{Day 95}

Time is such a mind teaser.  One minute I feel as if the 95 days have flashed by while in that same moment I feel as if I have worn this dress for forever.  (It has become like a second skin.)  Counting days has revealed to me a precious gift.  The awareness that I often miss moments that are glittering gems of beauty or significance.  I wish I could just open my arms and hug life to my chest.  Wrap it up and appreciate it more.  All I have is right now but I so often abuse the time I have been graced with.  Am I guaranteed that I will have tomorrow?  Are you?  Realistically no.  Tiny grains of sand are streaming through the hourglass.  Will you let them slip by unnoticed?

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given us.” ~Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings)  What will you do with the time you have been given?  Let’s make a difference in the lives of orphans.  Let’s take the time to be a blessing to someone else.  Let’s not forget that all we have is right now.  Please take in the beauty around you today.  I know I need the reminder to do so.

Only 5 more days to throw a party!

UPDATE: RAISED SO FAR: $20,107.29 😀 😀

{Photos by: Christa Taylor}

42 Responses to {Day 95}

  1. Chantelle August 3, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    I just found your blog through issym.wordpress.com and wanted to say how much I appreciate your efforts. I am the proud mom of 2 beautiful children from Calcutta, India (and 3 more from Ethiopia) and have also been deeply moved for the orphans of this country. It appears that you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. God bless.

    • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

      Hello! Thank you for coming by. 🙂 Thank you for answering the call to help children in need. Sounds like you have an incredible story. I pray I can adopt from India some day… I admire you for what you are doing. People like you are the unsung hero’s. Thank you for being an example to me. May God richly bless you Chantelle!

  2. Cassandra Rhoden August 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I just found your blog and I’m going to keep you in my prayers for the last few days of your amazing project!

    I have a rather obscure question though: Where is the dress from?

    May God Bless and keep you!

    Love in Christ,
    Cassandra

    • Hannah August 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      I’ve been following the project pretty much the entire time, I think…Elaini mentions that the dress (2 of the same, actually) was stitched by a friend for the purpose of the project.

      • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

        Hello Cassandra! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 And for your prayers.

        Yes Hannah is correct. 😀 A dear friend made me this dress with an identical back up one!

      • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

        Hannah thanks for following the project for so long. It really makes my day to hear things like that! 🙂

  3. M.J.A. August 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Cute outfit! I just started reading The Lord Of The Rings today. 🙂
    ~M.J.A.

    • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      Thanks! Such a great book. 😀

      • M.J.A. August 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

        Definitely. 🙂
        ~M.J.A.

  4. Nella Camille August 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    You have looked like a princess the past two days, Elaini! =)

    I never got the texting to work, by the way, but I am sending in $10 anyway!

    • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Hahah! Yes they are rather princess like. I have felt more theatrical with the outfits of late… 🙂
      Sorry that you weren’t able to text donate but thank you for persevering and still giving. It means so much to me that you would help orphans. Blessings!

  5. Caitlin I. August 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I love this outfit! I particuarly love those gloves! Are they vintage? Is it too late to send money by mail?

    • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      Thank you! Aren’t those gloves amazing? My mom and I can’t figure out if they were hers or my grandmothers. I’m going with they were my grandmother’s gloves so yes on the vintage. 🙂
      Go ahead and send it to Warm Blankets but make sure to mark that it is for misselainious project otherwise the sum will not be added to the total raised.
      Warm Blankets Orphan Care
      5105 Tollview Dr.
      Suite 155
      Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

      Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  6. Abigail Rogers August 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Very cute outfit and wise words! I feel just like that sometimes, wondering where the years have gone and what on earth I’ve done with them. Well I donated $10 to orphans today, so that made a little bit of difference 🙂

    • misselaini August 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Yes it did make a difference! Thank you SO much! Happy you liked the post. 🙂

  7. Erin August 4, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    I really love the outfit. I really love the skirt it’s really cute.

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      Yay! Success! I like that skirt too. So swishy and feminine. It is the best skirt to dance in!

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      😀 Happy you like it.

  8. Gabby August 4, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I think it’s amazign what you’re doing! You and other people are the reason why teens have the inspriation to take their lives into own hands. I’ve started a blog, but sadly nobody really comes, it’s called SIC. standing for sisters in christ.
    sicministry.wordpress.com
    🙁

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks Gabby! I am just a regular person that God graciously has allowed to help his other children. 🙂
      Keep at the blogging. I know its hard but write about what YOU love and care about. That’s what matters. The layout is great!
      Blessings

  9. Gabby August 4, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    by the way what day are you on (with your dress)?

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      On day 96…in two hours day 97. 🙂

  10. ~AnneGirl~ August 4, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    This is one of the cutest outfits yet…IMO. 🙂 I can’t believe you are so close to nearing the end of 100 days! I’ve been following your blog from [almost] the beginning and it’s been so encouraging to see how God has blessed you and this project. Wow.

    Still hoping and believing that you can reach the goal!!

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

      😀 I can’t believe this part is coming to a close…makes me sad. 🙁 Thank you SO much for following. You have been such a great reader! I love getting your comments. 🙂
      I hope we reach the goal to…

  11. Gabby August 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Wow! You’re almost done!!! :). That is so awesome!!! Not having much luck with my blog. I’m having trouble with the home page. ;( sicministry.wordpress.com sic means sisters in christ
    I think it is awesome that although you can’t go to india, you still thrive to make a difference. I want do the same 🙂

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      I can’t believe its almost over!
      Sorry you are having trouble with your blog… 🙁
      You CAN make a difference! Go for it!!! You just have to take one step at a time. 🙂

  12. Mayson August 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    oh my. that is a beautiful outfit!

    • misselaini August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      Glad you like it! I love how girly it is. 🙂

  13. Hannah August 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Ahhh!!! I love LOTR! That is one of my favorite scenes in the movie 🙂 YOU are making a difference, Elaini! And so is everyone who is donating/spreading the word…Let’s do this, everyone! And not just for Elaini, not just for the orphans, but for our Savior who ministered to the LEAST of these…and let’s persevere to the glory of God!
    (I’ll get off my soapbox now 🙂 lol

    • misselaini August 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      I love LOTR too! Everyone is making a difference! Thanks Hannah! 🙂

  14. Gabby August 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Thanks for posting on my blog ( i posted a reply). I hope everything is going well. You can do it!!! 🙂

    • misselaini August 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Of course! I understand how encouraging comments are after having this blog…
      It’s like “Is anyone out there!?!?!”

  15. Cj August 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Yeah i love purple, and thanks for wearing it 😉

    • misselaini August 8, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      LOL! No problem. 😉 I like this color too. 🙂

      • cj August 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

        You totally started this on easter or the day after? that was my birthday this year and I heard of you on the day you were wearing purple. Stories haha..

  16. Gabby August 8, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks for the encouragment 🙂

  17. Gabby August 10, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I hope your doctor’s appointment goes well. I’ll be praying ( you mentioned on day 102 that you’re going to see if you can go to India) 🙂

  18. Gabby August 15, 2011 at 6:15 am #

    Did the appointment go well 🙂

  19. Gabby August 17, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Great! 🙂

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