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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

13 Inspiring Kids

I've been introduced to many inspiring kids lately, mostly because of Pass the Torch Tuesday, which is an exercise in catching kids being good. But these kids are being AWESOME.

The first 8 of this week's 13 are from this Tuesday's excellent posts. Please tell me how on earth I'm supposed to choose a winner?

Forget it - they all get the award. Congratulations!!

Thirteen perfect examples of what's right about young people -- please check them out!

1. Karate Kid at Drama Queen's Mama made me cry with pride.

2. Sally, at Susan's blog stands up for herself.

3. Mommy Needsa Mai Tai shows how seven-year-old Chad demonstrates above-and-beyond responsibility.

4. Door Man steps up to the plate, just like a pro at Unexplored Territory.

5. And then Hoss will make you cry again at If Momma Ain't Happy.

6. WAYA's five-year-old Tyler teaches us how to stay safe in a world that sometimes isn't.

7. Tired But Happy's son knows all about generosity and giving.

8. Rebecca's daughter, Mara, demonstrates compassion and caring for others.

9. Looking for Hope celebrates her older child taking the younger siblings under her wing.

10. Deena understands more than I think.

11. A preschool Tim surprised his mom about his reading skills.

12. Previous winners: Tyler, The Queen, and Wystful1's son inspired us last week.

13. A talented 10-year-old just launched her own blog. She draws and writes, and she's quite good!. Please visit her at The Smilly Family.

See you for next week's Pass the Torch Tuesday! And let me know if you think I should do the vote again next time. I was thinking it would be easier to just select winners, but it's not! I could do a random thing as well. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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  • I've read about some of them already! How nice of you to highlight them.

    Happy Thursday!

    By Blogger MysteriousLady, At 10:10 PM  

  • Hard to choose! Good luck, go with your heart! My list is up!

    By Blogger EmilyRoseJewel, At 11:03 PM  

  • Going to agree with emilyrose and say go with your heart. :)

    By Anonymous e, At 11:28 PM  

  • DD & I pull the weeds...lots of them. You can see one in the black zucchini pix.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    I'll have to visit the blogs on your list.

    By Blogger Renee, At 11:31 PM  

  • Wow, great list to choose from. They are definitly all winners.

    By Blogger Lazy Daisy, At 12:08 AM  

  • It's great of you to highlight these young people. I will have to visit them soon! Happy TT!

    By Anonymous Kelli, At 1:01 AM  

  • Sounds good. I hope I get time to read all of them.

    By Anonymous kristarella, At 1:12 AM  

  • Now I hav eto go read aboutthem. great list!!!

    By Blogger FrogLegs, At 1:14 AM  

  • Wow! This is a neat post!! I'll have to go visit some of these blogs and read about these children.

    My TT is up.

    By Blogger Barbara, At 1:31 AM  

  • those sound like some fantastic kids! so glad so many bloggers participated - that is wonderful!

    By Blogger Janice (5 Minutes for Mom), At 3:44 AM  

  • Ditto -- *all* exceptional and wonderful kids. Evidence of great parenting, too!

    My Thursday Thirteen is up!

    Happy Thursday, Kelly!

    By Blogger Something's Missing, At 5:53 AM  

  • I will certainly read the ones I didn't already, thanks for the tip!
    My TT is about things that make me happy.

    By Blogger Tink, At 6:30 AM  

  • It just goes to show that the example means everything. If the right example is there, beautiful things can happen! I loved the stories about learning to read and generosity. Those were precious!

    By Blogger Zeus, At 8:06 AM  

  • You are going to have a hard time choosing! What great kids!

    Happy TT!

    By Blogger Jodi, At 8:10 AM  

  • It's so great that you do this!

    By Anonymous Jenny Ryan, At 8:49 AM  

  • What a sweet idea. I think sometimes as adults we think we always set the tone, or are to be "looked up to" it's good to remember that kids make choices and can be inspirational too.

    It's also hopeful to hear about new generations...

    my TT is here...

    By Blogger Candy Minx, At 8:54 AM  

  • cool kids out there.

    By Blogger Wicked Witch, At 9:38 AM  

  • It is grat to be able to draw inspiration from kids.

    Great list. My T13 is up

    By Blogger Dane Bramage, At 10:13 AM  

  • Our foreign exchange student from Sweden is so polite and gracious. And so proud of her host "sister" (my daughter) for helping her adjust.

    My T13 - Ice Breakers Edition - is up at Bloggin' Outloud. Thanks! lgp

    By Blogger Lyn, At 10:27 AM  

  • They are all winners in my book.

    Happy T13!

    By Anonymous nancy, At 10:42 AM  

  • Those are great ones...I am sure it is hard choosing. I look forward to participating soon.

    By Blogger Karen, At 11:00 AM  

  • Wow! I like how you bring out the best in kids. These stories sound fantastic, I'll be sure to check them out!
    Have a great Thursday!

    By Blogger Christine, At 11:44 AM  

  • Another inspiring list. I can't wait until my girls get a little older to inspire us more!

    By Blogger Shannon, At 12:19 PM  

  • Excellent list and great cross-promotion, eh? ;) Our TT this week is the 13 favorite games of the Lil' Duck - come check it out! Have a wonderful Thursday ;).

    By Blogger Mama Duck, At 1:30 PM  

  • I'm gonan have to come back and read all of them when i have more time more time more time.

    Thanks for sharing...these are great.

    My tt are up.

    :) SB

    By Blogger shellibells, At 2:22 PM  

  • "Pass the Torch Tuesday" is a great idea! How affirming!

    By Blogger Cindy, At 2:41 PM  

  • Boy, I really need to think of something to submit to this! I'm so glad at how well it's going! Great job!

    By Anonymous Kailani, At 3:14 PM  

  • As usual Kelly, PTTT is a great idea! Glad I was able to contribute something this week.

    By Blogger Waya, At 3:51 PM  

  • Going to check out some of those stories. THANKS for sharing.

    By Anonymous Zoe, At 4:30 PM  

  • Great idea for a list. I enjoyed it!! :)

    Thanks for visiting me! Happy TT!

    By Blogger AnIowaMom, At 4:40 PM  

  • What a neat idea! I will have to share this with my 10 year old.

    By Anonymous baggage, At 4:46 PM  

  • what a wonderful list. i love catching kids doing good things for others. my T13 is up

    By Blogger Shaylondon, At 5:38 PM  

  • hehehe kids can always be amazing.
    i put your name on my "other TT" list in advance ok? hope you don't mind.

    By Blogger Lilize, At 6:18 PM  

  • I am going to go check them all out, but I didn't want to forget to comment ;) I love what you do on Tuesday!!

    Happy TT!

    By Blogger Crayonsetc, At 7:59 PM  

  • Thanks for including the Smilly Family! I so hope that she remains inspired by the interest in her stories so far. Thank you for that, too! You're really doing something special, and commendable!

    By Blogger Leanne, At 11:20 PM  

  • That was a great list :) I enjoy talking about my nephew and my twins. They are constantly doing something to make me smile! Yesterday when I picked my girls up from headstart, they had posterboards taped to the door beside their classroom. At the top of the Poster it said "____ Makes me happy" and it listed the kids' names with what they said made them happy. Next to my Shaleena's name it said "My Mommy" I was flabbergasted. I had tears in my eyes! When I read on down the list to Shelby's name it said "Lunch" and I just cracked up! Gotta love em!

    By Blogger Samantha, At 4:07 AM  

  • I'm also named Kelly Curtis. I hope you don't mind that I have linked my website. Your site is very interesting, and I imagine I will be back to visit. Many of my clients have mis-typed my site and found you..and then told me. So here I am snooping...


    By Blogger KellyLynnCurtis, At 11:01 PM  

  • Too funny, Kelly Curtis - alter-ego;) Nice to meet you!

    By Blogger Pass The Torch, At 8:33 AM  

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