Skip to main content

Easy Way to Make a Child Smile

 

Did you know that it only takes 45 minutes and a donation of about $250 to make this little girl look like this?

That’s extraordinary, isn’t it? This worthy cause has a special place in my heart because my dad was born with a bilateral cleft lip (like the one above) and a cleft palate. He was born in 1948 so the treatment back then wasn’t as advanced as it is today. He lived alone at the hospital for months after he was born, being fed with an eye dropper by the nurses. Correcting his issues took multiple surgeries over decades of time . . . and it still isn’t quite as seamless as this little girl’s.

Children born in other places all over the world suffer the most from being born with these conditions. They are frequently unable to eat solids, talk, or even smile. That’s why Operation Smile was created.

Campus Book Rentals not only allows college students to rent the books they need for school – and even highlight in them – then return them and rent the ones for the next semester . . . they also donate to Operation Smile with every book that is rented.

Whether you rent your books through Campus Book Rentals or make a donation directly to Operation Smile, this is definitely a worthy cause that I would recommend!

This post was sponsored by Campus Book Rentals but I really should have recommended this cause a long time ago. My post was in no way influenced by the sponsorship.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

MD Anderson Arrival - Waiting to See Doctor

Joey and I drove to Houston yesterday . . . after making sure our kids and animals were all taken care of, which is always a bigger deal than I anticipate it being. It's been a long time since Joey and I have had the chance to "get away" just the two of us, so even with the reason for the trip, it was nice to drive and chat and stop at Collin Street Bakery and Cooper Farms store and eat at Cracker Barrel as if we were on a vacation.

If you've ever taken an anti-anxiety medication, you know the strange feeling of knowing academically that the facts should be upsetting to you, but feeling inexplicably calm in the face of those still upsetting facts. It isn't truly inexplicable, though, as you took a medication that is formulated to do that very thing. However, recently I have found myself experiencing this very same feeling without any medication, and I am confident that it is the definition of "peace that passes understanding."

I will say waking up in a …

Extravagantly . . . A Personal Post

There haven't been many personal posts from me in quite some time. I find I can't schedule them; I simply have to wait until it comes pouring from my emotions through my brain and into my fingertips.

Apparently today, I have something to say.

I've been reading a really challenging book with an unusual title. Brace yourself - it'sGod and Boobs by Angie Schuller-Wyatt. Yep, Schuller, as in Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral. It's written by his granddaughter. I was a little wary when I received a copy to review. Honestly I was afraid it was going to be irreverent at best and unbiblical at worst. But I haven't found that to be true. In fact, I've been very surprised to find it challenging and encouraging of me as a believer and as a woman - fully and completely, a woman.

One of the things that it mentioned is how often we misinterpret the verse "Guard your heart for out of it are all the issues of life." Growing up this verse was used regularly …

I Cried the First Time I Watched My Son Wrestle

My middle son, Colt, told me not too long ago that he wanted to wrestle. We are a sports family, but wrestling has never been one of those sports. AND this child is on the spectrum . . . now, all that really means for him is that he's not going to pick up on any social hints you drop, he's incredibly literal, and he's finicky about sensations. Yes, the child who is finicky about sensations told me he wanted to wrestle - where people are constantly touching you and holding you down and forcing your body into positions you don't want it to be in. But I have always determined that I would not hold my children back by forcing artificial boundaries on them that they don't have for themselves - so if the boy wanted to wrestle, we were going to let him try it out.

A couple of weekends ago, we went to his first wrestling tournament. I was so naive. We were supposed to be there at 9 am, and, in all seriousness, I made plans for 11 am. I thought we would walk in, he would h…