Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving next week, we would like to reflect on a few things we are thankful for:

Family: Our children, husbands, parents, in-laws & each other!  We are so grateful to be sharing our lives with them.

Our Health: Today we are all well, we pray for those who are sick.

Food, Shelter, Clothing: The basics every human should have.

Love.

God: The ability to love Him and to love each other.

What are you thankful for?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Appreciate the Good Stuff

As a counter to last week’s blog, Managing Disappointment, it’s always a good idea every now & again to take stock of all the good in your life. While it’s true that disappointment is a part of life, looking at things from a different perspective can really change your attitude.

What one thing can you be thankful for right now?  A roof over your head? Food in the pantry? The loved one you are sharing your life with, perhaps even a pet?  Even if you just walk outside, look around.  Is the sun shining?  These questions are not meant to diminish your problems but rather to lift you up and think about things from a larger point of view.  We can always find something to appreciate in life.  Look deep within or maybe right in front of you and you can too.

Thinking about things outside of life’s disappointments can put you into better spirits.  That good mood you keep yourself in is infectious and really does help spread good throughout the world. That smile or kind word you say to someone may help them to smile back, and hopefully pass it on to another.  There’s a ripple effect in your good outlook that spreads in a continuous effort to help make this world a better place.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Managing Disappointment

We have a phrase that we tell each other that helps keep disappointment at bay – keep expectations low. When you expect little to nothing, you’re never disappointed, right? Or when that glimmer of hope presents itself, you are then overjoyed because you have received more than you thought you would. Well, try as we may to keep our expectations low, disappointment still occurs. So what to do?

For us, talking about what’s on our minds and letting time pass seems to help the most. Let downs are pretty much a part of life (we can’t always get what we want), but getting over feelings isn’t quick or easy. Writing helps too and focusing on others. Looking outside of ourselves during times when inward reflections are bringing us down is a good antidote. We are continuing to collect food for our local pantries this month and next month we’ll help with a coat drive for the winter.

Disappointment is inevitable. Feel it…grieve it….let it go and move on.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fall Cleaning

With the cooler days approaching, our attention turns from keeping the outsides of our homes beautiful to the insides of our homes. Many people think of this time of year as “nesting time” when we prepare to spend many days indoors during the winter months. We prefer to look at it as a time of renewal and beautification; if we have to look as these same four walls for the next four months (at least) every day, why not spruce them up? If you have a lot of money to devote to a home project, that’s great. If you don’t, here are a few ideas that we are doing this fall that may inspire you:

*Clean out your basement. As the kids are getting older, the catch-all for baby toys has seen its day. Why not put an old chair or loveseat down there (as Holly did) and have the kids pitch in to help purge younger toys and books for a more tween/teen vibe?
*Paint one room (as Heather did). You will be ecstatic over the dramatic difference wall color can make. Even removing the pictures on the wall just to rearrange them will give the room an entirely new feel.
*Buy or make throw pillows, curtains, placemats or table runners (as our Mom did). Mom always buys the cutest seasonal fabrics and frequently changes her decor with her new creations. They make any room festive and cozy.

We may be preparing to hibernate for the long winter, but why not have a little fun while we’re doing it and enjoy our “new” caves?  Any other ideas from our readers?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Let’s Make a Difference

October 25th is our nation’s 24th annual Make a Difference Day. Started by USA Weekend Magazine in collaboration with other organizations, this day calls to action volunteers for community service.  Millions of people across the country will volunteer their time to help make this world a better place.  There are so many things you can do to help out in your community; many will be cleaning up local parks and community centers.  Either join a group or form one of your own!  To find out more information regarding volunteer efforts near you, search “Make a Difference Day” on line.  We can all help!

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