August 2011-
I am starting a 29-Day Challenge to give one gift each day and see how it affects my life. I have always considered myself a giver, but I feel this challenge will challenge and focus me on giving more. I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change your Life. I ran across it 2 years ago in a bookstore in Springfield, MO, and I titled a piece of paper 29 Gifts. I found that same piece of paper the other day, and I saw it as a sign to start the challenge. You can learn more about the book and challenge at

After 1 month of giving, I have continued this challenge in giving and sharing the stories with others. Hope you enjoy reading about my adventures with giving!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 9: Cooking for Friends Again

Today my gift was cooking supper for two of my friends.  I cooked BLTs and used fresh produce from my garden for the BLTs and salad.  Each day this summer, I took care of my vegetable plants, and I had to give them tons of water with the hot summer we have had.  At times, I didn't feel like taking the time to water and take care of the plants, but I always keep thinking about how great it would be when I finally had some homegrown vegetables.  It is so rewarding seeing and tasting the fruits of your labor, and all the hard work is worth it when you take the first bite of a homegrown tomato or cucumber.  Work hard, share the fruits of your labor with others, and live a Better Life Today.

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