The Way You & God Wowed Us (And the Results of our Jewelry Giveaway)

October 14, 2012 | 26 comments

One girl + one huge dream + God’s people in action = Jaw-dropping results!

It’s been one week since Lydia kicked off her fundraiser — a crazy-big dream to build a $5,000 playground. And we’ve been overwhelmed by the response. The orders poured in.  And she received some very generous donations, including a $40 donation from a seventh-grade girl who wants to travel to Haiti with Lydia someday to play on those swings.

But enough from me! Here’s Lydia, telling you about the success of this fundraiser so far. (Also, she also will reveal the winner of the ViBella necklace giveaway in the video!)

(RSS and email subscribers, click here to watch the video.)

Amazing, huh?

There’s still time to order. ViBella Jewelry has been so excited about this fundraiser, that they are extending the offer to donate 30 percent of all proceeds toward the playground. You can still over at Be sure to add “LYDIA LEE” in the special instructions!

Grateful for every one of you… To God be the Glory!

Love, Jennifer & Lydia

Writing in community with Laura (A new playground in Haiti is a definite “playdate with God”!)

by | October 14, 2012 | 26 comments


  1. Cindee Snider Re

    Well done, Lydia! You are a gift and a treasure! And congratulations, Lyla. What a fun way to win. 🙂 Blessings to all of you!

  2. Sandra Heska King

    Oh my gosh! I want to squeeze the stuffing out of that sweet girl. I want Grace to meet her. I want Grace to swing on those swings. And I can’t wait until the winner finds out she won. I’m so cracking up–and so excited for what God’s doing.

  3. Shelly Miller

    She is SUCH an inspiration and so well spoken and just overall lovely. So proud of her and the way she is pouring her heart into helping others. And the winner, well, that made me smile and giggle.

  4. Esther

    Thank you Lydia for reminding us that there are special girls like you in the world! Thank you for allowing God to work through you!!!! I can hardly wait to meet you at the playground!

    • dukeslee

      Is this Esther of Tytoo? If so, YES! YES! We will definitely be meeting you!

  5. Linda

    Great job Lydia! You are a blessing to so many.

  6. Diana Trautwein

    Remarkable girl, remarkable story, remarkable God!! And I am CRACKING UP that Lyla won the necklace. LYLA, I WANT A PICTURE of you wearing it, okay?? This is fabulous. Thanks so much.

  7. Dea

    Beautiful. Can’t wait to see the video of the Lydia playing in Haiti on the playground that is growing out of her dreams—her heart of love and compassion. Yes, let the children lead us.

  8. ro elliott

    oh…too…too precious…how I hear and see you in your sweet daughter…such sweet, love and compassion. Well done my friend~

  9. Laura

    Every kid deserves to play! That is a very quotable quote, Ms. Lydia Lee. Loved hearing and seeing Lydia talk so passionately about such a beautiful gift. You Lee girls really know how to love-you know that? In action and truth, not just words. Keeping this project in my prayers.

  10. spaghettipie

    She is so much like her mama!!

    Precious heart, Lydia. LOVED hearing your vision. Just placed my order 🙂

  11. Lyla Lindquist

    No picture of me wearing it, Diana. It goes to a friend. 🙂

    This cracks me up. What are the odds?

    • Sandra Heska King

      You have to. I dared you on Facebook.

      P.S. I’ll be watching my mailbox…

    • dukeslee

      The odds are 1-in-125 (or more!) … I am serious about this. It was a totally legitimate draw from the pile of papers. You know that Lydia would never let me get away with rigging anything. I couldn’t believe it, though. God has such a tremendous sense of humor… 🙂

      Thank you, Lyla, for supporting Lydia in this. You’re so good to our girls.

  12. Lyla Lindquist

    And Lydia, thanks for what you’re doing here. It’s an amazing thing, you know?

  13. Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

    Lydia – you are awesome!!! When I grow up, I want to be just like you. God bless you BIGGIE bunches!!! XOX

  14. Nancy Franson

    I am so late to this party, having been away and just catching up. But I am such a mess this morning of ridiculous happy tears! When we pray together for God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, this is what it looks like. That Miss Lydia is already investing herself in kingdom work.

    And when she pulled Lyla’s name out of the bowl? Priceless!

  15. Jillie

    I agree 100% with Patricia! I want to be just like you, Lydia Lee, when I grow up! You have such a beautiful heart…the true heart of Jesus. He so loves the little children…ALL the children of the world. You done good girl, so much good! And the blessing to these sweet children continues. “Every kid deserves to play.” Can’t wait to see you sliding down that slide!

  16. Lisa Auter

    happy tears of how God uses His children to do such great work. Lydia, I am so proud of you and how you open your heart and your hands to do God’s work. I pray that soon you will find yourself in Haiti on that playground hooping and hollering with those kids going down slides and swinging up as high as the sky!

  17. Mary Runneberg

    Congratulations Lydia! You are a shining example of God’s work for good in this world! The video is precious…so many beautiful smiles, including yours. My prayer now is for you to go to Haiti to join the kids in their “playdate with God.” Congrats to Lyla as well!

  18. Alicia

    Oh, dear Lydia, I am celebrating your heart and your passion today. And I think that your playground project is going to be used by God in AMAZING WAYS.

    And by the way, dear Lydia’s mom, your daughter reminds me a bit of her mama, too… beautiful and generous and chasing the heart of God in a contagious way!

    Blessings to both of you.

  19. Donna Blum

    Hello Lydia. I told my 8-year-old daughter, Emma, about your love for the children of Haiti and how you are trying to raise $5,000 to build them a playground. After hearing your story, Emma asked if she could do a fundraising project to help people in need…I nearly squealed with delight. Just imagine if everyone reading this blog asked the same question. Thank you for letting your light shine. Thank you for making this world a brighter place. Thank you for blessing and inspiring us by sharing your story. And, thank you for giving God the glory. I am certain he is smiling down on you Lydia! On a side note, Emma asked if she could meet you someday. I think that would be a fabulous idea! Would you be open to that? I can’t wait to watch your video with her tonight. I’m also looking forward to watching a future video of you in Haiti playing with the children on their new playground. God bless you Lydia!

  20. SimplyDarlene

    Oh, I missed this video until now… what a blessing miss Lydia is not only to the kiddos of Haiti, but to all of us, as she reminds us that a child-like faith is IT!



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