Day 18: Friends
Some of our closest friends, Don and Jess Buczek, invited us over for dinner. Don and I lived in the same hall for 3 years of college and Jess was in our wedding. They have an awesome son who is about to turn one, Caden. In reality they served us, with AMAZING salmon, broiled carrots/broccoli, fruit kabbobs, and pour over coffee. I did write them a note of encouragement and give them a bottle of “wine look-a-like,” grape juice.
Caden and I playing
Day 19: Family
The challenge today was to send a note of encouragement to my siblings in-law: Cam, Meg, Josh, and Ashton. I am not a good encourager and likely my sibling in-laws were surprised to receive a note from our household without Steph doing the writing. Besides being sibling in-laws they are also some of my closest friends.
Let me tell you a little about them:
Cam took my place as the most talented musician in the Hueni family when he married Meg (think Carnegie Hall good… ’cause he has actually played there). He looks for ways to serve others, which my father in-law takes full advantage of!
Meg is an uber-talented designer and extremely hard worker. She also is very sensitive to the needs of others.
Josh might be the funniest person I know. He is also one of the most loyal. I’ll also give a little shout-out here to his awesome saddle shop: www.horsesaddleshop.com.
Ashton might be the other funniest person I know. She is a nanny, which evidences her caring personality. Ash is really chill and always fun to be around.
Hilton Head with the family in 2011
Day 20: Pick up litter in a public area
This one took on us on a little journey. I first suggested we go to a nearby park and pick up litter. Well I am pleased to say that whoever works for the park system in Xenia is meticulous. I found two candy bar wrappers, that’s it!
So we went with Plan B and Steph dropped me off 4-blocks from our house and I walked home, picking-up trash along the way. My sack was full in 2-blocks.
I learned people only litter stuff that is “bad” for you. I didn’t find any water bottles, carrots, or Bibles. I did find pop bottles, cigarette packs, carryout bags from McDonalds, a half-eaten bag of chips, and more cigarette packs. The road I was on is well traversed and I received many interesting looks. At first I was a little nervous about people seeing me. Then I realized, what are they going to do? Stop and say, “Hey stop making our community look nicer.”
If you haven’t been with me throughout this Birthday Giving Challenge check it out from the beginning.