April 21, 2012

Sharing Saturday

Alright!  It's time for another Sharing Saturday!  These days are so fun to me because I LOVE reading through your answers.  Here are three questions to share today:

1) Do you guys have any creative ways I could help out newer bloggers and feature them?  I don't want to do a link party, but as I've been attending Snap this week I've met some awesome ladies that I'd love to help out.  Any creative ways how to fit it into the schedule?  I thought you might have some fun ideas.

2) What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you.  (I'm really excited to read this answer!)

3) Do you have any questions YOU would like asked on Sharing Saturday?  I love it when you guys submit questions too!

That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping in.

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  2. The kindest thing anyone ever did for me was secretly pay for a semester of college (room and board, and tuition!)

    My parents had just gotten divorced, I had just moved countries, and I was 19. I didn't have any money to go to school, and was working full time to help support my mom and her other 5 kids. One day a friend approached me and said someone in our church, who wanted to remain anonymous, wanted to pay for me to go to school for a semester, because they knew it was a goal of mine to go to college. At first I said I couldn't go, because I didn't want to impose on anyone, and I needed to stay working and helping my mother; but after much talking with my mother, (who encouraged me to go) I went to college for my first semester (accompanying the friend who approached me with the offer.)

    The friend and I started dating (Guy friend obviously!) after a bit (I went on dates with other people, and every time I got of the date I would want to talk to him so he was the last person I spoke to, and I knew I was in trouble!) After a series of events I accidentally found out through his mother, that HE was the one PAYING for me to go to school (rather then paying for himself to go for a year with money he had earned after his mission, he paid for us both to go for one semester.) I told him off of course and asked him why he did it, he said it was because he "didn't want to pressure me into feeling obligated to date him or anything" but wanted me to have a better life than I had previously had - whether or not I decided I loved him like he already loved me.

    My "friend" and I have now been married for 12 years, have 2 kids, and through the Air Force have had 8 moves in 6 different states. It's taken a while because I have had a few breaks in there so I could be a mommy to littles, and move us around, but he gave me his GI Bill a few years ago (the Air Force has paid for his 3 degrees) and this Spring, (13 years after my first semester) he's still paying for me to go to college, and I GRADUATE in 3 weeks!

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    1. That is amazing! What a wonderful guy you found for yourself!

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    2. wow! thats amazing!!!!! congrats on being blessed with such an awesome hubby!

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    3. Amazing, beautiful story. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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    4. Awww. I just LOVE this. You should write a book. I'd read it :)

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    5. Incredible story!

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    6. That made me tear up!

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    7. That's a really sweet story! How sweet!

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    8. Oh that is so sweet!!!
      xo

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    9. What a sweet story! Hooray for wonderful men! :D

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    10. what a fantastic story! I am so happy we were encouraged to read this comment!

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  3. cathgrace's comment is the coolest thing I've read all week.

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  4. I loved reading cathgrace's story! It's so nice to hear about things like that when I feel like I hear so much negativity everyday!

    The nicest thing anyone's ever done for me is when I was in college. I had to have my room in my apartment completely cleaned before I left for the semester. I had a bunch of huge finals and was feeling so overwhelmed and I told a friend about how overwhelmed I was feeling and how I had to get everything done in such a short time.

    When I came home from taking one of my finals, she had scrubbed down my entire room for me. I was in tears I was so grateful. It was exactly what I needed at that moment and she taught me a great lesson about listening to other's needs and then acting.

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  5. cathgrace's story is amazing! Mine is not as cool as hers but I'll share anyway. One summer a few years ago, my husband and I were trying for baby #2 and also considering selling our house. He was gone 6 days every week taking a summer course in a town about 3 hours away so I was home with our two year old daughter trying to finish up some things on the house so our realtor could come and do a market analysis on it. It was during that time that I experienced my first miscarriage. I was devastated. I could barely function both physically and emotionally. My amazing sister-in-law showed up on my doorstep the morning before our realtor was scheduled to come and she spent then entire day cleaning and organizing our home and finishing my projects all while entertaining my two year old. I still cry just thinking about it. She really was my angel that day.

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  6. 1: Maybe you can have a feature day where you feature blog posts you like? Or you can find some people to come to your blog and do a tutorial? I'm not very creative I guess! lol. You could also put a button on the side of your blog that links weekly to a new blog. :) That would be kinda cool, but you'd have to always make sure to update the link.

    2. My sister did the nicest thing for me. When my parents got divorced, money was tight. My sister was all ready moved out and had her own place. When my junior prom came around, she picked me up from school and bought my entire prom outfit. It wasn't anything spectacular. We found a dress on clearance, I wore flip flops and we got jewelry at Claires. It was a really cute outfit. The night of prom, my sister took 2 hours to do my hair. I felt like a princess!

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  7. Lets see if I can answer all your questions.

    1. I am a brand new blogger, and it is really hard to get traffic at first. I was just thinking yesterday if I ever have readers what I would like to do for new bloggers. This is the idea I thought of. Host a new blogger giveaway. The new blogger will provide the giveaway item (for example I was thinking of making a quilt for the winner). You then annouce the giveaway on your blog, and the submissions for the giveaway require people to scope out the new bloggers blog and comment on one of their posts, extra submissions for liking the blogger on FB, Twitter, ex, but also for those who don't already follow you they can get submissions for doing that to. So both you and the new blogger meet new people, and someone wins an awesome prize. Then I thought well then you would have a swarm of new bloggers wanting help haha, but who doesn't love giveaways, maybe try and host a new blogger giveaway a couple times a month. Not sure how hard this is, but sounds fun!

    2. Its really hard for me to narrow down the nicest thing anyone has done. I have so many loving and caring people in my life, I feel like they are constantly doing kind things for me. I am so blessed!

    3. What sewing machine do you use? :)

    Thanks for the super good questions Cheri!

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  8. For #1, I would suggest having a gues blogger post once a week (provided you think their content would be a good fit for you're readers). I agree with you, there are plenty of blogs out there hosting link parties, no need to do that!

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  9. 1) I am one of those new bloggers looking to have more people linked up to my site so I dont really have any great suggestions for you but I am anxious to see what great advice other readers have! (www.journeyofsimonsays.blogspot.com) <--- shameless plug! ;-)
    2) kindest thing I think anyone ever did for me was actually lots of little things all bundled together. When my husband was injured in Afghanistan in Sept of last year my "deploymates" (my bff's) rallied around me. they brought meals, cleaned my house, helped me shop for things I needed for my trip. Then helped my mom while she was here taking care of our kids while I flew to Germany and DC to get hubby. The deploymates even made me a survival bag for the trip filled with magazines, candy, gum, lotion, itunes card, and sweet notes of encouragement. Their kindness during that very difficult time has made me want to do more for others around me. I considered it the biggest blessing and still think its the reason I was able to survive those dark days.
    3)funniest thing your kids or hubby said this week!

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  10. Regarding new bloggers - I have a feature on my blog once a month where I ask a blogger fun and different questions so my readers and theirs get to know them on a more personal level. I have new bloggers and veteran bloggers alike. Basically anyone I've seen or followed that I think is worth sharing. Something like this might be fun for you to do as well.

    Take a look if you'd like:
    http://jodienoted.blogspot.com/search/label/Blogger%20Q%2BA

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  11. Tough question today. But I had this idea the other day... Work for it Wednesday's, basically you link to Kool stuff you've seen in the past week but your readers have to go to those sites for the deets. Another idea I saw at this 36th avenue blog I recently found is dedicating one post that links to similar tutorials. This particular one was about pillows, but it was perfect, 25 pillow tutorials posts in one. Exactly what I was looking for.
    I have no idea about the nicest thing anyone has done to me.. But I'm most thankful for my education which my Dad sacrificed for me to have, so I guess that's it.

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  12. When my husband was hospitalized and diagnosed with Cancer, my brother and his wife slid me an envelope with $100.00 in it so I could eat at the hospital while I was there, and to cover tips to the Valet so I didn't have to go out into the scary parking lot after dark. Being safe and fed took the worry off them, and me. And I won't soon forget it.

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  13. One of the kindest things someone did for me was bring me meals and set up a schedule for people to bring meals to me while I was pregnant with my twins. I barely knew this girl (we've since become good friends)and just mentioned in passing that I was threatened with bed rest. She had been on bed rest while having other small children to take care of. I had a 2 year old at the time and wasn't doing much in my very pregnant and uncomfortable state. She lives quite a ways from me and brought me several meals before my twins were born. Such a sweet thing!

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  14. Not nearly so exciting, but the kindest thing anyone did, was my mom flying in from Europe, immediately after I delivered my babies 2 months early. Within 48 hours she was there to help me and stayed for 2 months while the boys and I recovered.

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  15. I hope your taking lots of pictures at Snap Conf. I really wanted to go!!!
    Okay, so back to sharing Saturday, I am a brand new blogger and trying to find ways to drive traffic to my lil' bloggy {so I will def. need all the tips possible}
    The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me was my husband and I were planning on our Temple sealment we didn't plan on a reception because we wanted to save the money for a little getaway, when the in-laws and my family and friends found out...they organized a beautiful reception, DJ, cake, food and all...we were sooo grateful and not expecting it!

    What's the kindest thing anyone has done for you Cheri? Thanks for letting us share :)

    www.pinkbambina.blogspot.com

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  16. I so wish I would have gone to Snap! I met up with my first blogging friend this past week (she was in town for snap actually) It was so much fun to meet up it made me wish I went to snap. So for the new bloggers things, I LOVE when you do the feature friday posts. I have found some new blogs that way, like at second street, I found that lovely blog when you made that pear torte. I love seeing your twist on the tutorial and then I go check out the blog. I also love shout out or "inspiration" posts with links to tons of great tutorials.

    The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me? I think I would just have to say when people from church brought dinner for my family after having my second child. It is just so nice when you get to the end of the day far more exhusted then you ever thought you would be and you are hungry and your kids are hungry and your husband is thinking about serving lucky charms (the only thing the man can make) then the door bell rings and in comes a fresh hot meal all ready for your family. (my favorite is when they thought about what a picky two year old would eat as well and a PB&J with crust cut off was included. It was just sweet and kind and helped out so much!

    (p.s) I love sharing Saturday great stories shared

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  17. I agree. I like your Feature Friday posts. It's still your spin on someone's idea, but we can go check them out if we want.

    I think the kindest things I have most appreciated have been notes or words from my students telling me that I've somehow impacted them. It is nice to know that teaching really does matter and we can leave meaningful impressions on others.

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  18. Almost 11 years ago, I was about to undergo major surgery and didn't know what the outcome would be. None of my family could arrive in town till the next day. My closest friend stayed overnight at the hospital during all the prep, held my hand, massaged my feet and prayed with me. It was so comforting and peaceful. An angel in my life.

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  19. 1. I have no idea, but it's so sweet that your trying to think of ways!

    2. I don't know if it's necessarily the kindest thing ever, but it sure ranks up there and it meant a lot: when I was at high school there was a substitute teacher who would teach my class sometimes. We were awful to her...like, really really mean. A few years after I finished high school I turned around in church and saw her! (it turned out she was back on holiday after moving overseas). I instantly knew I had to go and apologize which was really hard, but then when ended up having a really good talk. I myself was planning to go on a missions trip, and she was really encouraging. A few weeks later my pastor handed me an envelope with a card and $100 to use on my trip. The fact that she not only forgave me but then gave me such a massive gift...it blew my mind.

    What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you, Cheri?

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  20. The nicest thing anyone has done for me is actually happening to me right now. We found out a few weeks ago that we would have to move from our home of six years by May 1st. We have 4 kids and are extremely tight on money I was going to have to borrow money to come up with security deposit and rent. We did find a place that would take us with bad credit and all but they wanted $3,000 down for us to move in. We would have been pulling our hair out to make ends meet there but were desperate and the possibility of homelessness was looming over our heads. Our income is very low even though we both work, rents are very high these days because of the housing market and the huge amount of renters out there, and our credit is bad. We have been struggling for over 10 years and never able to get out. On the day we were about to sign the lease on the place we could not afford my friend called and said that the addition they had done on their house was pretty much finished and that we could rent from them their basement apartment which now has 5 bedrooms. It has a very tiny kitchen and living room but has its own washer and dryer. The rent she is charging us is cheaper than where we are at now and if my husband takes a pay cut to enroll in school and get his degree our rent will be $300 per month including utilities. I must admit that my faith was really wavering but I should have known better. God and my friends family really pulled through for us. What are the chances that their addition would be done just in time for us? They are making a big sacrifice since those rooms were meant for some of their kids ( they have 6) but our money will help them pay off their addition and we have 3 years to save for a house, repair our credit and go to school. We would have never got this chance with out them. We get to move in next week!

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  21. I have a fairly new little blog and once a week I have an 'inspirational' blog post where I post about things I like and hope it inspires others to make/do that too. I give a shout out and a link to the blogs where I got the ideas from.

    Also the nicest thing anyone did for me was to come over and clean my house during my last pregnancy which was complicated. I was so humbled by their help and appreciated it so much. They didn't judge, just cleaned.

    Love your blog. What made you start one in the first place?

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  22. 1. Another new blogger here - no suggestions, but interested in what you come up with!

    2. When I was pregnant with my first son, my water broke at 37 weeks. I went in, and they found out that I had preeclampsia. They induced immediately, as well as putting me on this horrible drug, mag sulfate. It's a muscle relaxant that helps women with pre-e not have seizures, which is a good thing. Delivery went fine, we were released from the hospital after 3 days (they keep you on the mag for 24 hours after delivery). We got home and I felt horrible. I know I had just had a baby, but I felt like death warmed over. Long story short, I ended up back in the hospital for five days. And they couldn't readmit my newborn son, because there wasn't anything medically wrong with him. They told me he could stay at the hospital, but the nurses wouldn't be able to help me care for him. I could barely stand up. So, my husband was home with a newborn by himself. He called his mom, my mother-in-law, and she came from two states away immediately. She stayed for a month. She took off from her job to cook, clean and help with the baby.(I was still really sick). I will never be able to repay the selfless kindness that she showed us.

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  23. I've had lots of kind deeds done for me, but there is one in particular that stands out. My husband and I were in Pittsburg to adopt a baby this past summer. After we got there, the birth mother changed her mind about the adoption. We were walking around town looking for a place to eat dinner later that night after getting this sad news (in a less than happy mood, as you can imagine) and stopped at an Italian place. After eating, we asked the waitress for our bill and she said it had already been taken care of. Confused, we asked her what had happened and she said a young couple had paid for our meal before they left. We were in a city where we've never been and knew no one. We couldn't imagine who it could be. After a while, we decided that it must have been the couple with a baby in the bedspace next to "our" baby at the hospital. They had stopped us in the hall to tell us they were so excited that this baby was being adopted. Their own baby was almost ready to go home, but would probably have some permanent disabilities due to being born early and a twin. The other twin had passed away shortly after birth. They had a young daughter and had struggled with infertility themselves. They were such a positive and amazing little family and we were so blessed and comforted by their sweet gesture.

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  24. 1. Just as you've had theme weeks in the past, you could have an ingenue blog theme week, where you take a break, and get some of these "virgin" bloggers to post on your site. You could even give them a theme, like "yellow" or "summer" or "driving" or something. You could also post on their sites, getting traffic sent their way via your blog star status (-: Competitions are good ways to get traffic -- if someone is doing something ace, well, I always head over to check out their blog and might just end up subscribing...

    2. Too many kindnesses in my life to narrow it down to one -- there's the man who moved his backpack from the seat on the bus to make room for me and I ended up marrying him. There were the women who fed my family for months as my mother was dying of cancer, filling up our freezer with casserole after casserole. There's the couple who "adopted" me, a total stranger to them, when I moved across the North American continent; they fed me and housed me until I found my own place and bearings, and such kindness and generosity can only be repaid by being generous and kind myself in my own daily doings -- paying it forward, as it were. And all that's to say nothing of the words of encouragement, the eye contact, the recognition, the thank you's, the gentle reproofs, the prayers, the hugs, the smiles, that I have received in my little life. Truly, though, some of the kindest things done for me have been when others have allowed me to be kind to them, accepting my kindnesses...

    3. You could ask about first dates, worst dates, phobias, birth narratives, love stories, best meals, cooking disasters, crafting mishaps, good jokes, camping trips, music tastes, childhood games, road trips, best/worst holidays, embarassments, jealousies, best friends, grandmothers, etc...etc...

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  25. The kindest thing anyone has done for me? It was after my step mother passed away from a long fight with cancer. I had gone "home" (a two hour drive)for the weekend and she passed on Saturday. I ended up staying a week for the services and to support my Dad. Upon my return, I found my house cleaned, my mail stacked neatly on the kitchen counter and my lawn neatly mowed. My friends had come over and taken care of all of that for me. It was the most generous, selfless surprise I have ever had.

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  26. Wow, being 18 weeks pregnant, I can't sit hear and read all these stories of kindness w/o tearing up. Granted, these amazing stories would make me tear up if I wasn't pregnant, but the hormones are kicking into over-drive and I'm a blubbering mess right now!
    I would say one of the nicest things that has happened to me was when my mother was sick with breast cancer and in the hospital. It was obviously a very sad and stressful time and emotions were all over the place. My aunt was very short with me and said some hurtful things. Later, my mother could see that I was upset and coaxed me into telling her what was wrong. I hadn't wanted to bother her with something so petty when she was lying in a hospital bed in pain. Still, even after I told her, she hugged me and told me that it would be ok and she would figure it out. She passed away just 2 days later. It still makes me cry thinking that while she was lying there, dying, she wanted to take care of ME and make sure that I was ok. Love her SO much...

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