A Little Bloggy Business

1. Don’t forget that tomorrow is our love offering For Heather. I’ll put up a post with a “Donate Now” button around midnight (central time), and that button will link you directly to PayPal, where you can make a donation via your PayPal account, your bank account, or a major credit card. Your transaction will be completely secure.

And if you can’t make a monetary offering tomorrow, you can still participate; your prayers are the most valuable gift you can give.

2. Also, remember that Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry is having a prize drawing for the people who have promoted For Heather on their blogs. Click here to see what it’s all about – I just checked the list of prizes and got a little teary-eyed when I saw all the people on the Mr. Linky list who have opened their hearts to spread the word about Heather.

3. A few days ago I got an email from Heather at Bramasole Crafts, a pottery and toy shop. From now through April 22nd, she’ll donate 10% of all online purchases to the For Heather love offering. Check out the online store here – you can do a little shopping and contribute to For Heather all at the same time.

Thanks, y’all, for everything…I’ll probably say that about nineteen more times over the next few days, so you might as well get used to it now.

And I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: you’re the best internets in the whole wide world.

Internets, Are You Ready To Rally?

document.jpg Back in January, when we first started to organize our little For Kelli web-a-thon, I really and truly thought it was a one-time deal. In fact, I think I even said something about the fact that the next time I would ask for donations would be approximately, oh, never.

But apparently, as best I can tell, “never” is officially here.

Because what I never dreamed was that a another friend would find herself in the middle of a medical crisis; I never dreamed that Heather, my talented, sweet, funny blog designer, would find out that she has a brain tumor. And I never dreamed that a second situation where our blogging community can so tangibly make a difference would cross our paths so soon.

So on Wednesday, April 18, we’re going to have an opportunity to love on Heather and her family. Heather and her husband Mark will be leaving April 25th for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – the number one neurosurgery hospital in the country. The fact that Heather even got an appointment is a miracle, and there is absolutely no telling what further miracles God will do through the hands of the gifted physicians there.

And here’s what I’m thinking. :-)

I’d love for us to give Heather and Mark a love offering before they leave for Minnesota, to be able to take care of some of their financial obligations so that they can focus on the most important aspect of their trip: getting the absolute best treatment for sweet Heather without worrying about how they’re going to pay for it. Before Heather knew that we were going to step in and try to offer some help, she posted about some of their financial concerns surrounding their trip to Mayo; you can read the details here. If you don’t know the specifics of the challenges Heather’s family has faced over the last few years, you can read about that here. What you read will bless your socks off.

And please understand: I have absolutely no set amount in mind for this love offering. Maybe what we’re able to present to Heather and Mark will pay for a few meals at Mayo; maybe what we’re able to give them will cover a couple of nights’ hotel expenses while they’re away from home. Or maybe – just maybe – we’ll be able to cover their hotel costs for the whole trip (THAT WOULD BE SO COOL). But here’s the bottom line, at least for me: whether we collect $50 or $500 or $5,000 for this love offering, God will get all the glory. He is the Source of all love, of all hope, of all joy, of all generosity. Anything we’re able to do for Heather will be an extension of the love He has lavished upon us.

So if you feel led to give, you can stop by here on April 18th and click on a “Donate Now” badge that will take you to PayPal. You can pay via PayPal, checking account, or credit card (and if you are more comfortable sending a check, email me and I’ll tell you how to do that). Just for kicks, let’s set a minimum donation of $1.00 – but you certainly may give as much as you’d like.

The money will go straight into an account for Heather and Mark. I won’t know how much you give; I won’t even know who gives (unless, you know, you tell me). I won’t be involved in the financial end at all aside from the fact that I’ll have the Donate Now badge for contributions on my blog. There is absolutely no pressure for you to participate financially – please know that. And if, for whatever reason, you can’t give a monetary gift right now, you can offer something even more valuable: your prayers.

If you’d like to help spread the word and put the For Heather button (thanks, Laura!) on your blog, that would be great. If you’d like to put the For Heather button in your sidebar, email me and I’ll be glad to send you the code so that you can do that. Just be patient with me on the email end…we’re heading out of town later today, so it may take me a few hours to get back to you.

If you have any questions, just let me know. And thanks, Jada, for setting all of these wheels in motion yesterday.

April 18th is For Heather. I hope with all my heart that you’ll be here.

Several Of You Have Asked…

…if there’s any kind of fundraiser in the works for Heather, especially in light of this most recent news.

And the answer is OH MY WORD YES.

I should have more details tonight – but I want to get everything worked out with PayPal before I get too specific. There were lots of lessons when we did the For Kelli thing, with the main lesson being CONTACT PAYPAL FIRST, THEN RAISE THE MONEY. So that is what we will do.

So stay tuned…I’ll be back with more info as soon as there’s more info to give!

Prayer Request For Kelli

Update: if you haven’t seen the link over at Barb‘s by now, here is Kelli’s update on her medical situation.

I got this email from Kelli late last night – and asked her permission to share it with y’all. 

“I talked to the Dialysis group today, and it appears that my home dialysis solution has stopped working. This basically means we have to move to Hemodialysis this week. From what my brain can assimilate at this point, I will have to have overnight staysometime this week to have a permacath  inserted in my arm, and will start hemo the next day. This will be a 3x week, out of the house, sit in a hemo unit at the hospital for 3-5 hours, until transplant deal.I’m not happy. In fact, I cried for only the third time since this all started. We made an emergency appt with the Dr. for today at 3pm ET to ask our hundred questions. The bottom line, though, is that once you start hemo the clock ticks harder and faster. So, frankly, I’m scared.

God has done miraculous things this week. I know he can get me through this. In my heart. However, my head, right now, is straggling behind. Thank you for being a support system.”

Also: Kelli’s kidney is only functioning at 7% right now. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 

Lookie Here, Internets!

Lookie here!

And for the eleventy thousandth time:

THANK YOU.

$8,799.36

I won’t be updating the totals anymore because I’m about to delete my email from the PayPal account and, you know, get out of Kelli’s business.

However, I’m going to leave the PayPal link up in yesterday’s post as long as Kelli keeps the account open. Also, the For Kelli button will stay in my sidebar until Kelli gets that new kidney and is back at home and enjoying lots of ice-cold diet Cokes, which I believe is her inalienable right as an American, guaranteed by Constitutional amendments and other government-y type treaties and entities and whathaveyou.

So.

Kelli has written something that all of you need to read. And you can find it right here.

It’s been such a privilege to see what God has done.

I’m so thankful.

Psalm 115:1.