On June 1st, after a few months of illness and misdiagnoses, my beautiful little 2 year old granddaughter was diagnosed with a large brain tumor, had surgery a few days later, and is now undergoing several months of aggressive chemotherapy. Other than one weekend at home, she has been in Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt since the first of June. Family and friends have organized several fundraisers to help Jolee and her daddy and mommy with mounting medical expenses which have incurred since the Spring of 2018. Donations are accepted via PayPal or check (contact me, Jolee's nana, to make a donation), a GoFund me page for Jolee Manis (fees may be deducted, but we have been told if you scroll down the page when making a donation, there is an option not to have fees taken out), or by participating in a local fundraiser. Please visit my Facebook business page to get updates on Jolee and information on any fundraisers going on at the moment. Most of all, we ask for your prayers for Jolee, for her daddy and mommy, and for the doctors and caregivers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Valentines are coming...

I've gathered bits and pieces again, as I do each year... French letters and documents from the 1800s and the early 1900s, hand tinted and aged paper, and a stack of old, blue sheets of paper wrapped in brown paper... tattered and torn, ready to be brought out of the dark and loved again.

Valentines are coming.

Some of them will be made from old French ledger pages...
pressed and manipulated with the help of an antique ivory tool...

some from French documents with wonderful watermarks...

Things are coming together... woven hearts, hearts in hands, and more.
I hope to have the Valentines ready by February 1st, when they will be awaiting their time to be sent to someone you love.

Our family started the first month of the year with a 54th birthday, a 2nd birthday, a 44th wedding anniversary, and sadly, a death. If nothing else, those events in our lives have taught us to live more, and love more. Each and every moment that we are here is a blessing from God. Each and every moment that we are here, we have the opportunity to do good, and to love. Don't forget to love, share love, and share God's love.

Take care and God bless,

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