Just Another Hero
I want to introduce you to an amazing woman named Patricia. Patricia is 43 years old and sending her son off to college this year. On an everyday basis you will find her managing Sally’s Beauty Supply. I am here to tell you about what you don’t see.
Less than 2 years ago Patricia had an employee working for her who became pregnant and thank God decided for life and had the baby. Not long after having her daughter Brooklyn she was on drugs and the streets. When sweet Brooklyn was just four months old she asked her former boss Patricia to take the baby because she couldn’t care for her anymore. Patricia, seeing that the baby had no one and nothing and had been neglected said yes. WOW!!!! Just WOW!!! What an amazing spirit, no relation at all but sees this baby in need and just can’t turn her away!!!
Patricia has guardianship of Brooklyn and is raising her as her own. (keep in mind she gets no assistance from any Government agency or any kind of monetary help)
A few weeks ago Patricia gets a call from the state. They say the mother of Brooklyn has given them her name. You see the mother is still on the streets and still using drugs but is 9 months pregnant. She is due any day and the baby has nowhere to go. They are calling hoping that Patricia will take the baby. How many of y’all want to guess what she said?
Within days the baby was born in Plainview and she got the call, “can you come get the baby, mom was released but is homeless and on drugs so baby can’t be released with mom”. Of course all the answers are yes, yes, yes!!!
So, with just a few days notice, her and her friend get a baby bed and put it together Friday night. Then Saturday she drives to Plainview to pick up Brooklyn’s new baby sister and her new daughter.
Now, when I hear of this HERO, I feel the need to jump into action and HELP. I asked her what assistance she will get from CPS. The answer is NONE!!
Now, at this point in my life I don’t have extra finances to just go and buy her things, but I remember a verse.
3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Acts 3:3-8
What I do have is a great church and great friends!!! I also have time.
So, Monday, I get to watch this beautiful 5-day-old little girl while Patricia goes to work. You see she also doesn’t qualify for any time off because she didn’t have the baby and its to short a notice at work.
I also called my friend Winnifer, at Trinity Outreach, and told her the story. Now, I asked Winnifer if Patricia could come see her on Monday for a few things. Maybe diapers, wipes, formula, a few newborn clothes. Winnifer said, NO! She met us after church on Sunday!!!! Because that’s how they roll at Trinity and the Outreach!!
What a Hero Patricia is, and what a true example of Christ!!!! This woman blows me away because, she has never asked for anything. I had to go to her and offer. She will start the legal process of adopting these two girls soon; she has decided to raise them on her own as their mother. I wonder as I walk around and go about my day, how many of these heroes do I pass? I try to look really hard into people’s faces and eyes to see if I can tell. I think that’s why I love that God knows our hearts!!! Men only know what we can see, until we ask and then decide to love and give what we have.
My plan is to help with these things (what I need help with)
* Her work schedule is Monday through Friday 8-6 Saturday 8-1 for the next 6 weeks we need child care, then she can go to daycare. I am hoping to find friends that can babysit here and there for the next 6 weeks until Mia is old enough to go to daycare.
* She needs diapers, wipes, and formula STAT
* I want to give her a baby shower in the next 4 to 6 weeks (I think she should be celebrated)
If you can help me with any of these things it would be great!!! If you have any baby clothes you haven’t given away yet or left over diapers and wipes, just give me a call and I’d be happy to come pick up.
If you have a day that you could keep Mia over the next 6 weeks while Patricia is at work that would be Awesome!!!!!
Let me know if you’d like to help with a baby shower.
OH and of course while i have her tomorrow i will be taking newborn photos, so stay tuned!!!!!