When my husband and I downsized and moved back to MI from PA (after 32 years and raising 6 kids), we got rid of at least 60% of our possessions. read more →

In the classroom of the Little Fish (2 years old) of Colégio Oceanus, this year we live in an atmosphere of Kindness. Bearing in mind the idea that the first years of life are essential in the development of the personality and in the internalization of values, this year we started a project in which children are encouraged to be kind, friendly, generous, and are valued, praised for these attitudes.

We started with the story “Have you filled your bucket today?” and, after the construction of the anthem, Kindness became a natural thing, inherent in everyday life. In the room, there is a Kindness tree, whose branches are filled with a heart-shaped leaf for every act of kindness. We also have the buckets, which are filled up according to good attitudes. read more →

When my friend’s 7- year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, I arranged (only by the grace of God) for her to go to a concert of her favorite singer. She also met the singer and had backstage passes!!! The squeal of excitement from her when her mommy told her what the plans were… oh my gosh, I’ve never felt that feeling before! Soooo many emotions bubbled up inside me. It was such a huge blessing!!! – Marissa

Today, my dance class went to lunch after class and when it was time to pay one lady in the group said her hubby was buying lunch for us. I actually cried. It was embarrassing but it just came out. read more →

 

We love the message in this story. A teacher uses a $20 note to demonstrate that no matter what happens to a person in their life, they are still worth the same as they were before. All the bumps and bruises we collect along the way, the mistakes we make and the opportunities we miss do not diminish our worth. read more →

Two years ago, my partner was having some heart problems and was in the hospital. Her birthday was coming up and her son had bought her a car as a present but she didn’t know anything about it. read more →

This past week was M’s birthday. When friends or family members ask me what she wants for her birthday, my answer is usually, “Time”.

This year, M asked us to play at her favorite playground. She asked us to go swimming at the local indoor pool. She asked to share a pizza with her grandparents and to make enchiladas and ice cream cake with a few of her friends from school. And that…was it! No toys. No gadgets. No themed, decorated party with an agenda and entertainment. Just time with friends and family. read more →

I teach at a Title I school (which means over 75% of our kids are on free/reduced breakfast/lunch status). Almost every morning one of my little fellows brings me FOOD from the cafeteria (an apple, pear, box of raisins…). read more →

When I dropped my son Joey back at his residency this evening, there was another boys father that was walking in the hallway. When Joey saw him, he shouted out his name and said, “I want chicken nuggets from McDonald’s!” The dad walked into Joey’s room, introduced himself to me, and told me that for a while now when he would drop off his son, he would also bring Joey nuggets from McDonald’s, so of course, Joey asked him for some! Lol. I had no idea that something like this was going on. read more →

On a busy morning, I was driving my daughter to school. She was running late (making everyone else late). We had just dropped her sister off at school and she convinced me she needed some cocoa to stay warm at school. read more →

Yesterday my girls and I went to the yearly event Paris Plage. An afternoon out and about on a makeshift beach in the center of town. Unfortunately, the state of the world is such that the entrance is guarded and soldiers are on patrol, as you can maybe make out in the picture. read more →

Recently, a woman posted on a swap site for our city that a co-worker had been robbed and they stole the children’s tv’s and video game system. read more →