Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Peachy Day

Waiting is hard. So hard. It's hard for me, and it's especially hard for Ian. That is why I did not tell him that his custom painted shoes from Peach's Neet Feet were coming UPS this week. I was tracking them semi-obsessively. 

Peach's Neet Feet is a great non-profit organization that creates custom painted shoes for kids with chronic illnesses or conditions. Wonderfully talented artists donate their time - and wonderfully generous people donate the money for the shoes - so that kids can have their name and their favorite things on shoes that are just for them! It's such a simple way to bring happiness to a child.

When I filled out the application for Ian's shoes, I asked that they please make him "Adventure Time" shoes. In case you don't know, "Adventure Time" is a cartoon about a boy and his magical dog that go on adventures and defeat evil. Ian really loves it - and Justin and I don't mind watching it either. It has themes about doing the right thing, helping people, and being a loyal friend woven into the episodes - that's why I thought it would be perfect to have on Ian's shoes.

The shoes arrived yesterday while Ian was at school. I couldn't resist opening the package and taking a look! Ruben, the artist who painted Ian's shoes, did not disappoint!

This morning before school, we had Ian open his shoes.

He was amazed! He said "Whoa!" when he saw Finn and Jake on the first shoe, and he was even more excited to see his name on the other shoe! He pointed right to it and said "I-A-N! Ian!" 

He didn't really even want to put them on because he wanted to just hold and look at them. We finally convinced him that if he put them on, he could wear them to school and show his friends in kindergarten.

Thank you, Madison Steiner of Peach's Neet Feet, for doing this awesome thing for kids. Thank you, Ruben Gomez, for taking the time to paint Ian's awesome shoes. Thank you, Trace Brewer, for sponsoring Ian's shoes. Your kindness has put a smile on a little boy's face today, and that little boy's smile puts a smile on his mommy's face, as well as happiness in her heart. Thank you so much!

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