Thursday, February 11, 2010

ways to help

this is a heavier post than usual, but sometimes life is just heavy.

in december, a sweet girl that used to attend MDO with rex lost the battle to cancer. i had her in class this past summer. obivously, a very sad story. one that hit very close to home, having a child the same age. the family has been so inspiring along the journey. i have followed since she got sick. they have been so graceful. if you want to check out her site, it is HERE

this coming monday would have been hannah's 5th birthday. her mom has found a way to help cope with the pain that's going to accompany that day, by declaring it
"hearts for hannah" day. here's how it works. on monday[or sometime around], do something special for someone else. big or small.

pay for their food in line at the drive thru
give blood[hannah had to have many transfusions in those months, and made me more aware of the need. i plan to give on friday]
send an anonymous gift...
anything you want. get creative.

then post it here, or on her caringbridge site. her mom wants to print all these out and put them on hearts to make a scrapbook type thing for her other child, caleb, 2. she wants him to know how much hannah impacted the world:-)

see? amazing family.

so DO IT!!! i will post what we decide to do as well.

some dear friends in our church sadly lost their baby to SIDS this week. unspeakably sad. and also very close to home. kara and i were pregnant together, and had leo and noble only 2 weeks apart. i just get sick sometimes looking at my sweet leo, knowing that's what kara should be getting to do.

all i want to do is help somehow. i know some sweet and generous people post and read this, so i wanted to note that an account has been set up for the Coles at Liberty bank accepting donations. i'm sure to cover funeral costs and whatever they need.
if you feel led whatsoever to do so, i just wanted to provide the info.

hey, if you want to participate in "hearts for hannah" day, you could simply donate some money to adam and kara.

look for ways to bless others.
count your own blessings.
life is short.

"fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"
isaiah 41:10


  1. Thank you for the opportunity to pray for these precious grieving families, and thank you for the suggestions on how to help. I love your heart Kelly.

  2. Kelly, can you donate from anywhere? I would really like to do something to help Adam and Kara. My heart goes out to them...

  3. It was heavy.Made me cry and think.I read it to Leo and he said,I give blood this Monday.It was already planned for him.I will spend Monday getting the upstairs ready for a 6and 8 year old.My daughter-inlaws are such a blessing to me!

  4. amen sister. that stuff's hard to hear but it needs to be said and people need to hear and act. I appreciate you telling those two story's.

  5. Thank you for sharing this - it is a beautiful reminder to cherish the moments we have and to try to comfort in any small way those who lose the moments they never should... It can seem so unfair! But God is faithful...

    Trying to come up with an idea for tomorrow.