Smitten With You

We cover a lot of ground at the House of Shine.

One day we might talk about finding your purpose, another day might be focused on balance or using your strengths, and still another could either be reflection on Highs, Lows, and Ahas, or the tale of my weekly experience with DO52™.

And while you may or may not see the connections, to me what each of those topics has in common is that they are about being your best self – about shining your way through life by creating moments and by being present in the moments that are given to you.

Today's post is about a simple moment my boys and I created for our terrific homework helper, Sandy. Sandy enthusiastically picks Matthew and Jack up from school every day and brings them home to oversee the boys doing homework. But along the way Sandy does so much more. She surprises them with occasional treats, plays games with them, cheers them on when the homework is frustrating, and supports them by showing interest in their outside activities and entrepreneurial dreams.

So yesterday we decided to turn the tables and surprise Sandy with a small holiday treat. With only 12 days left until school gets out, we created a countdown-to-Christmas, featuring “Twelve Reasons We Are (S)Mitten With You!”

Each mitten is cut from holiday paper and contains a small note inside revealing something specific that the boys appreciate about Sandy. Each of them wrote six. We strung the mittens together on fluffy white garland, and used small clothespins to hang them.

Day One was a hit as Jack, my first-grader revealed that one of the reasons he is smitten with Sandy is because, “You help me become a better reader.”

The idea strikes me as fun holiday surprise for students to give a teacher, one partner to give to another, or a team to present to their coach.

Shining is about using your life to improve the lives of others. Sometimes that's as simple as making and sharing a holiday craft.


Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 12/5/14 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Holidays,Home & Crafts

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