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What is done in kindness

Today, with my fellow blogfriends, we're exploring Random Acts of Kindness.

I had trouble this one and kinda left it to the last minute.  I had a lot of cool ideas, like giving out tuques/mittens/blankets to the homeless during a cold snap and there's always the buying coffee for the car behind you at Tim's.  
What I've realized though is that I'm kinda shy.  In fact the couple times I bought the coffee for the car behind me, I got all stressed out that they would follow me and thank me.
I'm weird that way.

"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men.  Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  "But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." - Matthew 6

So, I knew I didn't want to do something that would be very visible.  
In the end, I decided to help friends. I had two particular friends in mind, who just happened to be married.  And while my quest to make someone happy was rather last minute, it was a good time for it to happen to the particular friends I was thinking of.
You see, they've had a crazyass year and deserve a whole lotta good.  
Meet Alison and Mike.
Alison has blogged for me before, telling their story here and a little more about her life here.
But it's the story of this past year for them that needs to be heard.  Here's an excerpt from a Facebook post Mike did (that I stole to share with you) from December 21st, 2014. 

Morning all and happy Sunday!!!!
A year ago today my cancer journey began.
After a year full of going to several doctors a CT was ordered.
So on Saturday, December21/13, I woke up to start my day. We were living in Prince Albert at that time building our new house in Saskatoon. Emma's birthday party was booked at the Alfred Jenkins center for rock climbing in the morning. My ct was coincidentally scheduled at the same time. In my mind I knew something was wrong but with it being Emma's birthday I thought maybe I should rebook. Thankfully I didn't.
At the Victoria hospital I admitted myself and then met with friend Brenda Randal who works in radiology. I laid on the bed and Brenda said a contrast was ordered. I agreed and away I went. Prior to entering the ct I took a selfie of myself on the bed and sent it to Alison with the caption, "I love you". Crazy!!!!! A few minutes later Brenda returned. Concerned???? I asked, "what's wrong". She replied, "everything will be fine sweety". I knew something was up.
After the ct was completed I cornered the radiologist and asked what's up. He stated that I would have to talk to my family doctor. I knew in his eyes something was wrong. I persisted in questioning him and finally he asked if I had ever had trauma to my head or an injury. I said no to which he finally said there is an abnormality on the ct. I then left to Emma's birthday party. frown emoticon
I told Ali Bell at Emma's party what just occurred. That night I told Alison's entire family as we were all together for Christmas. I then contacted our good good friends lachelle and Stiaan Botha and told then of the news. Lachelle was my gp at the time until she moved to Calgary. So there I was.
On December 23 lachelle went into the office for me even though she was on maternity. That's when I got the call. She said she needed to see me immediately. I was just picking up Alison for lunch. I then went to Lachelle's office where she informed me of my situation and that I needed to go-to Saskatoon immediately for an mri to confirm the ct scan.
Away we sent to Saskatoon. After a long long night and finally being admitted I was given an mri the morning of December 24/13. That's when the rollercoaster dropped. A month later brain surgery with chemotherapy and radiation. The neurosurgeon told me after the surgery that if I would have left it six months to a year that I would probably not be here.
Life is good people.
Happy happy Sunday!!!!!!!!!
Mike has promised to share more of his story with me on this blog (once he sits down long enough to write it).  The guy never stops, I'm sure he showers in positivity and poops out rainbows.  But really, I'm just happy that he is with us.

So, my friends, I sent Ali and Mike & the kids supper, using the top notch food delivery service, Skipthedishes, which also happens to be the brainchild of my brotherinlaws.  They have had a lot to deal with and I know they could use a break.

Et voilà, a busy family is fed and most importantly, they know they are loved, loved, loved!
and of course, their food came 30-60 minutes late. Because you know, irony.

Check out what other goodness the other ladies are up to:


  1. What a great idea! I know they appreciated it! You are a great friend. We are lucky to have you!

  2. You are an amazing friend to two amazing people!!

  3. love that idea, you're too sweet!! Who doesn't love a work-free meal?!

    1. If only I could have got that chicken noodle soup to you when you were sick

  4. What a great idea! You are such a good friend, and I'm so glad to call you one :)! Hope Mike is doing better - what a scary journey. And as for SkipTheDishes - how cool is that?

    1. Skip is super neat and they are doing very well in Canada right now. Mike is also doing great, he's been cancer free !

  5. That is so awesome that you did that! :) What a great service.

  6. Wow! What a story! Loved your idea to provide a meal for a whole family!

    1. It's a crazy story and thankfully its a happy ending for them

  7. Deena, you make me laugh with your paranoia about paying for coffee and what might happen...only because I feel that way sometimes, too. The story about the meal for a family is wonderful. What a kind heart you have!

    1. I guess I kinda stayed in my comfort zone by doing something for people I knew already..ah well. It's so scary for me with strangers.

  8. What a lovely story and I pray for your friends continued healing. I'm sure they felt blessed by a meal being delivered right to their door.

    1. I was trying to completely surprise them but then decided against luck they wouldn't have been home when it was delivered.

  9. That was super sweet of you!

  10. Thank you for sharing this! It's very timely for a situation we're going through with a wonderful couple we know. You've given me so many ideas and extra inspiration. What a wonderful food delivery ideas, too! I need to a local service like that! Thanks again, Jen

    1. We've done organized homemade meal delivery too in the past for a friend. It's the little things that help out!

  11. Not gonna lie, this made me tear up. So sweet!


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