Last year it was 'one balloon for two'. This year we tried something different and Simon ordered from China (oh how I love online shopping), these amazing paper air balloons. They were only $6 for 10 and you light the candle inside the balloon which creates the hot air to see it slowly rise into the sky.
We released two and it was truly beautiful to see them float up high into the night sky as the sun was setting.
You know how they say doing something for someone else benefits the giver the most. Well this is no different. My random act of kindness can take but a few seconds but because it is done with purpose and in memory of my two little angels, it has started to soften my heart, enrich my life and refine me just a little bit more.....and boy does my imperfect old soul need refining. :)
For example, last week someone said something to me that I felt hurt about. I am quite a mild mannered person (although I'm sure my kids beg to differ sometimes) and I don't often feel like this. I'm mostly good at seeing things from other people's point of view but initially I felt quite hurt about the situation.
I know that NOAHvember helped me let go of the hurt quite easily, quickly and completely because my heart had no room for negativity while it was busy focusing on Noah and Charlotte, while it was busy being refined just a little bit more (- or I'm sure those two cheeky ones would be saying, "busy giving her a major overhaul").
Plus most of the time, people don't intend to hurt each other and in these circumstances we have a choice to either let ourselves feel hurt or see the situation for what it really is, (that the person would probably be mortified if they knew you were feeling hurt over what they said)..... and just let it go.
I know that I have unintentionally hurt people and I cringe about when I must do this, ignorantly and without even being aware and will continue to do so because I'm human. But I hope that life's experiences teach me along the way so that as I grow and learn and refine my heart, it will simply happen less often.