Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shannon-LWB Anhui Healing Home

"Shhhhh-annnn-non."
Said with a thick Irish brogue ... like Tom Cruise in that movie about the Irish Pioneers, "Far and Away."
It's a name that has a long history with us.
We actually joked about it while nesting for each of our boys. Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that name. It's a beautiful name. In fact it has a special place in my heart. No it wasn't our first choice for a girl name ... but still, it just kept coming around for some reason and has always stayed on our list for fun. Maybe because of Jeff's family's Irish heritage, maybe because it just kinda rolled off the tongue when we say it just right and it never failed to lighten the mood when we couldn't come to an agreement in the names department, maybe because it was a little seed into the future outside the little circle of our family. Whatever the reason, we kinda liked it and now I keep seeing that name pop up with the sweetest little orphans. Again, it makes me smile.

Here is the newest dear sweet "Shannon" to cross my path from the Love Without Boundaries "surgery needed" page.
What does she need surgery for? Ya, I had to look a couple times to see it past those gorgeous deep brown eyes and that wonderful sticky-up hair. She will be ready for a cleft lip surgery in February or March when she has put on enough weight. Oh I just can't get past those button-eyes with the sweetest shape! She is just beautiful!


She's gonna be ready ... and waiting ... for surgery in such a short time.
Can you imagine waiting?
If you've never happened by the "Surgery Needed Page" on the LWB site you should really stop by now. It is a blessing to know that even the littlest donation helps these little ones on their road to surgery. Sometimes it's life-saving, sometimes it's a surgery that will put them on the road to adoption, sometimes it's a surgery through their UNITY fund that actually keeps the child with their biological parents!
And you don't have to pay for the entire lump sum needed. It's such a beautiful way to be a part of something bigger. And when we all come together over the needs of orphans in God's name ... it really brings Him glory!

Donors receive updates at 1, 3, 6, and 12 month intervals after surgery.
If you'd like to find out more, go to the Love Without Boundaries Page by clicking on the highlighted text above. You can even donate to Sweet Shannon's surgery. Yes, she still waits.
You can also support the work of LWB by shopping with them in April for their annual Art Auction on ebay. Proceeds support medical surgeries for children just like sweet "Shannon." However, I'm hopeful that by April she will no longer be on that "waiting list" and instead is on the post-op list.

2 comments:

Football and Fried Rice said...

She is a SWEETIE!!!!!!

Gretchen said...

Just LOVE cleft babies. They steal my heart!

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