Wednesday, March 3, 2010

a full bucket

a few weeks ago, connor's principal read this book to the entire school during an assembly. then his teacher challenged the class to be "bucket fillers." the theme is that we all walk around each day carrying an imaginary bucket. we get our bucket filled or emptied during the day based on the actions of others. "bucket fillers" spread kindness and love through the use kind words, patient attitudes, and helpful actions. and our buckets are emptied by cruel words, insensitive attitudes, and selfish actions. the children really caught on to this concept and began filling buckets and turning each other in for being a "bucket filler."

I tell you this story, because my bucket is full to the point of overflowing. thanks to my most wonderful birthday weekend. I felt so cherished. thank you all for showing such love to me!

01. I was able to have a solo lunch date with my mom and dad on Friday. hearing "we're proud of you" meant the world to me, thanks.
02. my sister gave me the most wonderful gift...a pandora clock charm representing the gift of time...for a solo trip to her house for a sister weekend. I was truly touched, kath.
03. my best friend, lisa, shared her amazing sewing skills by making me four shoe bags. after finding the tutorial out on this blog, I mentioned it would be nice to have a few for all of our travels. it only takes a word...thanks lease.
04. a surprise delivery from paula blessed me with the most amazing flowers!
05. then on my special day (that I share with my dad and nephew), mark wrote this amazing post. it made me cry. many thanks to all the commenters...I cried after each one.
06. and just when I thought my bucket could hold not another blessing, mark surprised me with a mac! a new computer was SO needed and SO appreciated. more than I deserve, sweet...thanks.
as this week has progressed, I've had a lighter step and a focus on all things loving and kind. may my forty second year be spent filling buckets!

12 comments:

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a wondeful celebration!

Meg said...

Happy belated birthday, Kristyn! It looks like you had a very wonderful day--your bucket is indeed full!

larissa said...

Happy belated Birthday to you Kristyn! Everything sounds so wonderful. And you truly deserve each blessing that you receive because you are a 'bucket filler' for so many - myself included. May your year be full of love, laughter and good times with family and friends! Can't wait to come here and read about all the blessing that this year has in store for you!

Jessica said...

What a wonderful family you have. So HAPPY that you had an amazing birthday! You deserve every single blessing!

I love the fact that the principal of your sons school read that book and encouraged them in such a profound way! That's awesome.

xx Jess

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Wow -- it sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! (And a happy belated one to you as well). I love the bucket-concept. And I'm sure your deserved that Mac. My son has one and I'm in awe of all he can do. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Love you Aunt Kristyn. You're the best.

Maggie

stitching under oaks said...

you're such a bucket filler...so glad you got yours filled. I've gotta know what was in that fancy pants present from Katie...oooo la la! Happy Birthday girl again.

Tom said...

You've filled my bucket many times. Thank You ... Uncle Tom

a friend to knit with said...

you are a bucket filler. every single day of your life.

i love that book...
i am SO glad you had a beautiful day...
YOU deserve it!

Gigi said...

Oh Kristyn, Happy Birthday to You & many many many many more! We feel so blessed to have gotten to know you & your sweet family through your lovely blog.
Hugs & fluffy bunnies to you ;-),
G

Rebekah said...

It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful birthday! I love the analogy of the bucket filler.

Heather said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kristyn, it looks like it was a wonderful day! I think that I am going to have to go off and make a few shoe bags. My husband would love those for his travels.