Two lives were changed forever when a premature baby with a heroin-addicted birth mother with a 30% chance to live was united with his forever family.
Kelly Lively from Indiana knew the first time she met 13-month-old Marcus that she was going to be his mother. Born at just one pound and three months premature, Marcus was abandoned in the hospital by his birth mother. In an interview with Kokomo Tribune Lively reported that she kissed Marcus on the head and said, “My name is Kelly. I want to be your mom. Would you like to come home with me?”
Lively’s yearning to fill the void in her heart came after losing her mother to cancer on February 6, 2014 – exactly eight years to the day that she lost her father, Liftable reports. Not being able to have children of her own, Lively stated “I started praying to God to restore my joy. I started praying for God to break my heart for what broke His heart.”
Enter baby Marcus.
Lively volunteered as a nurse for the Make A Wish Foundation in Florida where she took care of medically ill children, later taking a mission trip to Honduras to do the same thing. Through her volunteer work, the idea of fostering a child began to stir in her mind.
Working for a child with a terminal illness that was overseen by the Department of Child Services, Lively overheard a conversation between a case worker and a foster care worker. The two were talking about baby Marcus who was predicted to die soon. After hearing Marcus’ sad story, Lively asked to see a picture of him and learned that no one was interested in fostering him. “I just started bawling,” Lively said. “They said, ‘What’s wrong? He’s so cute.’ But all I could see was that there was no life in his eyes. He was so sick.” It was at this moment that Lively knew she had to get Marcus.
“They told me that no one wanted him,” Lively said. “That just broke my heart. These kids deserve a loving home as much as the next. They can’t help they were born with disabilities or born early. I couldn’t allow Marcus to just end up in an institution.”
Lively decided that day to foster Marcus. The day she met Marcus she said, “He smiled so big when I kissed his cheek, and I knew I was going to do everything I could to give this baby a chance,” Lively said. “In my heart, I felt he had just been waiting for me. It gave me chills. I knew he was my son.”
Doctors told Lively that Marcus had a 30% chance to live and that he wouldn’t see his second birthday. Marcus is now a healthy three-year-old who has “beat the odds” and is being deemed a miracle baby. Marcus loves to read and while he can’t verbally speak, he knows over 100 words in sign language.
“The same day that broke my heart when I lost my mom was the same day I met my joy,” Lively said. “I know that God brought us together.”
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San Francisco Dumps Environmentalism, Bans Reusable Bags at Grocery Stores During Coronavirus Pandemic
Environmentalism is thrown by the wayside during a crisis.
The ultra left-wing city of San Francisco, Calif. is bailing on environmentalism during a time of great crisis, banning the use of reusable plastic bags at grocery stores temporarily due to concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has issued an ordinance preventing city residents from taking reusable items into the public and using them in essential stores. They believe this will make it more difficult for germs to proliferate throughout the city.
“There is no effective treatment or cure yet for the disease, testing ability while improving remains constrained, and San Francisco’s health care system is at ongoing risk of being overwhelmed. For these reasons, it is imperative that San Francisco not only extend the duration of its stay at home order but also further limit essential activities and extend social distancing requirements outside the home,” the ordinance reads.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not hesitated to shut down civil society in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. She has effectively tossed environmentalism to the wayside, showing that the frequent leftist bugaboo is not actually a pressing concern.
“I can’t reiterate enough how important it is for all of us to continue to comply, for all of us to continue to be good citizens, to cooperate,” said Breed, who has issued lockdown edicts that last until at least May 3.
Today we officially extended the stay at home health order through May 3. I want to thank the people of San Francisco for continuing to do their part to save lives. I know this isn’t easy but we will get through it together. pic.twitter.com/4rggISBnQv
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) March 31, 2020
In 2007, San Francisco was the first city in America to ban the use of plastic shopping bags. The leftists on the Board of Supervisors enacted this prohibition to satisfy Mother Earth and potentially start a trend throughout the country.
“I am astounded and surprised by the worldwide attention,” Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said at the time, according to the SFGate. “Hopefully, other cities and other states will follow suit.”
The grocery store lobby in the state came out against the regulation at the time, believing that it would accomplish little to help the environment and only serve to frustrate consumers.
“We’re disappointed that the Board of Supervisors is going down this path,” said Kristin Power, who worked as the vice president of government relations for the California Grocers Association.
“It will frustrate recycling efforts and will increase both consumer and retailer costs. There’s also a real concern about the availability and quality of compostable bags,” she added.
By instituting their emergency measures, San Francisco has demonstrated that environmental concerns are not particularly important in the grand scheme of things. These lofty goals are put on the back burner when a real crisis, such as the coronavirus panic, takes precedence.
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