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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Art Mother and Child by Niki Flow. For Benjamin, born just after 11 o’clock in the morning during a blizzard in Evanston, Illinois.  It was a beautiful day. ♡

ben5Buttons for Benjamin (Update):  365 Small Acts of Kindness in Honor of My Missing Son, Benjamin Morse Archer

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Week 8: Buttons for Benjamin

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365 SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS IN HONOR OF MY MISSING SON BENJAMIN MORSE ARCHER

Week 8

4/10
Shared fruit with a neighbor.
4/11
Scribed 10 minutes of a new Awakin Call.
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4/12
Sent loving energy and healing thoughts to a person who is experiencing hardship. I don’t know them but I read their post on Kindspring.org.
4/13
Sent a beloved book to a loved one.
4/14
Gave a gift card to a neighbor for a dinner out.
4/15
Sent prayers to the Paris firefighters and to all of us. All our hearts ache for Notre Dame.

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Week 7: Buttons for Benjamin

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365 SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS IN HONOR OF MY MISSING SON BENJAMIN MORSE ARCHER

Week 7

4/3
Gave a $25 Kiva loan to Las Rosas de Chipaj Group, Guatemala
4/4
Gifted 25 Simbis (30 minutes or about 15 pages) worth of transcription to a new client.
4/5
Created an inspiring graphic.
4/6
Gifted the library with a box of books.
4/7
Sent a poem to a friend I miss.
4/8
Created an elder-buddy card.
4/9
Gave away household items.

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Week 6: Buttons for Benjamin

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365 SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS IN HONOR OF MY MISSING SON BENJAMIN MORSE ARCHER

Week 6

3/27
Transcribed part of another Awakin Call
3/28
Created a gift for a friend.
3/29
Sent a funny joke to a friend.
3/30
Told someone “I love you.”
3/31
Created a funny birthday card for a loved one.
4/1
Sent an electronic birthday card to a loved one.
4/2
Sent healing vibes and prayers to someone who lost a pet.

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Week 5: Buttons for Benjamin

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365 SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS IN HONOR OF MY MISSING SON BENJAMIN MORSE ARCHER

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Week 5

3/20
Created a Happy Spring card for my friend.
3/21
Created a card for sick kids to send out with the next batch.
3/22
Sent an e-card to a friend.
3/23
Healing meditation for a sick friend.
3/24
Forgave. Began again.
3/25
Called a sick friend.
3/26
Transcribed part of an Awakin Call.

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Week 4: Buttons for Benjamin

365 Small Acts of Kindness in honor of my missing son Benjamin Morse Archer

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Week 1

Day 1/365: The Wish
Day 2/365: The Day
Day 3/365: The List
Day 4/365: The Name
Day 5/365: The Meaning
Day 6/365: The Alphabet

Week 2

Day 7/365: The Date
Day 8/365: The Rock
Day 9/365: The Note
Day 10/365: The Letter
Day 11/365: The Card
Day 12/365: The Marathon
Day 13/365: The Loan

Week 3

14/365: 3/6 The Memoriam
15/365: 3/7 The Mirror
16/365: 3/8 The Share
17/365: 3/9 The Buddy
18/365: 3/10 The Postcard
19/365: 3/11 The Kiss
20/365: 3/12 The Text

Week 4

21/365:  3/13 The Song
Recorded a song for my sons and uploaded it.
22/365:  3/14 The Pie
Sent pie jokes to my daughter and granddaughters (email) for Pi(e) Day (3.14).
23/365:  3/15 The Email.
Sent a letter of encouragement to a friend.
24/365:  3/16 The Call
Called Mom for a chat.
25/365:  3/17 The Hug
Hugged me. Needed it.
26/365:  3/18 The Decision
Took a step back from a longterm project to re-evaluate everything.
27/365:  3/19 The Frame
Created a frame for an old pic of my dad and his siblings for my mom

To Mom

 

Week 3: Buttons for Benjamin

Week 3 of 52:  Buttons for Benjamin

Starting on February 28th, every week on Tuesday, there will be a special Gem here on under1000skies under a category called “Tuesday, Full of Grace.”  Ben and I were both born on a Tuesday.   I feel the grace of love intertwined always with the sadness.  I feel the grace of support and compassion from friends.  I feel the grace of peace, whenever I reach out, from the source of all Love.  So this weekly “Full of Grace” Gem will be a list of the SAoKs (small acts of kindness) the week before.  I’ll include a photo for each whenever possible.

The three-year anniversary of Benjamin’s disappearance was on March 2nd.  I believe this 365-day challenge will help me stay focused on light, love, and gratitude.  It will help me stay connected to others rather than isolating and slipping into grief.   It will also get the word out to more people about Ben’s story. On the back of every card will be the words, “Picture him home again, safe at last.”  When he was a little boy, Ben’s favorite book, which he asked me to read, again and again, was The Spooky Old Tree with the Bernstein Bears.  I loved those story times together.  The last line in the book was one he would always say with me as we finished:

“Home again, safe at last.”

Buttons for Benjamin Week 3

3/6 The Memoriam
3/7 The Mirror
3/8 The Share
3/9 The Buddy
3/10 The Postcard
3/11 The Kiss
3/12 The Text