February 22, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to watch someone's kids.  I had a couple plans to do this, but they all honestly fell through.  No worries.  I'll squeeze it in this week.  

This week's challenge is to start a conversation with a stranger.  I know that might sound weird, but I think the world is a brighter place when we reach out to each other more and leave our comfort zones.  It's kind of funny how we often close ourselves off and yet we all deeply desire that connection and communication with others.  I'm definitely guilty of that.  I have to force myself out of my shell sometimes.


So, you could strike up a conversation by asking someone where he or she got something.  You could start one with a compliment.  You could ask someone his or her opinion about something.  I think this will be fun.

Alright.  Did anyone get to watch someone's children this week?  Hopefully you did better than I did this time :)  I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading.

12 comments:

  1. I have a volunteered to watch a single Mom's slightly Autistic daughter for a few hours this weekend. The Mom is frazzled and needs some serious 'me' time and I can remember those days so I am glad to help out :)

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  2. I love this sign! What a wonderful message!

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  3. Oddly enough this one is really easy for me, I do it all the time. I also offered a playdate, is that the same as babysitting for free? It fell through though, I eveb forgot it was the challenge. However, I did deliver my flowers to a widow last night, woohoo! Two bunches one for her and one for her teenage daughter. My son was with me, but they weren't home at first and he fell asleep by the time we got back to our street. I really wanted him to hand them over but I think he got the message, be kind to others, for no reason at all. You're doing a great thing here Cheri, keep up the good work, it's inspiring!!!

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  4. Yes, I watched my friend's daughter who is three. Actually, my children watched her because they kept her busy all day and played with her. I basically fed her and went to the potty with her! EASY! I also did respite this week for a 7 year old girl (we are foster parents) and it was quite challenging! It is so difficult when the older children bring their attitudes and rudeness into my home because it rubs off on my own children (we actually had this girl a year ago for about 9 months and then she moved on to a home where she will hopefully be adopted). Sorry this is so long-these children just break your heart though. It so complicated! You want to help but then when you see how the behaviors they bring into the home affect your own children you do... what? Lots of prayer!

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  5. I completed this WUW by watching my friends kids so she and her husband could go out for Valentines day. I used to watch their kids all of the time before they moved farther from me. It was so fun to interact with the boys (since they are so much older now). I hope the rest of your week is awesome!

    Love the blog, love the kids, trying to be more creative in my life because of you. So, thank you.

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  6. I didn't get to watch anyone's kids for them, but I was the VERY humbled receiever of such gift. Not for a very happy reason (my oldest daughter was in the hospital for two days with what we THOUGHT was appendicitis, but turned out to be just a VERY UGLY virus) and my sweet friends Vanessa and Lisa watched my younger two (one day each). I have LOTS of thank you notes and gifts to put together this weekend. This week's "talk to a stranger" challenge is right up my alley. I'm one of those people who ALWAYS finds someone to talk to. :)

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  7. I went to a friend's house with the intention of watching her newborn so that she could get some rest or accomplish something around the house, but she had actually just woken up from a nap and was more interested in sitting down to take a break and fellowshipping. Of course that was fine with me. New moms, especially, need that adult interaction too! It was fun for me to be able to get out of the house with my youngest (7 weeks) and feel like I could be of service again after spending so many months pregnant or recovering from my own delivery.

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  8. I got to watch a friends two little ones while she went for her ultrasound to find out that her fourth baby is a little girl!! Two boys and soon two girls!! I also volunteered to watch another friends kids for her while she had a meeting with her oldest sons principal.

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  9. This challenge was quite simple for me. I do it frequently for my friends who are not as lucky as I am to stay home with their kiddos. Daycare always seem to have something come up and I am their first call. I love it because it gives Keith a playmate for the day but I love helping out a friend.

    I can't wait for this week's challenge. I am the person who starts talking to you on an airplane! I guess it's because I am a daughter of a farmer...the best conversationalist ever. Now I have a good excuse for striking up that conversation. I personally love complimenting people. I am always telling someone that I love their outfit, their hair, etc. It's the best to see their faces.

    Thanks for the challenge!

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  10. The opportunity almost missed me this week because my sister's children were all sick. But one had to have an emergency trip to the ER for a terrible flu that they thought was her gallbladder and I got to watch the other two. My husband (an EMT and Firefighter) road in the amblulance with them and stayed at the hospital with her. It was nice to be able to help out, especially when the kids were sick. I was also able to clean up a pukey mess of a matress that my sister hadn't gotten to. I know it really helped, and I really enjoyed myself.

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  11. I did...but the sweet girl mailed me a thank you card and money later...so I couldn't refuse it. Sneaky chick.

    I actually talk to strangers all the time. I'm weird. So...I don't know if this challenge should apply to me. I talked to maybe 3-4 strangers today out running errands. :)

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  12. Love this! I ALWAYS do this! My husband laughs that I can make friends with anyone if you give me 5 minutes!

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