Say Cheese!

One of my favorite things about Elise is her beautiful smile, it can brighten any day. See?

You smiled didn't you? Couldn't help yourself!

I can't imagine the pain that a parent must feel if there child is unable to smile, or worse if there child is shunned because they suffer from a deformity that could be easily repaired in a 45 minute surgery. Operation Smile agrees and has devoted itself to providing life changing and even life saving surgeries to those born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

From their website:

"Our free, life-changing surgeries take as little as 45 minutes, and can give a boy or girl with a facial deformity a lifetime of smiles. Plus, every child we heal creates a ripple effect on the child's family, community and country. Our medical volunteers span six continents — surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, intensivists, nurses, speech therapists, nutritionists, dentists, child life specialists and so many more. They do far more than provide free surgery for these children; they provide comprehensive care to treat the whole child. Imagine an older child whose cleft palate is fixed, but is still unable to speak — or a child who has never before seen a pediatrician or dentist before they encounter Operation Smile. Many of our patients are severely malnourished because their parents don’t know how to breastfeed a child with a cleft. Our medical teams give our patients specialized care so they can live healthy and productive lives."

Not sure how you can help? Glad you asked! There are several ways that you can help bring a smile to a child's face.

1. A surgery can cost as little as $240. Consider donating in honor of your child's birthday, to celebrate a special milestone or accomplishment, or as an alternative to office gift swaps why not have everyone pitch in and make a donation? Every penny counts.

2. Buy something that you already need and watch a portion of the proceeds go to Operation Smile. Did you know that CampusBookRentals.com donates to Operation Smile with every textbook rented? I remember scouring the college bookstore for that last copy of a book needed, such a pain. With CampusBookRentals.com you just click and they will ship the book to you for free and then allow you to ship it back for free when you are finished - makes way more sense than buying books that you will get next to nothing for when you take it back to the bookstore!!

3. Maybe you don't need to rent any books, but you have some collecting dust (ahem, Rev, ahem) and you'd like to make some money of off those. RentBack.com will let you rent your books out to other students and make 2-4 times as much as you would if you sold the book outright! And RentBack.com is also a supporter of Operation Smile!

Now, take a second, stop what you are doing and practice your biggest, cheesiest grin...don't you just feel better? Quick, go visit Operation Smile and share that joy with someone else!


Steve Finnell said...


The early Christians believed the apostles' teaching. (Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching....)

What was not the apostles' teaching? What was the apostles' teaching, what was their source?

The apostles' teaching did not originate from the Pharisees creed books. They did not teach from the Sadducees statement of faith. The apostles did not use the catechisms of the Judaizers as the final authority or as a substitute for the Scriptures.

The Scriptures were the source of the apostles' teaching and the words and writings of the apostles were also the Scriptures.

Acts 17:2 And according to Paul's customs, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures......

Paul taught from the Scriptures, not from man-made creed books and catechisms.

2 Peter 2:15-16 just as also our beloved brother Paul, according the the wisdom given him , wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of theses things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

Peter included the apostles Paul's writing as being Scriptures.

The apostles' teaching was from the Old Testament Scriptures and from their own words and letters which were in fact the New Testament Scriptures.

The apostles did not teach from the creed books of the Pharisees. The did not use the catechisms of the Judaizers to instruct their brethren in faith and practice. They did not consult the Sadducees statement of faith, in order to teach others.

The apostle John wrote the last Scripture in A.D. 95, it was the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

A.D. 95 was the last recorded teaching by an apostle.

If the contemporary creed books, catechisms, statements of faith, Bible commentaries, so-called new revelation of modern-day apostles, and other extra-Biblical sources are not the exact same teachings of the apostles of the Bible, then, THEY ARE IN FACT, WRITTEN WORDS OF FALSE DOCTRINE.

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Jill said...

Elise has a beautiful smile, and I can see how it can brighten up each & every day for you!! A child's smile is priceless, and I think this is such a worthwhile cause! Thank you for shining a light on it!!

Connie W said...

Such a beautiful smile!

Sarah Shumate said...

That smile would brighten even the most horrible of days! What a cutie!