Today is the day that we have been invited to join together in a worldwide effort to fill the world with light. The #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign from Mormon.org is inspiring millions to count down the days to Christmas with daily acts of service. As followers of Jesus Christ we are invited to follow him, to do as he did. Mormon.org has made this easy by creating a calendar of 25 ways to serve in 25 days, each day representing a teaching of the Savior or a principle he lived by. I love the suggestions. Some are so simple. CLICK HERE to see all of their suggestions so that you can plan ahead for your family.
I love the images in this video that show how our actions can truly mirror the Savior’s service. But I know that serving with kids can sometimes be a challenge, being a mom of 6 under 12 years I know! So I have challenged myself to get out and photograph families doing service so that I can learn how they do it. I will be posting these photos all month long and sharing the insights these families share with me. It has already made me braver than I usually am with service and kids. I am so thankful for fearless friends who have shown me that serving with littles ones is possible and a joyful experience.
Michelle from Trust Me, I’m a Mom is one of those fearless friends that gave me and my children a rich service experience just a few days ago. She organized a “play date” at a nursing home where we colored pictures. One of the mothers who also attended said that in the winter it just gets difficult to have a pay date and this was one idea they had for an indoor meet up.
I loved seeing the children hard at work on their pictures. Even the smallest ones took great pride in their coloring.
It was neat coloring them in the nursing home and then delivering them to the sweet elderly people right away.
The joy on the faces of those receiving such a simple gesture was truly the best thing to witness.
This really was a great activity for young children. It as short and sweet and the kids felt welcome there.
But even my older kids loved it.
I was drawn to Michelle because of her love for serving with her children and really admired that her blog is focused so much on serving with kids! I wanted more of that in my life and am so grateful I met her.
I am truly thankful for her example and for organizing this opportunity to help kick off this season of service. To follow her on Facebook for more ideas on serving with kids CLICK HERE.