About a month ago Phoebe’s wish-granters came to our house. A very kind husband a wife couple sat at our kitchen table and told us how both of their grandaughters fought cancer at the same time several years ago. It was that experience, and their being blessed by the Make A Wish Foundation that caused them to be volunteer wish-granters for other families fighting life-threatening illnesses.
We thought about Disney World, the go-to for most kids having a wish granted, but we knew Phoebe would not have the stamina for amusement parks. She tends to tire-out easily and get overwhelmed in public places with lots of people. We thought about a room make-over or playground equipment, but she wouldn’t care about her room and she’s not really able to enjoy playgrounds right now.
So we thought about what Phoebe likes to do since she can’t really conjure up a wish on her own. She likes to hang out with her family. She loves to eat dinner together at the table and sing. She likes to share snacks and snuggle up together. She likes watch Dora The Explorer and play playdough with Deacon. And she had never seen snow. “What about a cozy cabin in the snow?” we thought. We could cozy up by the fire, make s’mores, play boardgames, maybe go for a sleigh ride. So Phoebe made a wish for snow and a cabin.
And then the snow came down on Christmas Day. She sat in the bay window and watched the fat flakes as her brothers ran around catching the snow. I think she was confused! The next day we bundled her up and ventured out into the white wonderland our yard had become. She took tentative steps and giggled as Daddy held her hand. When she came back she said “I crunched the snow Mom!” She was delighted.
Make-A-Wish called today and it looks like we’ll be heading to Colorado sometime at the end of this month! We have arranged the dates so that Phoebe’s counts will hopefully be in a good place. It seems beyond scary to go so far from home, but we want to do this while Phoebe is feeling good. Please pray with us that everything will line up just right in her body. I know this will be a treasured time for all of us. And if you’re ever looking for a foundation to give to, Make-A-Wish is top notch. We have been nothing but blessed by Make-A-Wish and The Ronald McDonald House.