It is heart breaking, devastating, and soul crushing to receive the diagnosis of Trisomy 13. We were given no hope time and time again. (You can read more about that in another post.)
After the diagnosis, I distinctly remember starting to think about glorifying God (faith), my baby girl (family), and my business (flamingos).
See one of the core values of my business is to give back to the community. I had an idea of how I was going to do that, but it was just not really taking off the way I had envisioned. I started to think that if we didn’t get the miracle we were praying for maybe we could be that miracle for others. I just didn’t know how it was going to manifest. Honestly, maybe I didn’t want it to manifest because I wanted my miracle. I wanted the opportunity to raise my daughter.
Well, God has other plans. Lora Nicole was not meant to take a breath of this broken world.
A few hours after getting home from the hospital I reached out to 6 friends. I sent the text, “This needs to be out of my house. Can you all help me find a home for it all?” along with 2 pictures – Lora’s crib, diaper bag, changing pad, and newborn lounger.
Within 24 hours a dear friend found a family. This family had a similar story to ours not all that long ago. It was the perfect fit.
When I thanked my friend on Facebook, Lora’s daddy commented, “I guess it’s Lora’s gift.”
He was so right. It’s Lora’s gift. She is giving this family life. We, personally, know the stress of what they are going through, and thank God they do not have to live the stress of what we are going through right now.
So the seed that was planted on 5/10/2021 has started to grow.
Lora’s Gift is a fund that will be getting a portion of proceeds from every, non-fundraising, order. This fund will be used to help families in the community get through hard times, sponsor events and opportunities, and who knows what else. It might be adopting a family at Christmas, it might be paying for a family’s meal at a restaurant, it might be donating diapers to an organization – Lora’s gift will grow over time.
We will never forget the little life that God gave us for such a short period of time. She will be a blessing to so many people. She will glorify God. She will make us all better people.