Here She Goes Again

So, last weekend Madison graduated. Now that doesn’t sound like a big deal. Kids graduate every year, and this is exactly what I was thinking until I saw my daughter walk across the stage, and then it hit me.
She shouldn’t be here. I was told to abort her.
(Imagine a crazy lady, weeping and wiping her face. Yep. That was me, and my hubby, too.)
Then during the ceremony they showcased all 300 graduates and their favorite hobby/talent. Madison, the girl so completely humble that the photo she picked to showcase her “talent” across two over-sized projectors, to over 3,000 people was of her bending down to make these sweet kids in Haiti smile. She was the only graduate who didn’t face the camera with perfectly blown-out hair.
And, more tears fell as I realized that she didn’t really care what she looked like. She just wanted to love on these kids.ย 
All the other students did what I would have done. Picked the best picture of themselves, facing the camera, looking their very best. But not Maddie. Nope. She picked the first photo where you can’t really see her face, or that she isn’t wearing make-up at all.
So what does my teen want for graduation? To go back to Haiti. What teen asks for that? She honestly amazes me and truly asks very little from me.
She’s not that type of kid whose always walking up asking for money to go to the mall (she enjoys scoring a fantastic deal a the local consignment store or Goodwill, even). Just yesterday I gave her a small amount of cash to buy lunch after taking her ACT to celebrate, but she walked in the door and handed me the cash and said she’d make a sandwich.
I can’t make this stuff up.ย 
So when she asked if I could post something on my blog for her to raise money for Haiti, I of course jumped at the opportunity. Only, it took me a little longer to post since we’ve been away at summer camp for a week (yes, I was the crazy camp counselor, only I ended up super sick with the flu. Not good.). So here I am with a box of tissues beside me trying to frantically fulfill my end of the bargain, especially since she need to raise half of her trip money in two weeks.
The only thing different this year is she will be going to Haiti with her dad. Yay. ๐Ÿ™‚ She’s excited to have this last trip with him before she goes off to college.
Here are a list of things people could hire her for so she can raise money for her trip.

  1. Create a one-of-a-kind watercolor, similar to what you see here:IMG_5448IMG_5447IMG_5446
  2. Bake a half-dozen chocolate chip cookies. Let me warn you. These are the BEST cookies you will every eat. I’ve now become a cookie snob and can’t even eat them at Chic-fil-a, or those yummy cookie stands in the mall. Promise. You’ll be a believer, too. One day I’ll blog about the recipe.
  3. Decorate for a party. She loves, loves, loves to decorate, and she’s so talented (she obviously did not get this from me. Ha.)

So that’s my once a year ask. I rarely do this because, let’s be honest. It is uncomfortable to ask. But may family and friends always say they want to help, I just have to let them know.
If you’d simply like to donate to her trip, you can click here: Christ Fellowship Missionsย 
Just make sure you select “Madison Hedegard” or “Jason Hedegard” under “participant” at the top of Christ Fellowship . The cool part about this is every dollar you give is tax-deductible.
Win-win. ๐Ÿ™‚
You can also give at her GoFundMe page, if that’s easier. That is also tax-deductible. Click here.ย 
One more thing. If you think about, will you pray for our health? Half of my family is sick with this bug that is going around. Yucko. ๐Ÿ™ Also, if you need prayer, please post below in the comment section. I’d be happy to pray for you!
In His hands,


  • Anonymous

    What a treasure & a gift she is, Dabney. I’m over here trying to see through my tears! We’re lifting Maddie & Jason up in prayer for their trip, as well as quick healing for your family. Love you guys!

    • dabneyhedegard

      Thank you so much for your prayers. I’m finally feeling a little better today. Man, this sickness really wiped me out. Thank you again for lifting up Maddie and J!!! That means so much!!!

  • Kelly B

    Yay! Love her and can’t wait to hang my watercolor picture she did! Just make sure it has her signature before she hands it back to me!! ????

  • Allison (Fillmore) Ellis

    Love you guys! I am so proud of Maddie. And you and Jay, for not obeying doctors 18 years ago. I went to a banquet last month for Abba, a pro-life women’s clinic here in Maine. It supports women who were considering abortion, and giving them more options (including free ultra sounds and pre-birth and post-birth care, all free). The speakers each year are all women like yourself, or people like Maddie who have a powerful story of their own future and journey. It was on the same night as maddies 18th birthday and I was able to briefly share your testimony with the people at our table because of that! So amazing. I’ll be praying for you all and Maddie and Jason!

  • Paula Mantrozos

    I remember at 5 that someone gave her either cookies or candy and almost immediately she walked from your office to mine and offered me some. WHAT 5 yr old does that?…and it was so genuinely heartfelt and kind that I almost cried. I checked to see that you has not asked her to share…and then I told you what she had done. As I have watched from a distance all these years, her truly generous heart has blossomed so much and it shows in everything she does. You will argue, but I see you in her so much. God has done a huge work in yours and Jason’s planting His Love in the next generation. I will figure out how to support her in this endeavor. She shines so brightly with the Light of Christ, that dark country needs her to come…and she needs to share it –she is a conduit, a pipe that only stays full and fresh as it pours out the other end. I cannot wait to see what God will do on this trip and with her time at PBA. SO happy I get to watch! Be Proud Mom and Dad. The best is yet to come…and GOD PUT/KEPT YOU HERE TO BE A PART OF IT! PRAISE HIM!

    • dabneyhedegard

      So now I am crying! What a precious story. I wish my brain would remember these beautiful things. And man you are a fantastic writer!!!
      Love you, Miss Paula! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dabneyhedegard

      I promise I feel like I replied to this, yet I don’t see my response. So sorry, Paula! Maddie is truly one unique kiddo who has always blessed others. I know she’ll pop in to see you at PBA from time to time. : ) xo

  • Barbara M Behl

    Beautiful, young lady with a beautiful heart & story; can’t wait to her future! Yes, please pray for me as my husband and I pray for you and yours (I call it cross pollinating prayer). My prayer request is 2 parts: 1) I need to trust God more, as in get out of the boat and get walking on water! and because 2) My oldest son, Daniel, married a young Haitian lady because we have a granddaughter from them. OUr granddaughter, Daniela (“Ellie Spring”) is precious, so I pray for God protect to her and do a mighty work in my son to become a husband and father. Thank you!

    • dabneyhedegard

      I’m definitely praying for your son and sweet family! Love how you described “cross pollinating” prayers. ๐Ÿ™‚
      God bless!

    • dabneyhedegard

      Praying for you and I’m just curious how you’re doing? How is your sweet son and his precious daughter, Daniela? Keep me posted. ๐Ÿ™‚

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