last Saturday a dear friend jaime savage organized a benefit for kinley. jaime truly has a heart of gold and her and kinley have always had a special bond. when kinley was diagnosed with apraxia jaime dreamed up doing a benefit for kinley to help with all the speech therapy costs kinley will have over the next 10+?? years. she recruited the help from some other AMAZING ladies at our women's bible study who were so wonderful to donate to the sale, to bake some yummy treats, get gift cards donated,tag items, make signs, and just help jaime make this sale happen. jaime made posters of kinley and her story and posted them all over aurora to advertise for her sale. i have never met a more amazing group of ladies! their love on kinley and our family was overwhelming!!!! Jaime, Maggie, Brenda J., Brenda V, Kristy, Tisha, Lorrie and many more amazing ladies who baked and helped...THANK YOU!!!!! you ladies are a TRUE GIFT FROM GOD!!!
when kinley was first diagnosed with severe apraxia we knew that we could not get through this alone. we knew God would provide the strength, patience and financial needs to help kinley find her voice. And then when we found out that kinley's therapy was going to be around $325 an hour we HAD to trust God would provide. within days we got a $1000 donation from some of my parents friends we had never met, we applied for and got an AMAZING grant for kinley for the next 2 years from the shriner rite foundation....and we were blessed with dear friends who wanted to do this benefit! it has been the most amazing experience to see FIRST HAND the power of prayer!!! GOD HAS PROVIDED !!! the benefit sale raised $3000.00!!!!!! we opened an account yesterday for all of kinley's "finding her voice" fund.... i started crying when the banker asked how we raised this money the poor banker even got some tears in his eyes when i told him about all the amazing people in our lives!!!
i wish i had the perfect words to explain how much you all have blessed our hearts! you all have angels to us! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! i can not wait for the day to come to kinley to be able to come to you all and SAY thank you for all you have done to help her find her voice !
one of the most amazing parts of my day was when a mom showed up to the sale and asked if i was there that she could talk to me. she has seen kinley's poster at southlands mall and said she had to come talk to me. she too has a daughter with SEVERE apraxia who is now 10 years old. her daughter was diagnosed too around 2-3 years old. she came to encourage me and to give me the name of a home therapist she has been using for 7 years! her daughter is still in therapy but is now talking in sentences!! i could not stop the tears from flowing...this dear women drove just to see me and to help. she gave me a big hug and gave me her personal home phone number to call anytime! what an angel! yet another HUGE ANSWER to prayer!
here are some pictures from the day! kinley thought it was awesome to just sit and play with all the stuff that was for sale :)
my mom made a big poster board sign and stood in the middle of smoky hill road to get people attention to come to the sale! love you mom!! Rob J took the afternoon shift and waved the sign ...thanks Rob you rock!