Birthday Dinner + Giveaway Winner.


Saturday was a happy day. A low key kind of day.

I woke up to a fresh blanket of new fallen snow. A perfect gift.

Breakfast at our favorite little ma and pa diner. Then some light housework.

A nap.



A fresh coat of "Limited Addiction" red paint on my nails. A date.

I chose my favorite chicken and three cheese pizza for my birthday dinner. The second we walked in the restaurant door Ryan and I were both searching the place for our unsuspecting dinner recipient.

The host took us to our seats and I knew almost immediately who we would buy dinner for. The sweet older couple was across the room from us. They were quietly chatting (not ignoring one another by playing on a phone or staring into space). They looked happy. Ryan excused himself from the table to find the host and tell him our plan. The gentleman was a little confused, but of course obliged.

And then we started talking about all the things I knew we would. We made a list of gifts still to purchase, activities we wanted to do with the children this week. Then out of nowhere, Ryan stopped me mid sentence. The sweet older couples waitress (who was also our own) had just told them that their meal had been paid for. We were pretending to continue with our conversation while stretching our ears to hear their reaction. The woman exclaimed "I don't see anyone we know here!" and "I just can't believe it!" They were surprised. Maybe even a little stunned. While walking out the front door they made a stop to speak with the waitress again, asking her if she knew who had treated them. She of course said she had no idea. The husband and wife lingered for a few seconds as if they were unsure what to do. They spoke a bit more with the staff then left. When they were gone our waitress came to our table with tears in her eyes. She said that the man and woman wanted whoever bought their dinner to know that they said "thank you, and Merry Christmas."

That's when I cried. It was a pure moment. One that I will never forget. I was genuinely touched by the sincerity of that couple. They were kind, and I know they will pass the kindness on and on.

Thank you for your happy birthday wishes. Reading every comment was like opening a gift. I feel a little embarrassed by your generous words, you are too good to me.

Are you anxious to know who the 30 things package winner is? Me too.

Congratulations Caroline!


I will post the contents of the package for you all to see. But first, I need to gather them. Then of course Caroline will get the first peek.

Oh, one more thing. A few of you mentioned listing all 30 acts of kindness in one post for easy reference. I will be working on that shortly. It's a fantastic idea.

Thanks again for your kindness + support. And a big welcome to you new friends. I'm so glad you're here + look forward to sharing my next chapter with all of you.

20 comments:

  1. what a most perfect punctuation mark to wrap the past 30 days of kindness up with! i love how inspired you & your husband were at dinner. and what a treasure for not only the older couple to be so touched, but for your server to have tears in her eyes. wow.
    thank you for the journey. when i was able to follow along & participate i too had such warm moments. i'm grateful for your gumption to step out of yourself and blaze the trail. happy 30th!
    hope this next year is filled with more miracles than you can wrap your arms around!
    ::hugs::

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  2. Congratulations to Caroline - can't wait to see what you will be sending her. Such a lovely idea Danielle and so generous.

    I was so touched by your story of paying for the sweet old couple's dinner. I think that it is so easy to feel in daily life that people are 'out for themselves' which is pretty depressing sometimes but this sort of act and thoughtfulness proves otherwise. You are so inspiring! I am so pleased I came across your blog! Have a lovely Christmas and a peaceful New Year. X

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  3. Ooh, I forgot to ask you. Just a quick request... would you be able to list your blog entries according to year and date so that it would be possible to look at older entries just by clicking on a month/year (not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but to look at older entries at the moment I need to go scroll through every page). Best wishes xxx

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  4. What a nice idea..a great way to celebrate your birthday--by giving! I will have to put that one on my "to do" list. Love it.

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  5. I am touched by your story and encouraged to do something like that for someone else.

    My kids and I are clandestinely delivering a Nativity set a piece a day to a family with a child who has cancer. Every night the mom posts on facebook what she has received. It's wonderful to spread cheer and even more gratifying to do it secretly. (Sh!)

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  6. i love that. thank you for sharing. i have enjoyed your "30 days" and i adored all the photos!

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  7. What a lovely story! My eyes got a little misty as I read it.

    Lucky, lucky Caroline. Can't wait to find out what's in the package!

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  8. Okay, their reaction just made me get a little teary too. What a sweet sweet couple! Thank you for sharing your experience.

    I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday, Danyelle. Thank you for sharing the 30 days of kindness with all of us. It was such a simple idea, yet so beautiful. I loved every day!

    Congratulations Caroline!

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  9. What a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!! Congrats to Caroline!

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  10. Thanks for sharing some much needed Christmas spirit into my day with this sweet post! It's just what I needed!

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  11. that is the sweetest thing about the couple you paid their meal. i will have to put that on my bucket list and also leaving a big tip!

    that nail polish is to die for!

    So glad you have a wonderful birthday & dinner!

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  12. That sounds like such an awesome experience! And the perfect way to celebrate your 30th birthday.

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  13. Sooo sweet! I'm crying too :o)

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  14. I'm teary just reading it. What a wonderful gift. Blessings to you in the coming year!

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  15. Your story touched my heart! What a beautiful way to end your thirty days. And imagine my surprise when I saw my name for your fabulous giveaway! I cannot thank you enough for your enormous generosity! I am so looking forward to seeing your thirty choices.
    P.S. the best way to reach me is ccregan2@optonline.net

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  16. What a special experience, I am so glad you shared it with us!

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  17. Ahh, love it. I'm glad it worked out so well! It will definitely be a birthday to remember! Merry Christmas!

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  18. I loved reading this! How perfect! Oh, you've inspired me! I turn 29 next month, and I hope I will grow enough in this next year to feel great about where I've landed when I turn 30. I found you through mormon.org & I'm so glad that I did! I look forward to reading more of your blog!~Heather

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