Monday, July 24, 2017

Awww Monday: Beautiful Feet

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C in the Busy Bees room wearing socks and his leg braces.

Okay, i can hear it now.  What's so "awww!" inspiring about a child's feet, clad in leg braces?  Of course, i'm going to tell you.

About 6 years ago, a lovely young couple married here at our church, and then moved to Houston for his job.  (Just a note:  Houston eats people from our area that way, it's very frustrating.)

About 4 years ago, they had their first child, a boy.

The trauma started almost immediately, baby C was rushed back to the hospital at 3 days old.  Our church prayed and prayed for that child.  The doctors were very certain when they said he could not survive, said if he did he would never walk or talk, painted horrible pictures of his future.

Two years ago, when his family was here visiting, i watched him in the Butterfly nursery room as he, barefoot, taught himself to climb the two steps to the little slide in the corner, sliding down with a huge grin each time he was successful, practicing over and over until he could do it easily.

Yesterday, i watched him in the Busy Bees room in the nursery hall.  He played with the train table, took himself to go potty, sat for the Sunday school lesson, ate his snack, and shared the trains at the train table better than the kids who are in there every week.

He talks with a bit of a lisp, and he wears the leg braces most of the time, but they don't slow him down.

Those brace-clad feet are an Awww! to me because they represent survival and hope and the power of prayer.

Today is:

Amelia Earhart Day

Children's Day -- Vanuatu

Cousins Day -- because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins

Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure -- Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, WI, US (world's largest sport aviation event, through Sunday)

Festival of St. Eloi -- French Basque

Hurricane Supplication Day -- US Virgin Islands (churches hold special services to pray against hurricanes hitting the islands this season)

Jakaba Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James' [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)

Jilwalla Jinks' Jamboree -- Fairy Calendar

National Drive Through Day -- but only if you won't pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain

National Tequila Day -- celebrate North America's first native-born distilled spirit

Pioneer Day -- Mormon Christian

Pop a Wheelie Day -- before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun

Public Opinion Day -- the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!

Ramazan Bayrami Eve -- Turkey

Simon Bolivar Day -- Ecuador; Venezuela

Sts. Boris and Gleb's Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)

St. Christina the Astonishing's Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)

St. Christina of Bolsena's Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)

Tell an Old Joke Day

Tenjin Matsuri -- Tenmangu Jinja, Osaka, Japan (one of Japan's 3 major festivals, through tomorrow)

Anniversary Today:

Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993

Birthdays Today

Bindi Irwin, 1998
Dhani Lennevald, 1984
Anna Paquin, 1982
Summer Glau, 1981
Rose Byrne, 1979
Eric Szmanda, 1975
Jennifer Lopez, 1969
Kristin Chenoweth, 1968
Kadeem Hardison, 1965
Barry Bonds, 1964
Julie A. Krone, 1963
Lynda Carter, 1951
Michael Richards, 1949
Peter Serkin, 1947
Robert Hays, 1947
Chris Sarandon, 1942
Ruth Buzzi, 1936
Pat Oliphant, 1935
Billy Taylor, 1921
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1900
Chief Dan George, 1899
Amelia Earhart, 1897
Oswald Chambers, 1874
Alexandre Dumas, pere, 1802
Simon Bolivar, 1783
John Newton, 1725 (wrote Amazing Grace)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Fellowship of the Ring(Publication date), 1954

Today in History:

Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216
Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487
Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701
A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715
Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823
The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824
Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass, 1832
After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847
The first tramway opened in England, 1861
Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866
Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883
O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901
Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas", 1911
The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915
The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy's Hospital, London, 1925
The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929*
The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935
During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"), 1967
The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001
Lance Armstrong wins his 7th consecutive Tour de France, 2005
Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather, 2011
The scientific theory of supersymmetry is challenged after experiments with the Large Hadron Collider yield an incredibly rare particle decay event, 2013


  1. This is Awwwww to me as well! Thank you so much for sharing this. How inspiring!

  2. Thanks you Dearie for telling such a touching story !

    Wishing you a most lovely new week,
    I'm sending blessings on your way

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. A very inspiring and a very encouraging story of God's grace and mercy. Awww!!!

  4. That photo and story behind it is very awww.... worthy. He sounds like a wonderful child, prayers work.

  5. Perfect Aww for this week. He's a survivor and that's a great thing.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ☺

  6. At the risk of a pun, can I say this actually rates more Awesome, than Awww? Most excellent, either way!

  7. That choked me up. What power in love and prayer. Children as so much tougher and courageous than we think.

  8. Wow, Sandee! Beautiful story! I am so happy for that family and the little boy that could. I guess that just goes to show that we can do anything if we set our minds up to do it. :)

  9. Doctors are so often wrong. I hope this little guy continues to develop.

  10. Aww! very heartwarming :-)

    Have beetastic day :-)

  11. Awww cubed. Very sweet story. Hope there are many more blessings in store for little C and his family.

  12. It's wonderful to see such a miracle. Blessings.


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