Welcome to the First Official Fraddling Friday!

by SomeGirl on March 4, 2010 · 9 comments

I’m so glad you’re here! Let’s get started! Here are the ground rules: I’ll share what I’ve done (or failed to do) this week to live and love intentionally and then you share what you’ve done (or failed to do) in the comment section below or blog about it and share a link to your blog below. Hopefully through this mutual sharing we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds. I hope to hear from you! For those who are new to the concept of “fraddling” the idea is that you do something for or with someone, not because you love the thing you’re doing, but because they love it and you love them (although sometimes fraddling can be for yourself, because you love yourself, too, right?).  ;) (Here’s a post on the origin of Fraddling) Ok, here goes…

I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve done very well at living and loving intentionally this week. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t taken the time to be purposeful. But, here are a few things that come to mind…

Tuesday, some girlfriends and I spent 3 hours after school at a McDonald’s play-place while the boys played… 3 hours! We had a GREAT time talking and encouraging one another. It’s become a tradition that we lovingly call “Talkin’ Tuesdays.” I need that! It’s fraddle to my extroverted soul!

Here’s a little fraddle that wouldn’t mean much to anyone else but it meant a lot to this person… someone brought snacks to my family the other day and I could tell that giving them to us was very important to that person. Realizing this, I immediately thanked him, opened one of the snacks and started to eat it. He was SO excited to see that I liked it. It filled him with great joy to know that his gift was well received and that I was enjoying it. It wasn’t much, but it made his day (and it made my day as well)!

Tonight I failed a little, but I think it’s ok… it was “good enough.” After spending the whole day at Home School Day at the zoo, the boys and I got a pizza and came home for movie night (which is another name for “Mommy’s too tired to make dinner or set the table so let’s eat in front of the TV” night). The boys wanted to watch the original Star Wars AGAIN for the who-knows-how-many-ith time and they really wanted me to watch it with them! But, I wanted to catch up on my social media and have a little computer-down-time. I compromised by taking my laptop into the family room and “uh-huh”-ing as my oldest one described almost all of the scenes from the movie. I wasn’t fully with them. I kept thinking, “this is my opportunity to fraddle” but I didn’t fully engage. However, I’ll cut myself a little slack since we did spend the whole day together at the zoo.  But, I’d like to be the kind of person that could just wait a little longer for computer time and watch Star Wars with them.

Now it’s your turn!  :)  Any fraddling successes or failures this week? Any plans for the future?



I talk to stuffed animals and I talk for stuffed animals. I do this for my kiddos….daily. I don’t always enjoy it, but they do and I love them. I sure hope that counts as fraddle, because from the outside I’m quite sure I look wacko.

Some Girl

Oh, I’m so glad you joined in, Jamie! Yes, definitely that’s fraddle… great, everyday kind of fraddle! And a great reminder that it’s that little things can bring a lot of joy… even if they make us look “wacko.” lol – Michelle

(And, being an active part of the First Official Fraddling Friday was HUGE fraddle for me! Thank you!)


Today, I’m baking chocolate covered strawberry cupcakes (with spiders on top!) for Ethan’s birthday, and made suicide jello jigglers for an afterschool surprise snack.
But, I think my best Fraddle was yesterday. I gave up everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, that needed to be done and just hung out with my youngest, who was sick and miserable. It turned out to be a very pleasant day (with the exception of the puking!) for the two of us together. We might just have to do that on more non-sick days! Maybe on Fraddle Fridays?

I love this Fraddle thing. It makes me think so much more about being a good mom! And I love Fraddling Friday! What a great place to share and get ideas from each other.

Thanks you!

Some Girl

Aw, OM, you have made my day! I’m so glad you’re here and that you’ve taken the time to share!

I’ll have to follow your lead and put EVERYTHING to the side one day…. I like the idea of doing it on a Fraddling Friday!

So, will we get to see photos of the birthday goodies?? :)


Last night after I finished the dinner dishes, I joined my husband and son on the floor for some fort building and tickle fighting.

After awhile, my son just started climbing back and forth of my husband and I. With one leap there was a solid THUD! We waited for the crying to commence…instead we heard, “Uh oh.” And then he got up to do it again! It was hilarious.

Some Girl

That sounds fun! Don’t you love the laughter of little ones playing? Great ‘pay’ for fraddling, I’d say!

Thanks for being a part of Fraddling Friday, Jessica! :)


Success only after failer!
My dear husband fixed yet another thing in our home and when I went outside to check on something, there he was with a big smile and a look of “guess what wonderful thing I just did!” Honestly, I was busy and didn’t want to stop to see what it was.
He asked if I wanted to see the new pulley-system he set up for my bike in the garage. I said I was a bit busy right now-than sensing the Holy Spirit urge me…God is in the Fraddling business…I said I would love to see it.
My hubby was so proud and after thanking him several times and mentioning how cool his handywork is in front of the kids, I’m hoping my first reaction in forgiven and he knows I appreciate his hardwork.
Thanks for posting Fraddling Fridays… I needed the reminder!

Some Girl

Heather, I LOVE it! “God is in the Fraddling business.” And aren’t we SO glad He is! Thank you for being a part of FF. Your “success after failure” is a great reminder for us to listen to the Holy Spirit as we try to live and love intentionally (or sometimes don’t try, but get gently nudged)! Thank you! Love, Michelle

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