“Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
We’ve shared his confirmation in this Monkey Movement over and over again…. but this….the way he orchestrates every single step as if it were perfectly planned by man….. but it’s not. It’s perfectly planned by him. It’s a true testimony of obedience of many hands who listen carefully.
Buckle your seat belt for this testimony full of his confirmation….
A few days ago Aly and I sat out on the deck staring at the ocean on a mini getaway first thing in the morning. As we discussed our visions and goals for her monkey movement…We were blessed with his whispers that perfectly aligned in both of our hearts…
Months ago, creating our very own Aly’s Monkey stuffed animal was a dream. A super super distant dream that seriously felt impossible and unachievable.
Then we met Leann Gordon and Her husband Andy….they found us through the heart of a young girl who we adore and have had the privilege of watching grow into such a beautiful young woman who loves Jesus, Callie Nickles.
Callie donated masks and her time to her community in various forms… Every time someone offered payment, Callie turned them to us and asked to pay it forward to Aly’s Monkey Movement.
That is how Leann and Andy found us…. and at that moment she knew she wanted to adopt this movement for her first JEEP run in memory of their beautiful little girl who moved to heaven on October 28, 2016.
I remember hearing their story from my mentor and sister in Christ when she sent out an emergent prayer request for her childhood best friend the day their life changed forever.
To meet them today is an absolute honor and privilege. Two people who continue change the world with acts of kindness in honor of their girl…. they’re humble, kind and just hands down some of the best people we’ve ever been blessed to call our friends…from the love that flows from their eyes and hearts you’d never imagine they’ve endured all that they have….but they move through life sharing her story and the way she changed their lives in the most beautiful way. Sharing how literally by the grace of God, they’ve made it this far.
When they adopted us, the unachievable was seen through the fog as achievable. They gave us confirmation that our dream could become reality.
That’s is why we share with you our announcement. Our original monkey, Mary and Martha monkey will always be a part of our inventory and a hero to our monkey ministry. That little monkey has changed over 2200 little hearts in just a short time… We adore it and we are so incredibly proud of “The Original Monkey”
But soon, we will be introducing you to our newest monkey, our first official Aly’s Monkey…. Named “The Olivia Monkey” This monkey will be named in honor and in memory of Olivia Paige Gordon. A young life that graduated to the fields full of butterflies in heaven. Her story is a testimony of how God truly is the only way in times of darkness and pain. He is a waymaker, every. Single. Time.
The story doesn’t end there…. see this is how big Our God is….. yesterday after reaching out to Leann and Andy to see if they were available today, I received a text from my friend Tracy Clayton. Owner of a local cafe who has been behind us on every journey and especially Aly’s Monkey Movement….
Tracy told me her coworker Christina had been practicing on cake making…. and she had made a cake….. the cake she chose to make was “Olivia’s Jeep”.
Guys my jaw hit the floor and happiness rolled out of my eyes. I called Tracy and told her that yes, yes, yes, we’d love the cake as we had plans to meet with Leann and her husband to share our monkey news with them.
Today when I picked it up, I got to meet the baker lady! She shared with me that this Jeep story stole her heart… see the whisper to make this cake…. she had no idea about our plans to meet them, but she was obedient to the call… because in her heart there was a connection that was bigger than us….. her son shares the same exact birthday and year with Olivia…. February 13, 2012…Seriously, we serve a HUGE God who paints beautiful pictures of hope and love.
The conversation and celebration with Olivia’s mommy and daddy were filled by visits from butterflies, great cake, tears, and joy…. all because God had this once again all planned out. 🦋
Once again It’s been made clear with so many signs of confirmation that we continue in the direction that we are meant to be. We are feeling blessed. So on this day, we introduce to you, our soon to be first official Aly’s Monkey. Tagged “Aly’s Monkey Mvement”.
A Purple Heart to honor a sweet, beautiful little, girl who loved purple…although many words are spoken here…. we are left in awe and absolutely speechless how all of these pieces fit beautifully together.
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV