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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Staci Stallings Holds Two-Day Give Away of Her New Book

Staci Stallings is a Contemporary Christian author and the founder of Grace and Faith Author Connection.

Staci has a special surprise for you today, Feb. 1st, and tomorrow, Feb. 2nd
Coming Undone 

"If you've ever searched for love, been afraid to love, or lost someone you love, you will love Coming Undone."
The story of two people trying to live life by the world's rules who find that loving someone only happens when you learn to love without asking what you're going to get in return. Available as a free download from Amazon today and tomorrow only!

An Encouraging Story From Staci
Over Puddles, Underappreciated
by Staci Stallings
In the process of doing ticket sales for our elementary school, one of the fun things I get to do is stand in the drive line in the mornings and help the kids get out of cars. Now at our school, we have the “safety patrol.” These are our fifth grade students, who stand out in the drive line in their orange safety vests and help get the kids out of the cars and to the school door.
I happen to be working with three very wonderful kids–two boys and a girl. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, we have come to enjoy working together and teasing one another. This morning something happened that I think you should hear about.
See, I hear a whole lot of noise in our world about the upcoming generation being “lost” or “unfocused” or “lazy.” I hear a lot about how people don’t know what this world is coming to, and they are fearful for what comes next when “this bunch” gets to be in charge. Well, I’ll be frank with you. I’m not worried. The kids I work with are polite and helpful. They will go out of their way to assist you. They are bright and enthusiastic and kind.
Great example: The two boys I work with on the drive line. Don’t get me wrong, the girl is great too. But I expected that because I know her and know that she is great. The boys surprised me.
There is one suburban that pulls up every morning and the three of them race to unload it. Here’s the thing, though, in this van is a set of twins. The twins are about three years old, and they cry every single day! They are both in car seats with backpacks and lunch boxes. It is a job to get them out. Half the time we end up with one or two safety patrol in the van unbuckling and helping the kids out. In many cases even once they are out, they are crying–not angry, just sad.
And these boys and this girl–the “lost” generation–race to this van to get to help these kids into school. Often they end up carrying one or both of them, the backpacks and the lunchboxes, going, “It’s okay. It’s going to be fun. You’ll see.”
This has always amazed me.
Then this morning they topped even that. A small sport utility vehicle pulled up and because of where the parent stopped, the child had to navigate a rather large puddle by the curb. The boys immediately recognized that this would be a problem. The first one opened the door. The child, about 4, was having trouble getting out of the car seat, so our hero boy gets in and helps her. As he went to get out, the other boy came over to help. First boy hands out the small pink backpack and the lunchbox and mat to second boy. Then the first boy said, “We have to be careful. There’s water here.”
He gets out, straddles the water, and lifts the little girl from the back over the water, safely to the curb. The grateful mom said, “You boys are so sweet to her” even as the second boy was helping her get her backpack on and handing her the lunchbox and saying, “Tell Mom bye.”
“Lost”? I don’t think so.
If I’m ever in need of a hero, these are the guys I want on my team!
Copyright Staci Stallings, 2010


Danielle Thorne said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful post! I totally agree, as I work with youth, too, that we still have hope and values in our countries. There are still good people out there raising wonderful kids. Good for you, for focusing on the positive!

Thanks for the free download--the book sounds wonderful!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Wow! What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it with us. It was very touching.

June Foster said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Staci. You are a blessing. I can't wait to read your book. Enjoyed having you on my blog last December. June

Miss Mae said...

Now that was just excellent! These kids sound like wonderful examples! :)

Laurean Brooks said...

I love this post. Staci, thank you for helping us seeing we can still put faith in our young people.

I'm sure our parents thought there was no hope for our generation, either. Just goes to show kindness is still alive and well.