Today my mom turned 65. Happy birthday mom!!
I am so blessed to have the mom I have. She is an encourager, a role model, an amazing grandma to my kiddos, and one of my best friends. Of course growing up it was hard to imagine my mom every becoming a friend. But even in the worst of the teenage drama when we couldn’t see eye to eye, I always knew I had a great mom.
Remember how we celebrated Lily’s birthday by doing random acts of kindness? Well that was inspired by my mom reading a post by Ann Voskamp that got my mom’s wheels turning about her own upcoming 65th birthday. Everything I know about generosity I learned from my parents, so it doesn’t surprise me that my mom would want to spend her birthday giving back to others. But she is taking it up a notch.
For her 65th, my mom sent out “Christmas letters” early. In them she challenged others to do 1 or 65 or 650 acts of kindness from now until Aug 31, 2014 which is my dad’s 65th birthday.
For her birthday we chose to donate $65 to World Vision through their gift catalog (which she doesn’t know yet because her disorganized daughter didn’t get her card together). Next weekend we will be going out as a family and coming up with other ways to bless those around us in some way tying into the number 65.
It would make my day (and my mom’s) if you would join in the fun with our family and others around the country who received her letter. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my mom than to give to others. Here are some ideas if you want to participate:
- Call someone at 6:50 to tell them they are loved
- Gather 65 things from around the house to give to a charity
- Make a list of 65 things you are thankful for and share it with others
- Carry envelopes of $6.50 in your purse and find people to bless throughout the week
- Give $65 to a charity you have been meaning to support
Involve your kids. Involve your family. it can be elaborate or super simple. But if you participate, all I would ask is that you comment back here with what you did. I don’t really have enough klout on my own to go viral, but if ever there was a time for my klout to work some magic, now would be that time. Could you spread the word about this too?
Happy birthday mom. You continue to bless everyone around you and I am honored to be your daughter. For so long I wanted to be you when I grew up. Now in a small way I am. Thank you for setting an incredible example for me to follow.