Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Want to have a HAPPY HEART today??

I got a notice in my mailbox Saturday...they had a package for me at the post office...an EXPRESS package!! Yesterday I got my bootie to the post office RIGHT away...ok, it was 1:30 in the afternoon, but I have a problem getting out the door!  When the lady handed me the EXPRESS envelope I wanted to jump and scream right there in the post office but I had to act all nice and normal because I was buying stamps and sending some packages out.  I didn't want to get myself on a "no fly" list or have my picture posted around other post offices with a warning under my face!  So anywhoooooo, this is what I saw:
 It's from CHINA!!!!!
For you newbies, we (we being:  my wonderful readers, etsy artists, my mom and myself)sent a donation of over 50 hats to China for the little kids in one of the many orphanages.  I had included a single use camera and some cash (for postage) HOPING they would understand and return some pictures to us!
A picture is worth a 1,000 words and even though I'm sure I could write that many, the pictures are so touching my heart is swelling with joy!
 LOVE these pictures....those little faces!!!  I just love these kids!
 Do you see the giant smile on the little guy (below) in the front?  So happy with his pink and purple hat!  One thing about China, they aren't as concerned about girls in pink and boys in blue.  When you have so little, your joy is so big... isn't that true?
 Now how in the world are those 2 sleeping?  My mom made a ton of newborn hats, I think we should have sent more toddler sizes :)  The newborn size seems to be stretched quite a bit...
 Oh, those babies!!!!! 
 There is that sweet smiley boy again... don't you want to adopt them all? I DO!!
 Anyone want to add a precious child to your family?? Go see my friends at GWCA:
 In this last picture you'll notice the "split pants" which are traditional pants for babies/kids in China.  They're split in the middle so they can hold them over the potty.  When I adopted my daughter she was wearing these, I still have them in a little baggie.
To all who donated: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  My heart is beyond happy knowing 50 little kids have warm heads!  Giving truly does fill your heart more than receiving ever will!  I will definitely be doing this again next fall.  If you didn't participate last year, feel free to send me a hat (store bought or handmade) any time during the year.  I'll collect them and ship a big box out in the fall.
You can always send them to:
David Shellenbarger
c/o chinamommy
146 East Main Street
Caledonia, MI 49316
(this is my Mister's work address...)


BundlesofBlossoms said...

Oh my goodness, I have a big lump in my throat and tears welling in my eyes.......I want to adopt all those children, as well, and just love love love them.

I will definately partake in next years hat drive for sure. That is incredible that they actually sent those pics to you. You should be so proud!

I am so glad Angela (Pickles on Pizza) recommended your blog to me!

True humanity in action is what you are-Kudos to you! Bravo!

Frannie said...

A heartwarming blog post. What a lovely gesture.
You are a wonderful person to make so many children so very happy.

Miss Rebecca said...

WoW! What an amazing gift! Thank you for sharing!

LeeLu Creations said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. :)

chinamommy said...

I just sent them... it was everyone that participated that made this such a huge success! I can't believe we got lucky enough that they sent us the pictures!! I'm going to have to make a special album for these!!
Thank you!!!!!!

meghan said...

Amazing!!! You are a generous sweet soul. I'm only sorry I didn't get my rear in gear this fall and get hats to you. I will for round 2!!! xoxo meghan

Angela said...

So sweet!! You did a great job getting everything together and reminding us to participate!! I can't wait till next year!

Bursts of Bubbles said...

Awww... this is such a touching post, it shows you how much they appreciate what you are doing through these photos.

The most I do is sponsor a child.

viewsbychris.blogspot.com said...

Awww, you must be floating on air! All those little babies piled up like that- love the pic where some are sleeping- like- "don't mess with my nap!" Hey- why didn't you do the pay it forward challenge? This could be big! Anyhow- you are a great and kind person!

it's me ...Twinkie Chan! said...

amazing photos!!! so great@@@

Renee said...

Oh, that just made my heart happy and sad at the same time. Happy to see the joyful, smiling faces and sad to know they have no home in a house with a mommy and a daddy.

I have to help you with this next year. And yes larger hats will be great. They don't seem to have many newborns in their little group.

What a wonderful project. I'm so glad they sent pictures back to you.

aquariann said...

What a wonderful idea! Those kids are absolutely adorable in their donated hats. ^.^

tfamily5 said...

Oh my, can I have them all!
Dear Santa, please build me a house larger than the 900 sq. foot one I have... with my family of 5 all squished inside! Hurry, I need to bring a plane full of babies home! Oh & the money to feed them all would be nice too!
So heartbreaking when your heart and your finances don't align... God bless the angels that adopt!

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