Prayers for Penelope
Elena became a single mother early this spring after her husband left her and their toddler for his secret other family. Though still reeling from the shock and heartbreak of this abandonment, Elena is focused on providing for her daughter Penelope, who just turned two years old.
Penelope was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) known as a stenosis, in which one of her heart valves is fused together and will not fully open. This results in an overworked heart muscle and poor oxygen levels. Though Penelope looks like other children, has a sunny smile and a delightful laugh, her condition requires close monitoring and heart surgery.
Elena says she gets the most joy from being Penelope’s Mom. Her daughter brings out the best in her and has changed her life completely, making her want to be a better person on a daily basis. Penelope’s heart condition and her husband’s desertion has made her more reliant on God. Elena says she sees Penelope as a miracle and a “tangible picture of God’s love.” As Elena puts it, she will not let Penelope be defined by her heart condition and she will not be defined by her heartbreak. Together, they will trust in the Lord and “commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).
Elena stumbled upon the Earls Fam Vlogs on Facebook after Rachel’s first pregnancy announcement went viral. She has followed the family ever since and especially loves watching Vlogs featuring “Mail Time” as she loves seeing the love and care of the greater Earls Fam Community.
Since Penelope’s father left, Elena has gotten a job and sold some outgrown and unnecessary items. Elena is working hard to provide for her daughter. However, Penelope’s recent heart surgery and the legal fees from seeking child support have strained the family's tight finances. The Earls Fam Foundation blessed this sweet family with gift cards for grocery items, as well as clothing for growing Penelope.
Please lift this family up in prayer as Penelope recovers from her recent heart surgery. Pray that both Elena and little Penelope are able to trust God, feel His peace, and continue to love God, love people, make a difference, and be thankful, always.