Before I say anything else here, I have two big favors.
#1 ... one of Lily's readers, Julie, emailed me a few days ago to ask for prayer for her pastor's daughter, Kim Boling. Kim developed a bacterial infection that went from bad to worse within just a few days. Tonight Kim went to be with the Lord...she left behind a husband and four young children, one of whom turned eleven today- the day her mama died. Will you please lift the Boling family up in prayer, as well as those who loved her? I realize this prayer request is unrelated to Down syndrome or orphan rescue, but my heart just goes out to this family.
#2 .... one of my friends, whom I met through blogging, is in the hospital tonight. Elizabeth has been undergoing treatment for invasive lobular carcinoma for the past three years. Among other things she is battling, she has pneumonia right now, and is missing all five of her children terribly while she receives care in the hospital. Elizabeth has a son with Down syndrome named George, as well as one of the biggest hearts for orphans of anybody I know. It would take me at least five blog posts to tell all that she's done for orphans the past few months- not the least of which was write to her good friend, Ann Voskamp, to ask her to autograph three copies of her book for our giveaway for Artem last October.
Over the past few months, Elizabeth has gathered a group of her friends together via email - she's woven our hearts together, and some day I'm determined that Kelle, Susanna, Ginny, Elizabeth F., Esther, Ann and I are all going to find ourselves in Elizabeth DeHority's living room, laughing and telling stories in person, rather than through emails. Last week when we were rallying for Charlotte, it was this small group of women that I turned to for help....one of the secrets behind the success of that Day-And-A-Half Miracle was the influence and prayers and voices of the "circle of friends" that came to be, thanks to Elizabeth.
Tonight as I was putting this post together, Elizabeth emailed me asking for help...a scripture, or a hymn, or a "good clean joke" to get her through the wee small hours of the morning until anesthesia arrived. My kids and I gathered around the computer and prayed, and I'm glad for once that I could give back just a small portion of the love and help that Elizabeth has shown to me. We then launched into a string of emails back and forth with her; I'm not sure if it was the Bible verses or Chuck Norris jokes that did the trick, but she is (hopefully) sleeping soundly as I type.
Will you pray for Elizabeth, for a speedy recovery, and for her to beat this cancer? And if you agree to pray, will you leave a comment on her blog letting her know you're doing so? I'd love for her to know there is an army of prayer warriors lifting her health and her needs and her family before the Lord.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
And because it is almost midnight, and I have a sleep-heavy Lilybird lying on my lap, I am going to just post pictures of her and leave the captions for another day. And forgive me if some of these seem repetitive- sometimes she will lift an eyebrow or change her grin just a smidgen, and I cannot decide which photo to keep and which to delete. (and if you think this blog post is bad, you should see my photo files at home- I can never throw pictures away !)
My little toddler...