Entire Town Helps Terminally Ill Farmer Harvest His Crops

Carl Bates is a farmer in Galva, Illinois. Sadly, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. When it was time to harvest his corn in 2015, he was bedridden and simply didn’t have the ability to do so.

His family gently reached out to a few neighbors and asked if they could help harvest his 450 acres.

This is where the story becomes magical. Word quickly spread through the town and on a day in September, 40 people arrived at Carl’s farm with 10 corn combines, 12 super-sized grain carts and 16 semi trucks to give Carl a helping hand.

What normally takes Carl an entire week took the team only 10 hours to accomplish. Local businesses even pitched in to keep the volunteers fed as they worked the long hours.

Bates, extremely thankful for the generosity of his neighbors, told Today, “One of the things we’ve noticed is how great it is to see people help each other for a change as opposed to all the bad news stories out there.”

Even a year later, this story makes me feel good. As I visit my own family farm and pass others harvesting their fall crops, I can’t help but think how wonderful our community is.

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Meet Lucy, The 1 In 48 Million Baby Who Has The Same Birthday As Both Parents

How often do you meet someone born on the same day as you? Chances are, most of have met a birthday twin or two.

But what if you ended up dating that person? Or not only dating them, but marrying them? The odds would be much lower. Well, how about if you meet someone born on the same day as you, marry him/her, and then have a baby together who is also born on the same day? At this point you are looking at odds of 1 in 48 million.

This is exactly what happened to Caitlin and Tom Perkins of Australia. The couple were both born on Aug. 16, 1986, just 50 minutes apart. When Caitlin became pregnant and the due date was set for August, of course everyone was thinking how cool it would be if baby arrived on mom’s and dad’s birthday—and, remarkably, she did. Aug. 16 rolled around and Caitlin went into labor naturally, making baby Lucy a beautiful birthday gift for both Caitlin and Tom.

The doctor who delivered little Lucy shared the story of this rare occurrence on Facebook:

Aug. 16 will forever be a very special day for this family as they celebrate three birthdays every year.

High School Seniors Turn Their Parking Spots Into Very Cool Pieces Of Art

First of all, I can’t believe that high school seniors have their own parking spaces. I very rarely got to drive to school, and even then, you just parked wherever you could. Nowadays, some seniors get their own assigned parking spots, and with that privilege comes the opportunity to personalize it.

No, not just your name on the curb. That’s for old fogies like PRINCIPAL or ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. No, these parking spots are true works of art. It’s now a popular thing, it would seem; here’s some Pinspiration for you and check out these works of parking art below:

Good luck getting there on time, Martha!

Love this positive message from Elise Hutson.

Madison Bradley channeling her inner Grateful Dead.

https://twitter.com/madibradley4/status/767541618136211456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Alison Harms says Cubs all the way even though she moved to Ft. Worth.

It’s nice to see that many seniors aren’t too cool to let their parents help them paint.

Something tells us J.K. Rowling would be a big fan of Elizabeth Victor‘s spot.

These students have some serious talent!

You gonna eat your tots? Mark Hamilton’s son is a Napoleon Dynamite fan.

Reece Wilson took her inspiration from her first name.

Some of these spots are so lovely, it seems a shame to park a car over them!

A view from above of an Austin, Texas, high school with painted parking spots.

Seniors put a lot of thought into their spots, and painting them has become an important ritual for many.

https://twitter.com/mynameisnotface/status/767522320441221120

Even the Bard made it to a spot.

https://twitter.com/faithdavisss/status/765184281467432960

And we’ve got a “Friends” fan in the house!

https://twitter.com/morganmarie003/status/764649791011729408

And at Lebanon High School in Indiana, it is a very big deal.

The question remaining is: What happens after graduation? Do they scrub it off? Or does the whole thing just get blacktopped for the class of 2018?

[h/t: Hello Giggles]

Meet The Couple Who Had Two Babies Five Weeks Apart

When college-sweethearts Nancy and Justin Rohde decided to get married, they anticipated a life full of love and children. Three years later they realized their dream of starting a family together was going to be difficult, even hopeless.

They tried multiple rounds of IVF, but each one failed. They hired a surrogate who sadly miscarried. They tried IVF again, but to no avail.

Then, in August 2015 the couple found a new surrogate—Ashley Brown, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom from Salt Lake City, Utah. As Ashley prepared for surrogacy, the Rohdes also decided to try one more round of IVF to double their odds—assuming deep down that they would have the same failed results.

Two weeks later, Nancy got a positive pregnancy test. But because doctors feared her body might not be able to carry a baby to term, they went ahead with the surrogacy. Five weeks later, Ashley got her own positive pregnancy test.

Despite their fears, Nancy’s pregnancy was indeed viable. Over the next nine months the two women shared weekly updates as they each prepared to welcome the Rohdes’ “twinbling” daughters.

Nancy gave birth to Lillian Quinn, on May 2 in Chicago, Illinois. Her delivery was not without complications; Nancy suffered from a torn placenta, anemia and preeclampsia. Thankfully, a month later she was healthy enough to travel with Justin and Lily to Utah for the delivery of baby number two.

After a difficult labor for Ashley, the Rohdes welcomed Audrey Eleanor on June 7. And, it was love at first sight for the newly minted family of four.

Now, at home in Chicago, the Rohdes can’t wait to tell the sisters their story someday.

“We’re going to be extremely open with [the twinblings] about their unique entry into the world. I mean, it’s going to be obvious something weird happened. They’re five weeks apart,” Nancy told Cosmopolitan.

 

These Inmates Broke Out Of Their Jail Cell To Save A Guard’s Life

In a show of courage and compassion, several inmates in Texas broke out of their holding cell to help a guard who had suffered a heart attack.

The feat, which was captured by security cameras, was a risky move for the inmates.

“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” inmate Nick Kelton told WFAA, a local TV station.

Kelton and other inmates who were being held temporarily in the basement of a court building in Weatherford, Texas, on June 23 saw the jailer on duty—who hasn’t been named—fall slack in his chair. The inmates sprang into action, breaking down the door to their cell in order to help the guard. Since they were shackled, the men started banging on doors and walls until other guards upstairs heard the noise and rushed down to help.

Medics were able to revive the guard, and he is expected to return to work next week.