"He came to us at 5 days old straight from the hospital. He was our first foster care placement and we are the only home he has ever known. We are ecstatic. We can't imagine our family without this crazy 2 year old!!! My husband and I are both nurses. I work in Labor & Delivery, and unfortunately see first hand the horrible situations babies are born too every day. It was there that I found out that there weren't any open foster homes in our region. We had done years of unsuccessful infertility treatments, and I brought up adoption through foster care. My husband was hesitant at first. But he has four other kids from a previous marriage (I had none) and he told me for years he never thought he could love a child as much that wasn't biologically his. But then he said he saw that I love his kids like they are my own and realized it was possible. A lot of prayers later we decided to go for it. Now, this little boy is the light in his daddy's eye. He fits right in with our crazy family. The only advice I would give to future parents, is to be open. Have an open heart and open mind. God will place a child with you that you can make a difference with. - Copher Family <3" (Credit: Facebook/Together We Rise) #9Today
A mate of mine works at a surf/skate shop, everything is sooooo expensive- boards are all in the thousands. The other day I was lying on the couch there talking to him while my kids hooned around on the skate boards.
I was like, "what's your demographic? I mean Who can afford such expensive stuff?"
He replied, "you'd be surprised Con, single mums are my biggest clientele. They lay-by stuff for their kids and come in every week to pay it off"
I actually wasn't surprised, I was raised by this single mum who begged, stole and borrowed to make sure I didn't go without, I had the best trampoline in town and always new that if I really wanted something it wasn't out of reach.
It's not about material stuff, it's about the fierce hearts of women doing it solo.
I know that this time of year isn't easy, but single mums get shit done and I think that's really fucking cool.
These cows have just been discovered stranded on this tiny island after a massive earthquake in New Zealand wiped out their entire paddock; apart from this small patch of grass.
The magnitude 7.5 quake struck early this morning on New Zealand's south Island and has sadly claimed the lives of two people. The effect on the island's animal population still isn't known but rescue efforts are now beginning to save the two cows and a calf that are marooned on this tiny mound of earth.
I'll be sure to keep you updated on how they go...
Twelve very special dogs have just been flown into Orlando. And after days filled with so much sadness, the unconditional love offered by this squad might be just what this fragile community needs…
Sure they’re not doctors, but the healing power of these twelve dogs is undeniable. They will hopefully be the perfect prescription for victims and first responders still reeling after the horrifying events of the weekend. They’re part of a team of over 100 specially trained ‘comfort dogs’ skilled at dealing with people trying to comprehend immense and unimaginable tragedy. And sadly, it’s not their first mission. These dogs also served in Sandy Hook following the mass shooting as well as the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Clearly if these Retrievers were born to do anything in life, this is it. As the President of the Comfort Dogs team, Tim Hetzner, put it, ‘They help people relax and calm down. They’re good listeners, they’re non-judgemental, they’re confidential’. Importantly also, aside from dropping their blood pressure, people around these dogs simply ‘end up talking’.
So in a community that will take some time to comprehend it’s loss, at least these dogs are giving people a chance to heal. As well as hope for a brighter future.