories about being on the receiving end of an act of kindness that you’d like me to include in a future blog post, please feel free to email them to me at louise @ littleheartsbiglove.co.uk