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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A 1st Birthday to Celebrate!

One year and one day ago I sat in darkness.  A profoundly deep, heavy darkness.  But at 12:45 on February 22nd of 2011, a sharp little cry pierced the darkness like an arrow of light.  One minute later a second arrow blazed just behind as "Baby B" entered this world.  After months of bed-rest and five weeks in the hospital, my miracles arrived!  Four weeks early but so perfect they seemed right on time.

Survivors.  Not only did they survive the normal dangers of a multiple pregnancy, but they survived the accident.  And the months of mommy's wailing and post traumatic stress disorder.  And the empty house... except for the belly that was so full.

I started journals for my girls when they were 3 months old just like I did for Makiah.  I am so glad now to have those treasured memories recorded!  Last May I wrote to them, "We lost your big sister, Makiah, in a car accident when Mommy was pregnant with you.  I thought I would never feel joy or happiness on this earth again, but then you and your sister were born!  Your every touch and smile and even cry brings a little more life back into my heart each day.  God is using you to restore joy and to help me have the will to live again..."

After October 2010, this mommy thought that the rest of my life was ruined.  Utterly broken.  Irretrievably lost.  That was the whisper from the lie-giver.  That I would sit in the deep darkness forever.  And there are still moments and even days of soul cloudiness.  But I am not forever shrouded by the blackness! Inside I feel a shout arising... that the lie-giver is indeed a liar!  And that there is life made available for us!  Even after death... the death of the body or the death of the soul while the breath still comes and goes.

So today we celebrate!  We celebrate the Survivors.  The Life-Givers.  The Ones of Hope.  Yes, the Bringers of Joy, even!  And of course the God who sent these little bearers of His image... I feel his touch in their finger tips.  And I am reminded of the light that shines in darkness... the love that crosses the chasm of my sin and builds a bridge into eternity where all our fingers will one day be entwined!

In her last pictures Makiah always drew 2 dots for the babies!
Abby 6 months

Alena 6 months

Happy 1st Birthday Abby & Alena!

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Worship chords swirl about.  Heart eyes turn to Him.  Not too often have I felt this lately.  I grab my pen as impressions grab me.

this is war
a spiritual war
sense of the battle 
determination not to lose any of my family
Makiah cheering us on
Makiah dancing for Jesus
sense of connectedness with her and eternity
His plan is all glorious
to reunite us
families are meant to be together
this separation is temporary 
we will be together forever
sense of this breaking
my thorn in the flesh
my weakness that won't go away 
the thing that keeps me dependent and desperate
the thing He can show himself strong in
my weakness
my loss

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Makiah's Gift

Miracles.  Sometimes they surprise us all at once in a supernatural sort of way.  Other times they start like a tiny drip, drip, dripping until the bucket fills and overflows and a miracle is born.  Makiah’s gift began with the clinking of little pennies in her piggy bank.  Then with tiny footsteps as tiny fingers brought it to her preschool class offering at church.  A little heart had purposed to give it all away… to send it to the boys and girls that had no clean water.  That’s what she told her mama that day.  A short two weeks before she was taken away.  Her last gift.

So tiny it would seem.  Those first few drops in the bucket.  But then other hearts began to shift and sway.  Soon the dripping turns to flowing.  Water flowing.  Life flowing.  Pennies in the hand  become water on the fingers and past the lips of grateful ones.  Two more wells are completed for the thirsty ones.   

 In Nsawan, Ghana the village of 1,500 people depended on a nearby stream that was only sufficient if it rained… until the bucket of  miracle drops overflowed into a well there.  At the dedication ceremony, the gospel was presented.  The people were offered living water that does not run dry.  The life that Jesus gives.  Thirteen people drank and gave their lives to Christ!  The best miracle of all!

In Phnom, Cambodia an open well and pond were the only sources of water for the 250 families.  When the well was dedicated one of the villagers said to a Living Water team member, “I am very happy to see that the well was drilled in my village, because in my village we did not have clean water to use.  Our people were struggling every day to fetch water to suffice their family’s needs.  But now the Living Water project has brought us a pump well.  We are so thankful because the water is clean and safe to drink.  This is such a wonderful gift!”

Makiah’s gift.  Your gift!  What a difference all the little drops have made!  Every well charm purchased and every donation made are gifts of life that matter greatly to the people of Nsawan and Phnom.  Maybe their children will live longer because of you.  Only God knows the lives that have been saved and the hearts that have been changed.   And those that will be impacted… the money for the 4th, 5th, and 6th wells has already been given!  A miracle.

A dear friend has made a generous offering for the miracle bucket.  She has published a book, “Sweet Dreams Little One,” and decided that 100% of the profits from every online sale between now (February 2012) and May 2012- Makiah’s birthday month- will go to the Makiah Kaitlyn King Well Project.  The book is a precious bedtime story that teaches colors and encourages little ones to have sweet dreams.  If there is a special little one in your life, you have the opportunity to give them a gift and at the same time make my little girl’s real dream continue to grow.  A chance to pour into the next miracle bucket…  The books can be purchased at this link on Amazon:

Sweet Dreams Little One             

...or this one at Barnes and Noble:          Sweet Dreams Little One

Only $1800 builds a well.  Tax deductible donations to the Well Project can be made by mailing a check to:

Operation Blessing International
Attn: Christine Coughlin, CSB 322
977 Centerville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA 23463

*Mark your gift clearly on the check for Makiah King and it will be credited to her account.

Phnom, Cambodia
Clean water!

Homes in Nsawan Ghana

Nsawan, Ghana