summer service list

i just showed you our summer list (its also pictured below) – a gigantic list of all the fun activities we hope to do as a family this summer.

but i began to think that we should do more.  and not more for us, but more for others.  i am always telling the kids to think of others first, but we don’t always put it into practice.  with the extra free time summer provides, i thought this would be a perfect time to put our words into actions!

in case you can’t read them all, here’s whats on our list:

– write letters to grandparents – drop a vase of flowers at a friend’s house – surprise someone with donuts – bake cookies for a neighbor – donate old toys – get smoothies for friends – give a “just because” gift – do your sibling’s chores – deliver cookies to the homeless – order pizza for a friend – donate proceeds from a lemonade stand – write letters to friends – baby sit for a friend

we have our summer service list right above our summer list, right at eye level.

what would you put on your summer service list? we’d love more ideas!


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    Fantastic idea!! I have a summer list going but this is a great additional list of things to do! My kids love doing things like you listed! I am stealing!!!

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    Do something in a local nursing home. My children’s church choirs have sung in them and then delivered handwritten notes to the residents. That might be a blessing to those who don’t get visitors.

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    Totally copying you.
    And PS, you know, I like donuts. ;)

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    This is awesome. Such a great way to teach the kids the joy of serving others. I also like how it’s right there with your summer list as a visual reminder of including service to others along with your summer fun. I’m going to create both of these lists with my kids this year! Thanks for the great ideas!

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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    Oh my gosh…thank you!!! This has been weighing so heavily on me as we also have our “summer bucket list”, but want to do more for others! I KNOW this will be a way to get my kids excited about serving others! Can’t wait to make our list!

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    That is awesome! What a great idea. We have done a summer fun list for two years not but I love the idea of service iideas. What a great reminder for our kids. How neat.

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    Jen Clause says:

    What a great example you are showing your children or serve others, love that you also added the verse. My daughter is only 2 but will definetly copy this idea when she gets older.
    So I have been following your blog since Jan and I was tellling a friend (Christina Wood) that I think she would love your blog. She proceeded to tell me that she knows you. Small small world.

    Jen Clause

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    I love this! You asked for more ideas…I actually do a service and fun summer bucket that helps promote gratitude. I have all of our ideas and details on this post:

    I will be using some of your ideas too! I love the writing letters to grandparents one.

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    Even though I work full time away from home, I’m going to try this out w/ my kids. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

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    Melanie says:

    i love that idea! I think that is just what my family needs this summer. Thanks for sharing!

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    LOVE it! What a wonderful way to give back!!

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    I love both your summer lists. You might check with your local animal shelter to see what they need–my daughter’s Brownie troop just made dog treats and rice warmers for our shelter.

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    What a beautiful idea!

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    You’re, like, a GENIUS! What fantastic ideas both of your lists are. I’m totally copying you- I hope you don’t mind.

    Oh, and by the way, about what your neighbor said to you about looking like you were going to a party every day – good for you! Life should be celebrated EVERY DAY and looking nice for a celebration is all part of the deal. Thank you for your WIWW posts and keep up the great dressing, blogging, parenting and sewing – I love it all and am sooooo inspired by all that you share.

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    Because one point was ‘Doing your siblings chores’ – what chores do your kids have, when did they start to have them and how did you distributed them among your kids?
    Even though I’ve been a mom for 8 and a half years now and we have three kids this is a huge point I am struggling with. My husband works in another town for 4-5days/week so everything’s on my shoulders. Which exhaust me a lot.

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    You always inspire me with the thoughtful things you do with your children. I enjoy reading your blog and looking at the pics you post!

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    What a great idea!!! I may have to do something similar with my girls! :)

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    Such a great idea!

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    Fantastic inspiration – thank you!

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    This is a fabulous idea! I am going to create one with the kids this weekend! Thanks for sharing.

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    What a great idea. I love it!!

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    Great ideas! Thank you! I might add something environmental, like (safely) picking up litter near the road, or being in charge of the recycling.

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    Sarah B in VA says:

    Love this! How about some helpful tasks at church? We have families who come for a few hours and clean/sanitize toys, stock pens in the back of the chairs, stuff bulletins, decorate for VBS, etc. You can also prayer walk at your kids’ schools right before the school year starts, or in your neighborhood to pray for the families in your community. And what if you hosted a backyard movie night and invited your whole street or neighborhood? That could be a great way to meet new friends! :) Maybe also add “invite a friend to church”. I just love this idea!! I’m going to have to make a similar list for my family. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Thank you for this list!!! What an awesome idea! We talked about it in church yesterday & I plan to implement a few of them with my family :)

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    Love your list! We have talked about having a garage sale and donating the proceeds to our Compassion kids, but I like the idea of a simple lemonade stand also!

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    This is great! I’m including it in a Gimme Five for Friday post on summer service ideas. Thanks for the inspiration : )

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    Your lists, particularly the summer service list, are timeless! Thanks for the ideas!

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