99 Balloons: Giv(in)g Back Locally
You know how some things are so close to your heart that you hesitate long before speaking them? Some things, people, and ideas are just too precious to not hold them close. I carry the Mooney family close like this in my heart, Matt and Ginny, and all four of their children.
This summer when we sold our house before having a place to move, we lived in the Mooney’s home, a gracious space dotted minimally with only things that matter, things of beauty, use, and meaning. A giant “E” rests up high on the dividing wall above the entire living area. The E is for Eliot, their firstborn. They have displayed his photos and footprints, but even those aren’t as real as the memory that rests there of his actually having been a gift to them and this world for 99 miraculous days. Eliot was born with trisomy 18 and wasn’t expected live beyond birth. Instead he lived a celebrated, world-shifting 99 days. Matt says, “DNA had placed faulty information into each and every cell, but that could not stop God from revealing Himself through a child who never uttered a word. Not a pulpit, not a slick presentation, not a best-selling book, but a 6 pound boy with trisomy 18. God found great pleasure to take a lowly thing in the eyes of the world and show truth.”