My next guest blogger, from the Hoover area near Birmingham, Alabama, is a children's cheerleader, no doubt. We have enjoyed meeting her and she has always hit the nail on the head with gifts for Eli. Her heart is big and I wish for her much success.
By Darla Hall www.facebook.com/IntheZonePublications
I am honored to be asked to be a guest blogger and wanted to share a few thoughts with you as the new year gets started. My name is Darla Hall and I met Eli's family through my activity books that I created in July, 2012. A mutual friend, Jerry Bailey, connected us through Facebook.
|Eli is second from the top right. That is during his first chemo cyle, and I|
believe that is Darla's son with her.
As a mom, my heart was aching for this family. To watch your child go through any kind of pain is indescribable. To watch a car hit your child would be devastating. After the initial shock, I called the office and found out that he was OK and had two broken legs. For an active 8-year-old, his recovery was going to seem like a lifetime. I immediately thought about what I could get him while he was at home recovering. He loved Alabama football, so my first thought was some type of activity book themed around the team. I searched high and low and could not find anything. So, that night, I went home and created my own gift to Miles and named it the Roll Tide Activity Book. Then, my thoughts went to every child in a hospital who is going through treatments or illness that would keep them from enjoying the day to day activities that we so often take for granted. So, I added the War Eagle Activity Book. I wanted to offer the kids in hospitals something free, so I made these books into Apps that they could download.
Eli was the first recipient of my War Eagle Activity Book. I'll talk about that in my next blog. I believe that God puts people in your path for a reason and its up to us to make something wonderful happen.