Sunday, February 7, 2010

Let the Challenge Continue!


We're hovering just below the $200 donation mark in the final hours of the Simple Things Challenge... an easy way to keep your blessings flowing to Haiti. And here's the spectacular news: An anonymous blogger is going to match our donation!

Yesterday and today, I'm celebrating the simple pleasures of life, and you are helping me. For each person who participates with a list, a poem, or a prose piece about the joy of simple things, my family will donate $2.00 to Heartline Ministries for their medical clinic and other programs in Haiti. The Heartline Ministries blog by John McHoul will tell you more about what they are doing.

We have 98 separate posts as of 7 p.m. Pacific time. Post your piece by midnight today, and include a link to my blog. Then pop in here to say you’ve posted your “Simple Things.” Don't forget to notify me that you’ve posted. You can borrow the “Simple Things” photo. If you don’t have a blog, a comment on my blog will count too if you tell me so.

What I've noticed so far while traveling the blogs, reading your "Simple Things," is that a lot of us cherish our first cup of coffee in the morning.
We also love the laughter of children.
Simple things that are priceless: good music, good books, good spouses, cats, dogs, smiles ~~~ all things that can be savored without spending money.
Everyone has been a joy to read. I visit your blogs with a smile on my face. And guess what? I sip my favorite cup of coffee too.

Some simple things that make me blessed:


water running from my faucet on command, and it's clean and drinkable

my daughters' beautiful smiles

I'm warm and dry, although it's stormy out

a smooth ocean-polished stone found on the beach

greeting a friend

the fact that people from Scotland, Norway, Australia, Germany, India, Canada, South America, the Phillipines, and both coasts up and down the US have joined in this one particular blog here, to wish Haiti well and make my family send money to a worthy cause.


I can make my mother smile

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thanks to Christina at Soul Aperture for her permission to use this idea.

123 comments:

Just Be Real said...

Did my Saturday post for ya! :) Blessings.

the walking man said...

okie dokie...Just Chris...here's the first $2 you can spend. I put my list of grateful things up.

I hope we empty your checking account, for which I would also be grateful in assisting you to do.

RNSANE said...

A big hug to you my friend from 250miles north and much appreciation to you and your husband for supporting this challenge which will give needed help to his ministry in Haiti!! I liked your list of simple things, as well.

lettuce said...

good morning! what a great idea. I've just posted something about this.

:-)

(ha, word verif. is blogies)

Brian Miller said...

we used to dive for live sand dollars to show the boys...and their laughter....yeah. love you list.

my simple things are up!

KJ said...

I read about this from Waystation One's blog...I linked up..feel free to check it out...
Good Luck!

pattinase (abbott) said...

I'm in at http://pattinase.blogspot.com

Lou said...

Good luck with this, it is a great idea! I will be contributing indirectly to Haiti in another way this week.

Syd said...

I posted my simple things, Chris. Glad that you are a beachcomber too. Thanks for putting this challenge together.

TechnoBabe said...

My post is up here:
http://www.thetechnobabe.com/

Great idea, glad I could join.

Scott said...

I've psoted my simple things list Chris... nice deal!

Kim A. said...

Mine's up. What a great idea!! Here is a big hug for you (())

Namaste

Garnet said...

Okay Chris. It's a beautiful idea, and exciting to see how it's spreading. I've been reading others 'simple things' this morning -- very inspiring. I'll be posting one today, too.

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Thank you so much for putting up this challenge.
Lovely blog you have here.
My post for simple things is

http://justmeshakirack.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

Bless you.
hugs
shakira

Magpie said...

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity.
I posted my simple things...

Hope said...

I just finished up my list at my blog. Great, great idea!

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

I get to know about this through
Brian's
http://www.waystationone.com/
a lovely friend.
thank you for letting me participate.
stay blessed.
hugs
shakira

Catherine said...

I did the simple things challenge. http://edithsnoggin.blogspot.com/

Thank you for doing this!

Mama Zen said...

I'm going to try to do one for tomorrow. Hope it counts!

Connie said...

I have no blog but am so thankful for your generosity. My greatest simple pleasure these days is sitting down at my computer and reading the Heartline Ministries updates, as well as the Livesay and Dr. Jen blogs. Dr.Jen is my daughter :) I am continually blown away by the healing work she and many other volunteers continue to do in Haiti.

LadyFi said...

I really hope we're going to make you empty your purse! ;-)

Thanks for your compassion and generosity. My list is now up here:
http://ladyfi.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/its-the-simple-things/

Karen said...

My posting is up, and I gratefully acknowledge your generous spirit that has embraced the people of Haiti and has reminded us of the power of one person to make a difference.

Susan said...

What a great idea! I posted my Simple Things on my blog "The Wisdom to Know". Please check it out at the link below.
http://thewisdomtoknow.blogspot.com/

Cloudia said...

Good for you!
Am linking my Sunday post to you -hope it counts.

LOVE your list!


Aloha, New Friend


Comfort Spiral

Enchanted Oak said...

Karen tells me a stunning story about the children in her school district. They are many of them poor, on subsidized lunches. Yet among them, they dreamed up fundraisers to help the Haitian people, and with their pennies, nickels and dimes, they raised $1,500 to send to Haiti. That is the most powerful thing I have heard all day. And it has been a wonderful morning, visiting you all. Thank you from the bottom of my happy heart.
Love, Chris

Enchanted Oak said...

A note about Sunday bloggers ~~~ Yes, dear ones, Sunday counts. I'm doing this all weekend long. I have no idea how this blog network can work for a cause like this, so I hope you blow me out of the water with your simple things.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for your dear visit to my beach!
Yes, my Sunday post is scheduled to go at midnight and links to your worthy challenge!

Susan said...

Nice to meet you! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. Hope you will visit often and I know I will be a regular follower of yours!!

thailandchani said...

Thanks for such a great idea! Posted my simple pleasures.

http://thailandgal.blogspot.com




~*

Susan said...

My post is up. Thanks so much for what you're doing!!!

Matty said...

This is a great idea and what a worthwhile effort on your part. I posted about it and linked it to you.

http://mattythoughts26.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

Thanks.

Felicitas said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea! My "Simple Things" post is up.

Blessings!

Nessa said...

This is a lovely idea.

A Boy and His Toy

Lisa said...

I've been following Heartline via facebook, and was thrilled when Hope and Susan both posted this challenge. My list is up at http://ofalltheliars.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

Thanks for doing this!

Finally Free said...

I have posted my simple things. May God bless you for your generosity.

Blessings,
Tammy

Lisa said...

My post is up! Thanks for doing this :)

Maggie said...

Hello! Saw this through Technobabe's blog.
This is very nice and inspirational.

My list is up!!

KaLynn said...

What a cool idea! Mine is posted too! You are awesome to think of this!

Madison said...

Chris, you're the best for keeping Haiti on our minds. I hope that by the end of the weekend your flat broke.

Lora said...

I heard about this challenge through Just be Real. What a great idea, very kind of you to do this. I did my list.

http://lorasnotes.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things-challenge.html

Brian Miller said...

not a bad day one chris...

Marla said...

Thank you for the chance to make a difference. My list is up!

http://buttsandashes.blogspot.com/

Brenda Susan said...

What a wonderful thing to do! Mine is posted! Thanx!

Betsy said...

What a wonderful idea!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Brilliant idea and I posted my simple things up...Thank You Chris...you amaze me and humble me...thank you!

With love
Gabi

Two Shades of Pink said...

My list is up! So excited to partner with you on this. I pray that God astounds us in how He will use this endeavor! Thank you so much for this.

Andrea said...

Hello There - found you through my cousin Marla's blog. Here's my list of Simple Things that put a smile on my face:
My husband smiling (it's contagious)
A comfy chair, a warm blanket & a good book
The smell of the ocean
Yummy, chewy, gooey brownies (more smiling if they're warm too...)
Hearing my son's voice

Thanks for doing this - glad I could help!

Andrea

kylie said...

i did one!

Auntie Cake said...

So sweet of you to do this!
Kate

otin said...

Okay! I am in on Sunday morning!

Mrsupole said...

I have joined in the Challenge and my post of Simple Things is up. I have linked back to you and I hope you have a very busy weekend.

Thank you for letting us join you in this endeavor. I hope we all cost you lots of money.

God bless.

Tall Kay said...

Yea! Such a wonderful idea (does your husband know you're doing this?)! Mine's up and what a fun way to find something to smile about. Great response Chris!

Julia said...

Whata wonderful thing you're doing! I posted my simple things.

Thom said...

How wonderful. Mine is up HERE. Have a wonderful Sunday :)

SAS said...

I don't have a blog of my own so I am posting my list here....

soft cotton

my cat

fresh flowers

the rooms

hope

Nessa said...

Mine is posted.

The Simple Things Challenge

Sally said...

Seriously, thank you for making me feel obligated to review the blessings in my life - It's been most uplifting. And thank you for doing your part to help fellow human beings in their time of crisis; it's very inspiring.
I've visited all the blogs I could, & even found a couple to keep an eye on once in a while, so I also thank you for that, haha

My entry : http://nakedandfamous.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/simple-things/

Hootin' Anni said...

I posted....gladly. I admire your generosity and your willingness to do such a wonderful thing.

You rock!!

HERE is My Simple Pleasures list

Crafty Green Poet said...

HI Chris, my list is up at: http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

Prayer Girl said...

It was such a simple pleasure to post the simple things in my life that bring such joy.

I pray God blesses this effort.

PG

Paula said...

Chris I am pleased to join in and my simple things are up.
Thanks for this brilliant idea

Paula & Skip said...

We loved to join. What a fab idea. Thanks

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

I love this challenge, and accepted it and posted my list :)

Thanks Chris!

You are an awesome reflection of light!!!

Misty T. said...

Thank you for doing this. Really, it was just the reminder that I needed this morning. I've made my list and will try to remember the simple things today...

http://mistytomato.blogspot.com/

Mama Zen said...

I've posted!

http://thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com/2010/02/keeping-it-simple.html

swapnap said...

Mines up here too simple things

Tracy said...

What a lovely idea! I'd like to play.

Enchanted Oak said...

You guys are making me smile this weekend! This is a beautiful community of caring, thoughtful people. We're at 55 posts and counting. I've loved visiting you and meeting new friends, reading new blogs, connecting with blogger buddies who are familiar friends. What a simple joy this weekend has been for me. Thank you.
Chris

Sherry said...

Hi Chris -

Thanks for doing this! My post is up at http://blinded-by-love-for-j.blogspot.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Sherry

CatLadyLarew said...

What a wonderful idea. I got here via Otin and Brian Miller. Now I'm off to do my own Simple Things post.

Gillian said...

I hope you have huge success with this. Here's my $2 worth http://gillianhefer.blogspot.com/2010/02/miracles.html

LisaC said...

Chris: My simple things are posted at lisac-lovingandparentinganaddict.blogspot.com.

Thank you for this wonderful thing you are doing for all of us. We need to stop and acknowledge the simple things and the joy they bring.

CatLadyLarew said...

Just finished my post, Chris:

http://howtobecomeacatladywithoutthecats.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

SE'LAH... said...

greetings.

here is my post for *the simple things for haiti*
thanks so much for extending your kind heart to our brothers and sisters in haiti. one love.

Ria said...

I got here from my friend Thom and just posted mine!


http://shortattentionspantheatre-ria.blogspot.com

Alix said...

What a tremendously generous thing you are doing EO. Thank you.

quilly said...

My post is up! So far I tend to agree with every list I have read. We really do have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you for doing this, for Haiti, and to remind us how blessed to we are!

croneandbearit said...

Hi Chris - My friend Mrsupole clued me in on this - so I have done a quick blog post w/my own simple list and linked back to you. Thanks for all you do. Hugs and blessings.

Sylvia K said...

My list is posted at http://sylviafromoverthehill.blogspot.com. Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

Sylvia

C.M. Jackson said...

I love this idea--my post is up!
blessings to you and yours-c

kcinnova said...

Hi, Chris
I saw your challenge via Thom and Quilly, and I've posted as well:
http://kcinnova.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/simple-things-challenge/

Blessings to you!

nsiyer said...

That's amazing. I have posted a write up on www.iyer-n-higher.blogspot.com
God bless you.

eileeninmd said...

Very nice of your and your family. Here is my website with my list of my simple things.
http://eileeninmd.wordpress.com/2010/02/07/simple-things/

Thank You so much. Eileen

Toni said...

I wrote my post before reading about your challenge at Se'Lah's Necessary Room.

http://dailyvignette.com/2010/02/07/help-for-haiti/

Katharine said...

I just posted my list~ Thank you for the challenge and the reflection on how blessed we are...in the simple things!

Melli said...

I found at about you from Quilly's blog. My list is up! We share some ideas.

actonbell said...

Luckily, it's not a challenge for us to come up with our simple pleasures, we have so much to be grateful for. This is a lovely idea, and of course I'm playing, too:) Thank you

Beansieleigh said...

I accepted the challenge, and here is my post!

http://beansiebabbles.blogspot.com/2010/02/seven-simple-and-sing.html

~tina

Collette said...

What a great idea! My list of Simple Pleasures is as follows:
A Rainbow on a rainy day
Children's laughter
My daughter's even breathing as she sleeps
A warm home on a cold winter's day
The sweet music that comes from a harp
The smell of fresh cut grass in the summer
Have a great week!

TC said...

God Bless you for all you've done. Mine is @ http://florenceview.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things-for-haiti.html

Mojo said...

Good on ya for this one Chris. Thanks for making it so simple for the rest of us. (Oops. Should've put that on my list, huh?) I hope my humble offering will help.

Susan said...

Two things:

1. Thank you for doing this. What a wonderful idea.
2. I needed to find a way to see and celebrate the simple things today :)

I'm up right HERE

Susan said...

Ugh, I think blogger ate my comment, LOL.
I'm up right HERE

Dulce said...

This you are doing is so beautiful, dear friend... I found out in Felicitas' blog. So there you have my little contribution

Good luck and God bless you for this.

Dulce

Birdie said...

Enchanted Oak, here is the link to my blog http://birdy-freebird.blogspot.com/ I learned about you and your generosity from Se'lah's blog. Thank you!!! I pray for Haiti.

Birdie said...

Enchanted Oak, here is the link to my blog http://birdy-freebird.blogspot.com/, I'm not sure whether I did post it correctly the first time so apology if it comes twice ... I learned about your generosity from Se'lah's blog and I thank you from my heart for what you do!! Praying for Haiti.

Kansas Bob said...

Great idea! Add my blog to your list Chris!

Annette said...

Great idea...thank you so much! I posted.
Annette

Barbara aka Layla said...

Thank you for doing this!!! I posted mine at my blog, Recovery Happens!!

Christina said...

We Posted! Thank you for doing this.
http://rabidtidbits.blogspot.com/

Amber said...

Thanks for doing this. I just posted mine. :)

Baba said...

Hi Chris, you and your family are so blessed to be hosting this challenge. Mine is up ...hugs, Baba

Not The Rockefellers said...

I am sorry I missed this!
Just discovered your blog through Brian Miller, just now!

Peace ~ Rene

Peggy said...

I am sorry hat I am a little late to the call, but here I am and smiling at your simple act of kindness.
My honor to be involved !
I just posted, phewin ime1

Dianne said...

Mine is HERE for you and Haiti.

Thank you.

Dear one, Di

Brian Miller said...

woohoo....this is awesome! i was keepingup throught he first 50 or so...over 100 now! yay!

Ronda Laveen said...

I have posted, mine Chris.

Bless you and your family.

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Just posted my simple things, the link, and a suggestion that others follow suit. Great idea! God bless you for doing this.

Mark p.s.2 said...

I am taking the Simple Things challenge?
I have posted my “Simple Things”
LINK

elizebeth said...

*some simple things*

big glasses of clean, fresh water
a long walk in afternoon sun
old friends
handmade gifts
butterscotch pudding
sleeping in
holding on to hope

lakeviewer said...

What a wave you've created! Love what you're doing.

Rachel Holaday said...

Just found you...I think I made it in time. What a great idea! I posted my list.

crownring said...

Found you and the challenge thanks to KansasBob! I've added a post on my blog about my favorite simple pleasures. :)

Blessings!

cr

Auntie Cake said...

Just posted!!! So kind of you to do this. I am sure you will be blessed by your generosity!
Kate

Akannie said...

I'm up too, Chris.

Love ya, gf...

VICKI IN AZ said...

What a lovey way to share your blessings with each one of us. Thank you. I have posted my list!!

monica said...

I have posted my Simple Pleasures also. Thank you for your wonderful support!

http://stevemonicaandboys.blogspot.com/2010/02/keep-it-simple.html

NC Sue said...

Visit me to see what makes me happy. I forgot to include one thing though... Your blogfest idea makes me happy, too!

Coastcard said...

Greetings from Wales, UK.

My PHOTO LIST of FIVE SIMPLE PLEASURES is here.

What an admirable idea!

Kathy said...

I did a post for your fantastic project! Can't wait to get time to read some of the posts!

Kathy

Azzazin said...

here's mine:
http://azzazin666.blogspot.com/2010/02/simple-things.html

Thank you for doing this & have a great week.

Christina said...

clean water
the moon as my night light
hearing i love you
knowing my children are asleep in warm beds
the hum of our old heater, still working
the memory of my grandmothers hands
love letters
laughing until i cry
*
what a great way to keep the love for haiti alive. it's looks like you had a great turn out!
one love~
soul aperture

mrwriteon said...

I have posted mine and have linked to you.

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