We were up in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, 2011, visiting my sister and her family.  My brother-in-law Dan…..seen below in the pictures (he is best seen in the last picture giving a thumbs up to the little boy)……was telling us that he was in Africa…..away on business a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving.  He said that one day after work……he was drinking a bottle of water….and a young boy came up to him….and wanted the last few sips he had of his bottled water….Dan gave it to him….and said it was like the little one just won the lottery.

My daughter Katie was listening to the story…and knew that Dan was going back to Africa on business again the week following Thanksgiving.  She wanted us to give Dan money so the next time he went he could buy bottled water for a family and some children in Africa. So we gave Dan some money to bring to Africa…..and  prior to his trip….Dan and his co-workers collected some money…..and used the money to buy some necessities for the people seen below……Dan said that they were able to buy 168 bottles of water.  The pictures below represent the little story line……the road as Dan was approaching the small town….and the home the family lives in……and the last picture being my favorite of Dan and the little boy….giving him a thumbs up.

How lucky are we to live in a place where bottled water is an everyday thing….something we take for granted.










About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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  1. Kim says:

    Pretty amazing….I agree. How little people are capable of living with…and how lucky we are to live in this country.

  2. Jen says:

    What a great story!

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