(Bears made especially for me by Holly)
Do you know what I love best about the Mommy blog community? It's the friendships I have formed over the years.
I started out reading Mommy blogs years ago to be inspired, encouraged, and blessed. I have received all that plus more. What I wasn't expecting back then, but came as a huge bonus, was that I formed actual friendships with the ladies I "met" online.
I have emailed back and forth, exchanged cards and gifts in the mail, talked on the phone, and even met some of my bloggy friends in real life. They have encouraged and blessed me beyond measure, and I hope I have done a little of the same.
One of those dear, long time friends is Holly from Seeking Faithfulness. We have had our babies together, talked pregnancies and nursing, waded through bloggy blow ups, prayed through medical problems and hospital bills, and more. Our children have even come to know one another and often comment on one another's blogs.
Holly is one of the most generous people I know even in the midst of a rough year.
Her teenage son was robbed and beaten by some thugs who wanted the little money he carried in his pocket from his lawn mowing job. They left him laying in a pool of blood in the street with broken teeth and deep cuts to his face. They are still paying those medical bills out.
Soon after that, her young son was in a 4 wheeler accident and was air lifted to a hospital to take care of his emergency head injury. They added those hospital bills to the ones they already had.
Last week, Holly's husband was admitted to the hospital with a high fever and it was discovered that he had a staph infection that had moved into his blood.
The doctors did surgery to find the problem and were very frank with Holly. They told her that these kinds of things can be fatal, and her husband battled for his life for the next few days.
Mercifully, he is home now and Holly is attending to him around the clock. He has an IV that must be kept in place to administer antibiotics for 6 weeks and must take that time to recover from the surgery and the infection.
During that time, of course, he will not be able to work and his job does not supply any kind of disability allowance, so the family will have absolutely no income.
Never mind the mounting hospital bills, those can be paid off. It's the utilities and groceries that won't wait.
Can you help out a family in need? I have over 1,000 readers who get my blog in email or feed subscriptions. What if 100 of us gave $5 each? I bet that would cover a good chunk of the bills that are in urgent need of payment for one month.
Did you spend $5 on Starbucks last week? Can you spare $5 to help a family who needs it right now? How about $10? Or more?
Any amount you donate will be a blessing to a family who has blessed so many.