Our home became 'movie central' yesterday afternoon as the Starlight Children's Foundation visited us to make a DVD for some upcoming national fundraising events.
Victoria wasn't phased by the cameras and microphones. She answered all the questions about her hospital experiences, the benefits of the Starlight Express room, and her Wish at the snow, like a pro.
Outside there was continual fiddling with the lighting screens as the sun and wind weren't always co-operative.
Charlotte and Alexandra took turns at taking photos too.
The afternoon of filming finished with
a concert in the garden.
It was a fun afternoon, and hopefully we gave them enough material to help make a very successful fundraising event. Apparently last year these events raised over 4 million dollars, hence enabling many many children with serious illnesses to have their 'wish' come true.
This morning however reality came rushing through the door. Victoria started crying when she woke up and realized it was sport day today! Her words to me were, "I hate sport day, I always get tipped first. Someone called me 'slow poke' ".
I stared out the window, holding back the tears, I asked God for wisdom with my words. Thankfully He was quick on the job. My response was something like, 'yes, running fast may not be your gift, but God has given you many other gifts. Do you know anyone else who has had a DVD made about them?' For a while that placated her, however by the time it was time to get in the car to go to school, the tears had returned.
We have been using the time in the car to learn scripture verses, including this one ...
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what other have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message.
We spent the 15 minute car ride discussing each sentence of this verse. We talked about how at least Victoria can run and join in the games, where as someone in a wheelchair would not be able to join in that way. We talked about the fact that God has put the character inside her to help her face disappointment. We talked about the truth that Jesus is out there on the playing field with her, helping her. She is not alone. I pray that this truth will penetrate deep into her beautiful sweet heart.
Thank you again for standing with us in prayer for Victoria's health and well-being. We would appreciate prayer for her emotions too. It is becoming more and more apparent to us that as she goes through these school years the emotional battle will be just as (if not more) challenging for her. She is more than equipped for it, we know that. She is a conqueror in Jesus Name.