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Last year Noah was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His wish was to go the zoo, and so they sent us to San Diego, California- of course! I've posted about our trip before, but I was going through photos from the trip yesterday and just had to post about it again.
It's been over a year and a few months now, but we still think about our wonderful vacation to San Diego. When Make-A-Wish grants a wish, they really grant a wish.
Make-A-Wish generously provided us with money for meals, souvenirs, and a free day (which we used for Disneyland!) All other expenses such as the hotel, rental car, and all the park admissions like the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, & The Wild Animal Park were paid for or donated. If you ever have the opportunity to give, they are a wonderful organization.
Every single day of our trip I would cry joyful tears, thankful for every minute of this blessing we'd been given. I still look back and get teary-eyed. I remember how those times weren't easy with Noah being on the ketogenic diet. Not allowing him to order at the cool places we were eating. We did cheat and let him have popcorn at the zoo, though. That was a REAL big step of faith, and a huge treat for him! And before he was seizure-free, I can not even explain in comprehendable words what it felt like. I don't think anyone could fully understand unless they also have a child with seizures. Having boys, I hear a lot of "thuds" in this house. And still my stomach drops at the sound, and my heart sinks. I praise God every morning when Noah wakes, and every night as I check on him asleep in bed... thank you, God, he is healed.
If you'd like to Share The Joy, the LAY'S® brand is inviting us to "Share the Joy" to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation raise the resources to grant 100,000 wishes. Please visit lays.com & click on "create a floret" to upload photos, home video clips, or simply share a short text message of moments that are especially meaningful and joyous to you. For every moment of joy shared, Lay's will make a $1 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (up to $460,000). I've already done ours- it takes just a minute- please do the same when you get the chance! Spread the word, too!
And if you are able to give to some other very worthy causes, even if it's just a dollar of your own, check out the Buddy Bears in my sidebar (we'll be walking next month in the Chicago Epilepsy Walk) and we'll be walking for Xavier in the March of Dimes walk later this month as well. Every dollar does make a difference...