This post also appears on my other blog, Simplicity, but I wanted to share it here for my readers who aren't into stamping.
This is why we send cards.
This smile, beaming. This joy. This awareness of love...of loving and being loved.
This child we have taken into our hearts to love and encourage and hurt for.
Jonah enjoys opening his cards and packages. There are so many that he's opening a few a day. Molly, Jonah's mom, texted her mother the following:
Jonah is "reading" some of his cards as he opens them [please realize Jonah can NOT read! but here is what he is saying:] "You are smart, Jonah" "You are my hero" "And heaven and nature sing and heaven and nature sing" " J, O, N, H I, Ha-ha Hee Hee."
Heaven and nature sing in Jonah's voice.
For those of you not following Jonah's Facebook page, there was great news this week. Jonah's scans last Friday were free of metastatic disease. Praise God! Praise the healing hands of the doctors! Praise his parents who are taking such great care of him! Praise the brave boy who is, indeed, our hero in this journey.
May this state of affairs continue.
Last week, I had lunch with my friend Mary. Mary had colon cancer, and she's now well three years later. When I told her about Jonah, she thought about those things people did for her that had the most positive impact on her state of mind. At one point, she and her mom counted the number of states where people were praying for her. The number gave Mary great comfort.
That got me thinking. What if Jonah had a way to keep track of who was sending him cards? Wouldn't that be cool? I went to a local education supply store and bought the map you see in the picture above. The reverse is a map of the whole world. Using a sharpie, I marked the states and countries from which cards had come. Molly can add the new ones as I deliver them each week.
When I made the delivery on Tuesday, Jonah had received cards from 22 states and four foreign countries.
We can now say 23 states.
Let's grow those numbers!
You can check out the list of cards received HERE. If you send something, check that posting to confirm that I received your mail.
The USPS has let me down before. Just sayin'.
If you want to send a card (handmade or store-bought...doesn't matter!), please use this address:
c/o Susan Raihala
7430 Waterway Dr.
Waynesville, OH 45068
Once again, many thanks to all who have sent and all who are sending cards to this family. Know that when I check my mail each day, the kids and I are even more excited about "Jonah mail" than our own...and several of you have sent me some amazingly beautiful Christmas cards! But the Jonah mail is extra special.
I also want to thank all of you who are praying for them. As my friend Mary experienced, prayers mean something powerful and wonderful is happening.
Let's keep them going up for Jonah, Molly, Ben, and the rest of the family. They need them. They need comfort and courage and peace and joy and hope and love.