If this doesn’t both break your heart and inspire you we can’t be friends.
Rebecca Beckwith wanted something special for her ninth birthday: water. In lieu of gifts, she asked friends and families to help her raise money to bring clean water to an African village. Rebecca fell short of her goal and tragically was killed in a car crash just a month later.
News of her wish spread and today, thanks to Rebecca, 1.27 million dollars has been raised.
Her mother, Samantha Paul, recently visited the region of Africa positively impacted by Rebecca and her wells.
Read more at the Seattle Times.
9 out of 10 dental associations are wishing they had come up with this clever campaign. My kids love it. I did too till it got stuck in my head. Now I’m walking around chanting “teach me how to brushy”.
Check out this creative collection of pics by photographer Jason Lee. His muses are his daughters, Kristin and Kayla.
No cash for a couch? Love this clever substitute found at cuartoderecha.com. I have a sneaky suspicion to make this look work you’d need a swish loft apartment to stick it in. Still, I’m in awe. Anyone got any extra wooden pallets just hanging around?
PB & Js — You’re Doing It Wrong!
I’m not sure what’s scarier: discovering I haven’t lived up to my potential when it comes to making PB & Js or the realization that I actually watched a video tutorial on how to make them.
Whatever. It’s a strangely captivating video.
Existential Kitteh goes to the vet
Why every gift you’ll ever give your kid will likely pale in comparison to this
New grad Brenna Martini knew she’d likely get some sort of congratulatory gift from her dad but nothing prepared the teen for what she received:
When my Dad said he had a present for me I thought I was getting some cheesy graduation card. But what I received was something truly priceless.
Following the ceremony he handed me a bag with a copy of |Oh the Places You’ll Go,” by Doctor Seuss inside. At first I just smiled and said that it meant a lot and that I loved that book. But then he told me “No, open it up.”
…On the first page I see a short paragraph written by none other than my kindergarten teacher. I start tearing up but I’m still confused.
He tells me “Every year, for the past 13 years, since the day you started kindergarten I’ve gotten every teacher, coach, and principal to write a little something about you inside this book.”
He managed to keep this book a secret for 13 years, and apparently everyone else in my life knew about it! Yes the intended effect occurred… I burst out in tears.
Sitting there reading through this book there are encouraging and sweet words from every teacher I love and remember through my years in this small town. My early teachers mention my “Pigtails and giggles,” while my high school teachers mention my “Wit and sharp thinking..” But they all mention my humor and love for life.
It is astounding to receive something this moving, touching, nostalgic, and thoughtful. I can’t express how much I love my Dad for this labor of love.
Stupid human tricks
Seven easy steps to get your pet human to walk on a leash. By Kodi the Cat