Quiet Kindness

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know of my mortal fear of sharks. So the feature image might not seem to match the title or my theme of shark avoidance and utter chickenness. But hold on, there is a point.

In this season of political ugliness, I just wanted to share some kindness. My family and I have been the recipient of so much of it over the past two years. The acts that speak volumes to me are often the simple, quiet touches that no one may ever hear about. There is much good out there.

I got a package in the mail after I wrote about my necklace – which is a substitute for the shark’s tooth necklace Kylie and I wanted. In it, were three teeth (that I’m sure were plucked from a live great white) and a very kind note. The sender and I are both parents. While one of us had no luck in finding and one found an abundance, each of us savored the special moments with our children – and that’s what it’s all about.



Thank you, Donna. I truly appreciate your kindness. It is a call to action for all of us to share from our abundance, whatever that may be.

An Introduction to Kylie

Today is Kylie’s birthday. At Perimeter Christian School, they are celebrating by committing to the kindness, joy, and selflessness that embodied Kylie (and of course, wearing yellow).  For new children who didn’t know her, one of Kylie’s favorite teachers, Jean McConaughy, wrote this beautiful Introduction to Kylie so that they would understand the purpose behind the day:


Let me introduce you to a very special young lady, Kylie, known around the world as “Smiley Kylie.” All of her young life, Kylie loved to smile, but more than that, she loved to bring smiles to the faces of others! Kylie loved Jesus with all of her heart and oh, how she loved to sing praise songs to Jesus. She even created some of her own! When she was in my classroom, we started each day with songs. One she often asked for was a simple chorus written by Honeytree, one of the first contemporary Christian artists. “I’m gonna believe that God is up to something good. I’m gonna believe that God is up to something good. When I don’t understand the things that happen in my life, I’m gonna believe that God is up to something good.”  Read More