This Photographer Accidentally Shot The WRONG Proposal

A photographer in Arkansas thought he was doing the right thing by photographing a man proposing to his sweetheart. And it would have been the right thing, had it not been the wrong couple!

Jacob Peters from  JP Photography, was contacted by a gentleman in Wisconsin who wanted a photographer to secretly photograph him proposing to his girlfriend. The proposal was going to take place at the romantic spot of Hawksbill Crag.

In order to arrive before the couple and be all ready, Peters got up at 2.30am, packed up 30 pounds of gear and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National Forest. He parked in up at 4.45am and hiked up to the point, where he was ready at 6am, as planned. It may have occurred to him that there was no cell phone service, but before he had waited too long, a happy couple arrived.

A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple's proposal, completely missing his client's shot
A photographer made an expensive mistake last weekend when he accidentally photographed the wrong couple’s proposal, completely missing his client’s shot

Peter, discreetly hidden, began shooting the couple. The man duly got down on one knee, pulled out a ring and popped the question. It was obvious by the girl’s reaction that she had said yes.

“She turns around and starts crying and hugs him and it’s obvious she said yes and all went well,” Peters says.

Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag
Jacob Peters (pictured) said that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to sneakily capture a romantic sunrise engagement at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag

He continued snapping even after the couple sat down and began to enjoy the sunrise.

At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas' Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 2.30am on Saturday, May 6, Peters woke up and headed out to Arkansas’ Ozark National Forrest to make his way up towards the crag
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
At 6.17am, a young couple, who he assumed were the couple he was meant to be photographing, walked onto Hawksbill Crag in the distance, and Peters began shooting
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife
After a few minutes standing and taking in the view, the man pulled out a ring, got down on his knee and asked the young woman to be his wife

‘Job well done’, thought Peters, and packed up, hiked back to his car and drove home. He texted the guy to say that they shots had come out well, and then took a well deserved nap.

“I send the guy a text saying congratulations,” Peters recounts. “I’m glad it all worked out and then I take a nap since I was very exhausted.”

Imagine the shock when he woke to read the reply!

“I’m confused, we never saw you and we got there a little late, are you sure it was us? I was in a blue plaid shirt…”

The couple had arrived late, and had never seen Peters! On further texting it turned out that he had indeed photographed the wrong couple! Basically he had spent 6 ½ hours and $40 in gas to shoot 450 shots of the wrong couple!

“At first, kind of upset at myself,” Peters said. “I had just ordered a new camera and this shoot was going to go towards that. And I knew I wasn’t going to charge someone for work I didn’t do. I told my wife what happened and then immediately thought, they had to have seen me and thought I was some creeper in the woods with my camera and 70-200 taking pictures of them.”

“After a few days I figured I have photos that I’m sure this couple probably would like to have so why not try to find them,” he said.

Peters decided that the couple might actually like to have the pictures so he posted on Facebook, and amazingly, he got a reply from the couple, who were delighted that they had shots they did not even know of, taken of that most special day.

“I was hoping they were local but that didn’t matter,” says Peters. “They are from Dallas and they were sent a link to the post from a photographer they were going to hire. Within 4 hours I found out who they were and they couldn’t have been happier.”

Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen
Peters said that he hopes he can make it up to his client by doing another romantic photo shoot with them, and has started a GoFundMe to try to raise enough money to make that happen

Peters has said that he intends to make right with the couple he should have been shooting, by a romantic shoot with them. He has turned to crowdfunding to raise the money to finish the job with them.

Source: Daily Mail

5 Terrific Garden Pathways That You Shouldn’t Miss

Here’s a fantastic post about some terrific garden pathway ideas that you can’t miss! These are all gorgeous pathway ideas that you can do yourself to add some interest to your garden. And don’t forget to have a look at some of the other wonderful ideas on the site!

If you’re an avid gardener, you already know that a well-designed pathway can add so much to a garden. It can be used as a major feature or simply to add some interest or color to a garden. While some pathways are difficult to build and require expert help, these are simple enough for you to create yourself. They include wood pathways, brick pathways, stone pathways and even some spectacular mosaic pathways.

Whatever style of garden you have, you’ll find a type of pathways that will work in it. So have a look at these brilliant pathways to find some inspiration for a lovely pathway of your own!

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Mother Refuses To Give Up Her Disabled Baby With “Low Intelligence,” Nurtures Him All The Way To Harvard

A recent entrant to the elite Harvard University is 29 year old Ding Ding. He is from Central China. You might wonder what is so special about this young man. The reason he is going to Harvard is entirely due to his mother!

After almost suffocating at birth, Ding Ding was left with Cerebral Palsy. Doctors suggested that his mother Zou Hongyan give the baby up as they assured her that he would grow up either disabled or with very low intelligence. Mother Zou decided not to take this advice and kept her baby.

Zou even went against the advice of her husband, and they divorced soon afterwards. He had told her that the child would grow up to be a burden on them, but Zou would never give up the baby. She believed she could help Ding to lead a good life. Her long struggle started at the very moment Zou decided to keep her son.

Zou Hongyan nurses Ding Ding at home. Photo: Handout

Zou was forced to take several jobs in order to keep money coming in. Somehow in between jobs she took Ding to rehabilitation sessions. She learned how to massage his muscles, and spent time playing puzzle games with him. Stiff and tight muscles are symptoms of this disease, and Zou learned the best way to release them so that Ding could move his body properly. Zou taught Ding how to move his hands in a coordinated way so that he could do thing that other people did.

Despite all odds, Zou was adamant that Ding would overcome his disability as far as possible, right down to being able to eat with chopsticks! Family members agreed that it would be understandable for Ding to not be able to do some things, but Zou was determined that he should be able to as many things as possible. Zou is the first to admit that she was very strict on him because she did not want him to feel inferior about himself.

“I didn’t want him to feel ashamed about this physical problems,” she said. “Because he had inferior abilities in many areas, I was quite strict on him to work hard to catch up where he had difficulties.”

Painstakingly, Zou helped Ding to overcome his problems and lead a normal life. Inch by inch, she watched the youngster improve, despite everyone who had given her advice to give her baby away.

Zuo played a large role in her son’s education as well as rehabilitation. Photo: Handout

In 2011 Ding graduated from Peking University Science and Engineering School. He then went on to enrol at the University’s International Law School and obtained a masters degree.

Ding took two years off his studies to work, and then began to study at the US Ivy League Harvard University. While he is happy to be at the university, Ding says that he misses his mother very much. He considers her to be his spiritual mentor.

Zou, who now lives in Zingzhou, Hubai Province admits that she relished their close friendship. This is truly a story of how a very determined mother made the world of difference in her son’s life, even though all the odds were stacked against her. Zou has every right to be proud of her son, and also proud of herself for achieving what she did.

Source: South China Morning Post

Gym Kicks College Student Out For ‘Sanitary Concerns’ Over The Outfit She Was Wearing

Most people who go to the gym, want to be left alone to do their workout. They don’t want to be hassled about mundane things like clothes and shoes. In fact most people who go to the gym, wear gym clothes.

Sarah Villafane, was doing just that, minding her own business, when staff felt that they should insist that she put on ‘proper gym clothes’. They actually wanted Sarah to put on another shirt. Sarah said that she did not have another. She continued with her workout, and to her surprise they did not let the matter end there, they asked her to leave.

Having worn the same clothing all day and even after speaking to her professors, Sarah was not aware of breaching any rules. She even posted a pic of the outfit on Facebook.

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Read out what happened when Sarah refused to change her shirt, and let us know whether you agree with the decision or not.

“So I just got kicked out of the College of Charleston student gym for wearing this outfit. Like not allowed to work out. Not allowed to because of THIS OUTFIT THAT I BOUGHT SPECIFICALLY TO WORK OUT IN.

I’ve worn this same outfit all day. Went to 3 classes and spoke personally with each of my professors today and they didn’t have a problem. But when I walked into the gym they asked me to put on adifferent shirt. Obviously I didn’t bring an extra shirt to the gym and wasn’t about to wear my flannel while working out. So I just said mhm ok and went about my work out pretty pissed off that they even asked me to change.

Then, when I’m in the BACK CORNER of the gym doing abs on the floor, another staff member comes up and asks me to “put my shirt back on.” I said “I have a shirt on.” They say “no that’s not a shirt. You have to wear a whole shirt” I say “how is this not a shirt?” And she says “You need full coverage. If you have a problem, we always have our boss here.” I laughed and said “Alright bring him over here if he has a problem.”

A few minutes later while I’m doing more work outs on the floor, the “boss” comes up. He says “I’m gonna need you to put a shirt on.” Again, I tell them “I am wearing a shirt.” He says “I need you to put on a shirt or I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.” I said “But I HAVE A SHIRT ON.” He says “Are you gonna put a shirt on?” And I said “Well if this isn’t a shirt… no. I’m not gonna put a shirt on.”

WTF COFC. I bought this outfit to work out in because it’s COMFORTABLE. What is the issue? Why can’t I work out in this outfit? Is my belly button distracting to the general 85{8efda06dc5ba043acfdc8fffd77f8d4f921b15e7a91685a4537ba393698d3991} male demographic that your gym serves? I’m forced to leave, WHY? Honestly I’m so floored that I just got kicked out for this. DO BETTER COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON.”

Villafañe later edited her post with an update.

“[EDIT:] The gym has since said that they kicked me out for “sanitary concerns.” However, they never made those sanitary concerns clear when they asked me to change. They told me I need “more coverage” and nothing more. Not to mention, their website has no written dress code anyway. The dress code at the front of the gym simply says “Athletic wear must be worn.” I would say that what I’m wearing (whether you believe it’s a sports bra or a crop top) is completely normal and considered athletic wear.”

Police Officer Wounded In The Line Of Duty Finishes His First 5K Run

You may think that after being shot in the head, life as you know it could be over. Not so with Mike McClaughry. After investigating a shooting in Mount Vernon, Washington, he was wounded in the head, which was classed as a traumatic brain injury. What makes Mike so special is that just months after the shooting, he was cleared to leave rehab.

“I really think that had a lot to do with the investment I made in my body before the injury,” Mike said.

Mike attributes his recovery to the fact that he was always been active outside, always jumping at the chance to do things outdoors, whether it was walking, hiking or jogging. He regularly hiked 50 – 75 miles with the troops, as he was a Boy Scout volunteer.

Mount Vernon police LT Chris Cammock agreed that it had always been important for Mike to be fit and active. So not surprisingly, when Cammock asked him to join the group of Mount Vernon Officers in the ‘Fun with the Fuzz’ 5K, he gladly accepted. Cammock said that they wanted to remind Mike that even though he only worked part time, after the accident, he was still one of the team.

“It would be nothing for him to go off and do 10 or 12 miles just to get out of the house and clear his head,” Cammok admitted. “It was very important for him to be physically active.”

“I was very excited, and very thankful,” Mike said. “I really wanted to do it.”

Mike took control of his training and his first milestone was when he reached 3.1 miles. His vision is damaged, and so he sees things as if you were looking through an ice cube, in a somewhat fuzzy manner. Mike learned that he could not push himself too far. He did in fact collapse five times during his training. Even the doctors did not know just how far he could push himself.

“The doctors didn’t know my limit because I was a bit off the charts when it came to recovery time,” he said. “So I had to do just enough to make sure I had the stamina for the 5K, but not too much to risk going down again. I didn’t need another ride to the hospital in an ambulance if I could help it.”

Mike rested a few days before the race and started it with Cammock next to him. Cammock was amazed to see Mike just take off as the starting whistle went. They crossed the line together at a time of 1:06:50, holding hands, and to cheering crowds.

“I had to keep up with him,” Cammock said. “He was like a thoroughbred—he just got out there and went. He carried himself the way he’s always carried himself, and it’s just really inspiring to be around him.”

“It was really special,” Mike said. “I had a great time, and I really enjoyed it.”

Mike says he hopes to participate in many more races. He said that what had kept him going through the 5K was the thought of his children. He says that even having had a traumatic brain injury does not need to slow you down. You can get through it, you may have to simplify your days a little, although Mike has learned to be grateful for each new day that comes along.

Source: Runner’s World

Dad’s Post Supporting Wife Co-Sleeping With Baby Goes Viral, Sparks Debate

When David Brinkley, from Oklahoma, posted a picture on Facebook of his wife, young son and new baby all sleeping together, he got more reactions than he thought he would. David had thought that the picture was just the most beautiful thing and in this spirit, he posted it.

“My wife is a best friend kind of woman. She has hours upon hours of long conversations with her friends ALL the time and occasionally I get to hear little pieces. Recently she was talking to a friend and they were talking about this thing called “co-sleeping” and I heard the other person ask ‘doesn’t your husband hate that? My husband would never let me do that.’ This blew my mind and has bothered me for days. So I just decided to come out as a man and set a few things straight.

I do NOT hate any part of what makes my wife the mother that she is. I would NEVER degrade or disregard anything that she feels like doing for my children. Do I have to squeeze into a small corner of the bed sometimes? Yeah? But my God how beautiful does she look holding my children? Making them feel loved and safe?

The thing is that our wives only experience these little seasons in motherhood for a short time. They carry our babies, they birth them, they nurture them and maybe while they are little they let them crawl into our beds and snuggle. But eventually our babies get bigger they grow up they get “too cool” for snuggles so why would we as men want to steal a single second of this time from them?

Being mothers is part of their identity and what’s a year or 3 out of decades of life spent together? I just want to say that I am proud of the decisions my wife makes as a mom and I support every single one of them. I would never want to rob her of this time she has or these seasons that are in reality too short to not enjoy. Please respect your wives as mothers.”

Snuggled up: A husband shared a sweet image of his wife napping with their two children to make a point about supporting her parenting choices
Snuggled up: A husband shared a sweet image of his wife napping with their two children to make a point about supporting her parenting choices

After being shared by over 500,000 people, the reactions started to appear. There was a definite group of people who were absolutely against co-sleeping. Most of the people who disagreed with co-sleeping brought up very valid points such as the safety of the baby, and the possibility of the infant being suffocated while asleep.

One reply told Davis and his wife that they should remember the ‘A,B,C of safe sleep’. Another mentioned that she felt it was not safe as children got rolled on all the time. Added to that she thought it created behavioural problems with children learning not to sleep on their own.

On the converse, it seemed that there were many more parents who agreed with the co-sleeping issue, even producing their own pictures. Opinions were that before we became a civilised society, the whole family slept together. Many parents had placed the first baby in their own room, but had gone on to let the second and third babies sleep in the same bed as mom and dad, and they thought that the babies bonded better with the parents.

Susan Castellano, health director at Minnesota department of health suggests against sleeping with a baby as you may accidentally suffocate them. It is also possible to increase the risk of Sudden Infant death Syndrome (SIDS). A staggering 3,500 babies die each year from SIDS. Castellano suggests having the baby sleep in the same room, but not in the same bed as the parents. Is it really worth the risk to have a baby sleeping in the same bed, when you may possibly suffocate them? She feels that there are better ways to bond with a newborn, such as breastfeeding, or cuddling when you are awake. This way there are not dangers of injury.

“First of all, you can’t argue with [Brinkley’s] sentiment and his support of his wife. That was so sweet,” Susan said. “But I think the danger is that we do know co-sleeping can end in infant death. It does. It happens all the time.”

Lots of love: David Brinkley from Yukon, Oklahoma, posted the image after hearing that some husbands don't support co-sleeping
Lots of love: David Brinkley from Yukon, Oklahoma, posted the image after hearing that some husbands don’t support co-sleeping

Dr James McKenna from the Mother-Baby Behavioural Sleep Laboratory thinks that it is wrong to try and scare new parents with statistics about baby deaths. He thinks that in fact it is very hard to make co-sleeping dangerous. His viewpoint is that babies always have done, and always will go on sleeping next to their mothers.

“It’s biology. When [a baby’s] touching, hearing and smelling the mother that’s making an enormous difference in body temperature, heart rate, hormonal levels… they’re all being regulated by that direct contact,” he explained. “Human infants are contact seekers on which their survival depends being as close to that mother as they possibly can.”

Little ones: David had overheard a conversation his wife was having with one of her friends

David’s wife posted that in her opinion her children were never in any danger of coming to any harm because they were in bed with her.

“I laid down to nurse my daughter- my 2 year old son came in to snuggle with his baby sister. My husband supervised this entire experience and made it possible for me to comfortably lay with them both like this as he very lovingly and carefully watched over us,” she said.

“We would never put our children in a dangerous situation and our night time sleeping looks completely different than this.”

“It’s impossible not to offend someone with a difference of life or opinion and that’s so sad to me.To say hurtful things just because you don’t like a picture or don’t like a post that you didn’t have to read in the first place is just an unnecessary waste of time. It’s ok to just be ourselves.”

After all the response to a simple picture, which was indeed one of the sweetest momentoes of the young family, David and his wife removed the posts from Facebook.

Source: CBS News

The 5 Best And Worst Things About Homeschooling

Most homeschoolers have their own list of pros and cons, when it comes to teaching the kids at home. Everyone is different. In this blog by a homeschool mom – who used to be a teacher – you can read some of her own best and worst things about the course she chose to take with her three children.

Her decision was made because her first child could read himself at very early age, and she felt he would be bored at a regular school. Interestingly, some of the pros are also cons. Life is funny like that.

Best Things:

1. Not missing any part of childhood

Homeschooling means that you get to be with your kids all the time, through their childhood. Being at home means that they will be somewhat sheltered from the rules which society dictates about how soon they should grow up. A huge bonus is how the innocence of childhood is not destroyed at a very early age.

2. Getting to learn at their own pace

Not having a child who is under pressure to learn at the same rate as all the other kids in the class is a huge benefit. Not all kids are quick learners who benefit from homeschooling, slow learners may learn at their own pace without being overlooked in a large class.

3. Close family relationships

Homeschooled families are invariably more close knit than kids who go off to regular schools. Kids will fight (as kids do anywhere) but overall the families are closer. Parents get to watch the family grow up together and strengthen bonds between siblings. Families tend to spend more time doing things together.

4. Freedom of time

Visiting museums midweek when they are quieter, taking vacations when regular schools are still working, field trips when it is convenient are all pluses when homeschooling. Families can take a whole year off and travel the country without being penalised for being absent from school. Most families realise how lucky they are when a child goes to college and routines must be obeyed.

5. My own learning

This homeschooling mom felt that her own learning had improves, especially in subjects like science and history. It is also good for the kids to see that mom and dad have never finished learning, it is an ongoing process, and never stops. Most homeschool parents learn to appreciate the learning process far more because they are so directly involved with it.

Worst Things

1. The weight of responsibility

You never can blame the teacher if your kid doesn’t learn, because you are the teacher! If the child ends up with a less than average education, then you only have yourself to blame. Homeschooling parents can never afford to be lax when it comes to teaching the kids. The whole end result depends on them.

2. Messy house

Homeschool parents need to accept that the house is never going to be completely tidy. Occasionally they will have other children over to all learn together, which means even more mess. Children and parents at home all the time means that the house will always have teaching projects on the go somewhere.

3. Lots of togetherness

While this is also a pro, a lot of togetherness means that occasionally people will get on each other’s nerves. Homeschool parents need to make special time for themselves. They may not want that time, but the truth is that they need time alone, away from the kids. Sometimes it is hard to organise time off.

4. Having to be in charge of structure

Mom and dad have to totally in charge of structuring the day. There must be a structured routine so the kids know when they are expected to work, turn in assignments, and be ready to start a lesson. Often this is a problem with parents who are more relaxed by nature, but it is important to keep a schedule for the kids.

5. Doubt

Every parent who homeschools their kids goes through periods of doubt at one time or other. The question arises about whether the child is anxious because that’s just the way they are, or is it because they are being homeschooled? As a parent, have you forgotten a vital part of their education? Most questions can be worked through, but the doubt may always be there.

While this mom is of the opinion that homeschooling is a great choice for her and her kids, she admits that it is not for every family. There are pros and cons in both methods of teaching, and each family will make up its own mind about the best method. She felt that it was the best solution for her and her three children.

Source: Scary Mommy

These Man-Caves-On-Wheels Are Amazing In Every Way

For the guy who needs space of his own, and a getaway home on wheels, look no further than here! The Utah based company Upper Valley Tiny Homes makes perfect man caves, which can be parked at the bottom of the garden, or towed off to a favourite spot on the river to fish. Or in fact to anywhere that takes your fancy.

These amazing little man caves measure only 7 x 18, and are perfect for hunting and camping. The company prides themselves on the fact that the homes are designed and made by men, for men, so they know exactly what men would like in their man caves.

With things like pull-out BBQ, dart boards, racks for guns, basketball hoop and putting strip, they are all that any guy could want. They even come with a deck to relax with a cold beer at the end of a hard day. The rear of the cave comes with a garage door which opens to store off road vehicles.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The caves come with flush toilets and 500 watt solar power. The kitchen has a stove and sink, fridge and cabinet. There is a bathroom with a compact shower, and bunks to sleep. The video will give you a better look at the inside of these tiny dens, and all they come with.

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

Man Caves

The man caves currently sell for around $43,000 and the complete specs are available from Upper Valley Tiny Homes. We think men of all ages will want one!

Source: Do It Yourself RV

This Woman Used Photoshop To Trick Husband Into Thinking She Adopted A Coyote

Metro has a brilliant post by Hattie Gladwell about a young woman who used Photoshop to trick her unsuspecting husband into believing that she had adopted a wild coyote!

Photoshop is an amazing tool, especially if you’re looking to pull a prank on someone. One young woman used it to pull an epic prank on her poor husband. Kayla Eby, from Oregon, USA, managed to convince her husband, Justin, that she believed a photograph of a wild coyote was a photograph of a pet dog.

She sent him the picture of the wild coyote, and a text telling him that she found the lost “dog” on the side of the road. Then she texted him to say that she’d rescued the dog and taken it home with her. Eventually she sent Justin a picture of their son sitting next to the coyote on their couch. Kayla had photoshopped the coyote into the picture, but Justin freaked out, thinking his wife had adopted a wild animal!

This is how the conversation between the two went:

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Justin wasn’t exactly happy since his son was sitting right next to the ‘dog’:

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Kayla tries to convince her husband that she wanted to keep it as a pet: 

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She also said that she had wanted to get a dog for Christmas:

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But then Justin just continued to freak out:

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Justin freaked out even more when Kayla sent another Photoshoped photo:

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Source: Mirror