Confession 184: Summer is Short and So Is Your Patience

As we are going to be gallivanting through the realms of Disney World this week, I asked my fellow bloggy writer and friend Amy Sullivan to guest post this week. Amy has devoted this year and her family to the practice of gracious giving.  And in the process, she has pushed me to think more of and attempt to do more with all that God has given to me.  This post will give all of us mom’s needing things to do a head start for the summer!!  Be sure to check Amy out at  Amy Sullivan!

When The Summer is Long and Your Patience is Short
After running through sprinklers loses its appeal and swinging and swimming grow old, your kids may be driving you insane  searching for something constructive to do during the lazy days of summer.
Seize this opportunity and bam! Hit your darlings with fun, service projects they can complete right from your home.
Check out a few favorites:
Make a Child Smile. Write letters and send words of encouragement to children who are chronically ill.
Plan an Almost Sleepover. Kids from every state in the USA are participating in an Almost Sleepover to help raise money for your child’s local charity of choice. Discover the details and start planning your own sleepover.
Feeling crafty? Check out one of Craft Hope’s latest projects. In Project 12, kids make bracelets to send to kids in Russia, and Project 13 encourages crafters to create security blankets for tornado victims. Not crafty? No problem. Step-by-step instructions are available.
Too little to craft much? Color A Smile collects and distributes crayon drawings to nursing homes and Meals on Wheels programs across the country.
Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Here’s to helping raise souls generated by love and filling our summer days with purpose.

18 thoughts on “Confession 184: Summer is Short and So Is Your Patience

  1. lori says:

    definitely love the quote, and of course the ideas are wonderful. i'll be printing them out to have on hand for "those days" because they will come! 🙂

  2. Slamdunk says:

    Wonderful ideas Amy. We have just been thinking about summer and keeping the kids occupied–I should include potential service activities in our plans.

  3. Amy Sullivan says:

    Jen,Yeeeahhh! You, Alicia, and I need to do some kind of fun combo thing together. We have narrowed it down to two charities for the Almost Sleepover. We are going to visit the second one next week.So fun we are doing this together.

  4. Amy Sullivan says:

    Joybird,Yes, that's what I love about Color a Smile, and how many pieces of "art" do we have lining our own fridges already? We can pass a few items on!

  5. Michelle says:

    Amy these are great ideas. I have been thinking about planning my summer so that it goes easier. These will be helpful when I do it.Thanks.

  6. Tiffini says:

    I am all for this Amy – I immediately think of Gabi. I continue to read posts from her mom on how people from all over…even ones she has never met are writing her and sending her gifts. This is what the " church " is all about isn't it? I love the heart gave you for giving love, joy and hope to others and setting the example for your children to see. xo

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