About three weeks ago, I sat on my couch with mixed emotions as I published my last blog post. An overwhelming feeling of defeat overcame me. I’m not sure why asking for help is so difficult and why we feel the need to contain our struggles within the walls of our house, but it is and we do. It’s almost therapeutic to shatter the image that we so desperately try to maintain when life gives us challenges. Those first few weeks were tough in regard to coming to terms with the fact that we did in fact open up to every person we know and some that we don’t, but I am amazed at the out-pouring of love and support that we have received since then.
In three short hours after publishing our funding site, our goal was met. That very next day at lunch, John and I sat on the couch in my office and realized that the amount raised had gone over $6500 in less than a day. In less than a day! Words cannot describe the impact this will have on our family. We are amazed, thankful and so very blessed.
Blessed. This is the only way I can describe these amazing gestures of generosity and support. Many of you that have contributed to Hailey’s fund we have known only during our time here in Bismarck, some of you we haven’t seen or spoken to in years, and some we have only met a few times. In fact, there is one specific family that we met over a year ago in Target. We visited for less than 15 minutes and had a brief encounter this last summer. They have found it in their hearts to donate almost half of what we have raised so far. Two brief visits of less than an hour and they have shown us love, kindness, and support the same as everyone we’ve known for years. You are all amazing and kind. I can’t put words to how I feel. I can’t accurately describe what this means to us. I can’t even begin to tell you what I’ve learned through the last three weeks and how it has impacted me on a deeply spiritual level.
We have been so blessed and we are so thankful.
Next Sunday, December 8th from 3-6pm, we are having a benefit for Hailey at Revive Christian Church, 924 N 11th Street, Bismarck. We will have silent auction items, snacks, inflatables, games and family time. What we have raised so far is just equal to the expense of Hailey’s MRI, anesthesiologist expenses, the recovery room and the radiologist fees. That money will go directly to those bills. Anything raised at the benefit will go to the trips and visits that are coming up in January. We are so thankful for what has been given to us. Anything additional is simply an extra blessing that will help with upcoming expenses and the loans we took out to pay for her brace.
I urge you to come! Not to donate, but to CELEBRATE with us. Bring your family, bring your kids, and PLAY with us. We haven’t been able to play, to relax, to enjoy other families and to simply LIVE these last few months. I want to have fun, to laugh, and to let my girls enjoy the company of other children. Even if you bring nothing but yourself, it is a gift we haven’t had the pleasure of having. Please, come have fun with us and bring your friends. The inflatables are awesome! The games will be fun. We have face painting and I might con John into making balloon animals. It’s going to be great, and we want to spend the day with you and your family. We want to laugh and have fun. Please join us!
Check out Hailey’s site. . . I’m simply blown away by the awesomeness of this community and the people that we know. Thank you. Simply and deeply, my family thanks you.