Thursday, March 27, 2014

Serving In Memory of My Grandma

My grandma passed away a year ago this month.  It wasn't sudden.  In fact, it was (kind of) expected for over 10 years.  She was amazing. Strong. Beautiful. Loving.  She's inspired me to be better more times than I can count.

That's (one of the many reasons) why I wanted to use her as inspiration for this month's Mommy & Me Monthly Service Challenge.

I honestly didn't know how Paige & I were going to serve within the challenge for the month when I sent out the email (the challenge was 'reading' because my grandma loved to read).

The first day of March, I had this nagging feeling that I needed to make dinner for a lady in my neighborhood.  Her mom had passed away about 2 weeks ago.  I tried to brush that nagging feeling aside because... well, I'm not the best cook.  Really.  Take my word for it.

The nagging feeling would not leave me. 

The next day, I was rummaging through my Pinterest board for recipes as I was planning our meals for the week, I found a recipe that looked like a fun treat to try.  I bought the ingredients & a few days later found some time to make it with Paige for our neighbor.  I finally realized as we were making the Chocolate Dipped Clementines, that I had (unintentionally) been wanting to do this in memory of my grandma.  Once I realized that, I remembered the Monthly Service Challenge & was excited to realize that we were reading the recipe... that counts, right?!

I wrote a quick note to my neighbor & let her know I couldn't stop thinking about her all week, then attached it to the plate of goodies.  

We dropped the treat off to my neighbor and left them with her husband without talking to her because I didn't want to make a big deal out of it.

Later that day, I had an extra chocolate covered clementine so I gave it to my husband.  Rick told me it was, "way better than the Chocolate Orange Sticks that my grandma & I buy at Christmastime".  Rick had no idea that I was doing this in memory of my grandma.  But when he said that, it just made me feel like my grandma knew about my efforts and appreciated them.

It was too neat to be just a coincidence. 

I think it was meant to be that I do that act of kindness...

... and the effects were more for me than for my neighbor.  

I have no idea the impact of this on my neighbor, but I hope she knows she's loved.

Have you ever felt like your act of kindness was more for you than for those you served?  
Tell me about it below!!

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