The Picture that Shook the World

I was going to share a recipe today, until I saw a picture on social media. One that made posting the recipe impossible until I’d posted about the image. It was an image that stopped you in your tracks, pulled at your heart strings, and left you crying. It was the picture that shook the world.

Omran, a four-year-old Syrian boy

Last Wednesday, after an airstike hit his neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh was photographed in an ambulance. Daqneesh was pulled from the rubble that once was his home. Shock covered his face as blood and dust covered his body. In a video, Daqneesh rubs his eye and wipes his face. Then, he looks at his blood stained hand, before wiping it on the seat. The “boy in the ambulance” picture has been shared by millions throughout the world on social media.

This blog post has taken me a while to write. Yes, the first time I saw the picture was last Thursday, when it hit the airwaves. But, still to this moment, very time I look at it, my heart breaks. All I can think about are the thoughts going through his mind; how scared he must have been and how uncertain things were.

With no words, Omran Daqneesh told the world that we must do better to help our fellow human-beings. It’s more than loving them, we must reach out a helping hand to those in need, those who are hurting, lost, and in need of comfort. Volunteer in your community or with charities throughout the world, open your home and heart to those who need shelter, and feed those who are hungry.

According to an article posted on, several ways to help include:

The UN Refugee Agency: Plans include distributing sleeping bags, thermal blankets, raincoats, socks, clothes and footwear to the most vulnerable refugees. “Harsh weather conditions are likely to exacerbate the suffering of the thousands of refugees and migrants landing in Greece and travelling through the Balkans,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said.

Save the Children: Supplies food for Syrian kids and supports education in Syrian refugee camps.

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: MSF is operating two rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea that can carry hundreds of people to land.

Unicef: It delivers vaccines, winter clothes and food for children in Syria and neighboring countries.

Operation Refugee Child: Grassroots organization led by American moms who distribute backpacks of supplies to refugee children whose families are fleeing war and terror.”

Sadly, Daqneesh’s older brother passed away from injuries of the airstrike. But for Daqneesh, all we can hope is that he is well and on his way to a better life. A peaceful life that everyone in the world deserves.

Now, every time I pull up my blog, I am reminded of the picture that shook the world. For me, the boy in the ambulance will always be a sign of help and a sign that we must do more for our fellow human-beings.






My Travel To-Do List

We all have bucket lists. Lists of things we want to do before our last day on Earth. But, I don’t like calling them “bucket lists.” Sounds as if you are counting down the days. So, instead, lets call them “to-do lists.” My to-do lists consist of making memories, spending time with loved ones, and traveling. Here is my travel to-do list.

  • Visit all 7 continents
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Go on a Route 66 road-trip
  • Visit and hike Machu Picchu
  • Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Camp under the Northern Lights
  • Visit Brazil during Carnival.
  • Dive through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  • Walk across the Trift Bridge in the Swiss Alps
  • Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon
  • Kayak through Caddo Lake in Texas
  • Go on a hot-air balloon ride in Turkey
  • Go fly-fishing in Montana’s Glacier National Park
  • See the floating lanterns in Thailand
  • Watch the Changing of the Guards in London
  • See the Fairy Pools in Scotland
  • Tickle whales in Mexico
  • Walk the Great Wall of China
  • Helicopter over a volcano in Hawaii
  • Hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon

Dreaming a little big, aren’t I? That’s the fun of it- dream and LIVE big!

What is on your travel to-do list?



This I Dream

We all have dreams. Some of us dream about making a million dollars, some of us dream about becoming president, and some dream of curing a disease.

While at Target yesterday, I saw a man sitting on a bench, outside the store. Also, sitting on the bench was everything he owned. After visiting another store, I saw the man carrying all of his possessions in his arms, walking alongside the road. Walking to where? That I don’t know. I kept thinking of ways to help him, but I knew I could do little.

I share this story, because, if you ask me about my dreams, the list would go on and on. However, I do dream that:

1: Every human and animal have a place to call home.

2: Every human and animal have enough to eat for three meals a day.

3: Every human will have clothes to wear on sunny, cold, or stormy days.

4: Every human will be considered equal and not judged based on their race or gender.

5: There will be peace throughout the world.

This I dream.