A Year of Smiles – Day 214


Yes. We’ve jumped on the bandwagon. But what a fun and inspirational bandwagon it is! Have you heard about these groups that are organizing to paint rocks, hide rocks and search for rocks in their communities? The idea is to gather up some rocks, decorate them with all sorts of designs, inspirational quotes, etc., hide them around town for people to find and while you’re hiding them, search for rocks other people have hidden. Oh, and if you find a rock, you’re supposed to re-hide it elsewhere. What a neat idea! This has kept many a family busy during the boring summer months. It has also motivated people to get out of their houses and to visit all kinds of local businesses, parks, places of worship and more.

Children everywhere are having mom check the pages of their local Facebook group for clues as to where the rocks are hidden and then pushing parents out the door to race to find these rocks. What joy these rocks are bringing to these kids! But on the flip side, some of these kids are experiencing extreme disappointment upon the discovery that the rock they were seeking has already been found! The good thing is there are many a conscious rock painters watching for posts about disappointed kids and are making it their mission to ensure these kids find a rock. It truly is awesome to watch!

Well, I’m done watching! Tonight, at Kids Central in Albany, GA, we painted about 35 rocks that will be hidden all over our community.  Take a look:



That’s 35 SMILES we’ll be sharing with our little world!! My only wish – to actually see the faces of the rock seekers who find these crazy rocks!


A Year of Smiles – Day 193


“Sushi?” one of the kids asked.

“Yep! You’re gonna love it!” I replied.

He did.  And so did all the other kids.  Why wouldn’t they?  The only ingredients were sugar, sugar, crisped rice cereal and sugar!  (Sorry, Mom and Dad!)

But we worked off that sugar high with a water balloon fight!  It’s all good!

People say to me all the time, “I don’t know how you do what you do. I couldn’t work with all of those kids and still keep my sanity. You must be a saint.”

No, you don’t have to be a saint to work with these kids. All you need is a little bit of understanding and a whole lotta love. And as for sanity?  It’s overrated!  You gotta be a little crazy to feed 32 already hyperactive kids a bunch of sugar and then hand them a bucket of water balloons!

Ah, but I love it. Working with these children is so much fun and a sure-fire way to find a whole lotta SMILES.



A Year of Smiles – Day 165

Reason to SMILE #165: BLUE FROSTING 

The Scene: Snack Room on a Wednesday night at church

The Snack: Sugar cookies shaped like surfboards

The Group: Six year old boys and girls

The Instructions: Decorate your own surfboard cookie with frosting and sprinkles. DON’T PLAY WITH THE FROSTING!

That one kid: 

His response: “What? Don’t judge me!”

How could I not SMILE at a blue faced little boy enjoying such a yummy mess?