Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Full (and Incredibly Happy) Heart

From day one of this journey, I have felt a peace like no other, a 'peace that passes all understanding,' a peace that comes only from the hope and faith I have in God and His plan for our lives.  I absolutely know Paige is going to be healed and receive an incredible testimony in the process.  Most days it seems like my 'cup runneth over' with that same hope and faith--with strength, patience, and understanding thrown in for good measure.  Most days.

I've got to be honest--some days this cup seems like it has a leak.  Paige has a bad day--drip.  Watching my baby's hair get thinner and thinner--drip, drip.  12-hour day at the hospital with everyone's nerves getting frazzled--drip, drip, drip.  Fortunately, there is always something--or someone--to help fill it up again.  This weekend, it was a 5K fun run.

The Paige Project 5K was a complete labor of love organized by my daughter's classmates and friends.  Planning.  Permits.  Registration.  Race day.  Five girls worked with teachers and administrators to make their vision a reality.  They secured sponsors and volunteers, worked with businesses to promote the race, and even created a website that served as the "go-to" place for all things race-related.  These young ladies were truly the hands and feet of Jesus as they worked to make the day special for their friend.

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love...  1 Timothy 4:12

Though the girls set an original goal of 250 - 300 participants, race day estimates put that number closer to 600!  The turnout was incredible--from the runners and walkers themselves to the volunteers and cheer sections along the route, The Paige Project 5K was an excellent demonstration of community spirit and support.  Thankfully, Paige was healthy enough to be in attendance that morning and was able to see for herself many of the 'soldiers' standing with her in this battle.  It was a wonderful boost for her to see them, but I believe it was just as fulfilling for them to see her there!

Paige and Boyce had a 'primo' location near the start/finish line, giving many people the chance to share kind words and well wishes--and snap a photo or two. :)  I participated in the run, pausing every so often to snap pictures of her teachers and friends along the way.  My mom, sister, uncle, and stepsister participated as well--making it a real family affair!  It was an amazing day that left us all with full and happy hearts!

We are beyond grateful and humbled at the amount of love, prayers, and support our family has received as we set out on this journey.  In less than two months' time, acquaintances have become friends--who have become part of our family.  They lift us up--and refill that cup!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4

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