Monday, January 12, 2009

Blessings

I cannot imagine having to worry about how I am going to feed my baby--I mean, really feeding my baby. Or having to feed my baby watered down formula to stretch it to the next paycheck. Or not being able to use the WIC approved formula because my baby projectile pukes it right back up. Believe me people, I have a puker. Formula does make a difference and once you find one that works--at least better than something else--you stick with it.

We had some formula that was going to expire at the end of this month and Jada just can't tolerate it. We tried. . . So, I listed it on craigslist--for very cheap. I figured if it didn't sell over the weekend I could take it to a crisis nursery or food shelf. On Saturday, while I was at work, a woman called inquiring about it and how much I wanted for just some of it and not the whole lot. If you know my husband, you know that he started to talk (and didn't stop) and got this woman's life story. I'm not going to give it all to you. . . but it turns out she truly was worrying about how she was going to feed her baby. For real. I had only listed the formula that was expiring this month and had a bunch more just sitting around and unable to use--hoping and praying that Jada would grow out of her acid reflux, whatever puke reaction to formula phase, so we could use it. But, I know she won't. So, we packed it all up on Saturday evening--ran to the airport post office around 8pm (well, my husband did anyway) and shipped it all out to her. Oh, yeah, did I mention that she lives in Oregon and was using craigslist for the very first time because she was desperate for formula to feed her baby and somehow found us?

This afternoon, I got a call from Rosie--who was in tears--because she ran out of formula last night and she was feeding her baby tea today--wondering what she was going to do--when somebody knocked on her door and it was the postal worker with our package--full of formula! She was so happy to tell us that her baby sucked it down. Her baby must have been so hungry. Can you imagine--truly imagine? She was so thankful and said when she could afford to, she would take a picture of her kids and mail it to us. . . to show us the baby we were feeding. Another thing most of us take for granted. . . digital cameras and easy access to the internet. She was crying because she felt so blessed and was so thankful for this gift. Tonight, Rosie and her family will be in my dreams. . . as I plan their special package for Valentine's Day! I wish we would have met her before Christmas. . . I know they didn't have any presents.

I truly believe in divine intervention--I really do--how can you not after a story like this! I can't wait to get pictures. I know it will be awhile. . . but I also know that she will follow through when she can afford to. We always talk about how blessed we are and all the blessings we receive and how wonderful God's grace is. Don't forget about all the blessings that you are able to give to others--the blessings of hope, good fortune, food, love, trust, health, shelter, clothing, protection--whatever it is that you are capable of offering. Lord knows we've been blessed a gazillion times this past year! I hope we can share our good fortune with those that really need it!

Here are a few pictures of my blessings!




10 comments:

blessedmomto7 said...

Thank you for that! I BAWLED! We tend to forget just HOW EASY most of us have it don't we? God bless you for helping out-it was probably A MIRACLE to her! Thank you for being such a blessing-TRULY GOD as all things are :)

Sabrina said...

I am in tears... What a beautiful story. I'm so glad you guys could be there for this woman. What a blessing it was for her and YOU.
Thank you for sharing this Simply Perfect Story! :)

...sensible of shoe said...

That is sad. This woman desperatley needs to get hooked up with WIC who provide free formula, milk & cheese to mom's with babies. Every child needs proper nourishment for brain development and WIC makes sure that happens.

Here is the Oregon website: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/wic/

jodilee0123 said...

She does have WIC. . . It provides her with a formula that her baby pukes up. I don't know if she can get that changed or not. There is a difference in formulas. People don't realize that until they have a baby that is sensitive to it. Come on over to my house and see what happens if I feed Jada something different! :0) Well, she still pukes with what she is using but just not as much.

...sensible of shoe said...

C'mon WIC, give the baby something she can drink! I wonder if her doctor can advocate for her...?

Scott, Joanna, Matthew said...

Thank you for sharing! What a touching story. Sometimes we take what we have for granted.I truly understand what she is going through with a puker. What a blessing that you are.

L said...

It's a strange and sad story...I know when we brought Ollie home, he puked up the formula wic provided, but when we told he Pedi. she gave us a prescription to give to WIC and they honored it, with no question (and it was similac alimentum, $25 a stinkin can, so it was darn expensive!). I feel for the woman who blessed, but perhaps someone also needs to bless her with information, because there are options for her through WIC. Ollie was a puker too, and if it wasn't for WIC providing us with his super-expensive formula, we wouldn't have been able to handle it.

Jessie said...

That story brought tears to my eyes and covered my body with chills! What an amazing gift! Thank you for sharing it!

Jessie said...

My clients have been able to get special formula from WIC with a doctor's prescription. I know they have gotten formula for acid reflux, premies, etc. Hopefully that will work.

Ryan, Jamie, Reed, Ella, and Adelyn said...

What a wonderful story to share! Thank you so much! We're so fortunate to have food on our tables and the ability to feed our children daily! It's so wonderful to see God working through others to give something so simple as food! Blessings to you all!