Today I "wear" my heart on my sleeve for all the world to see. Instead of participating in "What I Wore Sunday" and the other linky parties I usually do, I wanted my blog to be dedicated this day to Gavin and his beautiful family. As a mother of a special needs child, I know intimately the heart-wrenching pain of laying along side your child as the doctor's have said their is nothing else they can do. It makes days like yesterday all the sweeter for us. In our case God took His plan for Miss Courtney in a different direction but I know that one day she will be flying home to His arms wether I want her to or not.
Today is Kate @ Chasing Rainbows birthday and her beautiful boy Gavin will be going home to Our Lord today. I have followed this courageous family for some time and my heart is just breaking for them. This is from her Facebook page this morning:
Ed and I will be announcing our choices for "in lieu of flowers" donations to honor Gavin in a few days, but today is my birthday and this is all about me. I've come up with a special, totally FREE way to honor my sweet son who could inspire the most profound emotion without ever saying a word. I'm asking you to help someone... document it with words and or a photo... and place it on the Chasing Rainbows Facebook Page. Then be sure to check the page often to get inspired by the outpouring of love. Here are some great ideas for you... Find a special needs classroom in your community. These are usually low funded and always looking for donations. Perhaps you have toys your kids don't play with anymore that could be used in the classroom or during therapy. Random crayons that are laying around. I know we always needed rug gripper to place under Gavin's behind when he sat - that's a good need. Do you know a special needs Mom in your neighborhood? Church? School? Tell her you'd like to make dinner for her family. What night would work? Then tell her the only requirement is they have to give a "cheers toast" to Gavin during dinner. Help someone struggling to unload groceries into their car in the rain. Donate clothes to a women's shelter. Check with your local children's hospital for volunteer opportunities - even if it's just for two hours of your life. Save all of your magazines and bring a big stash to your local hospital. You have no idea how helpful that is to parents who spend days, weeks or months (as I did when Gavin was a baby) sitting in their child's hospital room. These are just some ideas... be creative! And think of Gavin when you do it. Share his story with the person you are blessing. Tell them that Gavin Leong changed the world with little acts of courage, determination and a sweet smile... without ever saying a word. And then ask them to pay it forward to honor his legacy. This would be the best birthday gift you could give me. There is no time frame - you could post something today or a year from now or five years from now. Thank you for helping me to honor my amazing little boy. And feel free to share this anywhere you want!
PLEASE reach out and do something today for someone somewhere in honor of this beautiful soul!! God give this family strength to get through this most difficult day in a special needs parents life. Mother Mary wrap your mantle of love around them all.
If you want to leave whatever your doing in the comment pages of this blog, I will make sure Kate gets them or you can leave them directly on Kate's Facebook page.
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Thank you from Miss Courtney and me. May you have a blessed day this day...
Labels: Courtney's World, Joy in the Journey