Thursday, November 5, 2009

An Amazing Thing...

So, a couple of weeks ago, I get a phone call from one of the doctors in the PICU. He asked if Zac and I would be his guests at a wine experience and auction to benefit the Children's Hospital. Of course we would! We like wine. We wish we could afford some of the auction stuff. And we love the Children's Hospital.
Then he asks if we would feel comfortable speaking about how we got involved with the Children's Hospital. Immediately, I said that Zac would love to speak. I don't do that. Well, I speak. Just not in front of people.
After a whole lot of thinking and praying, I decided this was an opportunity to share just a part of Olivia's story and how much all of those doctors and nurses mean to us. Because I was lucky enough to be there all the time, it seemed more appropriate for me to speak. So, for the first time in 32 years, I spoke into a microphone. In front of a bunch of people. I was so nervous! I had written down a bunch of stuff, so I wouldn't forget to say anything, but I still forgot at least half. Anyway, it turned out well and everyone survived my little speech, and it was an amazing thing to be able to do...the speaking part and the opportunity to thank some very special people.
Then the bidding wars was awesome to see how much some of the things went for and to know it was going to help such a great cause. One of the auctions that came up for was a yacht trip on the Illinois River with wine, dinner, and 6 friends. This one was racking up some big bucks! Afterwards, a man came up to Zac and me and said that it was for us. They bid on that auction for us! Can you believe that? We were speechless. So, next summer, Zac and I are going to be taking a yacht cruise on the Illinois River with some friends...all thanks to some amazing people that Olivia must have touched...just by hearing a snippet of her story. We did know one person at the table, but other than that, complete strangers. Unbelievable.
On a side note...I'm in a bible study at church with some amazing women on Wednesday afternoons. We always give our prayer requests for the week and yesterday mine happened to be for a little extra peace and wisdom. See, we still haven't sold our house in Macomb. No bids, no interest, nada. Things are starting to get a little funny around here financially, so we just needed a little guidance as to where to go from here. So, these women prayed for us to have a little guidance yesterday and by late afternoon, Zac called and said there might be someone interested in a short term rental. He's a retired professor from Western and he sold his house and needs somewhere to stay to finish out the year. I don't know if this will go through or not, but it sure is nice to have a little hope. All I could think was that God sure does work quickly!
Other than all that amazing stuff, I think I just need to catch up with my Halloween post before I go on my little vacation to get you all caught up on our lives, which I'm sure you've all been dying to do ;o)


Anonymous said...

What a great story Julie! Good for you for truly have a gift with words. Enjoy your yacht cruise and good luck with your house.
Take care~

Judy said...

Wow!! So proud of you for speaking in front of all those people!! I'm sure it was a memorable night and the cruise will give you something awesome to look forward to!!!

Praying about the house thing. Too bad we don't live closer, we could be renting it right now instead of renting this awful townhouse.

JoAnn Deason said...

That was an awesome story! I really like the new look of your page too. Maybe speaking engagements are in your future!? You never know how God wants to use you. You could really be an inspiration to a lot of people, I mean a lot more people than you already touch everyday with this little "blog ministry" you have going on!

Anonymous said...

What great posts....glad to see some things are moving forward for you. Have a great time on vacation. Getting away by yourself makes everyone at home appreciate you even more...not to mention all the great benefits it has for you, relaxation, no get the picture.
Lisa Fulkerson

~Katie said...

What a NEAT story! Thanks for sharing and you are very deserving of this awesome gift!!

Peoria Peepers said...

Sounds like a wonderful benefit, and more fun to come with the yacht trip!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderderful post!!! Thanks for being willing to get up in front of all of those peope and share Liv's story, I am sure, it left an impact!!! Just think of the fun you will have next summer !!:)))
Praying that things work out with the house.