When I was a young girl I had huge expectations of greatness, of what my life would become. How would I change the world? What fame awaited me?! What adventures would I set upon?! What would I accomplish?! Well, I've now hit my late-thirties as a professional mom of 4 small precious children, few accolades and no letters after my name. And what I have discovered is my definition of greatness has changed. My “resume” is not exactly chalked full of certifications or recognition, but the accomplishments I do stand on have been forged from the same passion, drive and desire I had as a young girl...the results, however, have been a surprise by far exceeding my expectations and shaping me into the person I am today. I laughed when I was asked to be a “celebrity” dancer. I couldn’t be farther from being a celebrity of any kind. I had to think long and hard about “why” I would or even should be in this event. I was struck with a myriad of reasons. The first of which is I just straight up LOVE to dance. So, lucky you…you all get to be a part of me living out childhood dreams! Or an early mid-life crisis, I’m still deciding which! Hahaha.
The most important reason, however, is for our daughter and the millions of other children and families like ours who walk the incredibly hard and often dark road of medical hardship. We know what it's like to hold the most precious thing in the world in our arms and not know what's going to happen next in their sweet young life. We know what it is like to be weary to the bone, in and out of hospitals and doctor offices. We are eternally grateful for humanity - for the men and women, friends, family, professionals, and organizations that walk this road with us. Who pick us up when we don’t think we could keep going, who cry with us and laugh with us. Who stand for us, relationally adopting us and caring for us as their own. It is on this road we learn and experience the true meaning of gratitude.
We have an opportunity here to create an atmosphere of unity, compassion, inspiration, and generosity...an atmosphere of family. Friends, come with me on a journey, united as one, and let’s relationally adopt these children and these families as our own. Caring for them in big ways and small ways, tangible ways and intangible ways, because when you love one another - every way matters!