Thursday, November 10, 2011


Today is my birthday.

I now have a whopping 28 years under my belt (though my joints and the amount of gray hair on my head suggest otherwise).

I am blessed to be able to spend my birthday in Phoenix with my sister, her husband and their precious new baby, while Richard plays the role of Superdad 5000 and holds down the fort at home.

I could not ask for more. . . . .but I'm going to anyway :-)

I have been blessed with an amazing, loving and supportive husband and eight incredible kids (with two more on the way). I have countless friends and family members who love, support and encourage me in all that I do. I am blessed to know that I am a beloved daughter of God and to have the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

But there is a precious 2 year-old boy with Down syndrome half-way around the world who does not have those things. He does not know the love of a family. He is not surrounded by loving family and friends who encourage him and help him to meet his full potential. He does not know what a beloved and choice son of God he is.

He has never had cause to celebrate his birthday because each birthday without a family simply marks another year closer to the unimaginable horrors of institutionalization.

So this year I am "donating" my birthday to Morgan with the hope that he will be able to spend HIS next birthday celebrating, surrounded by a family that loves him.

This year for my birthday, I want nothing more than to see Morgan's grant fund grow and grow and to see his profile shared all over the world wide web with the hope that maybe, just maybe his mama will see his sweet face and commit to bringing him home.

And as a special treat to all of the amazing people who take the time to make a donation or share, you will receive DOUBLE the entries into our Adoption Awareness Giveaway ($5=2 entries, $10=4 entries, $25=10 entries, etc.).

To learn more about how you can donate to Morgan's grant fund, click here.


Dalas said...

Donated $5... Happy Birthday!

Jill said...

Donated $5 - Happy Birthday, Valerie! Sure do love you! :D

angie said...

Hey Valerie, how can I share your page and the chip in /reeses rainbow with others? I would like to share it on Facebook with your permission.

Katherine said...

Happy Birthday Valerie!

Yvonne said...

Happy Birthday!

Chris Haven said...

happy birthday valerie. For some reason my husbands blog comes up, but this is Celeste

Valerie said...

Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes and donations!! You are AWESOME and I am blessed to know you!