February 16, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

So it's that day of the week again....Wake Up Wednesday.  For any of you who are new to this blog this is the day where I present a challenge to do a good deed.  You can partipate if you'd like.  It's just a reminder to me to wake up and realize that there is a lot more going on in the world than what's happening in my own little bubble.  It's a reminder to reach out to others who may need help.  If you partipate you have a week to complete the challenge and then next week you can tell us how it went. 

Last week's challenge was to truly listen.  This one was hard for me.  I remembered to work on it, but I feel like it's one I could work on forever.  I tried to listen to my boys, but there is always a lot running through my mind, so it was a challenge for me.  I did manage to listen really well at church this week (which can be tricky with the boys) and I felt so uplifted afterwards.  I don't have any earth-shattering experiences to share this week, but I know I'm a work in progress.  I'm still working on this one.


This week's challenge is a little more concrete.  The challenge is to watch someone's children for free.  Any of you who are mothers know how much this one would be appreciated.  Maybe you have a neighbor who has her hands full and you could offer to take her kids for an hour so she can run an errand.  Maybe there's a couple who would love to have a little alone time.  It can be anyone. 

Now, let's hear about how your week of listening went.  I'm excited to hear about it.  Thanks for stopping by.  

29 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea, I have a special friend who needs some time out right now...

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  2. First off - love this idea! Sometimes you just need a little nudge to something good!
    Have to say that I'm in the same boat with you when it comes to listening. I have a feeling I will work on this my entire life.
    But, I did want to say that I watched 2 friends kids yesterday! One had a days full of doctor appointments and the other was just trying to get to a workout in peace. I love being able to do this for friends. Often I wish I could randomly give my friends gifts just to say I love them, but can't afford much if anything and this is an awesome way to show them my appreciation - AND get to love up on some of my favorite kiddos!

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  3. I really tried to listen to my kids and just be more present last week. Definitely feels good, but I'm with you, I will ALWAYS need to work on this one! And I feel like I'm constantly watching everyone else's kids...so this week I'm going to do it without COMPLAINING and just being glad that I can help someone.

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  4. I know I am about a week behind but my kids and I delivered notes and cookies to the fire department. Yes I totally stole your idea but the amazing thing is it has spurred my children on to do more. They have already suggested going to the police station or the dump to bless the garbage man. I did try to listen to my children a bit more this week, but really I was trying to listen more to God. What is he trying to teach me through every situation that arises with my kiddos. Thanks again for wake up wed, love having someone challenge me to be a better me. This weeks challenge is perfect because I just agreed last night to watch my friends children all day mon.

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  5. Congratulations on your win on CWTS!!!!!

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  6. That picture is killing me! Too funny.
    This weeks challenge is a good one. Any mother would appreciate it.

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  7. Congrats on your win for Crafting with the Stars!!!

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  8. I love your blog! It's soo creative and inspirational! My first visit and I'll be back. Have a good week! towe.

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  9. Such a thoughtful thing to do.

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  10. What a Great Idea!!
    I think I will also catch up on last week this week, I have noticed my attention waning when my kids are talking, I need to refocus.

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  11. Man! I need to get more of my friends to read your blog! I could really benefit from today's challenge. Guess I'm gonna just have to suck it up and be all selfless or something.

    P.S. That picture was priceless. I did that same thing to my little bro about 15 years ago.
    ;)

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  12. I know this has nothing to do with your assignment, but I love that Jason Lee picture! His whole site is such creative fun photography.

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  13. I featured your ed hardy Tshirt on my blog! Well actually I featured your blog, lol!
    seemesew.blogspot.com

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  14. This is cool. Last weeks challenge also took care of this weeks challenge. I have a friend who is going through a divorce and realy struglling financially. Her kids have not like their sitter, so I told her I would watch the youngest 3 mornings a week and take him to kindergarten, she had a really hard time accepting this help for free. But I truly listened as she expressed all her trials. and I felt really good about being able to do this for her for the rest of the school year. We live way out in the country, and I am one of the few that has to drive in to do the kindergarten route anyway.

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  15. I love doing these challenges along with you and everyone else! I tried really hard to listen to my little Bug and I think I did pretty well. Like you and some others I will constantly have to remind myself to listen and hopefully I will continue to get better at it.

    I am excited about this week because I have a friend who just had a baby a few months ago and could really use some time for herself. She doesn't have much help at home but never takes me up on the offer to take her little one for a while. (she feels a little attached) Now I can show her your blog post and tell her she HAS to let me babysit for free!

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  16. Oh bummer. I was excited about this weeks challenge, but I'm in the process of moving, so I don't know if many people would want me (a newly acquainted stranger) to babysit their children.

    As for last weeks challenge, it went well. I gave my husband my undivided attention as he told me about his day at work (on an oil rig). My friend came over and vented about her relationship, so I listened, gave advice, asked her to think about what she would tell me if I were her, etc. Things like that. Nothing monumental, but like you said, it's something you can always work on, and it's great that you simply made us aware of that. :)

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  17. Hey,
    Thanks for wakeup wednesday. We've been reading Radical by David Platt and that with this has inspired much more service in our family. This week we passed out valentines to some folks. The last stop was Great Grandma's house. She is a fantastic lady but she lost her husband a little over a year ago and was feeling pretty blue. She was very excited when we showed up with four grandbabies in tow and their "hear me roar" inspired valentines. We spent the day listening to her stories about grandpa. She showed us valentine bears from the past, told us about their valentine traditions. She even pulled out photo albums and yearbooks. We didn't intend to spend the whole day but we are so glad that we did. Thank you for reminding us to listen!

    LT

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  18. I love your Wake-Up Wednesdays. It's such a blessing to serve others - but often we need the reminder because we get so wrapped up in ourselves!

    I was so excited when I saw your challenge for this week because I already completed it! :-) Every Valentine's Day, the Happy Hubby and I offer to babysit for a couple so that they can get out for a night of romance. This year was super sweet because I planned a little adventure date for them! They had so much fun and wouldn't have been able to go out had we not offered to help.

    I am so grateful that you are inspiring so many toward love and good deeds! God bless you!

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  19. I'm not gonna lie...wake up Wednesday is my favorite part of the week. I haven't even logged onto blogger since Friday and I thought "Oh I need to go get on there so I can read our new challenge!"

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  20. love your calls to action -- i try to swap back and forth with a few friends on childcare, so this week i am going to take a turn!

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  21. Lol love the pic!
    i totally watch my little sisters everyday for my mom for free!

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  22. Ahh, I watch children for free every day of my life. Sigh.

    My sister works from 4pm - 9pn so I pick up my 9 yr old niece from school activities at 4:30 and do homework, feed her and bring her to her mom at 9 ready for bed.

    I wanted 12 kids when I was growing up and I only got two, plus two step-kids. So I'm hankering for some kid love. We tell people to drop their kids off to us all the time so they can do their adult things. And I LOVE it. :)

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  23. I feel the similar way about truly listening. I really had good intentions, but felt sometimes that I wasn't really listening. I am going to keep working on this as I really think it is one of my true weaknesses - I worry that my friends get sick of me doing all the talking or that I talk way too much. Ahhh... I know it is part of my personality, but I also want my friends to know that I do listen to them :) So, I will continue to work on it!

    Free childcare! Wow! Most of my friends and I have little guys - so this is going to be a fun challenge!!

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  24. I love your wake up Wed. challenge. We are not doing it religiously. But I love to watch people's kids for them. I think it is a great thing to trade babysitting. My husband deploys for 4 months every year and it is so nice to just run errands every once in a while without my kiddos. I love when people offer to do this for me, so when I get a chance I do it for others too.

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  25. That picture makes me LAUGH AND LAUGH - could totally be my girls :)

    And I watched a neighbor's little one today while she went to the doctor - I think this WUW was great - watching another's kid just for an hour is great for all parties!

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  26. I love your idea of 'wake up wed'! My first time here and commenting...I have recently watched a friend's kid when she had to go for an evening office meet...it felt great being able to help : )

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  27. Loooove the picture - it was actually the inspiration for our christmas card this year - http://www.jessicalynette.com/family-2/merry-christmas. I adore the photographers work. He's awesome!

    We have been the recipient of some sweet friends watching our kids during some crazy times for us in the past {we are hundreds of miles from family} and we definitely feel the importance in doing the same for others... though most people around us have family to do it for them.

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  28. that really is a wonderful idea! i know my little guy drives me crazy when he's here, but when he's not i wish he were! LOL

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