per aspera ☆ ad astra

Theresa! ♡ | New York | 20 | Stony Brook University '16 | Bibliophile | Foodie | Musician

  • ART HISTORY MEME; 9 paintings:
    Still Life with White Roses, Vincent van Gogh [4/9]

    (via aimmyarrowshigh)

    • 11940
    • 11940
  • humansofnewyork:

    This may be the happiest I’ve ever been to write a post. Last year, as many of you probably remember, we held a crowdfunding campaign to help a family with adoption fees. The Watkins family had already adopted an eight year old daughter from Ethiopia. They were so happy with their new family, they decided to adopt a ten year old boy named Rabuma, who they had discovered in an orphanage. They knew that Rabuma was destined to be their new son, but were heartbroken because they didn’t have the money to bring him home yet. 4,000 of you donated to help make this family a reality. Over the past year, the Watkins have been sending me periodic updates, but I didn’t want to share them because I didn’t want to jeopardize the process. But everything just finalized. By a beautiful coincidence, the Watkins happened to pick up Rabuma while I was in Africa. So between destinations, I took a two hour detour to Ethiopia to photograph the occasion. It was such an honor for me to be present at the birth of this new family. The love that had already developed between them just filled the room.

    • 7545
    • 7545
  • readmybookshelves:

    This USB drive comes preloaded with 3,000 classic books.

    (Source: amandaonwriting, via gigglealittle)

    • 42998
    • 42998
  • humansofnewyork:

    "A few years ago, I got a call on my cell phone from a twelve year old child from my village. He was calling me from a bus stop. He’d taken a bus into the city alone, and he was calling me to ask if I could help him find a way to go to school. Both of his parents had died of AIDS, and he had no money for tuition. I told him to stay where he was, and left work immediately to pick him up. At first I was very mad at him. He should not have travelled alone. But then I looked at him and I saw myself. I’d also been desperate to go to school after my father was killed, but we had no money. So even though I was suffering myself, I told him I would try to help him. My salary was not enough, so I tried many things to get the money. After work, I went to the landfill to hunt for recyclables. But after I paid to have them cleaned, there was no money left. Now I’m trying to make bricks. I have a small operation in the village to make bricks, and I sell them in the city. It doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to pay tuition for the boy and three of his siblings.” 

    (Kampala, Uganda)

    • 12545
    • 12545
  • (Source: welshguate, via chicaqowhite)

    • 316566
    • 316566
    • 8960
    • 8960
  • NAKAMEGURO by (linton!!)

    (Source: R2--D2, via ivvvoo)

    • 25841
    • 25841
  • "Resolutely train yourself to attain peace."
    Gautama Buddha (via purplebuddhaproject)
    • 285
  • annstreetstudio:

    Lost in a beautiful garden with Vita….

    • 317
    • 317
  • with life, there is death.

    Read More