Wednesday

What's in Your Bucket?-Giveaway



My kid's elementary school has a theme this year.

They have deemed themselves a "Bucket-Filling School."  


Basically, everyone has an invisible bucket.  Our buckets are filled with words and actions.

It makes people happy to have their bucket filled with good things, like compliments, happy thoughts and kindness.

But if you are unkind in your actions or words, you are a bucket-dipper.  Bucket dippers aren't exactly celebrated.

Don't you just love this?  The kids will be rewarded all year for filling buckets.

And every once in awhile from the playroom at home, I hear, "You just filled my bucket, thanks!" or "That hurt my feelings, you bucket-dipper!" 

I love this biblical concept. And, I love the way it's impacted our home.

It's a darling children's book.

But let's be honest, it's not just for kids.  

Yes, there have been times I have been a bucket-dipper in the way I've spoken to my hubby or criticized my kids.  Or gossiped about a neighbor.

Ouch.

And, I've met some pretty nasty bucket dippers in my day.

Even in the blog world.  

Not you, though.  You are a bucket filler.  Yes, I'm talking to you.  My bucket is about to burst with all the sweet things you've said lately.

Be a bucket filler.  

Resist the urge to knit-pick your kids.  And talk about your friend's friend.  Don't belittle your family or refuse to tip the overworked waitress at dinner.  And use your blog to impact the world in a positive way.

Everyone has a bucket. What are you filling it with?

Leave a comment and tell me who has recently filled your bucket. The author is generously giving away 12 autographed copies to 12 of my readers!  I'll choose some random winners tonight (Wednesday) by 10 pm (CST) I know you want a copy for you your kids! Value $10 each.

So, bucket-filling works for me, my family and my kid's school!  Check out other tips at Works for Me Wednesday!

And please visit, The Bucket Fillers they hold amazing seminars and presentations!

If you are a teacher, a PTA member or just an involved parent, I think you mighte be interested in learning more.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

The Bucket Fillers travel across the U.S. to present at schools, churches, and parent, community and business groups. In two years, we have read and discussed our books in more than 700 presentations to encourage and empower more than 70,000 children to be daily bucketfillers. We have also inspired thousands of teachers to create bucketfilling classrooms and schools. Read more...


138 comments:

Kelsey said...

Oh that is wonderful! Count me in, great program!

Brown said...

I'm so glad for this book, idea & post! I am PTA pres. at our school and I would love to use this idea! Thanks for the link!

My bucket filler is a fellow blogger. Tabitha @ Roots & Wings has inspired me a lot in the past few weeks with paper crafting. Because of her inspiration and guidence, I've created endless amounts of handmade cards.

Amy said...

Oh, count me in... I'm already planning an inservice (in my head) for my nursing home staff with this book. I love it! As for me, my bucket has recently been filled by my DH. :)

Courtney said...

I'm a lurker on your website, but I had to comment on this as I am getting my master's in education right now and this would be a great resource! my bucket has recently been filled by my mom!

Natalie said...

what a great giveaway...

My bucket has been filled this week by all of the encouraging comments on my blog about my weight loss! My WW leader is also pretty incredible and said several encouraging things to me today!

Bubba's Sis said...

What a great concept! I love it! Count me in! I am blessed to be a part of a small group at church that constantly fills each others' buckets. A thinking-of-you e-mail, a friendly phone call, prayer, meals during hard times, even financial help - we are always there for each other. My bucket overfloweth!

heresthediehl said...

what a great idea! i spent a few years in character education, and this sounds like something i'd love to have. thanks for offering it!

Christa said...

Count me in, please. Sounds like we could benefit from this book. :)

Oh, my bucket filler would be the grocery store worker who complimented me on how well-behaved my kids were today. :) Made my day!

ispeakbeanish said...

This sounds like a great book. I'd love to read it.

heresthediehl said...

oops...forgot to comment on who has filled my bucket lately!

my mom recently passed away, and i was talking about how waiting in the carpool line, for some reason, is a time of day that gets to me...i used to call my mom and just catch up with her while i waited for my son at preschool. so my friend sent me a card in the mail, with explicit instructions not to open the card until i was in the carpool line. isn't that awesome?

Lauren said...

As you know, I personally don't have kids... but I have some of the cutest niece and nephews... EVER!

They honestly have always been my bucket fillers, even though some of them are too little to speak clearly, even the "Hi Ga-ga" and a hug fills my daily bucket. I love hearing my niece tell me she loves me and that I'm a "styler-girl" a word term she's created all her own.

I could go on and on... but I have a 7am dentist appointment and I need to sleep :)

Thanks for this post Kristen, I love it.

The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino said...

My hubby has filled my bucket to overflowing while I've been sick recently! My children have also filled it up with their sweetness.

I can be reached at:

laurasjunkmail at bellsouth.net

Melanie said...

my bucket was filled today by 3 sweet friends who happened to all stop by separately today at the same time! one with some clothes she picked up for my 3 mo old who has "blossomed" suddenly into NINE month clothes, another with her bumbo seat for said giant 3 month old who thinks he's older, and another with supper...just to be sweet!!! God knew i needed to see Him today and, boy, He sure was a bucket-filler through each of them. they even put away my piles of laundry (b/c I was NOT expecting company!) while i fed the baby! yahoo-jah!!

Rena said...

I'm trading my cup for a bucket! ;)
All this time I have had a cup...my cup for the Lord to fill, my husband, etc. Now don't I just sound greedy?

Actually, when mine is full, it runneth over onto others. So, I realize it's not just a selfish thing to want mine filled. HOWEVER, 'til more blessed to give than to receive. My sister, Ginger, at heresmycup Lord is gonna' LOVE this!

Not sure she should switch to heresmybucket Lord, though! ;)

Going to ponder ways to fill those buckets tomorrow...
Rena

Lynette said...

Thanks for this reminder. It's amazing how the Lord sends bucket fillers into our lives when we don't even realize we need them. My bucket filler is my dear friend Donna who encourages me by always opening her home to our family of seven kids under ten every summer for several days as we pass through her state. Her gracious encouragement inspires me to go and do likewise.

franticallysimple said...

I took our daughter for a quick weekend trip to visit my parents and left my husband home to work. When I got home he had cleaned and put up a new light fixture for me "to show his appreciation for me". Bucket filled.

Lori and Gabe said...

My 4 yr old daughter has most recently filled my bucket. She told me thank you tonight for something little that we did together a few days ago. I was so touched that she remembered and it reminded me that I need to be more affirming. Sounds like a great book!

Ames said...

What a great looking book! Thanks for the giveaway.

My husband recently filled my bucket - we spent an entire day doing random little things that were relaxing, fun, and SO helpful as we prepare for our first child :)

julie.matteson said...

I have not been familiar with the "bucket filler", but I love the entire concept, what a great way to spread love and kindness like a warm blanket. I had a huge fill yesterday by my 6 year old granddaughter. It was the first day of school and when she got home she called to see when I was coming to their house. When I told her I wasn't coming that day, she said "But Grammie, you have to, you can go to dinner with us and I have things to tell you." Talk about feeling loved and wanted, as you can imagine, I picked up the keys and headed out.

Hosehaed said...

What a great concept! I'd love to share this with our Children's Pastor to use at church!

Last week was my birthday. I have been having some ongoing issues with some family members that have lasted about a year. All of the ladies' at my church took me out for my birthday and completely spoiled me this year! My bucket was filled to overflowing with the love and encouragement I felt from my church friends!

~Tanya
the4moyers(at)msn(dot)com

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

My latest "bucket-fillers" have been my husband and one of my best friends. They've listened and supported me thru some family stress, lending me their shoulders and their ears.

Sounds like a wonderful book that I'd love to share with my kids. What a great concept to help them be aware of their actions and words throughout the day.

Mrs. Querido said...

Recent bucket fill...my sister commenting on my ambitious preschooler curriculum that I am creating for my little ones. She said that they were going to learn so much and have so much fun. It really blessed me and boosted my confidence level! Would love to get a copy of this book, so count me in please! :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Cute concept!

My bucket is very full today. 2 bloggers gave me awards today, 1 giveaway winner sent me pics of what her family is doing with the prize, and I received hugs from happy staff at my son's school when I helped out today.

Now I need to go fill some buckets!

Rogers said...

New to your site. I found you on WFMW. What an awesome idea to help build people, our kids, and ourselves up. I'm going to have to implement this in our home. Lots of name-calling over here. Please enter me in your giveaway :o)

Rogers said...

Oops. Forgot to say who has filled my bucket. That would be my husband. We had some friends over for dinner, so all morning/day the kids and I C-L-E-A-N-E-D!!! Boy, did he compliment and gush over it. It was so great to hear all those nice things.

Crayl said...

My bucket had a hole blown through the bottom today by someone, but my husband took on the challenge and mended it and started refilling it too, even at the risk of getting his bucket dipped. I love that man.

Monica @ DailyDwelling said...

I, too, just love this idea! My husband is my constant bucket filler and I have so many friends that are always filling my bucket.

Domestic Accident said...

My bucket was filled by my visiting parents who were kind in treating us to a fancyschamncy dinner and making sure all errands had been run for the start of school.

I gotta look up this book. I'm pleasantly surprised a public school is tackling this. What a positive concept.

Fawn said...

My daughter's pre-k teacher implemented this idea with the book last year in her class.

One day I was watching Dr. Phil who had a mean husband on as a guest. Correia never even looked up from her coloring but said, "Mom, he's a dipper!"

Yes, honey, he is indeed a dipper.

My kids fill my bucket every day.

Tree Climbing Mom said...

Okay, that "he's a dipper" comment just cracked me up.

Anyway, I have a wonderful friend named Kris who fills my bucket. She's a VERY honest person, so I always know her bucket filling is sincere.

Adrienne said...

I have two people who are filling my bucket right now ~ the irnony ~ I met one via the blog world and the other I've know but got to know better because of blogging! I hope that I can in turn fill their buckets and many others!

onemoreequalsfour said...

What a great idea! I love it! I have a lot of bucket fillers in my life but two jump out at me because it is so natural for them and that is a fellow blogger, Carolyn (the Purple Diva) and a friend Cindy! God bless them!

Yelowflower said...

what a wonderful concept! one I will be sure to share with my friends and family...by example. Today is my birthday, so my bucket has already been filled by the wonderful people in my life! Thank you!

http://yelowflowersgarden.blogspot.com/

Adrienne said...

I would have to say my 10 year old daughter is my biggest bucket filler! She is constantly filling everyone's bucket in the house!
aeshuron@twcny.rr.com

marky said...

I love this book idea! This concept would work GREAT at my job too! My bucket was recently filled by a friend.

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Nancy said...

My husband fills my bucket EVERY SINGLE DAY! It doesn't matter what kind of day he's had -- he always goes out of his way to let me know how much he loves me.

Thanks for another fun contest!

Traveler said...

What Yelowflower, ^ my wife, neglected to tell you was that she is quite good at filling buckets. She goes out of her way to compliment service at restaurants and stores and everywhere, actually. She fills my bucket quite regularly and I try to return the favor.
Great blog post and great concept.

Lynnomartin said...

I haven't heard of this book but can't wait to get a copy for our family!! My bucket has been filled lately by my children! Thanks for this tip!!

kristen@nosmallthing said...

I love the book idea...what a great way to give kids (and adults) a concrete example of what a compliment/insult does to/for a person.

My kids are my daily bucket-fillers. They something sweet almost daily, even when I'm not the nicest mommy. :)

cajungal01 said...

My Sister is my number one Bucket Filler. I just had to return to the working world and it's been emotionally tough on me. My Sis though constantly lets me know that she is praying for me, thinking of me, and KNOWING that all will go well.
She's a fabulous Bucket Filler. :0)

...I LOOOVE this idea and will be carrying it over into my classroom!
How neat! Hope I get the book or else I'll just go buy one. Sounds like something the students can easily understand and get excited about!
:0)

Dawn said...

Oh, my... this has been the subject of a lot of my personal quiet times in the Word lately. God has been working on my bucket filling abilities.

A book for kids ought to be right at my level right now! Ha!

Blessings!
Dawn

Heather said...

This is a fantastic concept! I'll be passing this info, and the links to you and the bucket-fillers, on to our PTO and Principal. Thanks so much for sharing!

My most recent bucket-filler is my 6 year-old. He gave me a huge hug when I woke him up this morning! What a great way to start the day!

Shara said...

What a great idea, for everybody!! I will definitely be reminded of that concept when I speak of others.

My bucket was filled recently by my sweet family and friends on my birthday. I am very blessed.

Kasey Hunt said...

I've been going through some personal issues lately, and I would have to say my patient husband has been my bucket filler! He has encouraged, and motivated me to be the best wife and mother I know how. Even on my worst days when he comes home from work, and I haven't gotten out of my p.j.'s and didn't do my hair or makeup he still after 5 years tells me I'm sexy and beautiful!! He is always positive and is a great father to our children.

Janis said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Will have to look for a copy (if I don't win one!) lol

What a wonderful teaching tool not only for my students but my two little girls here at home!

Janis

Kay said...

Today I will try to be a filler and not a dipper! Love the concept and the way it is communicated to kids! Thanks for sharing info on the book. I recently heard very affirming words from two dear friends that have filled my bucket. Now, let me think, how can I fill buckets of others today....hmmm!

AmyG said...

What a neat concept! Em filled my bucket the other day when she said, "My Mom makes the best meatloaf, ever!" My heart swelled.

I definitely want to check this book out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Jackie Sue said...

I'd have to say that my bucket filler has been the Lord Himself. His word fills my bucket and the way He confirms the truth of is love for me just makes my bucket overfloweth :). He is my portion. My sweet hubby is quite the bucket filler lately too. Friends and blog readers are great bucket fillers. Love the concept! Sounds like a great book. I'd love to win!

Honey Mommy said...

What a nice way to explain kindness to children!

I'll have to find this book (which would happen faster if I win!)

MaggieLousMommy said...

I have a playdate planned for tomorrow with two of my SAHM friends and their little boys. Both moms fill my bucket with their love and support...I need it with my sweet, strong-willed Maggie. A playdate and lunch with our three two-year olds always makes my bucket overflow.
I hope your bucket is full today!

Jessica D. said...

I've recently filled a bucket for a lady i met at camp. She had just had a baby (3mo) She loved my baby sling. She never had seen one, she tried it on and loved it. So that next day I had my friend come out (she makes them and sell them on her site) bring her stock and let here choose. It was so exciting to be a blessing. I love to fill buckets. It's better to give than to receive!

Mandy said...

This is such a good idea. Isn't "Love & Respect" kinda like an adult version of this...I mean the concept of it? Anyways...what agreat give-a-way!

Tisha said...

This looks like a great book! We could all use reminders to be fillers not dippers!

My A-number-1 bucket filler is my husband, Ben! He always compliments me on the right things, has a reassuring hand to hold, or just the right look across the room when my "mommy-reserve" is getting low!

Carolina Mama said...

Love this - little deposits - bucket fillers. My bucket is filled with a dear friend right now who has been such a resource to me on all things family and children.

Then I automatically think of Mountain Man, the Tigers, Jesus Himself. Maybe I should enter more than once. ;)

Thanks - great idea!

fullofboys said...

What a great idea! I would say my bucket filler most lately has been my childhood best friend...she walked me through a delicate situation lately and I can not imagine her not saying what she said!

Memarie Lane said...

Shoot, everyone's been filling my bucket lately. The midwife that sticks with us even when we can't pay her, the MIL that bought me a freezer and filled it, all the blog buddies that have been sending me baby gifts. The only person guilty of dipping my bucket is ME.

Jane said...

My sweet almost 11yo son was watching a show about bad parenting and he said, "You aren't like that, Mom. You are the best mom." My bucket was overflowing, especially since we have been at odds with each other a lot lately. I'd love to have the book!

jama@gondtc.com

Robin said...

My bucket filler has been my husband. We are moving from Michigan to Virginia (my home state!) and he is having to stay up there for work, possibly for a couple of months :( I have four kids and somedays it is really hard...ya'll know what I'm talking about) My husband has been encouraging me daily, and praying with me over the phone, lifting our family up. GOD knows I love that man! This would be such an awesome book to have, as my kids are having a hard time with Daddy not beiong here everyday, being in a new place with a new school and having to make new friends. Love the idea, and thanks to you and the author for the wonderful generosity!

Amber (BGH) said...

This sounds like a great book! :)

The last compliment I can think of what yesterday when my best friend told me that of course the graphic I made was awesome, because I am just amazing!

Isn't she sweet?? :)

By the way, in case I haven't told you lately -- love, love, love your blog. :)

Kris said...

I *love* it!! I am so checking my library for that book and we'll be doing that at home. We've definitely had some bucket-dippers here lately.

We've had lots of bucket-fillers, too, though. My most recent favorite was when my ds and I went on a "date" last week. He told me that he preferred going out with me, rather than Dad (No, that's not the bucket-filling part. That's just the part where he was trying to get me to take him shopping.) because (here's the bucket-filllng part) "you're so pretty. I just look at you and think, 'You're so pretty.'"

Yeah, that was probably still part of the "can we go shopping" scheme, but it was still nice to hear. ;-)

Lisa J said...

Now that I am retired and not out in the general public, I have to say my bucket fillers are my blogging friends. But I also had my bucket filled last week when I took my portfolio to my photography class, the teacher was very complimentary and that boosted my self esteem AND my self confidence. What a nice night that was.

I think this book is such an example to live by. I taught this in my DARE classes for many years. We ALL either add to someone's bucket or take out, it is that simple, but it does happen one way or the other and we get to chose which one we are. Ouch!! I need to be a better bucket filler and not such a dipper! Thanks for the heartfelt post today. I love it.

I think if I don't win, I want to buy this book for my 7 year old grandson, and we can read it together!

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

This book looks awesome!

My bucket is filled everyday by watching my 3 year old son give hellos and hugs to just about anyone he sees. God has given him love to share with everyone.

Mom said...

My husband's stepmother fills my bucket every day with strength and wisdom to help me through my toughest times.

Currently, my 3 year old is scheduled to have hip surgery on Sept 5th for one leg and Oct 10th for the other. She will be in a body cast for 12 to 16 weeks.

My bucket filler keeps me going; making sure that I know I can get through this and that she will be right by my side for the duration.

I could make it without her, but I really wouldn't want to have to do that.

tam said...

My bucket is filled daily by my bookmarked blogs (your included, of course). I know when I wake up I can go and read the blogs and get encouragement, a laugh, a creative idea or a devotional. I guess God is my bucket filler by leading me to these blogs about a year ago. Wow, how awsome is that! Tam

Cassondra said...

I have never heard of this book, but it sounds interesting.

My husband would be my bucket filler!! Love him...

amysfinerthings said...

That sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! My most recent bucket fillers have been friends and family who have given us lots of garden goodies.

Amanda D. said...

My friend has filled my bucket by offering her and her husband to be a support system for my husband and I as we work through some problems.

Sounds like a great book. Thanks!

amandagdonovan at gmail dot com

Lea-Ann said...

What a great idea! I will definately have to check out this book! My bucket has been filled by my little children this week. Their Daddy is out of town, and they have helped me out SO much! Little bucket fillers!

Tara said...

My bucket is getting filled right now. My 4 year old is "babysitting" his 18 month old sister and my 3 year old is entertaining himself. Well, he just dumped out a bucket of legos. But he's happy!

Our life is a bowl of Barry's said...

Neat concept! My bucket was filled by a comment our PTA president gave me. I am VP of communications and I just sent out a reminder about a fundraiser to our parents and tried to make it somewhat humorous (it was about a fundraiser afterall!) and she liked it and said I was 'the bomb'..boy, did that make me smile all afternoon!!

Robyn said...

Great Book! My bucket was filled recently on a bad morning. I was stewing over someting and it was really getting me down. A mom passed me at preschool and, though I'm sure I had the worst sourpuss look on my face, gave me the warmest smile. It was exactly what I needed. I told my son how inportant it is to give a smile to people, because you never know what kind of day they're having.

ames said...

At first I thought you were giving away a bucket and I was confused. What a charming concept! I think most of my bucket filling comes from the sweetness of my fellow bloggers, especially when I get an award from one :)

heather said...

Oh, I'm excited to see this book! What an amazing idea for schools and even churches... I might have to look into their program.

My bucket was filled just last night by our neighbors; they took both our kids unexpectedly at the last minute so my husband and I could both attend a school meeting. It's such a great relief be surrounded by people that are great friends and not just neighbors!

jczellar said...

Kristen,

This looks like a great book! We have six kids and tight finances, and God has filled my bucket this week through a neighbor, who brought over a bag of (outgrown) clothes and shoes for one of our kids, and a couple at church, who invited us to strip their apple tree and gave us some extra produce as well, with their compliments.

Thanks for the reminder about being a bucket-filler, and not a bucket-dipper!

:-) Christa

iPost said...

Hooray for bucket-fillers! i love this concept.

And here is a (((hug))) for your bucket today ;0)

Tami said...

Oh that is a great idea. I would love to have this book. Just imagine the possibilities: School, church, home. It is endless. I had my bucket filled by the hospital staff at our local hospital. My 3 year old had an overnight stay and the staff was wonderful. My son threw up all day and all night and they were so helpful and encouraging. Also, hubby stepped in to be mom to the other 3 kids so I could stay at the hospital. My dad helped pick up kids at school and my mom came and fixed supper for my family. Would love a chance at this book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

It All Started With a Kiss said...

My husband fills my bucket almost every day. I need to be more conscious of filling my children's buckets. And your blog fills many buckets, I'm sure!

Love the laundry update. Wow. Just... Wow. So pretty!

I messed around with my blog and ended up getting in a fight with iWeb, so my link is now a little different. The name on the this comment should take you to the right place!

Pat said...

I love this! My 8 yr old son was my bucket filler. He hugged me and said "I love you just the way you are mom"........awwww

cakescraps said...

That sounds like a great book...and so cool to have a school instituting using it as inspiration!

My bucket filler would be my husband. We are trying to sell our home, and so I've been doing my best to keep it uber clean/tidy (not that is HORRIBLE the rest of the time! :). Well, yesterday, he came up to me, gave me a hug and said "You have been doing an awesome job with the house these last few weeks...thanks." It may not sound like much to someone else, but it meant the world to me. Even though I know he appreciates what I do around here, he doesnt' always voice it, so this was big to me.

Tammy said...

Recently I have gotten back in touch with dear friends from college via facebook. We are re-kindling old friendships and they have been filling my bucket up.

Happy Mommy said...

My Husband is always my biggest bucket filler! He is a very up lifting person!
I love this book, I have never heard of it before and I really hope I win!

Short Stop said...

What a fantastic concept! I just love it.

My husband: he fills my bucket daily with his encouraging words, help around the house, and always pointing me to God....my Ultimate Bucket Filler.

Thank you for the opportunity to win. Great giveaway!

Jen said...

My bucket filler right now is my three year old daughter. The older kids are all back in school so we have lots of time together.

She always tells me I'm pretty, even though I'm pregnant and feel NOT very pretty at all!

Baby Tunnel Exodus said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to teach my kids about this. My bucket has been filled, overflowed really, by Angie from Bring The Rain this week. I just found her blog through yours and haven't been able to put it down. She has allowed me to laugh with her, cry with her, grieve with her, and I'm grateful for the lessons she has taught me about God and Family.

Diane said...

Oh I love that idea. I will pass it on to the school I am working at and if not use it at home. We could all use a full bucket.

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

After giving birth to Madi I guess I had a bad case of Post Pardum Dep. 'cause I would snap at everyone like a dog protecting her pup when someone would give me advice or offer help with Madi. The Dr. gave me some "HAPPY" pills but I ever took them-kept praying instead.
Count me in.
I guess I've been guilty of being a dipper!

Robin said...

Honestly, I think my bucket has been a little low lately. But after reading your post today, I think the best way to remedy that is to fill someone else's bucket. I will look for opportunities today. And I'll start with you - I love your blog! Thank you for writing what God puts on your heart and making a difference in my life. I'm glad we're still friends even though we don't see each other very often. Love you!

Mom's Marbles said...

This book sounds so great. I'll have to check it out.

Sarah said...

Just today my neighbor told me that I am a great parent. I laugh, because I know myself. I'm a great parent in public, at home I seem to loose my patience and get angry and speak harshly. I need this to change, so this book it just what I need. I hope I win!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Great post! My bucket filler is a fellow blogger Amy Wyatt over @ Signs, Miracles and Wonders.
http://signsmiraclesandwonders.blogspot.com/

She was one of THE first commenters on my blog when I had no idea "outside" people were reading and has been a great blogfriend for a long time.

She encourages me every time she writes.

kpruitt@marathongl.com said...

My mom - she's constantly a bucket filler for me - constantly! This would be great!!

Loraine said...

You and your blog "FIll My Bucket" almost every day!!!

Thank you.

I'm off to buy the book!!!

Shane said...

I have never heard of this book. It sounds like a wonderful concept though! Please count me in for the giveaway. I'm off to visit their site now. Thanks for sharing. :)

JanMary said...

I know it is a cliche - bit I haven't heard of this book/idea either!

Your blog fills my bucket! I learn, laugh and think when I come here - sometimes all 3 at once!

What a great idea for the school.

Suzie Q-Zie said...

I've never heard of this book but I LOVE the idea. I will be getting one or two or three to share. My kids filled my bucket this morning.

Valarie said...

This is such a neat concept! I love it. :) My Friends and Family IRL and In the blog world fill my bucket. :)

laytonfamily said...

I'm guilty of recently being a bucket dipper and critising my 5 yr old in front of him no less - to another mother. I felt horrible once I realized what I was doing!

Recent bucket fillers are two friends 7Wagners and Nickel Clan - who called during tropical storm Fay. My bubby was traveling and I was home alone with the 2 children. They both invited us over so we didn't have to weather the storm out alone. That act of kindness definitely made me feel wonderful! And not so alone.

Audra Krell said...

Oh my goodness - I do NOT want to be a bucket-dipper, it might encourage someone to kick my bucket! God has recently filled my bucket with his reminder of the wild, dangerous and wonderful life He has planned for me!

Life With Jack said...

That sounds like a great book. I am feeling like a bit of a "dipper" right now when it comes to my husband. What a wonderful way to consider the way we treat others. Thank you!!!

Carrie said...

What a great concept!
This past week I had to give a short little presentation to a group of women, and I was a bit nervous. At the end, the VP of the group gushed over my "lovely" speaking voice and mannerisms. Made my day because I always assume I sound like an idiot when I do any form of public speaking! LOL

Tonja said...

Oh, please count me in! My husband is my bucket-filler...after many years of being the bucket-dipper, God has set him free to daily fill my bucket!

Thanks!

bunchofbull-ers! said...

Just this week Happy Mommy took the time to e-mail me a bunch of encouraging words. Including prayers on my behalf. A total Bucket Filler. But hey, it's all in her name, huh?!!

Blessings.

Georgetta Nextdoor said...

I would love to share this book with my children. The best "bucket filler" in my life is my husband. When I am depressed, he brings me pie. And he cooks dinner 4 or 5 nights a week.

3cookieday said...

I just talked to my new MOPS leader and she filled my bucket by saying she was excited to have me in her group. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like a great book.

Jenn said...

I recently received a card from a lady at my church who reads my blog. She told me how much she loved my blog and then preceded to tell me she had printed out some of my posts. She told me she re-reads them when she needs to be uplifted. Talk about a bucket filler! That made my day!

Anonymous said...

Hubby has filled my bucket today by being the one to sit at gymnastics with a laptop in the waiting room. Sweet man! What a great giveaway. Thanks. Emily

T with Honey said...

My husband fills my bucket. Everyday he does so much for our family. I would get a lot less sleep and less time with my Princess if it wasn't for him.

Sarah said...

What a great idea! I'm not married and I don't have children, but I love the thought of filling people's buckets! I'll have to maybe try this with the kids that I work with instead! :)

Karla said...

Excellent book referral & concept! I love it!

I have many people who continue to fill my bucket, but the one who fills my bucket the most is my little boy...he always knows when mom needs a hug. :)

Check out my blog post - 'You Do Make a Difference' ~ the video is amazing!

Ashley @ mrs007.net said...

My mom fills my bucket when she brags to her friends about what a good mom she thinks I am. It's kind of funny, because she can criticize me(or give me unsolicited advice)and then I'll overhear her telling her friends with pride in her voice about some parenting technique I use.

My husband also fills my bucket. We have had a few rough patches and he has learned my love languages over the years. It's cute when he tries to show his love in a way that doesn't come very natural to him.

Great post! I wish my daughters school would do something like that!

Joy said...

The last person to fill my bucket would have to be my MIL. She takes my preschooler one day a week for homeschooling. She homeschooled her children and is now passing on her knowledge and wisdom to her grandchildren. She's teaching my daughter how to cook, Bible verses, about counting, etc. I'm very blessed to have such a devoted MIL!!!

CMartin21 said...

My amazing hubby filled my bucket (again!)yesterday when he spent an hour or so at my school applying a wallwords quote that I purchased for my library. We've been married for 20 years and have a very busy life with two preschoolers, but he fills my bucket ALL THE TIME. And I try to fill his, too. :)

CMartin21 said...

My amazing hubby filled my bucket (again!)yesterday when he spent an hour or so at my school applying a wallwords quote that I purchased for my library. We've been married for 20 years and have a very busy life with two preschoolers, but he fills my bucket ALL THE TIME. And I try to fill his, too. :)

the character said...

My mom is my bucket filler today! She has been telling me what a great mom I am and it just made me feel so special to hear it. Plus, she gave examples. I love my mom!

Count me in...I would LOVE to have the book.

Plus, it goes along with what I am currently reading!

imadramamama said...

We closed on our house today and the people that bought it from us made gift baskets for each of our kids.

They said they knew the quick sale of our home put us (and the kids) in a tight spot so they wanted to do something to make it a little easier.

We were absolutely floored.

Truly Blessed said...

My most recent bucket filling was when my husband told me that he appreciates all that I do and how well I take care of the house, him and our little girl.

It made a bad week a wonderful day!

usafcole said...

I have two bucket fillers. First is my granddaughter Katy. She is almost three and is still learning this concept...today she jumped for joy because I picked her up from preschool. She did not know that I was going to pick her up. She jumped into my arm and gave me a hug when she saw me. She also said, "Thanks, Mamaw, for coming to my school."

The second bucket filler is my friend, Alice. I have never heard Alice say an unkind word about anybody. I have also never heard Alice gossip. She freely gives hugs and calls to make sure that all is okay. She is fun to be around and was the first person to make me feel welcome at our church six years ago when we first started attending.

usafcole@yahoo.com

Genny said...

LOVE this!!! I've never heard of that book...it sounds great!

Who has filled my bucket lately? My kids. Definitely my kids. :)

secondofwett said...

Oh, I would just love a copy of that book...not only for my four special needs teens at home but for my five grandchildren! What a help that would be!

Sarah said...

My bucket has recently been filled by my boys... It IS the most precious thing when they are so complimentary, and when they throw themselves into things that you ask them to do for you. I am very blessed.

Sandra said...

My mom is constantly filling my bucket by encouraging me to be a good mom, good wife, and nice to my in-laws who will be visiting this weekend. :)

Beth@Sportsmomma said...

I love this idea! how cool!

My bucket filler today was DH who, although coming out of general anethesia kept telling me how much he loved and and how much he appreciated me- and now he doesn't even remember it! He could have said many things while being "under" but what he said brightened my day!!

The Busy Blaine's said...

I love it! Boy do I need to work on being a bucket filler. I'm afraid I dip too much.
My fillers would be my kids though, that's for sure!
Love your blog.

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Did I make the cut off? i would love this book! I have lots of bucket fillers on my blog- They are the BEST>

The Montalbos said...

Oooooh! My son would love this! And since he is constantly MY bucket-filler (He is constantly complimenting me.) it would be so appropriate!!!

Stacey Moore said...

this would be perfect to use in my classroom! i have a special needs child in my class that feels my bucket each day!
thanks!
moore.g at insideconnect.net

Donna @ Thirsty? said...

I would love to share this book with my family and my school! My 4yrold son filled my bucket this morning when he said "Mum, you deserve a raise". How cute! And how right :)

Kimberly said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for this GREAT site!!! I love it!

I'm the class parent for my son's class and I would LOVE to use this in the classroom. I'm sure the teacher will love it too. My daughter is also in student government. I think she should talk this over with the other kids. Maybe they can use this idea in middle school too.

My friend Lexi is my "bucket filler". I have been feeling down lately and my friend Lexi always has a way of helping me to see the best in any situation. She's always filling me up with confidence and commending me on the things I do and making me see the "big picture" so that things don't seem so bad after all.

My husband also filled my bucket today. He knows how badly I want to go back to college and finish my degree, but $$ has always been an issue. He told me today that no matter what he'll find a way to help me go back to school and insists that I go talk to a counselor at school about taking a class this semester. YEAH!!!!!!! I hope I can!!!

Thank you for an AWESOME giveaway!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Nancy said...

My husband fills my bucket daily :)

What a great idea for your kids' school! I wish more school would follow this. Perhaps we'd have fewer bully episodes.

windycindy said...

I am too late, but I can still hope to be entered. This is a wonderful idea for Sunday School classes, also. In a small way, it reminds me of
"Random Acts of Kindness!" Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tidbits Of Tammy said...

I know I am past the deadline but that is ok I wanted to comment anyway.

My kids fill my bucket daily!

I love that their school is doing this I am going to check into the site and see if I can get this going at my son's school. It is truly a fabulous idea.

I actually had a book for my job called Monday Morning Leadership (Wonderful Book BTW)anyhoo the author used the bucket filling concept and I had thought it was such a great thing. I guess that is why it excites me so much that they are doing this with a children's book.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

Ok I am going to do a little bucket filling myself.

I just found your blog over this past week I do not even remember where but I just wanted to share with you that I think you have such a wonderful, funny, inspiring blog.

I spent a good amount of time here in the first few days and I read everything you have written. Of course I subscribed and I get so excited to see when I get your newest post.

Some people have a gift when it comes to blogging and you my friend are one of them!

Thanks so much!

P.S First I am sooo sorry I made such a long comment.
But I wanted to add one more thing.

I wanted to ask you and all the other commentors to keep Marsha of Our Homeschool Happenings in your prayers. I have just started to visit here blog as well so I do not "know her" but she lost her 3 year old little boy last night. He went missing and divers found him in their pond.

I cannot even begin to think what that family is going through right now. It is heavy on my heart and I know that they could use all the prayers that they can get right now.

Sarah W. said...

So sweet. I did not realize there was a book about this. I would love to read it!! So count me in the drawing :).

I heard a friend one time say "Pretend everyone you meet is wearing a sign that says 'Make me feel important today.'" I try to live by that. I love it!

Gigi said...

This may be old news (I didn't read all 133 comments), but there's an adult version of this book too! Did you know? It's great!

And once again, thanks for another great post!

Maria said...

It's so true we need to fill those buckets! I treasure one friend in particular who just listens and prays.

Thanks and I hope I get the book!

Jennie said...

I love this idea! I need to do more bucket filling and less bucket dipping.

Demetra said...

Fill that Bucket! Thank you!

makingthemostofbeingathome said...

What a fab idea thank you for sharing. My bucket has just been filled by my boys telling me I am the best mummy in the world for making them muffins xxx