Sunday, July 27, 2008

Emma's Lemon'aid' Stand


Last May when our cousin Olivia was super sick we spent a lot of time talking about her, praying for her as a family and checking her blog. Emma really wanted to buy Olivia some toys and binkies (this was all her idea). I told her that I thought it was a great idea and that we would do it when Olivia started to feel a little better. If you know Emma you know that she always has a plan and she really likes to do things herself. She decided that she wanted to earn the money to buy things for Olivia so she came up with the idea of doing a lemonade stand. So on Friday Emma did a lemon'aid' stand. She made signs, made lemonade, cut up lemons and sat out in the ninety degree heat for literally five hours (Don't worry she was in the shade most of the time in that little sun tent you see in the picture and she drank tons of lemonade). She only came inside once. She was passionate about telling all of our neighbors about Olivia. The best part of this story is that Emma was able to share with them how our prayers are being answered because Olivia is supposed to be going home from the hospital tomorrow. Woohoo! We didn't set a price for our cups of lemonade, people could just give whatever they wanted. Some cups went for 25 cents and some cups went for $40! It was amazing! Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors and Emma's giving spirit we sold $150.89 worth of lemonade! Emma's going to go shopping this week to buy something small for Olivia and then she decided that Olivia's mom and dad would know how to use the rest of the money to take care of Olivia!

Christian thinks we should give our neighbors lemonade everyday now. He had such a good time hanging out with Emma in the front yard. He was supposed to be in charge of the cups but Emma really ended up doing all of the work. It was a very exciting day for both of them.

Olivia, we praise God for making you better and we can't wait to see some pictures of you at home with Jack and Brooklyn!
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

11 comments:

Heidi said...

What an awesome idea Emma! That was such a thoughtful thing to do! I bet that you put a big smile on God's face!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Emma! You continue to reflect Jesus' love in all you do and say. I am sure Olivia is going to love her new binkies and toys :)
-Miss Laurie

Erin said...

Emma what a wonderful heart. You knew what you wanted to achieve and you set a goal and made it happen! Awesome. I see a business in your future. Who knows what you will be able to do, raise money for missions work, own your own business, administrate an office, the possibilities are endless and the promise you have shown is amazing! But you know what the BEST thing is, You blessed someone. When you bless someone, you in return are blessed. Continue to practice blessing people, and you will be amazed at what God blesses you with in return. It may not always be money, but awesome experiences like this one! Love you sweetie!

the*4*of*us said...

How awesome, Emma!! I'm sure Jesus is so proud of you for being so kind and taking the opportunity to share Him with others!
You did great on your sales!
And you have such a sweet Aunt Judy for helping you out with your stand!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea Emma! We are soo proud of you. I often check Olivia's blog as well. What a nice thing to do for such a special girl.~Love, Auntie Heather

Anonymous said...

Great job Emma! You are truly a servant of God and you will be blessed because you are blessing others with a pure heart. I am very proud of you.
Grandmom

Sarah said...

Way to go Emma! You are such a giving little lady!May Jesus bless you for what you are doing for Olivia. You know, her family is going to be so blessed by your gift to them.
Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish something that you have the dream to do because you can do all things through Jesus! Keep that determination as you grow up!

Anonymous said...

Emma, that is so cool! You saw a need and worked to help out. I'm sure Olivia and her family will be blessed by your efforts. How great that you were able to share God's answers to prayer too. Aunt Anna :)

Katy said...

WOW _ gives me chills just reading about it! Praise God for another miracle in Olivia's life!!!! Way to go Emma - you've made Jesus proud AGAIN! :)

the mccollums... said...

so awesome!!! Emma's heart is so pure and loving! Way to go! $150 is a lot of mulah!!

The Chatt Pack said...

Emma- you are an amazing girl! Hopefully someday soon you will be able to meet Olivia in person and she'll be able to tell you how much your actions mean to her and all of the rest of her family! Jesus loves you!
Love, Olivia's fam.