Monday, March 15, 2010

Thank You!

Thank you doesn't begin to even cover it. I've shed several tears of joy over how blessed we are to have raised all the money for William's walker in almost exactly ONE month. Thank you so much for coming to our support so quickly. So far we've raise 2070, $400 of which people have given me cash or check so it doesn't show up on the ticker. I called the equipment company and the amount for the walker come out to with discount to $1613. Half of which we had to put down up front for the order to be placed. I'm happy to report that we've placed the order and are awaiting the arrival of our equipment We had to put $807 down, and we had a almost $300 credit from when we ordered the wheelchair so we only ended up putting aprox $500 down. I'm opening a special account just for William's fund raising, and this account will go only for William's equipment purchases. This money will directly benefit William and his equipment. Next on our list is some speech equipment to help him with communication. We are looking at getting him 2 buttons so he can choose between 2 items and let us know his desires. These are another item not often covered by insurance. We've also barrowed a button in the past to try out and he does well with them. Unfortunately we can only barrow these items for a short time before other children need them, or they have to be returned.

Thank you so much for your support, and if you wish to contribute further I'm leaving the chip in wigit on the blog for you to click and contribute.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Hi there. I'm from Littlest Heroes Project. I got your application, but you did not include your email address, which I need to process your application. If you could please email that to me at applications@littlestheroesproject.org that would be great! Look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks!

Mother of a "Special" Child

When I was young, I'd often say,
I'd like to be a mom someday
While playing with my baby doll,
I thought that job's not hard at all

I'd have a baby, maybe two,
a girl in pink...a boy in blue
Well I grew up and sure enough,
I'm now a mom and gosh it's tough

The baby that was sent to me,
was born with disabilities
At first I'm frightened through and through,
there's much to learn to care for you

This wasn't in my plans at all,
when I was young and played with dolls
Your mind and body were so weak,
you might not ever walk or speak

So much special care required,
I'm often scared and often tired
As months and years go slowly by,
I smile a lot but sometimes cry

To watch you grow and not complain,
though you endure your share of pain
Oh, how I'd hold you and I'd pray,
that you'd be healed and whole someday

But I knew that was not to be,
not physically or mentally
And so I taught you best I could,
your progress wasn't very good

But then one day I realized,
as I gazed into your loving eyes
That I had learned so much from you,
determination...courage too

A love so unconditional,
it floods my soul and always will
I'm proud to say I gave you birth,
for you're an angel here on earth.

God Choose a mother for a "Special" child

Most women becaome mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjotie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But she has patience?" asked the angel.

"I don't want her to have to much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'. She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

And what about her Patron saint? asked the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."