{Day 54}

I stretched out my thin arm and laid it on the rest of the chair.  A nurse took a stretchy band and wound it tightly above my elbow.  As a child I used to watch the process but once the sliver of metal is prepped I now look away.  I catch my breath and exhale as it slides into my vein.  Bright cherry red cells swirl into the slender glass vial.  Leviticus 17:14 says this, “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life…”  Yes, the beautiful rich scarlet that runs through my body carries oxygen, nutrients, and thus…life.  Someday the plasma and cells will lie quite.  The life will have flown and all that will be left is a figure…and what we have done for or to others.  I want to make every doughnut shaped cell count.  Do you?  What will you do with the life you have been given?  Will you reach out to another suffering life and bless them?  Please help the orphans.  Their lives count.

{Photos by: Jenn Lynn Images}

{Styled by Karen}

15 Responses to {Day 54}

  1. Ellie Rose June 23, 2011 at 4:29 am #

    You look beautiful and very Parisienne, tres jolie! xxx

    Ellie Rose

    • misselaini June 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      Thank you Ellie, you are very kind!

  2. Dorrie & Girls! June 23, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Cute. Looks comfy. Keep up the good work Laini! You are such a good writer. xxoo

  3. Sandi Johanesen June 23, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Another favorite look today, Elaini – and your comments are especially meaningful. Thank you for your diligence to share each day…… my prayers continue for strength and encouragement.

    • misselaini June 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      You are so encouraging Sandi. Thank you!

  4. Karen June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    So exciting to see what God is doing in and through you. You are such an inspiration to us all.
    All to His glory!

  5. Deborah Koland June 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Elaini, I really like this outfit, all of it, down to the shoes even! This is one of my favorites. Who’d ever think of a dress as a skirt? You’re doing a great job. And you’re beautiful! Your writing about the blood and the plasma touched a familiar note with me. I donate plasma, for which I get paid. It saves lives and I earn a little extra needed income. I will pledge to you the money I receive from my next plasma donation. Should happen tomorrow or Monday, but I’ll dedicate it to you. To God be the glory for your efforts for the orphans.

    • misselaini June 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      That is so beautiful. Thank you. I am very blessed by your comment. You are very creative in your giving and I LOVE it! Thank you for acting on your beliefs to help others. It is inspiring to me. Yes, may God receive ALL the glory!!!

  6. Heidi June 24, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Vous, ma chère, sont ravissantes! J’aimerais valser à travers les rues de Paris avec vous!

  7. ~AnneGirl~ June 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Cheri!

    God bless you!

  8. Karen December 26, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Heidi’s translation:
    “You, my dear, are gorgeous! I would waltz through the streets of Paris with you!”
    Thought this was so adorable and deserved a translation even after all this time.:)

    • misselaini December 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Ooo I like that so much! I’m SO glad you gave me the translation even after all this time! 🙂

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