Thank you Card & Wonderful Surprises!

January 7, 2013 at 11:31 am 25 comments

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Good morning! It’s a Monday and I’m pretty thankful!! Thankful for so many things and overwhelmed from the weekend.
This card is just using ink and Hero Arts stamps. Simple.
The little hanging embellishment just came off one of my boys’ shoes. Too cute to throw away!!

You know it was my Birthday.
And a large one.
Some would say a depressing one.
Maybe just a significant happening- or a milestone. Possibly an occasion to reflect – but to give thanks? Definitely!!

In order not to feel sorry for myself that decrepit might start to describe me, I decided to take action.
So.. We planned and organised and created and had an absolute ball. You can’t read about the post that started it all as some one somewhere has temporarily suspended access to the link. Suffice to say- we did 40 random acts of kindness and it was a day we’ll never forget.
Here’s a picture of us loaded up and ready to go.

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We had already delivered some flowers which had been reduced but were still in perfect condition ( I like to think that was Tesco’s random act of kindness!)
We gave them out to a few people and their reactions were really moving. I tell you- it was better than any birthday gift. You might want to try this- it’s a completely amazing experience and quite humbling as you see what effect a tiny simple act does to someone else.

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It was an utterly family project and we taped a choc bar to the front door for the postie. Love that he replied with ‘ta’. It’s probably best not to describe in too much detail how removing that sign then took the paint off our front door ( oops- that’s a job for this week!!).

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Most of the RAK’s were simple and inexpensive- cupcakes, little toiletry packages to the local old people’s home- some were really different like this one.

20130107-110553.jpg..as I drove by the next day- the sign was still up with some of the little ‘compliments’ having been carefully removed.
Some of them were fun

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Some were practical-

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And others were wacky.
One lady was spotted by my kids and they wanted to give her some chocolate. Each item had one of these one..

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The lady they gave it to needed it explaining a couple of times ( we got that reaction – a lot!!). On our way out we passed by the same lady. She stopped the kids and said that the kindness needed repaying. I replied ‘oh , no, it really doesn’t’. She insisted and gave each of the kiddos a £1 coin. They were stunned, we were grateful and everyone was smiling.

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One of the most bizarre was probably one of the cards I sent. I went on a postcode site and randomly selected an address. I have no idea who lives at the address I wrote to. I didn’t leave my details or surname- just penned a brief encouraging message. I smile when I imagine the shock someone got when opening it. He he!

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We bumped into some people we knew and that was fun. One of the heartwarming things was when I left a box of chocolates out for the binmen. They hadn’t turned up when they were supposed to and a card and the chocs were taped to a bin but not addressed to them. A man knocked at our door with the chocolates in hand.
“Hi mate “( he said to Steve)
“Can I have these”
“Yes” said Steve “they’re all yours”
“Really? Oh thankyou mate, thankyou so very much” ( or something similar!)
He stuck his thumb up at Steve and left with a big toothless smile.
Just a brilliant experience. I would encourage you to do something similar. You won’t ever regret it.
Some of the ideas you’ll find floating around the Internet are amazing and would cost lotsa pennies. We did ours on a shoestring. I’m not convinced you need to spend oodles of cash. Yes, it would’ve been lovely to hand out gift cards and the like. But we did our pared down version and it still worked.
The surprises weren’t over.
We came home about 3:30pm- and I was shattered! Steve came home a bit later and presented me with a Birthday cake…

20130107-111939.jpg…that HE had made himself!!
What a guy! It tasted amazing. Had fresh raspberries ( my fave!) & I was so impressed. Loved it.
Then.. I was lured inaccurately to my lovely friend Helen’s house and there were a bunch of my best friends waiting to surprise me with a party!
I didn’t get any pics of them- but this was the present table

20130107-112218.jpg my friend Kate Moss is a wonderfully creative person and she’d come up with the idea. The presents were either ‘bottles’ or ‘books’ to go with ‘baker’ ( my surname!) and there was Jazz music, a table heaving with desserts

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One of my lovely friends Gill had made the most awesome carrot cake birthday cake and then was too ill to come 😦
Here’s ‘some’ of it!

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Then lastly, out of the blue, to top it all off- some great friends of ours were too ill to go to an overnight hotel break and GAVE it to us Saturday morning.
So Steve & I spent a day here..

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And by the time we’d come home, picked up our kids from the 3 families’ we’d deposited them in and spent the day with some friends from church, I can honestly say it was truly one of the best weekends of my life.
Thanks to many of you for the beautiful cards, gifts, messages and surprise party attendance.
I am blessed beyond compare having you all in my life!
xxxx

PS- my daughter randomly picked out the blog candy winner— JESSI! Jessi, please send me your address to the email at the top right of the blog! Thanks everyone xx

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  • 1. dianne  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    wow what a great idea , my 50th birthday is this Wednesday i may need more time for my acts of kindness xxx but well done to your and yours xxx

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  • 2. Ros Crawford  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:44 am

    What a wonderful post!! Happy Birthday … hope your card arrived … I am sooo glad you had such a great time … giving things away is just what I would expect of you and what a lovely hubby … that cake looks divine!!

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  • 3. June K  |  January 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Such a heart warming kindness. Happy belated birthday wishes. (Wow, your husband certainly can bake)

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    • 4. kerenbaker  |  January 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Thankyou June- its really lovely of you to comment! x

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  • 5. Jessi  |  January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love that you documented it with pictures! Your kids are seriously going to love looking back & remembering how much joy this brought to so many people (overlooking the door, of course. Yikes!). And it shines through how very lucky and blessed you feel – I am so happy for you 🙂
    And of course, now I’ve actually absorbed that OH EM GEE that is my name.
    *thud*

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  • 6. vickiscraft  |  January 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    So glad you enjoyed your birthday, you truly deserve it and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from you, giving presents to others on ‘your birthday’ you truly are a beautiful person 😉

    Big hugs xx

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  • 7. TiaraHelen  |  January 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I had to read this post twice before I fully understood what you have been up to this weekend! What a great idea and a fabulous learning experience for your kids. I love it. And you obviously deserve all that good luck and love that came back to you as well. I’d be very interested to see the website that inspired you, as my 50th is coming up and I would love to do the same for that.

    Happy Birthday!

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  • 8. Jeanne Thomas  |  January 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    That was so lovely to read, and just like you Keren to do something for others on your birthday. Glad you enjoyed it. What a wonderful idea. Lots of love and hugs xx

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  • 9. karen123abc  |  January 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Love the RAK ideas tied to a birthday! You and your children will long remember this, I’m sure! Happy belated birthday and Happy 40’s! (They’re really not so bad!)

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  • 10. Sonia  |  January 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    What an amazing idea Keren!! Inspiring is all I have to say!
    Happy 40’s!!

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  • 11. tsurutadesigns  |  January 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    oh my goodness…what a fantastic post. What a magnificent way to spend your birthday. I love how the kids were involved in your birthday project.

    happy happy birthday!

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  • 12. Cheryl  |  January 9, 2013 at 1:43 am

    How wonderful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your day with us.

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  • 13. Carole Waechtler  |  January 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I too very much enjoyed reading your post! You are such an inspirational and lovely lady. Hugs C x

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  • 14. Jo Docrafts Austin  |  January 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I always knew you were such a special lady – your beauty within shines through!

    Lots of love, Jo.

    PS. I have linked to this post on my blog – http://www.joaustin.co.uk, I hope you don’t mind!

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    • 15. kerenbaker  |  January 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Jo- that’s kind! Hope it inspires someone else to do it! How was all the filming and star lifestyle at the weekend?!!!

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  • 16. Libby Hickson  |  January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    This is so amazing Keren, I absolutely LOVE IT!! Such a wonderful thing to do, and such an incredibly positive lesson for your children. A very happy birthday to you!

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  • 17. Wendy G.  |  January 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I was the recipient of a random act of kindness parcel of goodies to work with in my craft room this week and it totally made my day! Good for you to do so much for others!

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    • 18. kerenbaker  |  January 23, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      RAKs are so lovely, I agree! Thanks for coming to my blog!

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  • 19. Judy  |  January 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Happy Birthday, Keren! You and your family are an inspiration; this is exactly what we need more of in this world–kindness!!

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    • 20. kerenbaker  |  January 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Hi! Thanks for visiting and leaving me such a nice comment!

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  • 21. Dawn Whiteley  |  January 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Got to this link from Jo Docrafts Austin’s blog and I am so glad I followed it, my 50th birthday is in November this year, loads of time to plan my 50 RAKs. Well done Kerenbaker what a wonderful lady you are and such a fabulous family to join in with you. Bless you all.
    Dawn x

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    • 22. kerenbaker  |  January 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Dawn- that’s a lovely comment. Hope you get the chance to do it- you won’t regret it!

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  • 23. Debstamps  |  January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Outstanding post! Thanks for a little slice of life across the pond. Health and happiness to you and yours!

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  • 24. Virginia Lu  |  January 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Congrats on the Hero Arts tweet about your trendy SC card, Keren! I love everything about it! AND so sorry that I am VERY late to wish you a happy 40th birthday! What an awesome idea to have the random act of kindness on your birthday (note to myself: must remember to do that!). AND lastly congrats on making the COVER for the July/Aug. issue of Paper Crafts! That is HUGE! So happy for ya! xoxo

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