My sister is my best friend. And she lives 716 miles away. That’s a 9-hour-55-minute drive. But who’s counting?
I had a very strong urge to do something for her a couple weeks ago. You know the kind. The thought that just won’t go away…the constant nagging in the back of your mind. The kind that you get when you really feel like you should take dinner to a friend, and you can’t rest until you’ve done it. If you’re wondering what this has to do with free
The problem is, this thought came for my sister, and dinner would have been very cold by the time I drove out to deliver it. Coming up with something I could do from 10 hours away was pretty tricky, so after a couple of days, I decided to ask her kids for help. She has kids ages 8-18, and I called on them to be my hands.
I group texted my nieces that have texting capabilities and asked if they would be willing to perform various tasks for their mom. I asked them for a list of little things they were willing to do for their mom that they could do and leave a simple note behind to let her know it had already been done. After getting a list of things, I went to work creating the little notes.
I printed out a few sheets of these little notes, cut them out, and stuck them in an envelope along with a roll of washi tape for the kids to attach the notes to the place where they performed the service.
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This was such a fun thing to do that I thought I would share it here for others to use!
Ideas of How to Use These Free Printables
- Mail them to the kids of the person you are wanting to serve (like I did)
- Send the link for this page to your husband, and have him print them out and give them to your kids to use (because giving them to your own kids would be a little tacky)
- Give them to your kids’ friends to use for their moms
- Print these out and have your youth group from church cut them out and use them at home
- If you are a teacher, print these out and give them to your students to use in their homes
- Share this page on Pinterest or Facebook and see how many people you can instigate service for!
The first printable here has walking the dogs as a task. But I realize not everyone has dogs, so I switched the dog one out for a generic one that just says, “I love you! Have a great day!” I figure this can be used for a chore of their choice (making mom’s bed would be a good one for this note).
And then I didn’t stop there. Because the hearts may get a little boring. Or what if the kid just hates pink? I don’t know. I think I just wanted an excuse to make another set because I thought they were so dang cute. So there is another set available with graphics and colors that go along with the actual task, rather than the heart theme. Same tasks, different graphics.
One more note: I wanted my kids to be able to use these for their stepmom, but putting “Stepmom” at the top seemed pretty lame. So I switched out the word, “MOM” and put her name at the top instead. If you want someone to be able to use these printables for their stepmom, please comment below with the name you would like at the top and I would be happy to make it for you!
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If there is a task you really wish was on there, PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! I would be happy to switch out some of these notes for other ones if you have something different you would like yours to say. Comment below and I will get working on it and make it available as another option for others who might have similar thoughts 🙂
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