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Monday, June 15, 2009

Scenes from a Saturday

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." ~ John W. Whitehead, The Stealing of America, 1983

A creative table made out of a surfboard invites some to catch an indoor wave.

"If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all." ~ Pearl S. Buck

This big sister always knows how to keep her little baby brother happy. She loves to push his stroller and makes sure he has a pacifier or a bottle when he cries.

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." ~ Frederick Douglass

Good natured play and fun in front of the camera.

"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." ~ Walt Streightiff

Someone donated a ducky faced soap, which of course will be put to good use by one special little girl.

"One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination." ~ Sam Levenson

A donated straw basket in the hands of a bright boy becomes a turtle's shell.


Thanks to Lisa and Rachel of HAMO and our mutual friend Colleen for inviting me and K and the kids to a bagel brunch. We brainstormed ideas and sorted out diapers, clothes and toiletries.

K and the kids filled some bags with little soaps, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and a load of diapers, all generously donated through the outreach of Help A Mother Out.

It's amazing how a little soap, a new tube of toothpaste or a glass of fresh orange juice can make someone smile.

Please keep your fingers crossed for them. The possibility of a new apartment could be just days away... we hope, we hope.


ps.: K's daughter was voted Best Student out of her ENTIRE school! By both her teacher and her principal. She was awarded a special scholarship to an advanced summer school and as her mom told us about it, she couldn't have been any more proud. As we were too.


Andrew Scott Turner June 15, 2009 at 5:07 AM  

Great post.

loved the pictures...and the quotes to match

iasa June 15, 2009 at 6:18 AM  

Congrats to the scholar. I hope they get some good news regarding the apartment.

~K June 15, 2009 at 7:01 AM  

Congrats to K's super student. Remember I work in k-12 education, so if you remind me when it gets close to school for them we have backpack and school supplies covered like a rug on bad linoleum.

shabby girl June 15, 2009 at 7:17 AM  

Great post TB, and I love the quotes!

Anonymous June 15, 2009 at 7:30 AM  

what great news.

Rachel June 15, 2009 at 8:25 AM  

Wow, that's great about K's little girl. Good for her. Amazing accomplishment under normal circumstances, even more amazing in her current circumstances.
K is obviously doing a great job with those kids...

pcalkosz June 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

Yay for Little K!!! :)

Yoli June 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

This is one of your sweetest and best posts my friend. I love this, I love that because someone stopped in their tracks a mountain was moved. Because one person decided that she had to go back, a child is now thriving. That person is you. Love you.

Kelly Kilmer June 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

WTG Super Girl and her Super Mom! Kudos on a fab post. LOVE how those kids are GLOWING. Mom does an amazing job of taking care of them. A certain someone was able to catch that in the photos-very cool. ;)

Char June 15, 2009 at 12:14 PM  

beautiful shots, beautiful day and a beautiful happy scholar.

congratulations to the proud mommy too

Eternal Lizdom June 15, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

I just love reading these updates!! I hope there is good news soon about a place to live!

Just Jules June 15, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

Oh smiles! I love it.....

however, fresh orange juice followed by brushing teeth with new toothpaste - does not produce smiles! warning :)

Mari June 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM  

Go go K's daughter! That's awesome.

Christina June 15, 2009 at 6:28 PM  

K's daughter, rocks! Great work!

Susan L June 15, 2009 at 11:35 PM  

To K and her kids:

Keep up the good fight. As a former homeless mom to another you will get through this and come out a stronger woman. Good luck I hope that you get great news on the apartment. Tango baby you are a sincere person that made a huge difference in a mom's life and her kids are all the more better for meeting you

Adam June 16, 2009 at 5:09 AM  

i usually read all the comments before posting my own, but I said screw that I am posting a comment anyway.

Loved the post along with the photos. But what really excited me was the super student award in the 'PS'. there aren't a whole lot of times i can use it, but I can now use this little line.

*stands up and starts the slow clap like they did in Rudy*

Ok that feels good! Hope all is well with you.

Marilyn Miller June 16, 2009 at 9:05 AM  

Congratulations to K's daughter. I know she must be bust'n her buttons with pride.

sarah June 17, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

congrats to k daughter. will keep the apartment in my prayers for them. thank you for sharing

Pearl Bhasin June 19, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

Congratulations to K's little one for being such a good girl in school! Please tell her that as I read about her getting her scholarship, I had a very big smile too, and the news has made my day!! :D Well done, and double-thumbs up!!

Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

They have come such a long way, it really is quite amazing!

SE'LAH... June 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

great post...LOVE the pics. They look so happy.