Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giving Hope

Kristi is our guest-blogger today!  A mama to five amazing kiddos, I'm just thankful she had time to write this up for us!  :)  One of her little ones is a New Day Foster Home alumni.  I knew Daniel when he was at NDFH, and I can assure you, he is as sweet as he looks.  This month, in honor of National Adoption Month, we've been raising money for NDFH and our Scarlet Scraps adoption grant fund.  Our fundraiser for NDFH ended with a BANG well before the end of the month, with us raising well over our initial goal.  But the needs don't end there, so we thought we would draw attention to another fundraiser going on right now. 

In honor of Benjamin, a NDFH sweetie who sadly passed away before he could know the love of his own family, we are joining NDFH as they raise $10,000 to pay for the critical care medical costs of the next child who comes to ND with very little hope but all the possibility in the world. 

If you donate to this fundraiser and place an order with www.scarletthreads.org, we will offer you 30% off your total.  (Just go ahead and place your order and complete checkout.  Make a note in the memo field of your order telling us you donated, and we will take 30% off your total before charging your card!)  As always, contributions to this fundraiser are tax-deductible as they go directly to NDFH, a 501c3.

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I'd like to introduce you to my son Daniel.


He recently turned five…and he is dirt and noise and motion with just enough sweetness thrown in to make him irresistible.

He climbs monkey bars.


He rides a two wheel bike.


He ice skates…with a little help.


He swims.


And he loves…BIG!


He is an integral part of our family, woven into the fabric of our lives. We would not be the family we are today if he were not part of our story. His story though would have been much different were it not for a place called New Day.


You see, Daniel was born with a rather significant heart defect; one that no hospital in his province had the resources to correct. He spent the first several months of his life a very sick little boy, laying flat on his back with no strength to try and roll over. Eventually his orphanage, out of options to help him get any better, made a plea for help. Thankfully, due to the generosity of people I will never know, New Day Foster Home had the resources to take him.

He received specialized formula to help him gain strength, a life-changing surgery, therapy to help him catch up on his development, and he was loved well…really well. Not only was his heart defect healed surgically at New Day, but his broken heart began to heal there as well. It was the love showered upon him by his nanny, the staff, and later, his foster parents that taught him how to open his heart to love and be loved.

According to odds, he shouldn't be the healthy, happy little boy he is today…perhaps, considering his lot in life, he shouldn't even be alive.


But here he is, my dynamic son, pictured above celebrating his fifth birthday as royalty on a visit back to the place that gave him a second chance at life. While others would have given up hope, here he was given hope in the form of surgery and loving care. He would not…could not...be the healthy, loving boy he is today if it weren't for New Day. There are days that I am overcome with gratitude for this foster home. They gave my son life…and they ask for nothing in return. Because I am forever thankful though, I continue to spread the word. It is something I joyfully do because I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of the blessing. I pray I can be part of passing this gift on to another mom who will receive their child with a grateful heart!

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