February 27, 2009

Kisses in the Wind

Posted in Causes tagged at 11:06 am by livethelifeyoudream

I have several friends who are in the midst of the adoption wait-and-see process. They were each called to adopt for different reasons. One couple, after years of infertility treatments, was unable to conceive a child. Another couple feels so blessed with three young boys that they would like to add a girl to the mix. The final couple has one child, but the pregnancy was difficult, so they turned to adoption for their second child.

Their journey has been difficult and time consuming. Their financial resources have been stretched. Their patience tested and yet, they persist. They maintain hope. They have confidence and faith that God will deliver in his time. They inspire me with their determination and courage.

For those waiting for a child, I pray that your prayers are answered soon.

KISSES IN THE WIND (The Waiting Child’s Lullaby)

I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that’s how it seems.
I know you wonder where we are… what’s taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.
Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin…
Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I’m doing all that I can do.
Very soon, you’ll have a family for real, not just pretend.
But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.
— © Pamela Durkota

 

 

February 20, 2009

Close to the Heart

Posted in Causes at 12:20 pm by livethelifeyoudream

We are blessed.  In this crazy economy, we have stable jobs. We have our health and secure retirements. We don’t have expensive tastes. We are happy with our paid-off-vehicles, even though the miles are creeping up. Our house isn’t a show place, but it’s comfortable. We like spending time together as a family. We truly are blessed.

Today I’m letting you in on something that tugs at my heart strings. It puts a smile on my face and brings tears to my eyes, but I know it is something that my family needs to do together—a volunteer vacation.  We donate money to charities, but we have never given our time. Time is precious.  Money is easy.

The story of Give Kids The World begins with a little girl with a wish and the desire of one man to make that wish come true.

The little girl’s name was Amy. Amy had leukemia and one wish – to visit the theme parks in Orlando. To facilitate Amy’s wish, the request of a complimentary stay was made to a respected hotelier. As he had done many times before, the hotelier gladly obliged and Amy’s wish was that much closer to being realized. Sadly, the remainder of Amy’s travel plans took too long to arrange and her wish was never granted; Amy had passed away. Time simply ran out.

This unfulfilled wish inspired a man, the hotelier, to make a vow that no child in need would ever be failed again. That man was Henri Landwirth and his desire to ensure that Amy’s story would never repeat itself is where the story of Give Kids The World begins.

The organization is nonprofit. All of the Orlando theme park businesses have come together to support GKW. The best part is that all the money donated for buildings and projects don’t feature any advertisements. There are no smiling characters encouraging people to visit a particular park or patronize a particular company.

It’s just a bunch of people coming together to help grant the dreams of dying children. As if that isn’t enough to move anyone to tears, wait until you hear about the wishing star. As a child’s trip comes to an end, she gets to put up on the ceiling a “wishing star”. They keep all the stars on the ceiling from their past guests.

I can’t even begin to imagine what these children wish for—health, toys—more time.  For one week a family gets to be a “normal” family. For one week a sick child gets to just be a kid.

For one week, my family is going to give its time.

They rely on volunteers for help.  College and scouting groups, church organizations, and individuals and families can volunteer their time. They don’t require families to work eight hour shifts; they seem very accommodating.

I encourage you to click on the link above and see what Give Kids the World is all about. It looks like the most wonderful place to visit; yet, I am so thankful my family will never have to stay there. Count your blessings today.