Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Operation Smile

I have the world's cutest little brother. Seriously.

As most of y'all should know by now, I grew up with four parents: mom, dad, stepmom, stepdad. This was very normal for me. It's all I've ever known.

Troy, my little brother, is 9 years younger than me. He is "technically" my half brother, but let's get real... we grew up together and I was there the day he was born. We are nothing short of brother and sister. Plus, we have the same momma. 
Troy and I the day before my wedding.
On the day Troy was born, I was still pretty young. I remember seeing him for the very first time and two things happened: 

1. I was SO HAPPY to have a little brother - even though I originally wanted a sister.
2. I noticed that he looked a little bit different than most babies.

My little brother was born with a Cleft Palate. To learn more about what a Cleft Palate is, you can go here.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with my little brother; he was just born a little differently. Instead of having his mouth and smile instantly perfect at birth, he needed to have some surgeries. Well... I say "some" surgeries, but the truth is that he had several surgeries.

All of these pictures are post-surgery.
I recently learned about Operation Smile and it touched my heart. What does Operation Smile do? Well it's pretty simple: They save lives and also give children born with Cleft Palate/Cleft Lip a beautiful smile. You can read even more about what they do here.

What's EVEN cooler is that anytime someone rents a book from Campus Book Rentals (their partner company), a donation is made to Operation Smile, thus saving more lives! Y'all, this makes me very happy! I love this idea of renting textbooks! Especially for those students who are just taking their general education courses. Who needs to keep those books anyhow?

This video will sum up pretty much everything you need to know about renting a textbook!
So here's what I'm thinking... if you're enrolling in classes anytime soon, or know someone who is, please have them get their textbook from Campus Book Rentals so that way a donation is also made to Operation Smile.


  1. This is so awesome. Just looked into it :)

  2. I love this cause - I'll definitely be looking into it! :)

  3. What an awesome cause to support! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Aww this post makes my heart smile! I rent my textbooks from them, so glad they donate to a good cause!! :)

  5. I looove how personal this is for you! Your brother is such a cutie. Isn't it crazy how when you grow up in "blended" families, you don't even realize they're not really your family? The only time I ever tell people I have step brothers or a half brother and sister are when I have to see "these kids belong to my step dad" and "these kids belong to my dad and step mom." To me, they're all my siblings, natural or not!

  6. This is awesome, what a great cause!