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“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

I have to admit that when I lost my mom 7 years ago to cancer this passage of Scripture seemed hollow. I questioned deeply God’s love and His graciousness, and couldn’t begin to imagine that He could take something so painful and use it for good. I was only 26, a first-time mom with a two-month old baby girl, and not only lost an incredible mom but my best friend that day.

Fast forward six years, and I am passing off my youngest daughter at only 10 months of age to an anesthesiologist who is about to prep her for open heart surgery. By this time, I knew that God truly is good, loving, and gracious. Yet, there was still a piece of my heart that was scared He would once again allow someone I loved dearly to be taken away from me on this earth. I will always remember driving away from the hospital six days later with tears of relief streaming down my face, so thankful that our precious Reese was carefully strapped in her car seat and coming home with us.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” This verse precedes the one above in Romans 8. I can tell you both with my mom’s battle with cancer and with Reese’s open heart surgery that there were so many times that I didn’t have the words. All I could get out was “Please help” over and over again. Yet, the Spirit, in His graciousness prayed for me. He brought people around me to help me. He gave me comfort in both tangible and intangible ways.

I am sharing all of this with you to tell you the ways God has shaped my life and why Gracious Legacy Foundation was started. Gracious is in the name for many reasons. First, because in good and in bad, God is gracious. Secondly because my mom’s name, Jean, means “the graciousness of God.” I can’t begin to tell you how much she lived up to her name. And thirdly, because God was so gracious in sparing our Reese’s life just over a year ago. Legacy was also chosen because I want to live out the legacy that my mom left behind. She was compassionate, loving and gracious in every way. I want to take the things God has allowed to happen in my life, both the heartache and the blessings, and use it for good, for His glory, and to honor my Mom’s life.

The main heartbeat of Gracious Legacy is to show God’s love in tangible and intangible ways to individuals and families who are facing treatment for cancer or open heart surgery. We will be putting together recyclable gift bags filled with waters, snacks, note cards, decorative note pads, books, small toiletries, etc. We are already set up to take bags down to Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mendeloff, Reese’s surgeon, does approximately 40 open heart surgeries on children each month. We will also be partnering with Plano Presbyterian Hospital’s oncology department.

I have dreams of being able to provide giftbags to all of the children facing serious surgery at Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital which is over 150 a month. I’d love to spread to more hospitals. I’d love to have branches of Gracious Legacy outside of the state of Texas. Would you think about joining us?

Living out His dream,