June 15, 2012

Natalie's Celebration

On June 9th, Natalie Gomez celebrated her 8th birthday … and she had a party.  But instead of gifts, Natalie asked her friends to make a donation to the orphans in the world through Orphan Galaxy.  Six years ago, Dan and Denise Gomez brought Natalie home from St. Petersburg, Russia – in fact they picked her up at her baby house on Father’s Day; a gift that Dan will never forget.  Now Natalie has a little sister, Mia, also adopted from Russia.

Unlike most children, Natalie is very much aware of the fate of the millions of children in the world without a family.  She has learned that having a family is a very special blessing, and one we shouldn’t take for granted.  So, on her birthday she decided that she would try to help those children who are still waiting for their dream to come through.  Six of her girlfriends (and her 2nd grade teacher) celebrated with Natalie and donated $97.35 (including her own chore savings) to Orphan Galaxy.  Natalie is a STAR in more ways than one.   When asked what she thought would be good to buy for the children, she said that underwear would be nice.

There are certain phrases that you just know are from the Bible.  “And a child shall lead the way” is one of them.  I remembered it as a great example of how we had to have faith like a child – free of all of the “wisdom” we think we have, and able to just believe.  Isaiah 11:6 reads “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child will lead them.”  In a world where these natural adversaries can get along, we thank Natalie for being a great example for us.

Make a donation to Natalie’s Constellation or start your own Constellation today.  

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  1. Loved these pictures! We have known David since he was a baby such a handmose young man and Natalie is just lovely! Congratulations to both of you and to their families (love you, Debbie and Ron!) for raising such fine young people. David and Natalie, God has fashioned you for each other. Wishing you a blessed and happy life together!

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