This is being written by Dorean Beattie, a friend of Tracie’s.
Since you are reading this now I’m assuming you follow Tracie’s blog and have already heard about Mattie’s recent medical crisis. If not, you can read about it here. If you’ve been following Mattie’s story, you realize how terrifying the words “Last night was the worst night we have ever faced with Mattie,” actually are. This little boy and his family have seen a lot of “worst” in the last 2 1/2 years. As a mom myself, I can only imagine the strength it takes for John and Tracie to go through this. I find myself wishing there was something I could do. I’d like to be the hero, sweeping in with my super-cape waving behind me and just make everything ok, but I can’t.
I know many of us feel this way, so I asked Tracie what they need right now: what we could do to make their load a little easier as they walk out this difficult season with Mattie.
- Thing one is help with meals. A friend of Tracie’s has set up a meal list at Meal Train for people in the Kansas City area that would like to make a meal to bring to their house. You can find all the info for that at Meal Train. For long distance friends, gift cards for meals are a great way to help out. Their favorite restaurants for gift cards include Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Spin Pizza, Macaroni Grill, and Noodles and Company.
- Another big need is going to be money. Tracie works as an adoption consultant, which is a great gig, but doesn’t come with the perks many jobs do. Perks like paid vacations, sick days or paid family emergency leave. She has had to take leave from her job during this time of crisis, which leaves the family without her income. Unfortunately, it doesn’t leave them without bills. Any help you can give during this time would be greatly appreciated. I know Tracie is uncomfortable talking about this part of things, but it’s a very real need. If you have ever had a child in PICU, you know how important it is for the child to have mom and dad there to comfort them, as well as to advocate for them when necessary. If your heart has been touched by this family, by the message of justice for orphans they walk out, or by the many photos of beautiful families she has helped bring together through her work with Christian Adoption Consultants, please consider sending financial support to tide them over until this crisis has passed. There are several ways you can send financial support. The easiest way is to click the “donate” button on the right side of this blog, but you can also send a check the the address below. If you need your gift to be tax deductible, you can send a check made out to “Tekoa 211” to: 12312 Askew St., Grandview, MO 64030.
- Consider sending cards, photos, etc. of encouragement to that same address. Let’s surround them with visual reminders that they are not walking through this alone!
The number one need, of course, is for prayer. Prayer for healing, for strength for the family, wisdom for the medical staff, and peace for them all.