Two Roads.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost

Monday, September 6, 2010

Celebration Event for Place of Refuge Village


Join us in celebrating the beginning of building a safe, self-sustaining village for the Acholi people of Northern Uganda. So far funds have made it possible for the purchase of 5 acres to start this project. Come celebrate as we raise additional funds to continue this endeavor. The new village plans include residential structures including a communal kitchen pavilion, rainwater collection system, showers and a pit latrine. Optimally, additional funds will allow for daycare, healthcare, crafting, and education. The model will be on display along with additional information on Kids Inspiring Kids, the Acholi tribe and the land of Mityana, Uganda. There will be appetizers, drinks and a drum circle (bring your own drum to participate!) Music will be provided by DJ Shani of the Groove Temple, The David Tree, ComeDrumForFun, and Drumswagger. Dress Casually for dancing. African crafts will also be available for purchase.
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
New Line Design Solutions
New Flower Farmers Market
HEB - Bee Cave
La Madeline - Westlake
Circle Line Designs
Lake Travis Wine Trader
Six10 Media
Mimi's Cafe - Bee Cave
Randall's - Lakeway

We look forward to seeing you all the event!


Tomi Mills
Kids Inspiring Kids
512 736-3083

Saturday September 11, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM CDT
Open House Format

Laura Bush Library
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back to Africa

So it looks like I will be headed back to Uganda, Africa sometime in December. I am so excited! It has been way to long and this trip is much overdue. I am most excited to see everyone, especially the kiddos (they have all gotten so big) and be a part of the now long standing tradition of Christmas in the Ghetto.
This event has been an annual tradition of Kids Inspiring Kids since 2006. Unfortunately, I just missed the festivities that year because my beautiful sister Kelli got married three days after Christmas that same year. However, through generous support we have been able to create this experience for the people in the Banda Ghetto each year since. This year, I will become a part of that incredible adventure. Last year KIK was able to feed over 3,000 people, mainly children, and this year we hope to be able to touch even more lives. Each person is given an entire meal that includes meat. Meat is a luxury and nearly impossible to come by in the ghetto.
I will be in Uganda for about a month including Christmas and New Years. I would like to stay longer, but I have my puppy I will need to come home to. If anyone is interested in making a trip out there around the same time let me know! A vacation with a cause is very well worth the time and effort. Africa, as important as it is to make a difference while you are there, actually changes your life even more. It is truly amazing.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Archie The King...

... Charles Spaniel that is. Archie was born on November 9, 2009. Upon arriving at a pure bred puppy store, in February 2010, I had my heart set on a Puggle (a cross between a pug and a beagle); however, once inside the play pen with the little jumping-jack-flash I quickly changed my mind as she tore a new hole in my already rugged jeans and cared more about destroying anything in her path than receiving attention. Heart broken that the breed wasn't what I expected, and with a freshly-stinging cut on my finger, barely bleeding, yet somehow incredibly annoying I decided to look around at the other puppies. Might as well... besides they were SOOO cute. Among them were chihuahuas, and multiple Yorkies, one small Frenchie with a cold that was SO cute but WAY too expensive; an Akita, a frouzy teacup poodle, a couple of wrinkly pugs, some rambunctious jack russell terriers, a whiny scotty, and a desperate-for-attention weimaraner, and of course a miniature doberman pincher (I didn't even know there was such a thing!). Then as I was walking by an open top kennel I spotted this fuzzy black puff. I leaned over to scratch its belly and it lazily rolled over on its back, stuck all four paws straight in the air and yawned. I was smitten. I picked it, which I now knew was a him, up and he's big 'ole floppy ears dropped to the side to reveal the CUTEST face I have ever seen. His big round eyes looked up at me and he snuggled over to my collar bone to rest his head. Immediately I took him with a toy into a play area to see if he could possibly be as sweet awake as asleep. Once he took a big stretch he was playful, but not hyper and loving, but not invasive and I knew... he was meant for ME! I looked up his breed, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which I knew nothing about, and worried he would be like a cocker spaniel. However, to my pleasant surprise they are actually considered quite opposite of a cocker spaniel. King Charles II LOVED this breed as evident from the fact they are in several royal paintings. They were used as foot and lap warmers as well as hot water bottle alternatives. They are also a hunting breed and were reserved only for royalty. The more information I found out the more I fell for this floppy eared dandy. And so, by the end of the day he was my newest and cutest companion. He is the most laid back, sweet, well-behaved, calm and snugly puppy ever.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Movement of Music

I think I should have no other mortal wants if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.
George Eliot (1819-1880)