Thursday, December 23, 2010

Miracle Child

Today was a special day for us. We went to Wal-Mart to meet some new special friends. This story goes back a ways, so we will start at the beginning.

Several months ago (maybe July?) Honey was in the Wal-Mart at 1960 and Eldridge when she saw a lady putting money in the Children’s Miracle Network coin canister. She walked over and said something to the effect of, “Thank you, that will go to help my granddaughter!” The lady asked to hear more about you and they got to talking. Turns out Hope works at Wal-Mart and heads up charity events for that location. Hope wanted you to be their next “miracle child”. Honey didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded like fun. So Honey said she would talk to me and we made plans to touch base with Hope soon.

Well, we knew August would be a busy time at Wal-Mart with school starting. And then Hope broke her foot and took some time off. And then I am not sure what happened, but before we knew it December had arrived. Honey called Hope and set up a time for us to be introduced. We met Hope—and many other members of the Wal-Mart team. They loved you right off the bat.

Hope called Honey a couple weeks later and asked the whole family to come in today. Daddy had the day off work, so that was the plan. But Bub is sick—he has a pretty high fever and is totally not himself. So he and Daddy stayed home while you and I met Honey and Grammy at Wal-Mart. We got there at noon and they had lunch for us. We met another “miracle child”—Kira who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 5, and now, at age 10, is cancer free. Then it was time for gifts.

When we first met Hope she asked what kind of toys you liked and what your favorite color was. I explained how you like sounds, but it is hard for you to “play” with toys. We do most of the playing for you. She said she knew you could wear clothes, so asked what size.

Here comes the craziness. Those people had 25…count them…TWENTY FIVE individually wrapped outfits for you. “25 Outfits of Christmas” Hope called it. And cute outfits too! Can you imagine? She asked her co-workers to bring in a few, but people kept bringing them so that’s where it ended up.

And the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I just wrote a post about how long you are getting. My girl just doesn’t fit in 0-3 anymore because you are too tall. You have plenty of 3-6 month clothes for warm weather, thanks to your June birthday. But when it gets cool, the pickings are slim. Well, were slim. Not anymore. I told everyone how appreciative we are, and that those clothes are an investment. You very well might be wearing them for the next two and a half years. Then I went home and bagged all the 0-3 to make room in your closet and drawers.

You are so special Audrey. Everyone loves you.

1 comment:

Hollie said...

That is so wonderful!!! What a great gift for Audrey!!! Beautiful clothes for a beautiful girl!!!