October 12, 2011


Too often I get much too comfortable in the way I live and in being healthy that I forget that there are individuals that have real health issues and struggles. This sermon on suffering was really convicting and made me realize that good health for everyone is temporal and that I don't spend enough time, thought, and money on eternal things. So while I love blogging about vintage pretties, clothes, food, and crafting, those things really aren't going to make much of a dent in eternity. I simply try to love and enjoy God through those things.

My friend Roselle's daughter was diagnosed with Holoprosencephaly (HPE). It is a rare brain disorder which occurs 1 in every 5,000-10,000 births and causes defects in the face and function and structure of the brain. Only 3% diagnosed live to tell. There is no cure and the prognosis in unknown and they want to help spread and support awareness for Holoprosencephaly (HPE)!
If you are in Southern California, you can be part of the 1st Southern California 5K run/walk for HoPE. The Martinez family wants to spread awareness of HPE and raise support for Families for Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization based out in Indiana that seeks to support and educate those families with children diagnosed with HPE.

Also I would like to help raise support for Families for Hope, Inc., so I am raffling off one my dollhouse pillows (the one pictured below) to one lucky reader. Here is what you can do to win a dollhouse pillow and help spread support and awareness for families with HPE.

All you need to do is make a minimum $10 donation to Families for Hope, Inc. here (click on donate button) and leave me a comment on this post telling me you did so. Note: When making the donation, in note box put: "5k at Biola/Reagan Grace".
dollhouse pillow
It involves the honor system, but I know you all are so great, so I don't have to worry about it. The raffle will end this Friday at 8am. When you donate, which is also tax deductible, you will get a receipt from paypal for your donation and the winner will have to forward me that receipt for proof of donation.

Also, if you want to help spread more support and awareness for families with HPE, feel free to blog, twitter, or facebook and share the video to help educate others about HPE. The blogging community has always been wonderful in lending a helping hand, so let us all continue to do so!

Let's all be hope to those with HoPE!!!

families for hope website...
rea of hope website...
rea of hope facebook page and twitter...
follow the martinez family's journey of faith, HoPE, and love here...


*video made by loyd calomay films and information taken from rea of hope.


  1. I am not entering the giveaway as I don't have kids, but thanks for bring attention to this really important cause.

  2. Sara - That pillow is great for adults too! ;)

    DONATED. :)

  3. Wow thank you so much for doing this. I've never heard of this and this brings so much awareness to anyone that reads your blog! I donated thank you for putting this out there :)

  4. I also did a blog on it :) thank you for this!

  5. I just donated and I will blog about it too!

  6. thank you everyone for the donations and spreading it! let's keep the support coming! even i donated, but obviously i can't win the pillow for myself. ;)

  7. I'm going to be at the race this Saturday with a friend and my brother. What a coincidence!

  8. Hi Rubyellen,
    Thank you so much for your post and helping us all to remember how precious life is. I have happily made my donations.

  9. Glad to donate to a good cause and thank you for educating us on this!

  10. Can I enter to win?!? Haha just kidding!

    Thanks Ruby!

  11. This is awesome! I just donated! You rock Rubyellen!

  12. Hi Rubyellen. I have never commented before but I love your blog and this post compelled me to do so and to donate as well.

  13. Happy to have donated! Keeping the Martinez family in my prayers.

  14. I donated! I'll do a tweet as well. I love how the online can so easily contribute to a cause such as this, thanks for the giveaway, too!

  15. Hi Rubyellen,
    I donated !
    Love your blog & giveaway !
    Keeping the Martinez family in my prayers !

  16. Cute pillow and great cause - donated :)

  17. What a great raffle idea to get the word out and money donated to HoPE! i donated :)

  18. I donated! Thank you for the information and the giveaway

  19. super thankful and feeling blessed...i'm the mommy of lil Reagan! thank you for showing your support and helping us spread awareness on holoprosencephaly! =)

  20. I donated. Reagan is in my prayers!

  21. What a sweet little baby- I hope my donation can do some good... So glad you kept this open for an extra day! :)

  22. Thank you so very, very much for your support! As one of the founders of Families for HoPE, it brings me such joy to know that such caring people are Sharing the HoPE! Our precious children with HPE teach us so much about giving, loving unconditionally, and persevering through trials and tribulations. All of your support means more than you'll ever know!
    Leslie Harley, Treasurer of Families for HoPE, Inc.
    Mom to Sammy - www.SammyYammy.com

  23. Hello, I have donated. I would love to give this pillow as a Christmas gift to my daughter. You rock! I love your blog! :) Very nice of you to do this.


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