But in my lowest of times, kindness is sent and serves as a reminder that at the very heart of our family - Noah is valued and loved by so many. God must have known that I was at a particularly extra low time. So stressed and distraught that I think it's all taking it's toll physically as for the last week my appetite has changed, for whatever reason I'm experiencing significant swallowing difficulties, neck muscle pains - I'm sure all likely a result of compounded stresses that I can do nothing about. It always feels like I have a heavy gorilla sitting on my chest that never wants to let me up to breathe.
Noah received four very special gifts; a breathtaking quilt from Love Quilts and a soft sensory comforting dinosaur from the Butterfly Fund, and a Sunshine Box for him and his little brother, and a surprise blessing from Fighting for Families. On my lowest of days just knowing that someone, somewhere out there is thinking of Noah and us as a family helps me get through things that are so overwhelming and are simply beyond my control.
Noah's Love Quilt filled with beautiful patches each designed and hand cross-stitched by people from all over the world. We picked one of the big love of Noah's life - Christmas, as theme. The one true thing that brings him tremendous joy year-round. You will often find Santa Claus movies playing in the middle of a July in 90 degrees, and Christmas bells on our living room floor on any given day. If we aren't successful in making Noah happy with Mr. Tumble or his UK television shows, we know without fail that Santa will do the trick. The quilt is so soft and plush and you can literally feel the labor of love that was poured into making it. It's something that Noah will treasure for a lifetime. And I think will provide memories that he will cherish forever - that one very special quilt.
It was a great reminder that although at times things feel really bad, and I might fall flat on my face sometimes in life and be beyond down on my luck - at the heart of what really matters is that Noah is happy, and that others want to bring such joy into our lives. I am forever grateful for that. "It is the unexpected that changes our lives." May you all know the incredible difference you have made.
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.