In December, some friends held a holiday gift sale benefit for Anabelle. Countless attendees who I had never met came up to me and said they were there because they saw the picture of Anabelle in the paper, or on the fliers, and were touched by her story. One of the women was even carrying the photo from the newspaper around with her!
When Anabelle's struggle with the state Medicaid office was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer's series on Medicaid issues, we met many new friends in the area, many of whom had special needs kids themselves, but some of whom simply fell in love with the sissies. While it was a little surprising to have all of these people contacting us, I decided pretty quickly that it was not my place to stand in the way of Anabelle spreading her own joy to the world. If she has found a way for her little light to shine, I can only be the lightkeeper. The more people who hold her in their hearts, the greater the blessing to her, to our family, and to her friends. And so, when one of our new friends (who is not a special needs parent, himself) felt moved to send the girls a gift, we were overjoyed to receive it:
Oh, that's right: it's a super big fish pillow! And, I might add, that Elyse is currently asleep on it right now!
It came with friends!
Even "Teddy" had to get in on the action
By the way, these adorable friends were made by artist Jelene Morris, you can see her work here if you want to get some of your own: http://www.jelene.com/index.html