Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend Dana Hanley and her family. Dana writes the blog Roscommon Acres. It’s a lot like this blog (except better!). She and her family have a farm, they have children, they homeschool, they are trying to live naturally, they have animals and they do a lot of the same kinds of things that we do here at the Good Old Days Farm. Her blog is alot like mine except for one major difference…
Tiggy is their son. He died in an unexpected accident shortly after this picture was taken. He was only 21 months old. You can read the story of the accident and his death here, but be forewarned that this is a very difficult story to read! I have read it 8 or 9 times and I cry and cry every single time. If you are pregnant, nursing or just in a stage of life where reading about a baby dying will really upset you, please don’t click on that link.
Unfortunately, children and babies die all the time. Why am I so drawn to this family and not somebody else? It’s the way God shines through Dana’s character, which in turn shines through her writing. When I first read this story I didn’t know Dana, but her life seemed so much like mine that I couldn’t help but relate to her. I wrote her a note just telling her how sorry I was and gave her some Bible verses to encourage her. And she wrote back. I don’t know if I would have written back to a stranger in the middle of my grief, but Dana wrote back. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship with a beautiful family!
As I continued to write to Dana and read Dana’s blog over the months I have learned so much from this woman! Her family’s faith is amazing. My favorite post is this one called “Is God Good?” Please click over and read this post! It is a remarkable expression of faith!
Children who have never known the kind of love [Tiggy] did even in his short life. Who live in poverty so extreme that their own parents sell them into slavery. Who are raised by the streets and who will more than likely turn their own children over to those same streets…Tiny Hands is committed to empowering the church in southeast Asia to reach the poor, particularly the orphans, street children and victims of sex-trafficking.
Tiggy’s house will be a place that rescues little girls from a life so terrible that here in America, we don’t even discuss these things in front of children the same age. And to rescue these girls, they need to raise $50,000 in the next two years. Now that’s a lot of money, so, they’re taking a road trip!
The week of February 19-25th marks what would have been Tiggy’s 3rd birthday. They’ll be driving from their home in Lincoln, Nebraska to our home here near Dallas, Texas! Along the way they’ll be stopping at various places for dessert fundraisers! Here’s how it works. Invite a bunch of friends over and have everyone bring a dessert (or a dish or whatever!). Then, enjoy a time of fellowhsip. People can make freewill donations and all the money will be donated to Tiggy’s House! For more information, click here.
If you live near Dallas and would like to host a gathering, email me at: info@GoodOldDaysFarm.com
If you live somewhere else and would like to host a gathering, email Dana at: RoscommonAcres@gmail.com
If you live near Dallas and can’t host, but would like to attend a gathering, email me or leave a note in the comments and I will be sure to personally let you know when the local events will be taking place!
There are also easy ways to help if you don't live near Dallas or you can't host a gathering! Click here to find out more!
One last thing! If you haven’t clicked over and read Dana’s post Is God Good? click over and read it now! You will be blessed!
Update!!! We've picked a date! The Good Old Days Farm will be hosting a Taco Party on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 11:00am – 4:00pm. We will also be hosting a Dessert Night on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:30pm – 10:00pm. Tiggy's father has prepared an inspirational talk, so if you live close enough to Blue Ridge, TX, please come, even if you can't donate! You will be blessed by hearing what he has to say and we'd love the fellowship! If possible, I ask that you bring your favorite taco topping to the taco party (filling and shells will be provided) or your favorite dessert to the dessert party!
Email info@GoodOldDaysFarm.com for directions!