My 2 boys (I say boys, but they're really "young men" now) slept in a cardboard box last night. They also went without food from lunch yesterday until 6:00 pm this evening, at which time they were given a cup of rice for their meal. I promise we're not torturing them, although at various times during their lives it may have seemed like we have! Both boys participated in the 30 Hours of Famine at New Convenant Church in Tifton through World Vision. There were quite a few young people as well as youth leaders from New Covenant who committed to raising money and awareness of Homelessness and Hunger in America and how many lives it affects daily...in our own country! It was an incredibly eye-opening experience for them. All electronic devices were taken from the young people as they arrived at the church (yes, this means no cell phones.) They were allowed to have a sleeping bag or pillow only if they were able to raise enough money for that privilege. The boys have described their "house" to me with quite a bit of pride I must say. I understand that it was the largest one out there. Of course there were 4 guys in this one box, and my boys are both over 6 ft tall! They were hungry, exhausted, and ready for their own beds when they got home. Needless to say they are much more appreciative of the many blessings they have. Here are the only photos I was able to get before they crashed for the night...don't they look exhausted? Sleep tight in your warm beds tonight guys!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Today I learned of a precious baby girl named Cora Paige McClenahan. Cora was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in January and went to be with Jesus just three short weeks later. I cannot even begin to imagine what her family must be experiencing right now, but I do know that their faith and strength inspired me. You can read about Cora's life here.
The Kansas community where Cora lived is having a benefit to build a playground in her memory, and many of us in the etsy community are donating proceeds to help them meet their goal. I am donating the proceeds from the sale of several of my new knot dress designs to the Cora paige Project. Be sure to head on over to etsy and type "Cora Paige" in the search box. There are many, many beautiful items to choose from. Here is a photo of my benefit items available at this time: