Saturday, February 5, 2011

Give Love

(I posted this to the Saving Shea but wanted to share it here too.)

Because it's February.
Because I just decorated my house in pink and red hearts.
Because Valentines are not just for couples...but friends, mommies, daddies, siblings, classmates and neighbors.
Because everybody needs love. And not the romantic comedy, butterflies in your stomach, plucking petals off daisies kind of love.

They need the "I'm yours forever" kind of love.
The "we can do this together" kind of love.
The "can't stop starring at you" kind of love.
The "I'm always there for you" kind of love.
The "I can't keep myself from smiling around you" kind of love.
The "I promise to make time to laugh with you" kind of love.
The "everything you say is so important to me" kind of love.
The " I couldn't be prouder of you in this moment" kind of love.
The love that lifts you up....
Squeezes you tight...
Makes even hard times feel alright..
The love that teaches you all that you need to know...
And gives you support you need to grow...
The undeniable you were made for me...
And together we make a family...
What's mine is yours...
I treasure each kiss...
And everyone deserves to feel like this...
Kind of Love.

Because real love is something that cannot be bought - only shared. We need it from the time we are born - and those of us who having loving families know that NOTHING could have replaced that. The love of family - the love I was given as a child - made me who I am today. It teaches us how to love the rest of our lives. It can never be truly expressed in the form of greeting cards, chocolates, flowers, or jewelry. Those sweet tokens and gestures give momentary happiness - it's the feeling love behind them that really means anything at all. So with that in mind, and in the spirit of this holiday of love - I would like to propose the perfect gift for your loved ones.
Give the gift of Love itself.
Give Love.
You can bring joy and love not only to those who hold your heart -
but to child who needs your help.
Give Love.
By helping one little boy come home to the family who is waiting to give him this kind of love. The kind of love every single one of these children pictured above are given every day.
The kind of love so many of us are blessed to have.
The kind of love he deserves.
Give Love.
Shea's story is a remarkable one - and it is only just beginning. He now has a family ready for him - and Shea is WAITING to come home. His family is actively completing the adoption process - eager to give Shea the love, support and care only a family can give. The only thing wecan do to help them bring Shea home as soon as possible is to GIVE.
Give what you have.
$5, $25, $50
It's not the size of the gift, but the size of the heart behind it.
It is so costly to adopt internationally - so much so that many people say "we can't afford that" or "it's just not possible for us". But this family has given everything they have not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES (read their blog - they are an amazing family)and is making that leap of faith to make Shea a part of their family - but they need help raising the last bits.
(And in adoption language, "bits" = $9,000!)
They need our HELP!

As a friend so honestly reminded me " Let's face it ... we all spend/waste $$$ on this every year. The chocolate is gone...the flowers die... and all you have is a distant memory of the token(s) you invested in."

How much more meaningful - how much more noble - how much more true to what love is all about - to give that money instead to this family - to this little boy -
to bring him home - to give him Love.
So help share the love...with Shea. :)

Isn't that the most adorable Valentine ever?!
It's message is simple - it's purpose sincere.
Make a donation (even just $5!) in the name of a friend or loved one - to Shea's Adoption Grant (through the chipin on the right hand margin of this page) or visit his family's blog and donate through their chipin (it all goes to his account.) Then print out these adorable Shea Valentines(see Donation Gift Cards for the printable link) and give them to your sweetie, your sister, your mother, your friend - and see their faces light up at the sweet face on the card.

I can't think of a sweeter, kinder, more beautiful way to Give Love.
Can you?

(visit to read about Shea's story
as well as view and print these Valentines)
Thank you. With Love ~ Joanna


JourneyWithTheCrosiers said...

Okay Joanna! I am pretty sure this is one of your best!!!! LOVE every picture of all our miracles, including sweet Shea!
You are a big part of redefining this little thing called Spina Bifida.
**I'm also SO glad you were able to log on to blogger or we would have missed this!

Nina said...

I love you baby more and more every day! So proud, so excited for Shea! What a perfect gift!
xxxooo Nina

Summers Family said...

LOVE this! I'm a little bummed that I have "something" all over my sweater but oh well :-) So glad you are going to guest bog over at our place.

Happy Valentine's Day my friend!

Amanda said...

OK how do I steal this for my blog - without having to copy and paste all of those pictures! Any suggestions - because I am SO stealing it!

Jamie said...

Such sweet photos! If you want to add Madi's blog to your 'SB friends' it is I think of Shea often and am glad you posted this. We hope to find our own "shea" soon!

Selina said...

Oh Joanna....SO Beautiful! I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing, and for including my little miracle in it.
Much love sweet friend!

Meinhardt Family said...

What a beautiful post. Thanks for including us. I "less than 3" you guys! :) You are an amazing mom, friend, and giver. Keep doing what you do. You are making this world a better place. Shea is lucky to have been blessed with an angel looking over him right here on earth.

p.s. love the opening song. perfect!

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