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This September we are making another trip to the beautiful country of Nicaragua for some well-deserved relaxation and rejuvenation on the beach. While we are visiting the country, Nica Vida Surf Lodge has graciously put together a volunteer opportunity for us to help supply some local villages with water filters, improving the health and quality of living for the local population. Clean water filtration system Filtration Nicaragua

We look forward to showing our toddler the importance of helping others that are not as fortunate as we are here in the United States. Please consider donating to the cause and we’ll be sure to capture the moment and provide pictures of your charity in action.

Skip Starbucks and DONATE

Skip one day at Starbucks and donate $5 towards part of a water filter providing clean drinking water to Nicaraguan children.

Skip the week of Starbucks and purchase the entire filter for a mere $30! If nothing more, take a moment to realize how blessed we are in the United States to live the way we do.



Donald, Sarah and Abigail

Ringing the Bell – Salvation Army style!
How to teach empathy and compassion to a toddler


Raising a kid is hard. I’m sure it has always been difficult, but with iPhones, electronic babysitters and more TV shows than one kid can handle, its hard to find balance.  How do you teach a toddler empathy or compassion … by ringing the bell – Salvation Army style!
Ringing the Bell


As parents we have been wanting to introduce our little one to community service. I saw a local volunteer opportunity and immediately signed us up.  One hour in a heated ‘foyer’ of a big box store handing out candy and ringing a bell…PERFECT!
Ringing the Bell


We each dawned our red aprons, filled our pockets with candies and started our shift. Our little 2 year old extrovert stole the show!   She rang her bell and handed out candy to everyone.
Ringing the Bell


After about 20 minutes she was exhausted. She sat on her little wooden stool and sang Christmas carols to people who donated.


At 2 years old she didn’t understand why we were there, the significance of what we were doing or who the donations will benefit, but she does learn from example. She smiled, sang songs and rang the bell that we have all come to recognize during the holiday season. Even at 2 years old she knows what its like to spread joy and love to others. That is what we wanted to teach our daughter.
How to teach empathy and compassion to a toddler