April 3, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Our Make-A-Wish Trip














Ok, so this is going to be my very Wordless
Wordy Wednesday!

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, t
he 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...


38 comments:

  1. Stephanie-

    What a wonderful oppertunity for you to share the word about this fantastic cause!

    Jenny
    Little Acorns Treehouse-my homeschool site
    Life is Not a Cereal-my faith-filled life

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  2. That is so neat. I am so glad you got a chance to do this. Sounds like alot of fun. Thanks for sharing. Love, Kristen.

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  3. That is so awesome and I can imagine how that trip must have meant the world. I really can't even fathom how hard that was for all of you. I really can't! My diet restrictions were NOT EVEN CLOSE an that was beyond stressful for me, it must have been heart breaking to have to deny Noah all the foods everyone else was enjoying. It really is amazing that diet has cured him!

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  4. Great pictures, but an even better explaination! Thanks for sharing it all with us this wednesday! Mine's up!

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  5. What an amazing testimony you have to share. God is good, and Noah is truly a miracle!

    Love Ya,
    Robin

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  6. Such special memories. Makes me teary eyed too.

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  7. Great photos and a great story. It looks like they gave yo all a great wish!

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  8. Wow, what an amazing memory to have. I am so glad to hear Noah is doing better!

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  9. What a neat day and a neat memory! I'm so glad to hear Noah is doing better now!

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  10. What a beautiful memory and what a great fundraiser.

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  11. That's so great that Make-a-Wish really comes through. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings~

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  12. Great pictures and a wonderful story! I am glad he is healed!!

    Have a great Wednesday!

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  13. Thank God Noah is better! What a moving story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm sure Noah will remember his special trip to the zoo for a long, long time.

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  14. What a beautiful story! I am so happy to hear Noah has been seizure-free. As the mommy, I'm sure it was so incredibly heart wrenching for you.

    Great pics, too.

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  15. You know how much we love Lays around this house -- lots of gluten free choices!!

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  16. Wow...that lay's things is great. I just created a floret. I uploaded a picture of the first time I held my son. What a great way to raise money.

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  17. I always get teary eyed when I hear about your story. What an amazing testimony you have. That trip will be the memory of a lifetimes.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this Wednesday. It really means a lot.

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  19. Thanks for sharing your story. Happy WW.

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  20. What a wonderful wordy Wednesday! My sister is epileptic, and I know the fear that I personally feel when she says she's feeling tired (a sign of a potential seizure) or just not feeling right. I know that my own mom still feels very protective of her, and I can imagine you must have those same feelings for Noah. I am so happy that the diet worked for him. May he always be seizure free!

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  21. That is really neat that you were able to do that! Thanks for spreading the word.

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  22. What a wonderful trip and wish to have granted. I'm so glad Noah is seizure free - we dealt with a seizure scare with our d and I had only a small taste of what you all have gone through.

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  23. What a fantastic memory for your family. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, I knit in the porch swing almost every day in the spring/summer. The porch is one of my favorite places in our home.

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  24. That is just so wonderful!!!

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  25. That sounds so cool! I know when I first saw these pictures I was thinking "That's not the zoo! That's Sea World!" Then reading about the wish granted HOW COOL!
    Wonderful pictures . . .memories . . .and Wordy Wednesday!

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  26. What a touching life experience. The San Diego Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. Glad he got some popcorn as a treat. God bless each one of you.

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  27. This is a beautiful story.

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  28. What a beautiful story, thanks for sharing!

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  29. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! =)
    that's all i can think of to say.

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  30. Wow, we are on our way next week as a matter of fact :) Great photos!

    Bridget

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  31. We still haven't figured out a wish for Michaela yet (she's not able to make her own), but when we do, I hope it's as enjoyable as your experience!

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  32. Wow, that's very touching. I didn't know about Noah's condition. Make a Wish is so cool!

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  33. Great pictures, Looks like a FUN time! I just went back and read about your Noah. What an amazing story. Amazing.

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  34. What an amazing experience, that's wonderful.

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  35. Wow.. That is wonderful to know that they really do make dreams come true!!!

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  36. Thanks for sharing! I posted, but I can't get it to show up on the site for me oddly enough.

    I get teary reading about your family's experience! PTL for Noah's healing.

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