Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Best Valentine

As I spent last week at a technology conference it was
 easy to think of all the things I wished I had.  
I wished I had an iPad, I wished I had an iPhone 4, 
I wished I had unlimited funds to buy all the things I saw. 

And I love how God showed me- as He always does- 
that I truly have all that I need and oh SO much more.

I know in my heart that I am blessed, truly blessed,
 with things, opportunities, and people in my life, 
but sometimes I lose sight of that in the midst 
of this materialistic world we live in. 

The other day my sweetest friend Dory posted about a Mayan family with some serious needs.  A father with some serious medical concerns, children not in school due to the cost, and a family eating only tortillas with salt each day because they can't afford to even buy beans. The father can't work and so they survive on bead work
 that the mother does earning only $6 a week. 
{Sweet Dory donated money so that the father can
 receive the medical treatment he so obviously needs.}

As I read about this family and looked at
 their pictures my heart broke.  
It broke for all that I have and all that they do not have.  
It broke as I thought about all of the ways that we waste money 
and all of the times I throw food away because I cooked too much
 or because we were just tired of it.  
It broke as I thought about this family who if they came to our house
 would think that we were extremely rich and
 who would love to have even just the things that we throw away- 
and would probably then consider themselves rich.  

So I decided to sponsor Antonio Abraham, 
who is 10 and in the 4th grade
 so that he could attend school.  
For only $180 a year, for $15 a month,
 less than $3.50 a week this sweet little boy can get an education. 

 $3.50 a week is not even half of what I spend on Sonic drinks a week.  
And that makes me ashamed.
It makes me sad to think of all the ways I waste money,
 money that could instead be used to truly help those in need.  

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and although I received lots of treats- 
beautiful tulips, lots of candy, some sweet cards- 
the best gift I received came via email late last night.  

In my mailbox was an update about sweet little Antonio Abraham 
who yesterday got his backpack for school and two pairs of new shoes.
Look at that smile.  
It's truly priceless. 
And without a doubt, that is the best $15 a month I'll ever spend. 

If you are interested in helping one of these families, 
please go here to see the latest needs. 


  1. Shannon, what a beautiful post. We sponsor a child in the Dominican Republic. But it has been laying heavy on my heart that we could do more. Seeking guidance on where we can do more and to let me release my grip on what I consider important in my life. It is amazing what a little from our lives can do for others. Thanks for sharing.

  2. You will change Antonio's life! I am tickled pink for him. And you - bring a tear to my eye. I have told you over and over and over how much I admire you. This is just one reason why I hold you in such high esteem.

    When we put everything into proper perspective, "things" don't matter much at all. In the U.S., we are overfed and have too many gadgets - IMHO.


  3. Stink.... this made me cry AGAIN!! I can't even look at his precious smile without boohoo'ing at how LIFE CHANGING this will be for him! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping him. I am truly touched by your beautiful heart.

    I love you.

  4. Thank you for sharing this, Shannon. I went to the website and sponsored Antonio's 13-yr-old sister Maria. Now all three kids in the family can get an education. Earlier today I was wondering how I was going to invest my tax refund. This is the best investment I have made in a very long time.