Monday, September 10, 2012

Why

I've had some people ask me why I "picked" Jayden's family to get the profits from the book.  Why didn't I support some charity that helps a lot of people, instead just one little boy?


This is my answer:

Two years ago I had my fourth baby. He spent two weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.


I am convinced that there is nothing more difficult for a parent than watching a child suffer.  Those two weeks were the hardest of my life.  I've never cried so much or prayed so hard.

Today, my son turns 2. He is healthy and happy. I don't have to worry that he'll stop breathing or that he'll get a cold or flu that could end his life.




Jayden's parents still have to worry about those things.  They've lived two years never knowing if they'd have their precious baby one more day.  

I can't fix Jayden's problems.  I can't make him better. But I can do something to ease his parents worries.

I know it's not some grand cause, but it is a cause (and a family) I believe in.  I think maybe Emily Dickinson said it best:


If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


What do you believe in?  What cause (or person) are you passionate about?  






19 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Natalie, I believe this is an absolutely stunning act of altruism and love.

Cheers for it!

I believe in uplifting and supporting women.
~ Wendy

Wen Baragrey said...
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Wen Baragrey said...

Happy second birthday, Little Man! :) I wish you many, many more happy and healthy years :)

And I believe in you, Nat :)

Whether it's making a tiny difference to the lives of many, or a massive difference to the lives of one family, acts of generosity and kindness balloon into much bigger things.

You've inspired me to look, every day, for things I can do for other people--whether it's a little thing like helping someone with an awkward armful of groceries, or just being patient while someone tries to reverse out of a carpark.

Good deeds inspire good deeds and become something far greater than the act itself. That is the sort of infection the world needs. That is a big legacy.

Jessica Nelson said...

What a lovely post! I follow Jesus and believe passionately in LOVE, the kind Jesus showed to people, the Golden Rule.
You're giving his family a lovely thing...God Bless You!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

xo

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You said this so eloquently. And you are my hero.

Heather Kelly said...

I stumbled upon all of this from a tweet--little did I know what was at the end of those 140 characters. I've been tearing up since I got here. Jayden is so adorable, over on his blog!

I think you can make a real difference by focusing on one special boy.

Every day I feel like I have too much, just because my children and family have their health.

Off to buy your book. And pray for Jayden.

And stop crying. :)

Heather Kelly said...

Natalie--I had internet browser trouble when I left the comment above. So, it was linked to my non-work/writing profile, so I wanted to leave another message with the proper links, and say, if there is anything more I can do for Jayden and his family, please let me know. :)
Thanks,
Heather

Joanne Fritz said...

I'm amazed anyone would even ask you that! What you're doing is fantastic and lovely.

Glad your own little boy is doing so well.

Me? I support brain aneurysm awareness causes.

Jade Timms said...

I can't believe people would even ask that! Who cares if you're helping one family or one million. What matters is the helping.

You're amazing!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

You have a good and big heart, Natalie. No apology of explanation needed, but I'm glad you showed us inside. It's a beautiful place.

Keisha Martin said...

Natalie your awesome no one should ask why, I have a strong faith and I believe God makes certain things happen, he chose you to make awareness of a beautiful baby boy circumstance and its beyond amazing,I don't hear often many successful authors donating funds to charities, all it takes is one person, and you have done so much and I am happy that I helped out by spreading the word and encouraging my coworkers to participate in the support of Jayden.

Jessie Oliveros said...

It's a grand cause to his family, and those who know him. You're a great example to all of us:)

Jen said...

bless you so much for doing this for them
your post almost had me in tears
as part of Ems and Wens extended family it breaks my heart what theyve had to go though

Stephanie Thornton said...

I'm so happy you've chosen to help Jayden. I can't imagine the pain and anguish his parents have gone through these past two years--I'm happy to help in whatever way I can.

And I love the picture of your little guy!

erica m. chapman said...

Aww, Happy B-day to your little guy!! Also, I think it's AMAZING what you're doing. God bless you. Is all I have to say.

YOU are a treasure. I will continue to pray for Jayden and his family <3<3 Much love.

Di said...

I love you Nat!! What a very unselfish act. Christy & I gave you a shout out on our blogs.

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