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See a Need. Fill a Need. Drop in an Egg.

February 21, 2012





The milk spilled everywhere on Fausnaught Day.

The baby dusted the sugar from her hands and swiped the full  cup ,splashing the milk  all over the counter and floor.  It dripped down the stools and overflowed the grout lines on the kitchen floor.  This all happened after she snuck out of her nap and found a marker and colored on her face and hands…and after she found her sister’s chapstick and ate it…So she had been on quite a tear by the time  she caused the milk to  fountain down the levels of my kitchen. I closed my eyes and heaved a big sigh as the milk encircled my feet….all I could feel was chaos in my being.

“I got it momma,” said Bel as her nine year old self  knelt down at my feet paper towels in hand.

We knelt together…sopping up this accident together.


I whispered it trying to talk through the frustration which was strangling my throat and my teeth locked in tension …”thank you.  I appreciate your help.”  Bel smiled at me and  went back to her school work.

I went to find the plastic eggs we use every year at the start of Lent…..

The rules are for someone to catch you being selfless…you can’t announce it…you can’t come tell me you did it…

someone else can tell me of how they were helped or I can see it…

Then I give you a plastic egg to put in the jar

For forty days we strive to fill up the jars… to exercise our ability:

to see a need…and fill a need without being asked.

So we are starting it a day early this year, because I need it.

I need to acknowledge those who are willing to help

… I handed her the egg…and all the kids heard the familiar plunk.

Last year it began a race amongst all the kids to see who could drop in the most eggs.

So the race starts a day early….

See a need. Fill a need….Get an egg.
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  1. emily m. permalink
    February 21, 2012 3:41 pm

    oh man, sorry for your chaos…those faustnaughts look yummy, praying, this season we are entering into, brings with it, settled peace. I pinned your egg idea, now where did you get those lovely pastel eggs?

    • February 21, 2012 4:39 pm

      Oh thanks friend,
      I picked those eggs up a few years back at michaels craft store… But I saw them recently at both Joanns and michaels…so it should be easy enough to find… You could use anything really…we were going to use marbles … However I had a baby(Zim) when we bought them…so I opted for the eggs since they are less of a choking hazard.

  2. February 21, 2012 4:09 pm

    What a beautiful visualization. I will fill my pretty jar, with eggs similar to yours, and set it in a visible place as a reminder of this……. You continue to bless me T.

  3. Carol permalink
    February 21, 2012 4:34 pm

    A Very Good Reminder!! You are a breathe of SONshine T!! Love you!!

  4. February 21, 2012 5:10 pm

    What a lovely idea! I miss mine being little, because these practices are good for me as well!

  5. February 21, 2012 6:37 pm

    Oh…how I remember those days….and I love the picture of your little one. Like kd…wish(well not completely) mine were of the age….sweet idea…will be fun to see a picture when lent is done…
    Blessings and happy egg hunting:)

  6. February 23, 2012 4:05 pm

    This is b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. Thanks for sharing the moment and the idea.

  7. February 24, 2012 9:47 pm

    What a wonderful lesson you are teaching. I would love it if you would share at our Sharing Saturday party ( Thank you!

  8. February 27, 2012 9:50 am

    I loved this post and the images-you almost feel you are right there, they are so clear and beautiful-thank you! I would be greatly honoured if you were to choose to include Seasonal Celebration in your linky list. What a great blog you write! Do pop over and take a look, it would be great to see you there!

    Rebecca x

  9. March 1, 2012 7:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you will share with us again this week!!

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