I'm thinking and remembering things. I remember when we looked at each of those sonograms, all we could see was these two gigantic round eyes looking directly back at us, and it reminded me of those eyes you see on aliens in the movies! Mason was 1 lb. 8 oz. at birth. He now weighs about 28 pounds on last check. He is a tad smaller than most kids his age, but he definitely has more spirit and sheer determination than most too. His mom would stick her hand in through the incubator glass, and he would wrap his little hand around her pinky finger so tight that you could see his skin turn pink from the clench he had on her. And they stayed that way, inseparable. The Ronald McDonald House was her home right behind the hospital for six months, and what a wonderful organization that is when one has a need to be housed like that near their hospitalized child!! Mason means "strong, fighter, spirited", and he is definitely all that. He ripped his own wires and tubes out 12 times while in the incubator. He suffered a kidney stone, seizures, a dangerously elevated potassium level which can be lethal, and orthopedic surgery on his right foot to straighten it up all while in the incubator.
I am thinking . . . He survived. Doctors worried that he would be retarded, but he is not, and he seems to be sharper intellectually than children of his age. He speaks well, talks a lot, retains everything, doesn't forget things. He seems to study things, he is always quite serious looking. He is inquisitive and likes to take things apart to see what makes them tick, thinking like an engineer. They worried that he would be deaf, but he can hear a pin drop in the next room. They worried that he would be blind, but he can spot small jewelry beads in the grass in the park and gathers them; I'm talking about ebeads which are about one millimeter in size!
I am thinking . . . He has no disability, except for being without his mom now. This causes me to think and ponder his future and has prompted me to make a decision. They lived with me for over two years, and now his daddy has taken him to raise. Luckily we all live close, so we can still be part of his life. Mason's dad is a self-employed handyman, and I know he loves Mason and will take good care of him. But I am worrying about the future, things like a college education for Mason, etc. The Lord must certainly have big plans for Mason, for he survived against all odds.
I've decided to start my own project to help Mason as much as I can to accumulate funds put aside for college one day. I am naming it "The Mason Jar" Project. I will begin on my blog to offer some of my crafts for sale, and the funds will go directly into "the Mason Jar". I feel compelled to DO something to benefit him more than just being his "mimi" with fun and games. I feel a need to start saving for him, and that's next to impossible with us both being unemployed for the first time in our lives. But I AM creative, so I will get creative. My mind and hands are busy 24/7, so I should put that to use for him.
Never fear, I will still give away my digi-scrap freebies too! That's too much fun for all of us! I will work out some kind of system for us, but I will interlace with items I offer for sale also. I vow to always keep my offerings super affordable, for I know there are many in the same boat I'm in right now. But if I live for 20-30 more years, maybe something from this project will add up over time so I can help him get an education. I feel that his life is at too much of a disadvantage now with the loss of his mother, the loss of that relationship, and the loss of her potential income. I feel that she would want me to be creative to help him in some way. I will feel better about me if I do this, so I hope you will give me occasional support in this.
I've done a little studying up on Paypal's services since I have a store on eBay and use Paypal for everything online myself. I will simply insert a Paypal button under items for sale, and you will be able to use it even if you do not have a Paypal account yourself. You can use any credit card, debit card, or eCheck to make a payment. Paypal simply handles the transaction for us both, and I trust them. I have used it for years safely and securely. Within 24 hrs. of your payment, I will email you a link to download your digital product. Other nondigital items purchased will be shipped to you within 3 business days.
I will learn how to do this and begin my project very soon. I'd like to post my first "Mason Jar" project on his birthday this coming Monday. Let's watch and see if "Mimi" can meet her own mental deadline on this!
Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Now here is your FREEBIE reward for that:
It's another of my favorite things to design, a photo mat (or clipping mask), this time with the word "WINTER". Hope you can find a million ways to use it in your scrapping! Please leave me some love, and treat others like you would want to be treated yourself.
Thanks for tuning in again! Hopefully, I'll be back Monday with another post, so stop back by! Have a great weekend, and stay safe and warm.