Sunday, April 29, 2012

If you build it, they will come!

Samantha Rose Scott was born on February 28, 2011 with Trisomy 18. The same disease that the doctors told us my sweet Little A might have when he was in my tummy.

Sammy was not expected to make it full term, but by the grace of God she reached that milestone!

As goes with this chromosomal disease, there was a chance that she could be stillborn. But again, His mercies are new every morning and as a result, she got to go home with her family!

Sammy fought everyday for 10 months before she met Jesus face to face on Christmas morning, living life to the fullest, reaching unexpected milestones and surpassing all of her doctors' expectations.

She was a bright light to all who met her and she changed more lives in 10 months than most of us do in years!

What can you do in 10 months?

I am honored to be apart of the 1st Annual sMiles 4 Sammy spring football game, silent auction, family fun run and 5k to build an all abilities baseball field in Austin for special needs children, in honor of this precious little girl and her sweet family!

All events take place Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th in Austin. Go here for more information and to sign up.

Will you join us?

If you are not in the Austin area or cannot attend the race, here are a few other ways that you can help out:

1. Sign up for the race anyways or make a donation at sMiles 4 Sammythat way your money will be donated even if you cannot attend.

2. Purchase a copy of "Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp" for yourself/your church/ your mission organization or to give to a friend - $5.00 from every copy sold during the month of May will be donated to this worthy cause! Go here to purchase your copy.

3. Donate an item or a themed basket for the Silent Auction. Contact Jennifer at to make your donation.

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has pledged $50,000 for this project.

The City of Taylor has donated land for the field in their sports complex and all proceeds from this event will be used to help with the remaining cost of the field.

My friend Rodney Vincent is the head football coach at Vista Ridge High School {race location}, where Sammy's daddy is also a football coach.

Frank Firestone, my friend Tosha's husband{who blogs for us once a month} is the football chaplain at the same school.

This event is near and dear to my heart for many reasons.

We have friends who play Miracle League baseball.

Not to mention that fact that we love the city of Austin and plan to retire there.

Did I mention that Little A's favorite sport is baseball?

These are just a few of the reasons why I have decided to donate proceeds from my sports camp manual. If you have been wanting to purchase one, now is the time. Spread the word!!

We will never know if God healed Little A or if he was perfectly healthy all along, but one thing I do know...God has given him life for a special purpose. Each one of us has the opportunity to use our lives to bring honor and glory to His name, just like Sammy did, and I can't think of a better way to do it than to build a baseball field, where ministry will take place and the gospel will be spread for years to come!

I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. {1 Corinthians 9:22-23}

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1 comment:

Naomi Sturgis said...

Amazing post and a huge reminder of how blessed I am. Thank you for spreading these important words on your blog.

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