To start off, I will share with you what my 25 RAOKs were:
Now I have to admit, this was the happiest and most exciting birthday that I have ever experienced! And it was because I was so busy planning what I would do and how to focus on others, that I had absolutely no expectations! I was not worried about who had called, texted, or posted to wish me a Happy Birthday. It didn't matter! How refreshing that was!
|Here are the little cards that I tried to include with each act. TRIED, but did not always remember.|
|My first RAOK- delivering flowers to my sister-in-law at 5am before we set up their garage sale!|
|Setting up the adoption garage sale|
|Rocking the fanny pack while my hot husband looks on...|
|Write a love letter to my husband- while baby girl tries to play his guitar.|
|Returning grocery carts in the Target parking lot.|
|Removing trash too... I should have added that to the list!|
|Taping a coupon for dog food onto the dog food!|
|Doing RAOKs is SUPER tiring...|
|Our clothing donation (Thanks Closet Swap girls :))|
|This was such a cool find- we wanted to donate the clothes to a place that would give them away and not sell them. We were looking for shelters and safe houses, and nothing was working. We sent up a quick prayer for God to lead us somewhere, and seconds later we spotted this place from the road. After asking if they took donations (they usually take food, but were more than happy to take clothing), We met the pastor and his wife who run both the church and the outreach. Ironically, they also knew of Crossings Church, where our youth met, and said they had been dying to meet us! They told us that they had been so encouraged by our youth group and want to learn some things from us... cool right? We left feeling so encouraged, with new ideas, and with some new friends!|
|Taping coins to a vending machine...|
|Mailing out some special letters to some special ladies... they'll get them soon!|
|Dropping quarters in the park!|
|Daniel getting tricky with his quarters... hiding them in tough spots!|
|Leaving quarters in gumball machines!|
|At Walmart trying to go unnoticed...|
|My better half...|
|My last RAOK!!!!|
Later on we went into Safeway and bought some balloons and flowers for our next RAOKs. While walking through the store, I saw a sweet couple with a little one who had a helmet to correct his head shape. They were so cute! Later in the parking lot, I saw them getting into their car. I felt lead to give the flowers to her. I walked up to her car as she put baby in his seat and said "Hi. I just wanted you to know that you are an inspiration. I have a little one too, and I know it can be hard. These flowers are for you- thank you for being a mommy and working so hard". She was completely floored and speechless. She said "Really!? Thank you!" and started to tear up, so I did too. It's the little things.
Our final RAOK was to deliver balloons to my 2 and 3 year old nephew and niece. Who doesn't love balloons!?! Since they weren't home when we showed up, we tied them to the door and texted my sister to surprise them when they got home. Their reactions are precious...
What a fun day this was. I also asked all of you to do a RAOK in honor of my birthday, and here were some of the responses I received!
Terri- Aubrey, it was such a blessing to help with your birthday by doing RAOK's. I loved paying for the person behind me at Dutch Brothers Coffee and going to my mom's and helping her pack up for several hours. It is so rewarding. Xo hope it was a blessed birthday.
Vicky- I didn't do it today but at work on Thursday I left notes in a few coworkers boxes thanking them for being them and being in my life and that we get to work together. I got texts back saying how wonderful and appreciated it made them feel!
Michelle- I'm watching my grandson while his parents work, does that count?
Leesha- 100% tip at lunch this afternoon. Happy Birthday!!!
Kandice- Left change in the bill to change converter at bass pro shop.
Jennifer- I didn't shank the obnoxious woman who wouldn't shut up while getting a pedicure. Does that count? Kidding! (Although I think it would have been a RAOK to those of us stuck listening to her but I figured that wasn't the RAOK you had in mind) so instead I left the lady giving me my pedicure a 50% tip (I forgot to stop for extra cash. Oops). In addition, I took baked goods to a few of my neighbors. Also I sent random people texts telling them things like they were awesome and to have a good day.
Catt- So the family and I are in Roswell New Mexico for my hubby's football tournament and I was sooooo excited about your RAOK day because there are thousands of people here for the tournament and I knew we could do some RAOK ....my hubby bought his teammates some extra burgers for lunch and as I was walking into to Target to get diapers I noticed a homeless man sitting outside, and it clicked in my head that it was RAOK DAY!!! So I bought him some granola bars, crackers and water and when I came outside he was gone....and we saw him crossing the street so we chased him down and gave him his goodies thank you for such a great idea Aubrey hope you are having a wonderful day!! Xoxo
Jill- School's out for summer ... so Max brought in all the neighbors' recycle bins from the curb Friday mid-morn ... and we brought a CPK gift card to selfless Janie and her hubby who rarely splurge on anything. Feels good to do good. What an awesome birthday tradition, Aubrey. At Max's bd parties, in lieu of gifts, we invite guests to empty their pantries of extras for a gigantic group donation to the food bank.
Jennifer- I helped someone at work with a problem they had, since there were no supervisors around.
Kenny- Did it, can't share it. But thanks for the reminder Aubrey. The one prayer that is always answered immediately; Lord give me the opportunity to be of service to someone in need today.
Sarah- Tomorrow I am going with a group of my church to volunteer for the families affected by the tornadoes in OK. Sounds like an act of kindness to me :0)
Evan- I stayed over at work to help a new coworker find some much needed vaccine paperwork. It is so nice to help people without waiting for them to help.
Kassie- I just bought our cashier at Fry’s flowers on behalf of you- you should have seen her face when I told her they were for her!
Abbey- Random act of kindness was to pay for the order behind me! And my parents came and made my tree and lawn look beautiful again!
Stephanie- Found our opportunity as we stopped at the rest stop. Spotted these sweet folks sitting in the hot rest stop raising money for a community center project!