Marcie’s Guardian Angels…An Inspiration
by Linda Gibson
“A young couple became members at our church, and we learned that they were expecting Quads in the fall. Many of our church family told them they would be there to help – I wanted to help as well, but was home with Marcie on a daily basis. Marcie is my daughter and has ALS.
Then, I woke up with an idea. I called my church to see if anyone had volunteered to organize caring for the babies but no one had. So, I told the church secretary my plan about how we could use Share The Care™ for these newborns as my church family had helped me. I could organize everything at home on my computer while I was caring for Marcie.
I went to the hospital to meet the mom of the soon-to-be Quads and her mom, who lives two hours away. I wrote the plan down – how we had run “Marcie’s Guardian Angels”.
As I left the hospital, I finally realized what “Marcie’s Guardian Angels” had been telling me all those years. I was so blessed to have the knowledge the Share The Care™ book had given me so that I could help this family expecting four new babies all at one time. I knew I could do it – I knew it would work – it had for my family.
I got the plan started – I made one sign up sheet listing the five different specialized teams: Lawn care, Housekeeping, Meals, Donations, and Childcare. All five teams led by five leaders will be guided by the Share The Care™ system.
The next Sunday, we had a “signing day” after church – about 80 people had their pictures taken. We did this since both the young couple and I needed to put a name to a face before anyone came to their home. We have a very large church – everyone does not know everyone else. We also had people fill out background checks. Our church housed “guests” from the Hurricane Katrina disaster, so this was “old hat” for our members now.
The Quads had about 50 adopted Mom’s, Grandma’s, Great Grandma’s and Grandpa’s who loved them dearly. I couldn’t put myself on the weekly schedule since I am caring for Marcie, however, I got my “baby fix” when visiting on weekends.
For four months the Diaper Darlings have been there from 7:00 a.m. till 9:00 p.m. with three families spending the nights two days a week. Now that the Quads are sleeping through the night, we just need to cover from 9:30 am till 6:00 pm. And soon we’ll be cutting back even more from 1:00 p.m. till 6:30 p.m.
Suzanne, means so much to me now. I have adopted her and her husband, Joe, and all four babies. I was so lucky to have the knowledge of how to organize this wonderful group of Christian men and women who make up the Diaper Darlings. Suzanne has enough confidence in our team now that she can take a nap or run to the store if she needs to, and we’re there for them on weekends, as needed. And that’s when I get to help! On Sunday mornings, I’m there so Joe and Suzanne can go to church.
The Share The Care program not only helps people who are ill, but can also provide support to families during times of great joy as well. I’m so blessed to have been able to offer this assistance to so many families. It feels so good to have been able to “give back” the gifts given to me, and my family, while caring for my daughter, Marcie.