Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Our October Give It Forward Recipient!

I'm pleased as punch to announce that this month's Give It Forward payment will go to Cole's Gift. I don't have a receipt to show you just yet, as I'm mailing a check, but I will try to remember to scan it and show you once it arrives.

The purpose of Cole's Gift is incredibly special, and I'll admit I was pulling for it to win because it will help a family who is adopting a child whose future is uncertain. I don't like to entertain these thoughts too often, as I believe in my heart that she will be fine, but the truth is that Elvie's life holds a lot of unknowns, especially as we draw ever closer to time for her big surgery. One thing that I want to make crystal clear to families considering adopting a child with a diagnosis that has more questions than answers  is that Elvie has been absolutely worth it. Even if, heaven forbid, something goes wrong, and our time with her is not as long as we hope it will be, even these four months as her family have been worth everything to us. She is such a gift, and I hope that by telling her story, it will allow other families to open their hearts to major unknowns in order to be a family to a child who will turn their world upside down in the best way possible. What Cole's Gift will do for families by helping them adopt a child like Elvie is indeed a beautiful thing.

I'd like to thank Melanie of Like a Radio for letting me know about Cole's Gift, and I would like to thank Cole's wonderful parents for sharing Cole's story. There is such beauty in it, and it is our pleasure to support this remembrance of this gorgeous little boy.


  1. Oh, Mary, I just saw this - thank you SO MUCH. I can't tell you how very wonderful it is to see Cole's Gift recognized this way. Cole really was a gift himself, and seeing his story passed along brings real comfort, I think. And the money is going to such a good cause, to boot. THANK YOU.

  2. I am beyond happy. Thank you, Melanie and Mary, for honoring our Cole so beautifully!

  3. Thank you from Orphans Treasure Box. Cole's Gift is a very special grant to us. God has so blessed this non-profit in such a short time. What started just 15 months ago as a way to sell some used books has grown into a wonderful on-line used bookstore that makes lots of money for orphans and the families adopting them. In the last 10 weeks of operation, we earned over $9,000.
    We have helped 11 older and special needs orphans in the last year become sons and daughters. Thank you for your support and please consider us for your book-buying on-line. We sell on Amazon,
    Orphans Treasure Box Books. We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word!


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