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the dream calendar : anna’s story

Did you know that each child in The Dream Calendar has a story? They’re more than just precious models, they are real life miracles. Sweet, innocent, valuable little ones with battles they strive to overcome each day. That’s what this project is all about! Clouds of Hope helps children like this by inspiring and motivating their families, providing respite care and an ear to listen. The Blains, the founders of this organization, are truly the hands and feet that display hope for so many individuals in our community. The funds from this calendar will be donated in their entirety to Clouds of Hope, as they strive to build local playgrounds where these children can enjoy childhood without limitations.

While I want The Dream Calendar to raise lots of support for Clouds of Hope; I also want it to do so much more. I want it to touch your heart the way that it has mine…the way these children have touched my life.

Sometimes it’s easy to glance at these children, without fully understanding the hardships they have faced; but it’s also just as easy to miss the miracles they represent. Julia taught me that in so many ways. That’s why this calendar was created in honor of her life- a life lived out to the fullest.

Today, I want you to meet Anna Belle. She’s the model for the month of January, with captivating blue eyes that sparkle like gems. She is a beauty!

I have the honor of calling Anna’s family friends. We attend church together and her mom and I have served together at the mom’s group in our church. For months we prayed  Anna’s tiny body growing inside, when complications were noticed. We watched the faith of this family in action, as they were made aware of the medical challenges that Anna’s condition brought; but strongly clung to the power of the Ultimate Physician. Anna’s birth and life are a constant reminder of the power of prayer!

Everytime I see this precious little girl, I’m reminded of this verse:

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

-Psalm 139: 13-16

Here is how Anna’s mom describes her condition:

Isn’t that amazing? What a blessing little Anna is to all those who meet her!

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