When Alana came shimmering into this world, I entered an area of life that I never thought would have touched me—the world of premature parenting. Though our darling daughter was not the smallest or most frail baby, my husband and I felt as though we had walked through our own personal earthquake. After two long months in the hospital, our daughter finally came home in time to spend her first Easter with us.
Now, eight months later, my girl is happy, healthy, and covered in more chubby, baby rolls than I can count. As we continue on this journey, I can’t help but find myself bursting with gratitude for all that God has provided for my family. I contribute Alana’s success to the power of prayer, the grace of God, and the blessing of state-of-the-art medical equipment.
With that, I am excited to announce: The Painted Diaper
Starting November 1, 2011, I will be partnering with God’s Littlest Angels, an independent, non-denominational ministry in Haiti that runs one of the only Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country. The money raised will be used to purchase life-saving medical equipment, more specifically, warming-beds.
Not very long ago, Stuart and I watched our sweet baby lay on one of these warming-beds as she struggled to breath on her own. We know first-hand what a gift like this would mean to the precious babies of Haiti.
Here is the plan:
40 Diapers. 40 days. Bringing Hope.
Each day a new diaper will be featured on the website, as well as an on-going option to donate. At the end of this 40 day project, all of the diapers will be sold through a silent auction online to raise further funds for the babies. All financial donations received in the United States, will receive a tax-deductible receipt.
When Alana was in the hospital, she wore the smallest little diapers that you ever saw. She was so tiny that we had to fold them in half so they would fit around her little body. I want to paint on diapers because I love the idea of the ordinary being used for something extraordinary. Diapers are an everyday item in many households, but when you think about these little diapers and the tiny babies who are fighting for their lives wearing them, it makes the everyday more personal.
November is Prematurity Awareness month, and I can’t think of a better time for this dream to become a reality! The cost of one warming bed is: $6,750.00, but when I think of how many tiny lives could be saved, I am reminded of what a priceless gift this would be. My hope and prayer is that this project would grow beyond my wildest dreams and support babies who truly need our help.