Monday, June 8, 2015

Freedom Van for Pauline

This is Pauline!!  One the warmest, friendliest, most down-to-earth people I've ever met!

We met her and her family while living in Hilo from 2011 to 2013. #freedomvan
How did we meet? She had called me on the phone and asked me on a blind-park-date after finding my phone# in an ad about starting a local homeschool group. She was homeschooling her child, and I was homeschooling my children, so she wanted to meet at a playground and become acquainted! Yes! I thought immediately. I love blind dates!
When the day came for us to meet at the park I realized I had no idea what she looked like, so was hoping we'd find each other easily. I remember driving up, parking my car, and then seeing that there was only one other adult person at the park: a woman I've often seen around town with no arms or legs, but the most beautiful smile and warmest eyes. Yes! I thought immediately. I love meeting interesting new friends! 
(I wondered for a second why she didn't mention it on the phone the fact that she didn't have all her limbs. Probably because it wouldn't have been a proper blind date if I knew what she looked like, but most likely because her disability was the furthest thing from her mind!)

As I got to know Pauline more and more I got to learn about her incredible life and the amazing person she is.  She was born to nurturing, loving parents who taught her that she could do whatever she wanted to do, despite her disability: that she could accomplish great things in her life, and make a positive impact on the world around her.
And she has! Pauline has not only pushed forward and accomplished her own goals in life, but through her accomplishments, has reached out and helped so many people around her. 
Furthermore, she has an insurmountable faith in God, an optimistic and positive outlook on life, and an ability to make people (like me) feel comfortable and at home in her presence.  I had never met anyone like Pauline before in my entire life, and soon felt like she was not only a wonderful friend, but a spiritual giant in my life. Her example to me as a faithful woman and mother, has touched me to the core. 
#freedomvan
There was one experience in particular that Pauline shared with me about when her son was born, that I will never forget:
She shared that right after her baby boy was born, It was especially difficult for her watch as other people in her family took turns taking care of his basic needs: as her husband changed the baby's diapers, and as her step-kids fed her baby bottles, and as her loving family did all those things that are naturally instinctual for a mother to do, she had to let go of her very strong desires to take control of those motherly things and accept her situation for what it was. It was the most difficult  thing for her to do as a new mother, and taught her a great deal about letting go of control and finding joy in the journey. #freedomvan
Now when I experience difficult challenges in my life that feel out of my control, I think about Pauline. Her first mothering experience gives me the strength to push through the hard stuff in life, and have faith that everything will work out for the good- That sometimes even though we may not have control over a situation, we still know that God is always helping us, that God will work through the wonderful people around us, and that if we trust it and accept it, we can find joy in everything else.

I hope that as Pauline is raising money for her new van that she can remember this same lesson she taught me! I know it isn't easy for her to ask for help, and it's going to require a lot of trust in other people and acceptance of the things she can't control, but I also know that wonderful people will step in to help her, and God will increase her joy on this crazy journey of life!

Please take a few minutes to watch this video and donate to Pauline's Dream van! #freedomvan
Even a $1 donation will make her one step closer to her goal! Love you Pauline! Thanks for being you!

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