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!