Yesterday was truly a wonderful day. I was able to spend time in the hospital with Brittany Bush, my 19-year-old friend from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Brittany has battled Cystic Fibrosis (CF) since she was six months old and has to go to a hospital three hours away for two weeks every six weeks.
I wrote about Brittany on my blog last November 2008. I asked if you had any spare scrapbooking supplies in your stash to send them her way. Your response was a amazing and Brittany and her mom shed tears of joy every time they found a package in the mailbox. The mailman asked Brittany if she was a celebrity with all the fan mail coming her way! Please know that your acts of service will be remember forever by Brittany and her family.
Just wanted to thank all the wonderful caregivers who help on Brittany's behalf.
This is cute Steve, the respiratory therapist who is so loving and sweet with Brittany. He makes her laugh--just what the doctor ordered! Oh--and his wife is a HUGE scrapbooker! She has more than a room full of supplies and Steve spent three entire days just sorting through her paper!
Her is Brittany's loving mother, Tanya, who has spent almost every waking hour for 19 years by her side. The treatments for CF are grueling and Tanya has taking this daunting task and learned to find the joy because she knows it extends Tanya's life.
Here's to a cute aunt, Verlena, who is always so creative in the special gifts she takes to Brittany in the hospital.
And here's to one spunky, adorable girl, Brittany! Please know we love you and pray for you!
So, here's what else I've been up to this week. Five boys from England have graced our home and we've loved having them. Here are four of them with my family the first night. We built a bon fire and roasted marshmallows in our backyard. Also watch an incredible movie, Forever Strong, that will be released to the public later this month. You must rent or buy this movie--really something ever age should see!
Here is Elliott, the fifth English boy, with Brecken and Collin. Elliott's dad is a good friend of mine. I met him in Scotland over 25 years ago and now our children spend their vacation time with other's family.
Here's the hard part--keeping them fed! I've been going to the store every morning before they get up and getting three gallons of milk (two white, one chocolate), bananas, orange juice, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, brownies and bread. They go though all of this in one day! Then there's dinner--it's like cooking for a small army! Last night they wanted Shepherd's pie. I've never made it before so thanks to the help of my pal, Cherie, we pulled it off.
On a different note, I'd love you to be in the audience for my May 7th QVC show. It's from 5-6 p.m. and it's always fun to see enthusiastic scrapbookers in the audience! The studio is in West Chester, PA. For tickets, call 484/701-1000 and ask for the studio store. Make reservations for the May 7th Creating Keepsakes show.
I'm off to Orlando for a week! I will talk to you then!