Do you enjoy arts and crafts? Memories of family and friends? Handmade creations like original jewelry or soft crochet scarfs? Then you'll love it here, where we explore all of this plus much more. So grab a cup of your favorite brew, relax, and join me in my journey.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees - A BookLook Review

I have just finished the book "Never Ever Give Up" by Erik Rees, and let me tell you, make sure you have a full box of kleenix when you start this one, because you'll need the whole box!  Not only was it a tear jerker, it was touching, and inspiring, and is one of those stories that will stay with you for a long time.

Young Jessie was diagnosed with a rare form on cancer at the tender age of 11, but she was the type of person that was more concerned with other people.  While going for treatment in the hospital, she saw a need to bring joy to the other children there, and started Joy Jars.

Joy Jars are just that, jars filled with joy...toys and things that will bring a smile to a young child during a time of pain.  Jessie determined to give a jar to every child battling cancer, and she not only met that goal but surpassed it.

This story is told by her father, and takes you through all the ups and downs of this extraordinary little girls life.  And this is a story we all need to read, and share, and learn from.

If you would like to continue this ministry, here is the official website (The Jessies Rees Foundation) and the facebook page.

Needless to say...I highly recommend this book.
And remember....

Be blessed,

*I received a free copy of this book from BookLookBloggers, but the review is my honest opinion.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family is Everything

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, so here are some throw back photos with a smattering of handmade...
I love Owen's smile

Amanda and Nana
(I miss my mommy)

Key holder from Handmade by Michael
my nephew Aaron, circa mid 1980's.  He kept getting into the
 Christmas ornaments while we were trying to decorate at Nana's. 

my cousin Mel, Aunt Barb (her mom, and my mom's sister)
my sister Barb, my sister Dawn, and me.

sisters frame by Star4311
Chuck and I at a fireman banquet, early 1990's
wow, do we look young. :0)
Brandon getting down with my grandson's in-law
"his homies"

Brandon and Owen, friends forever

personalized sign byRusticCraft
my daddy with a handmade gift
from my kids.
start them young!
he's been gone over 20 years
and it still feels like yesterday.

Hannah and PeeWee shortly after
they both moved in...
to our home and our hearts.

being a grampa and a kid can be tiring, lol

family wall decor by The Spot

Hug everyone you love today....we're not promised tomorrow.
Be blessed,

(and if you're an artist, you might enjoy my blog post over on The Craftstar blog, "This is your brain - on crafts.")


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