Dear Family, Friends of www.jimanddoni.com, Grace Family Fellowship, Grace4Today, and Surprise, AZ Fire Dept:
Thank you for the overwhelming support for Project Jolley Christmas! I am excited to announce that not only did we have at least six gifts per kid (actually more), but we raised $4327.67 for the Jolley family!!!!! That was $827.67 OVER our goal! God IS Good!!!!!
I thought you all would want to “see” what my front room looked like before delivery. In the pictures below you will see that I decorated my dining room table with the donated decorations, and my coffee table and surrounding area is stacked high with gifts for the kids. In addition, we had some baked goods, a couple of frozen meals, all the ingredients necessary for six kids to make gingerbread houses during winter break, and even a few gifts for mom. I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I was by the outpouring of your love. I had tears pouring more than once as your generous gifts just kept coming. What an awesome gift this has been for our family to be able to participate, even in small part, to a greater community of loved ones who want to be the hands and feet of Jesus during CHRISTmas.
Many of you wanted “specifics” on how the “revelation” went so here it goes:
“JustSarah” (Sarah – you do know that I want to rename you right? You are anything BUT a “just” :)…Jim, my Mother in Love, Tanner and Ty all drove to the Jolley home. It has been touch and go all week as to where Susie and Landen would be. Home? The ER? A Pediatric unit? It took some coordination to figure back up plans because things could change by the minute. Sarah actually taught me how to use txt messaging on my cell phone during this coordiantion effort – whehew! (How much exactly am I being charged for that though? I’ll soon find out !
As it turned out, Landen was still home tonight. Short of intubating him, the Jolley’s have all necessary equipment at home at this point to care for him including a nurse who is there many hours a day. They are on VERY STRICT lockdown though so we realized we would not be able to enter the house.
We parked a couple of houses down and quietly piled up the gifts outside the door. Susie did know I was coming. I told her that I was coming to drop off Landen’s gift from Ty. That was entirely true – I just left a bit out . I kept interrogating Sarah about the right house. I forgot my directions at home and was relying on Sarah to tell us what house number it was and I kept visualizing getting all these gifts piled and having a neighbor with children answer the door. It was pretty tough for Sarah and I to keep a lid on our endless giggles imagining all the awkward situations we could be in if we accidentally piled gifts at the wrong house. The oxygen tank outside the door though convinced us we were at the right place. Thank you Sarah for keeping me on the straight and narrow .
When all was set just right, we knocked and waited. Meanwhile, Ferris and the kids were out for the evening so only Susie, Landen, and Landen’s nurse were at the house. This was a blessing in disguise because Susie needed her own moments to “digest” this AND she insisted that if the kids had seen the gifts, CHRISTmas would have happened on the 18th!!!
When Susie answered the door – there was first silence. Then in this little voice I hear “Doni! This is not a gift from Ty to Landen”. To which I replied “Yes it is! There really is “A” gift to Landen from Ty in this pile somewhere I just didn’t mention the gifts from everybody else!
To say she was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Susie is not usually a “cryer” but being the expressor that I am, I encourage others to join in the fun and cry with me LOL! When we presented her with the check that would cover Landen’s surgery plus some, she was completely speechless. I won’t say much more about Susie’s reaction because I think she will want to tell you herself. I will say this though, she told me tonight on the phone that a mountain of stress fell off her when she opened her door – all in just a moment. If even for one brief moment tonight, she feels wrapped in the arms of love, I am grateful and I am sure you all feel the same way.
The kids do not know about this surprise yet. Susie and Landen’s nurse hid all the presents in a locked bedroom before anyone got home. She can’t wait for their expressions on CHRISTmas morning and she promised to take pictures and allow me to post them so we could all see those happy little faces.
As for our dear precious little guy Landen…I’ll be honest. We are in a very critical place. His body is weakening and if surgery were scheduled for tomorrow, they would have to cancel because his body could not handle the stress of it. In 10 days Landen is scheduled for surgery, and while we are not giving up hope, we are acknowledging that it will take supernatural intervention from God to prepare his tired little body for surgery. We can’t speak on God’s behalf. We don’t know if He will choose to work a miracle in this situation or not. Trusting Him anyways is when the rubber REALLY meets the road. My mom told me once that “when your will and God’s will intersect, you have reached the point of the cross”. We first pray as Jesus prayed, God’s will be done…but He also knows that the deepest outpouring of our heart is pleading for His mighty Hand to reach into a seemingly impossible situation and leave us in awe of His handiwork. So we ask our Daddy God…and then we wait.
Please pray for peace that surpasses all understanding for the Jolley’s. Pray for wisdom for them in the choices they need to make and great discernment for Landen’s Dr.s. Above all else, pray that this situation will draw them closer to the Father – that they will feel sheltered and cherished and treasured beyond measure even in the midst of this terrible storm. We do not know what the future holds, but we do know WHO holds the future. May we rest in that much.
Thank you all for your loving gifts –
Jim and Doni Brinkman on behalf of the Jolley family