Friday, November 29, 2013


Today, all over the United States people set out to do something that to me, sounds much more terrifying that living in a “dangerous third world country”. This morning millions braved the cold and the crowds that had gathered to get their $119 Keurig, $299 Ipad and $700 55inch TV.

Now, lest you think I am getting up on my high horse here, I spent several hours looking at ads and making a mental list of all the things I needed, all the things that would make my life “so much easier”.

Until… I saw her pale floppy legs poking out of a stained and tattered blanket. Her tiny body rested upon the swollen, 9 month pregnant belly of her impossibly thin faced mother.


Christella weighed 10lbs when I placed her gently on the scale. I asked her mother how old she was and she told me that she would be a year old on the 29th of November. A few seconds later I realized that TODAY was the 29th of November. Happy Birthday sweet girl.

Christella’s mother will deliver her 3rd child sometime in the next week or 2. She is 27 years old. She desperately wants to keep her baby. She wants her to be well. She is sure of herself when she speaks, she tells me about her struggles with a matter of fact clarity that is rare. She is not ashamed to admit that she needs help and yet, she doesn’t demand it. She expects nothing but her heart fully accepts what she is offered.


Until her mother delivers her new baby, Christella will stay with Annabel and I. She will hopefully gain a little bit of weight and strength. Her precious personality is already coming out, her smile and sweet giggle can capture and entire room of otherwise self controlled adults.

I have no idea what the next few weeks mean for Christella here in our home. I have no idea the plan that is the big picture of her life but I do know this, I am blessed to hold her tonight. My life is richer and sweeter because I am allowed to know her for this time. I can only thank Him, again, for allowing me a front row seat to watch His purpose unfold.


*If you would like to sponsor Christella’s recovery and time here with us please use the paypal button in the right sidebar to donate. $100 covers the entire cost of her care, every little bit is a blessing!

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