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So far for our Arrow Projects we have collected and dropped off gently used clothes, delivered surprise blooms for May day, and put together care packages to keep in the car and handout to those in need. I’ve loved all of these activities but I’m extra excited about September’s because we are going to focus on developing a habit of generosity and kindness. Something that is so important for the kids but that I for sure have room to work on as well!

So, starting today I will be challenging the kids to find one person at school they can be generous to with their thoughts, words, time, or actions. Then when they get home from school or before bedtime, we will write down what we did on index cards and add them to an empty apothecary jar I set out on the counter. We’ll continue for the next 30 days or (assuming we’ll miss a few of those days) until the index cards run out.

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^^^Download the art prints to use as a reminder and encouragement.^^^

Can’t wait to see a jar full of acts of generosity and kindness and hope my kids learn that loving others in simple ways makes a big difference.

If you guys have been following along with the Arrow Projects or have any ideas, I would love to hear about it! Feel free to send an email (rae at raeannkelly dot com) or leave a comment below.

Happy Monday!

XO, Rae

P.S. – This project was inspired by my friends “30 Day” study which is amazing and I highly recommend checking it out, along with the rest of his blog content, ASAP!




Have you ever been stopped at a light next to someone holding a sign asking for help and have nothing to give them? It’s the worst feeling pulling away — especially when my kids are in the car but it is also the inspiration for our 3rd kid friendly service project!

Last week we gathered supplies, called some friends over for a play date and put together these care packages to keep in the car. We kept things simple and tied water bottles and a couple snacks (fig bars and fruit leathers from Costco) together with a ribbon but also wanted the recipient to know they are loved so made water bottle wrappers for the kids to color (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). Now no more driving away without helping just a little and they turned out looking pretty cute too!

We were able to give a couple away yesterday and can’t wait for opportunities to handout the rest. Here are the other Arrow Projects, No. 1 + No. 2, if you missed them!

Now if I could just get organized enough to make a “welcome to the hood” care package for our new neighbors! Some cookie dough making might be in order later today.

Happy Wednesday you guys!

XO, Rae



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This month we’re keeping our arrow project simple with a pretty act of kindness — May Day notes, with a dose of truth at the bottom and room to tape a bloom!

This might come as a shocker, but May Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids. Mostly because there is no pressure to do anything and people are almost always surprised and happy for whatever we’ve thrown together. (Download and details below!)

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  1. Download freebie, print on card stock and cute along dashed lines.
  2. Gather some fresh blooms from your yard, a neighbor’s, friend’s, the store, etc.
  3. Trim stems and tape to cards.
  4. Place on front doors, cars, mailbox, etc. or give to teachers, friends, neighbors, etc. as a random act of kindness.

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I often get caught up in feeling like the little things aren’t enough. Sharing a smile, encouraging word or single flower can’t possibly make a difference in someones heart or day but that would be a lie. Even Mother Teressa, who did BIG things and lived a BIG life, believed in the power of small things.

So this month we’ll be putting this principle into practice and learn to believe that God can do a lot with our little. Something that comes much more naturally to my kids!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Another May Day project we did when Poppy was in my belly and Tilly had the sweetest bob!




Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:4

I have a thing for scripture that is both encouraging and challenging, short and to the point. The kind that packs a punch, stops me in my tracks and makes me think. That’s exactly what Psalm 127:4 does to me. Every time I read it I’m left encouraged but also wondering (and even worrying) if I am doing a good enough job preparing my kids for the big things God has for them.

But it’s one thing to worry and another to do something about it so the kids and I have been talking about doing one service project per month starting in February. Last week we got a jump start on Spring cleaning and went through our closets. Instead of putting everything in the goodwill pile we separated the less worn items, added a few new pairs of shorts and jeans from Target and dropped them off at a local NFP that provides new and gently used clothes to low-income and foster children in our area. While it was a great experience and activity for the kids it also sparked meaningful conversations about what, why and how to love others — and not just the friends and family kind of others. Seeing the wheels spinning in their little heads as we chatted was the sweetest and easily my favorite part.


We’ll be sharing our adventures in service here each month. We would love for you to join us and also share any kid-friendly service project ideas you have! I’m already a little stumped about what to do in March????

I can’t think of a better way to prepare these adorable yahoos for an abundant and exciting life than to teach them how to serve people and can hardly wait for our next arrow project.

Happy Friday!!!

XO, Rae

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