Friday, April 8, 2011

A note on kindness....

I am a lucky girl.

I am surrounded by people who may not be blood related to me, but are definitely my family. 

My "home team" is what I call them. 

You know, the people who have your back no matter what. The people who can walk into your house at anytime of day and walk straight to that cabinet with the cups and grab themselves a glass of water. The people who you instantly think to call as soon as you hear some fabulous or tragic news. The people that you "need" who don't cause drama or unnecessary fluff in your life. I have a group of those people here in my town. My people. I don't need a LOT of people in my life, but I need THESE people.

Yesterday, I needed to thank a few of these people. If you have followed this blog for a while, you are probably familiar that my best friend has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer for the last 18 months. If you know anything about this kind of cancer, you can probably pretty much guess how this time has been. Rough. Very rough. But we have managed. My home team has been my support. My backbone.

Yesterday, my friend was in the hospital for tests, tests and more tests. Yucky, not very fun tests. We spent the morning deep cleaning her house and getting beautiful tulips on the table...so when she got home she would have something to smile about. The morning was great. Taking the time to do what needed to be done. Sure, I knew I had work and emails to attend to but I knew that work would be there that evening and night. It would still be there. I needed to do this. 

I got home tired and ready to sit down in my office. To my surprise, my friends who I had just been cleaning with, were at my door ready to clean my house. MY house. They wouldn't take no for an answer. They knew I was stressed, stretched thin and tired. So I let them. I let my home team clean and clean. And I can't stop thinking about their kindness. 

Out of all of the characteristics that I could have, I just want to be KIND. I want to raise KIND little boys. Kindness goes so far in life. 

I wanted to do something for my girls so I made a treat and a cute topper using the Lemon Flower Stack. 



And my little tip....before you attach the bag topper, add your little note of thanks right on it. It will be a nice little surprise as they open up their gift :)


and because I know you want to know what these white little pieces of yumminess are...I swear they are the best thing you could ever eat on a spring day :)

Lemon Buddies

1 box Rice Chex
1 bag white chocolate chips
6 T. butter
Juice & zest of 1 lemon
approx 3 cups powdered sugar

In a microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, butter, lemon juice and lemon rind. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir. Microwave 30 more seconds. Remove and stir until smooth. Pour box of cereal into a large bow.. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal and stir until evenly coated. Add powdered sugar and continue stiring until every piece is white. 

One of the best things about this hobby that I {love}....how easy it is to make a card, a gift...something with your hands. Not costing much money. But it comes straight from your heart. Because it took time and energy and love to {create}. 

Thanks for letting me share. I don't do this very often but it feels good and it feels right to share this with you, my FRIENDS!! My blogging friends. 

Have a fabulous weekend :)

63 comments:

  1. What an awesome post.
    Thanks for taking the time to share it!
    I believe we can change the world with
    KINDNESS
    One act at a time!
    May your strength be restored as you have
    sought to serve others!
    XO!

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  2. Wow, what an amazing thing to hear - kindness really is a special thing that I strive to live with on a daily basis as well as show and teach to my boys! Your friend will be in my prayers!

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  3. beautifully touching post:) Hugs and prayer for your dearest friend!

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  4. What wonderful friends you have! Hold them close! I'm praying for your friend and her family that they may be blessed with courage, strength and hope.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! My hubby is a HUGE lemon fan, so I know he'll love this sweet treat! Love your packaging! I think I'll do this for our church's next bake sale.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    -Krissy
    www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com

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  5. So darn Cute! You have great friends and are a good friend back

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  6. I love this... I can't wait to get this stack

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  7. Oh Erin - you are truly lucky to have such wonderful kind friends :) I think they are lucky to have you too for you are obviously kind also. It was so sweet of you all to clean for your friend who is ill in order to brighten her day. I think that kindness is one of the greatest gifts of spirit that a person can have and I try to be kind and instill kindness in my children also. We teach by example so i am sure your boys will learn kindness from you :) I am glad you shared this with us.

    Thanks for the recipe and the cute topper idea! i love the Lemon Flower pack - one of my favorites of the new batch (I love them all) - so bright and cheery!

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  8. Very pretty! What great friends you have! TFS!

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  9. Thanks for Sharing!
    Makes me think of my "Home Team"

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  10. Yum, Lemon Buddies!! They didn't last long at our place, either! I love the idea of writing a note on the inside of the topper.

    Once again, you inspire me! Thanks, Erin

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  11. Thanks for sharing today Erin. I just got back from visiting a friend that is in a 'care facility' with stage 4 lung cancer. Her 48th birthday is this weekend and it's so sad that he children (23,18, and 6) will go on without their mother. So, I agree, be grateful for your home team because sometimes, it's the only team that can make things better for that moment. Have a great weekend!

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  12. What a wonderful post!! And you're right, it's amazing the difference help like that can be. I had a hysterectomy go wrong two months ago, long story short, I had a tube out my back to help me pee, was very restricted, and with 5 kids at home, that was difficult. But great friends made all the difference! I was amazed how helpful some meals that were provided could be. Paying it forward is the best way we can say thankful.

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  13. Wow! Your home team girls sound like some seriously amazing people! What a great thing to have in life Erin!

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  14. The best way to teach your boys kindness is setting the best sample and you seem to have that covered and that's the kind of people you have surrounded yourself with...so no worries:)
    ~Vanessa W

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  15. Thank you for a great "feel good" post! With all the troubles going on in the world today, it's great to know that kindness still reigns.

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  16. You are a lucky girl Erin!! We are a military family and when next February rolls around and we move to Oklahoma we will have moved every three years for the last twelve. And everywhere that we've been I've made a few special friends that I would consider my "home team" even though we are spread out all over the world at the moment. They are the ones that I call (and call me) without ever thinking of time differences. I may not see them for years but email and Facebook are our life lines. They are the only ones who understand that even when I'm happy a part of me is aching because my guy is in Korea and I can't be with him.
    So you are so lucky to have your "home team" and they are lucky to have you!
    Everyone could use a "be kind" lesson now and again. Thanks for giving me one on a day that I needed it.
    Melissa

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  17. Erin, that story brought tears to my eyes. Friends are such a blessing and you certainly have some wonderful friends. Thanks for the recipe too, I'm going to make those!

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your clean house!
    Leslie

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  18. WOW you do have some great friends. and what a great friend you are too. I think we take for grated far too often some of the best things we have in life, great friends and family!

    your recipe looks yummy, have to try it out :) thanks!

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  19. Thank you for sharing that Erin. You and all your friends are wonderful!

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  20. Well, this one just made me all teary-eyed. How lucky you are to have these awesome home team people in your life. And that they help to show your boys what really matters in life. Prayers and thoughts for you and your friend!

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  21. WOW, how sweet of them, and how sweet of you! Kindness is so important! Hugs- Glora

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  22. I sit hear reading this with tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat. You are all lucky to have each other. Thanks for sharing this.

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  23. What wonderful friends you have, and what a wonderful friend you are. I'm sure your boys will grow up to be kind men :)

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  24. You are so right. Thanks for such a great post! I know your boys will learn to be kind because you teach by example. Reading this made my day a little sweeter. Thanks for reminding me that there are so many wonderful people in the world.

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  25. Thanks for sharing this post with us. You have some wonderful friends there!
    The goodies sound wonderful, I think I might make them for the crop I'm going to tomorrow!

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  26. A bit of kindness can go a long way! How great of ALL of you!! Awesome project, I will be making this. It sounds sooo yummy!! TFS

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  27. What a wonderfully selfless gift! You all are incredibly generous gals.

    Blessings...

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  28. Thank you! For taking the time to share, everyone should have a great support system.
    Gloria

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  29. Ohmigosh, Erin! You have me in tears! What a lovely bunch of friends you have and what a great friend you are to them too! I just lost my younger sister to stage 4 breast cancer last May so it's coming up on the first anniversary of that devastating event. I still haven't gotten over the loss of her and probably never will as she was my best friend and crafting buddy. Your post touched a place in my heart that I have kind of been protecting lately lest it be hurt so badly again. Thank you and I send prayers for strength to you and your friend suffering with cancer.

    Blessings,
    Anne

    P.S. I'll be trying your recipe too.

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  30. This post brought a tear to my eye...from someone who's Dad is fighting 7 cancers, I get it! It sucks! I'm happy that your their for your friend, and that both of you have such a wonderful group in your corners. Best of luck and love to your friend!
    Dawn
    www.theinkedstamper.com

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  31. Wow this was an amazing thing to read! You are sooooo lucky. I will put your friends in my prayers. On another note, what a cute and yummy gift you made. So thoughtful! TFS!

    circlebenterprises.com

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  32. Thanks for sharing your story w/us! People forget how much we need to be kind, nice to each other. Your "home team" (and you) have not! It's refreshing to know and read about it. Prayers for your friend....

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  33. May the comfort of our Lord fill each of you. You are a blessed friend who has been blessed with friendship. I have prayed that peace fills each of you, and I will keep you in my thoughts during this difficult, stress-filled time. Thank you for posting.

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  34. How bless you are to have such wonderful kind friends.....love this package idea....will have to make some of your lemon treats.....thank you for always being kind and wonderful to us....

    PS....Can you send your friends to my house....LOL

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  35. It feels so good to recognize people for the kind things they do. What a sweet thank you and a sweet gift of thanks.
    Don't you think the paper choice you used just brightened this sweet bag of treats too. Great choice. Oh and, thanks for the recipe too.

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  36. This is such a nice thing to read. It is so good to see that there are still so many caring people who do things for others. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Hope you have a very Happy Easter!!

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  37. I love following your blog and look forward to the email updates! I don't always get a chance to comment, but just wanted you to know that I so appreciate your post today. Let us never forget the gift of kindness, either to give it or receive it. Your friends were just as blessed to give as you were to receive. Just wonderful. Love the little goodies you made, and I so agree that a little something homemade from the heart goes a long way. Enjoy your weekend my blogging friend.

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  38. You sure do seemed blessed to have good friends. Your project and goodies look great.Lemon Flower stack -I think is one of my most favorite ones so far.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  39. How awesome. You have some wonderful friends. What a very lucky girl you are.

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  40. What a touching post! The goodies sound and look awesome.

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  41. Erin, please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend. It is good to know that your team is so supportive!

    Thank you for sharing your lovely gesture of appreciation towards your friends. It is such a blessing to have one another.

    Take care,

    Renee

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  42. So glad to read such a beautiful post today :) Thank you for sharing that recipe too! I think I need to try making up a batch of that.... to share with some of my besties <3

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  43. Wow! It is amazing what cleaning a home with love & prayer can do! I had a neighbor whose mother & aunts were killed in a horrible car accident. I felt so helpless until I came up with the idea to clean her home, so many neighbors joined in! The ladies cleaned her house, the men did the yard. Yes, in the end, only kindness matters....

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  44. This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to make them! Your project is gorgeous too - LOVE that lemon flower stack!

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  45. I love this post. You really do have an amazing home team. I really enjoyed meeting the ones I didn't know at the zoo-to have faces to go with the names. You are very lucky! And of course, very talented. :) Love you sissy!

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  46. How big is the box of cereal you used?

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  47. You got me all teary eyed reading all that. Thanks for posting it. I love the idea.

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  48. Awesome idea! How did you attach the card to the ziplock?

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  49. I'd love to hear how you attached the card to the ziplock to!

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  50. me three (or four?) ... judging by the time that has passed, and the beast cancer is... I imagine either your friend has passed or is struggling through treatments. my heart goes out to you and your friend's family too. :(

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  51. I love this....will use it in our meals ministry. Thanks.

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  52. I know I don't know you and it may not be my place, but I'm going to share this with you anyways. I loss my sister to cancer and I wish someone had shared this book with me. I have since done a lot of reading about cancer. I would highly recommend this book:
    A Cancer Battle Plan by Anne E. Frähm
    I have bought many of these books off of amazon and given them away as gifts.

    http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cancer+battle+plan+frahm&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=6351840865&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14187707871409678013&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&ref=pd_sl_6zbq0ik8h4_b

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  53. Thanks for posting this so simple but so perfect way to package treats. Makes them just a little more special!

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  54. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to do this for my team!

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  55. I am a MOPS table leader. I am making these for the girls at my table. Did you punch a hole through the bag and all the paper? These are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. I LOVE the note on the inside! I did something similar for my daughter's birthday party.

    http://diyprojectsbynina.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-diy-party-favor-bags.html

    Next time I decide to make these again I'm going to remember the note. I just love that. :) Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

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  57. wow flavor is really good! but came out tasting soggy? what did i do wrong?

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  58. Love this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  59. I was really searching for such a nice post and got here...Thanks for sharing such a nice information, its beneficial for me...Keep sharing more.
    Scrapbook

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  60. I love this idea for a homemade gift to a friend! Could you pleeeeeze share how you attached the cute topper to the bag?? Staples? Tape? Craft glue? Ahhh! :) I'm itching to know how ya did it!
    Thanks so much,
    a brand new reader

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  61. One caution... I put my buddies into plastic zip lock baggies before they were completely cool, and the next day the cereal was mushy. No crisp left. Be warned. Lovely flavor, though!

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