water and coffee and Africa

We’ve rounded the bend with this only-drinking-water-thing.

I said I’d be giving up coffee and other beverages, and I have… for the most part.

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 ^^sportin’ the Blood:Water Mission shirt on Day 1^^

The headaches were the worst part, then the exhaustion set in. Then it was the snapping at my husband or at anyone else within earshot. After about a week I began feeling somewhat human without caffeine in my system and I decided I could do this thing.

Truth be told, I have had a cups of coffee on a few mornings after the baby has been wakeful and restless… back before we decided it would be John’s job to jump up and reinsert the pacifier for at least the duration of these 40 days. Aaaand, the past week has found me pulling some late nights and early mornings in prep for blissful events, so, yeah, a little coffee has happened there, too.

But, you know, I’m a bit of a legalist at heart, rather prone to rules and extremes and going overboard and at-all-costs. So I told myself early in this experiment that I’d avoid that tendency, admit the coffee intake, make the focus the reason for only drinking water. I am feeling it, the lack of coffee and cups of milk with dinner and diet Coke when we get dinner out. Oh, I’m feeling it.

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It’s really such a small thing, this minute sacrifice, and it reminds me of my humanity and frailty every day. It’s only a cup of coffee here, a glass of wine given up there, sticking with water when I really would prefer a soda.

But now? My friend in California is drinking only water in solidarity and is saving her dollars. My brother’s girlfriend gave up fancy lattes. My two biggest boys chose (without my prompting – promise!) to limit their milk intake – and we’ve saved quite a bit from buying one less gallon each week. Friends around the country and even across the pond have modified their beverages and the little boy from school chose to give up juice boxes for 40 days.

Together, you, me, my friends, your friends, we’ve already given up 8962 drinks. We’ve raised $17,472 toward building wells to provide clean water for six communities in Africa. And we’re not even done yet.


We’re giving up all drinks beside water for 40 days [or donating double if we do choose to partake] and putting all the money we’ve saved toward Blood:Water Mission’s project of building six wells in Uganda. Will you join us? It’s not too late.

Learn more, follow along, and create your own profile to track your drinks given up and money saved. Let’s do something to change the world, one less coffee cup at a time.


The caffeine withdrawal headaches don’t last very long. Promise. 


3 Responses to water and coffee and Africa

  1. Laura March 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Thanks for being a voice for this cause. I feel awful that this didn’t even cross my mind!

  2. Mosaic March 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm #


  3. A friend March 24, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    GOOD FOR ALL OF YOU!! I’m so proud of you.

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