Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Smile For Lydia

There is the sweetest little bundle at an orphanage in China.
(I wish I could post her photo, but due to CCAA rules I really need you to go here to see it.)
Her name is "Si Shu"--a name that caught my heart almost as immediately as did her sweet face.

Her English name is "Lydia."

She was born with medical special needs, in fact, some of which were unknown when she received her first emergency surgery through the compassion of Love Without Boundaries. If the complexity of her condition had been known at that time, she probably would not have received that first surgery because the risks would have been thought to be too high.

She shouldn't be alive in fact ... but God has brought her through time and time again, against the odds ... against all medical logic ...
and she is growing ... and I'm praying for thriving.
She is waiting for her FIRST smile ... nearly TEN months old ... and still waiting?

But at least now she is gaining strength and hopefully it will come soon, brilliantly like a sunrise over the horizon after a dark night.

Praying that perhaps this may bring it?
This doll is making its way to her via a sweet friend who will be traveling very SOON to receive her own beautiful daughter from that same foster home--a daughter that had a similar beginning surrounded and buoyed in prayer and hope and trust.

This is Lydia Love, a doll inspired by that real Lydia Love. (sorry for the graininess, it's terribly humid here!)
 She is 100% cotton and softly stuffed, with real knot pony tails and hand-embroidered eyes and face. She even sports her own little heart emblem on her right leg and panda bears on her tummy.
You can order your own at
 Each one is hand-made and a tiny bit different from the last or next ...

But this one is even more special because it's for Lydia.
Dear Sweet Lydia.
Who is worth every last risk, every last hope, every last prayer.
Her doll will be more special than any other ... hers has a special patch with the scripture that was placed on my heart days BEFORE her emergency heart surgery was ever announced ... when I was so scared to pray for her healing, to think it could even be possible.
 She is a bundle of miracles and so many are praying for her. Thank you if you are one of them!

1 comment:

Hannahjiejie said...

Oh my. Tears! I was cuddling that precious si shu today, trying to get her to smile. Not for me yet, but the nanny said that she sort of smiled this morning! It's coming! Though, it may be a while before we perfect the grin *and* take pictures of it. I cannot wait. And I cannot wait to send you a picture of our angel with her baby doll.

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