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Feb 19, 2010

Remarkable Mattie

Quick add on from Michelle:

Mattie's little sister is having heart surgery tomorrow. I know her family would appreciate your prayers. You can see her family and read about their trip here. Thanks for praying!

From Brent

Remarkable... that's the only way I know how to describe the beautiful young lady in the photo below. I'm going to be doing a feature story on her in an upcoming issue of SeriousLife Magazine, so I'll give you the short version here.

A few weeks ago, Amy Block told us about a young girl in Texas who had decided she was going to raise money for Abby's Wish. Normally you would expect someone Mattie's age to raise $50, or maybe a couple of hundred. And of course that would be a tremendous blessing and something to be proud of.

Mattie has raised $4000.00... that's thousand... dollars... unbelievable! This speaks so much about her heart, how she was raised, her wonderful parents and her Christian maturity.

Okay, I don't want to give away the whole story here. So let me tell you about the photo below. I was in Orlando this week on business. The first day I was there, I get on Mattie's family blog and see they are in Orlando at Give Kids the World, the same place that Abby's Make-A-Wish was and where Abby's Wish got started.

So I called Lorraine, Mattie's mom, told her I was in town and could I come over to surprise Mattie. Now undersstand... Mattie lives in Texas. We live in Oklahoma. We've been trying for weeks to find the right time to go down and meet the Pattersons but so far, no luck.

I asked Lorraine not to tell Mattie I was coming over, so I could "have some fun" with her. I went to GKTW, and knocked on the door of their villa. Mattie's older brother answered and I said in a very official sounding voice "is Mattie Patterson available?"

Mattie came to the door with a very puzzled look and I held out my iPhone with a picture of Abby on it. "Mattie, do you know who this little girl is?" It took her about 1/60th of a second to recognize her and then immediately recognize me from my photos on our blog.

The look on her face was PRICELESS. I'll never forget it. She was genuinely thrilled, surprised, shocked, happy and excited all at the same time. I stayed for about an hour getting to know the whole family - who are just are remarkable and cool as Mattie. The entire time, Mattie was in mild disbelief that I had just showed up out of the blue IN FLORIDA AT THEIR VILLA at Give Kids The World.

For whatever joy Mattie got from me showing up, I can assure you that I was ten times more thrilled and blessed to get to see her, and meet her family. No doubt it will remain a favorite memory of mine for the rest of my ever decreasing years.

I look forward to introducing you to Mattie and telling you all about her in an upcoming issue of SeriousLife Magazine.

3 comments:

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Can't wait to read the entire story Brent! What an amazing young lady and praise God for her heart for Christ at such a tender age!

Blessings and love,
Jill

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

ahhh.. reading this post made me BAWL!!! awesome... Mattie is such an amazing little girl... so thrilled you got to surprise her!!

Praying always for Abby, your family, and future babies!! :)

Anonymous said...

I was completely shocked when after a long day at the parks a man comes and knocks on the door asking for me! At first I thought he had me mixed up with Chrissie, my little sis, but as soon as I saw him, I knew exactly who he was. I came to the door with a full bite of pizza in my mouth!! I am still shocked. But remember, give the glory to God! :-)
Mattie Patterson