More Love Letters is an organization made up of a community of individuals who come from all over the world and different walks of life, all with one common desire. To spread love to those who need it the most. They spread that love by scripting letter after letter to complete strangers in an effort to remind them that they are loved and that they matter. For more information on what More Love Letters is all about and how you can get involved, you can visit them here.
The reasons I got involved with this cause are enough to form a blog post of their own (keep an eye out for that this weekend), so I won’t be getting into all of that right now. What I want to do tonight is talk about something wonderful this organization is doing for the holiday season.
This is the third year that More Love Letters has ran its annual “12 Days of Love Letters” letter writing event. Basically, individuals are nominated to receive a love letter bundle. The first names of these people along with their stories are posted online for us to write and send letters of love and encouragement to. These requests are updated all year long, but during the 12 Days of Love Letters campaign a new request is posted daily for twelve days. You can view the letter requests here.
Today’s letter request really moved me. It was for Jenna and Paul, whose three month old son Jordan has been diagnosed with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy. If you’re like me and aren’t familiar with what this condition is, it is the inefficiency of major bodily organs (especially of the respiratory system) caused by rapid motor neuron death. Babies diagnosed with type one SMA generally do not live past two years of age. Approximately ten percent of cases live into adolescence and/or adulthood.
Despite all of this, Jenna and Paul will make their little boy’s life as normal as possible. In the midst of this heartbreaking news, Jenna and Paul have continued to pour out their unconditional love and nurturing upon their beautiful baby boy.
I have scripted quite a few love letters for various letter requests, but there was something about this one that weighed so heavily upon my heart that I was nearly in tears as I wrote my letter for this amazing couple. My letter for Jenna and Paul is as follows:
My Letter to Jenna & Paul
“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” -Zara Neale Hurtson
Dear Jenna & Paul,
When I heard your story, this quote is the first thing that came to my mind. My heart goes out to the both of you and your beautiful child.
I cannot even begin to imagine what you must be going through, but I strongly believe that if God has brought you to it, he will bring you through it. The both of you are such an inspiration to so many people. Your unconditional love and faith shines among the brightest of lights and is touching the lives of everyone you meet.
No matter what happens, I pray that you never lose faith. Never give up. Years from now, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as some of the most beautiful. Your son is so immensely loved and is in my prayers. I believe in him, and I believe in you.
If you want to write a letter in support of Jenna and Paul, you can mail letters to the address below:
Jenna & Paul’s Bundle
c/o Colleen K.
4 Chapman Street
Newington, CT 06111
As long as your letters are in the mail by December 20th, they will be included in their letter bundle.