The MISS Foundation's Dr. Cacciatore started the Kindness Project in 1996 as a way for families to cope with the tragedy of a child's death. Since then, more than 1,000,000 kindnesses have been committed around the globe in memory of children, gone too soon.
Tomorrow I am going to do something. On the website they have a pile of really good ideas from buying the person in line behind you a coffee, dropping off balloons for a random child at the hospital, mowing a neighbors lawn, donating money or clothes, etc. To see more ideas, look HERE.
I am having a bit of a sad day. I have a few Tripp things on my mind. I think because of this I can't seem to decide what I want to do tomorrow. Ideally, I would like to do something that donates my time, like weeding someone's flower beds, but since I am a bit down I am leaning more toward buying someone flowers and leaving them at a random house. It seems easier to just buy something, so that is probably the route I will go.
The website suggests that you can leave a card with your gesture that says, "This random act of kindness was done in memory of __________". I am on the fence whether or not I will leave a card with this on it, but I think ultimately I will. I might also leave the Kindness Project website so that the recipient will have the background. I suppose it doesn't matter if they know why the act was done, but I will probably leave it in memory of Tripp anyway. If I buy someone a coffee on the other hand, I probably won't mention it. Its harder to say outloud.
I would love for you to do a random act of kindness in Tripp's name tomorrow. If you do a random act and feel comfortable, could you let me know what it is by posting it as a comment on my blog (feel free to leave it anonymous if you like)? It will brighten my day to read the happiness that Tripp is bringing to our world.
Maybe I will just cut some of the lilies in my backyard to give to someone. They are stunning right now.
UPDATE: I hit the dollar store and my garden and for less than $10 and a little bit of love and elbow grease, voila! These will be delivered to three random doors tomorrow.
Our biggest boy keeps getting bigger! We have particularly
noticed it this summer at the lake. Calder has been playing a lot with a buddy,
Ben. They ride bikes, swim, build forts and skip around from our cabin, Ben’s
campsite, Calder’s grandparents and Ben’s aunt and Uncle’s (Grandparents and
Aunt/Uncle live 4 cabins apart!). The pair have been nearly inseparable.
Calder has been more into swimming on the boat than we’ve
seen. He loves to try and splash people as he jumps in and has really gotten
into diving in off the boat as well. Lawson has been a water bug from the
get-go, but Calder really is giving her a run for her money this year for time
spent in the water. Calder also enjoys tubing, particularly behind Ben’s boat
as it can make the big waves! We recently convinced him to give the knee-board a
go and now we can’t get him off the water!
Above all else on the water, Calder LOVES fishing. To date
he has caught 36 fish. Near the end of July while on the boat, Calder turned to
I called my Grandma E last week and Danielle this week.
I started my hockey Canada stuff. I may have put that on hold until I’m at home. I am using way too much
data watching those videos.
I put a hold on my running. This one is making me really sad,
but my body is totally not cooperating. I had a groin/hamstring/glute thing
going on since February. That has almost healed, but I tweeked my knee at ball
a couple of weeks ago and it won’t stop hurting. The summer is the best time to
run. I have so much time and the weather is beautiful. I actually feel like
crying as I type this. I want to be healthy and for me being active is so much
a part of it. I guess I have to redefine active to not be running. Sigh.
I need a new phone. This seems like a strange thing to put
on My Happiness Project’s list, but taking pictures and videos makes me happy.
Long gone are the days that I lug my camera and video camera around (in fact I
even forgot to bring them to the lake). Unfortunately, my phone i…
Boone has become overly affectionate the last week. He is giving everyone around him random smooches. And they’re wet. Be aware if you see him in the next little bit and you are one of his people. Calder and Boone have created a special handshake. It includes a kiss on the lips (and if you know Calder, this would be outside his comfort zone!), and more fittingly for both boys ends in them faking a fart and declaring, “Oooooo, that smells good!” Of all of our kids, Boone cries the easiest. And when I say he cries, it is actually more like wails. This summer we have noticed a huge change in this regard. In fact, there have been multiple times when he has been legitimately injured and he hasn’t dropped a tear. Although Hugh and I are both excited about this, Hugh is the most. The octave of Boone’s wail was at a frequency that especially grated on Hugh!
Boone is our bug/gross stuff boy. Last week Calder saw a spider in the cabin and he called in Boone to take care of it. Boone is the one …