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.
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.
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. 🙂 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.
- Create a one-of-a-kind watercolor, similar to what you see here:
- 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.
- 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 Missions
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.
You can also give at her GoFundMe page, if that’s easier. That is also tax-deductible. Click here.
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. 🙁 Also, if you need prayer, please post below in the comment section. I’d be happy to pray for you!
In His hands,