Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blog Candy for a Cause II

I think that most of the people that have found my blog found it when I did a Blog Candy for a Cause a little over a year ago. At that time I was gathering together RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) cards for the Dunn Family. Their twin baby girls had Neuroblastoma and were being treated very aggressively to save their lives. Thankfully all of the prayers were answered and the girls are doing great and the family treasured (and still does) all of the cards that people made for them.

Well now I am trying this again for a good friend of mine. Maureen had a baby girl, Francesca Maria Bucci, on Dec. 1 via c-section only about 2 weeks before her due date. The C-section was unplanned, but had to be done because the baby was showing signs of distress (low heartbeat, etc.). When Francie was born, she was not breathing due to meconium aspiration. Meconium is the first stools of a newborn and sometimes when a baby is distressed, they poop in the womb. Babies inhale the amniotic fluid while in the womb normally, but it is not good when they inhale meconium tainted amniotic fluid. The doctors were able to finally clear her airways so she could breathe, but her lungs were not functioning properly. Since her birth day, she has been at Children's Hospital where they are trying to stabilize her and get her lungs to heal and function properly. As a result of the meconium aspiration, she has developed pulmonary hypertension which basically means her lungs are not working. She is currently on an ECMO machine (heart-lung machine) that does the job of the lungs for her. They have to do daily brain ultrasounds to watch for bleeding in the brain which is a very dangerous side effect of the ECMO machine. One of the most heart-breaking journal entries said that it was a wonderful moment when Maureen was allowed to kiss Francesca on the forehead about a week after she had been born. Having had a baby recently, I can't imagine not being able to do that immediately. I would post the site that they update her progress on, but it is password protected and I am not sure they want it to be made public...I will see if they mind.

Upon hearing this news of my good friend's baby, I wanted to figure out a way to help her and her husband, Ronny. I have sent food to the hospital so that they can get some nourishment, as they have not left the hospital in two weeks. But, knowing that the best way to help them is prayers, I have decided to try and get as many prayers said for Francesca as possible. So now I ask anyone that reads this to do a couple of things: 1) stop and say a prayer for health and healing for Francesca and her parents, Maureen and Ronny...in particular the family prays for healing of her lungs, good brain ultrasounds, good blood gases, and good kidney functions (she has good deal of swelling at this time), and 2) make and send me a RAK card signed with your best wishes to give to my friends to let them know prayers are being said all over the country and maybe the world for their baby girl!

To entice you to do this, I am offering some blog candy...sorry it is small! The blog candy includes a couple of clear acrylic stamp sets, a glass jar filled with some dew drops (they are the fake ones though from the floral dept), a small container of adhesive backed blue rhinestones, and an IKEA Bygel large storage basket (see below for how I have used them for storage...great system!).
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UPDATE: Carolyn King (My Blog by Cammie) has ever so generously donated a few more items to the blog candy. In addition to the above blog candy, she will mail the winner the following:
Papertrey Ink - Holiday Treats Stamp Set
A Signed Whimsical Autumn Stamp Set (she actually created this set)
Tinkering Ink- Haberdasher Petite Patterned paper pad
Thank you Cammie for your wonderful additions. Please visit Cammie HERE and thank her as well...plus she has amazing creative ideas that I am sure you will love!
UPDATE 2: Cambria Turnbow (Stamp a Little Love Baby and co-owner of Our Craft Lounge) has lovingly donated one Tree-mendous Love stamp set from Our Craft Lounge.
Thank you Cambria for your amazing donation to the blog candy! Most of you probably already visit her blog daily (as I do), but go HERE and show her a little love for her generosity!
UPDATE 3: A good friend of mine, Stephanie, has decided to add to my blog candy as well! She is going to include a retired SU! stamp set: Sleigh Full of Toys (it is new and unmounted). Thanks Steph...you know I love ya!!!
UPDATE 4: Nicole Anderson (Anderson Arts) has been kind enough to not only send a RAK card but also a new bottle of Prima Flowers to add to the blog candy.
Thank you Nicole for being so sweet! Visit her site HERE and send her some love...plus you might find a beautiful Christmas present as she is also a jewelry designer!
UPDATE 5: Mary Vogel (Life and Creating) was also compelled to add to my blog candy. She is including a Close to My Heart Stamp set: Heartthrob
Thank you Mary for being so thoughtful! Check out her blog HERE and share your appreciation too!
UPDATE 6: Jane Bosi (Jane's Addiction) was driven to help out as she looks upon her 5 children (how do you do it?). She is donating the following to the blog candy (she will be mailing it out herself):
SU! Punches Three Set (new and unmounted), 2 Clear Stamp sets from Autumn Leaves, Stampendous Hey There Cupcake (gently used), and Heidi Swap Clear Stamp: Forever
Jane, your thoughtfulness astounds me! Send Jane some love as well HERE.
UPDATE 7: Julie Crossley (Special Craft Mom of 4 and owner of Scrapbook Store at Your Door) has volunteered to add to the blog candy with a BoBunny Aloha Acrylic Stamp Set.
Thank you Julie for your wonderful addition...I cannot express my gratitude! Express your gratitude to Julie with some love HERE and by visiting her online store!
UPDATE 8: Joanne Basile (Stamped by Hand) is happy to contribute to the blog candy as well! She will mail the winner directly the following:
Pink Paislee “Vintage Pop” clear set of stamps, Making Memories “Funky Vintage Ruby Collection” 6x6 paper pack, and Sudio G Clear stamp Set
Thank you Joanne for being so generous with your contribution! Visit Joanne's blog and send her some cyber hugs for being so sweet!
UPDATE 9: A Stampin' Up! $50 Gift Certificate (redeemable through me) has been added. This was added due to an extremely generous donation by someone that would like to remain anonymous!
You know who you are, so thank you once again!
UPDATE 10: Debbie Stelton (Dolce Deb's Designs) had decided to include a brand-new Scor-Pal with a case to the blog candy! She will be mailing it directly to the winner.
Thank you Debbie for being ever so kind! Send Debbie some love HERE!
UPDATE 11: Katie Cotton (Paper Makeup) has been kind enough to now include the Close to My Heart Stamp set: From the Heart.
Thank you Katie for your wonderful Valetine's addition! Your kindess overwhelms me. Send Katie some cyber love (and maybe get some makeup tips) HERE!
UPDATE 12: Milissa Howes (Serendipity Kits) is showing her generous nature by donating a Papercraft Kit from her Online Kit Club, Serendipity Kits. Once I receive the kit I will post its contents as well.
Milissa, my gratitude for your kindness will probably never be expressed adequately. Thank you so much for your donation. Check out all of her kits HERE!
UPDATE 13: Ashley Bowen (Ashley's Creative Corner and owner of Treehouse Stamps) was kind enough to donate a $25 Gift Certificate for Treehouse Stamps!
Thank you Ashley for your wonderful donation! Check out the adorable stamps that she has HERE!
UPDATE 14: Denise Lynn (owner of Whimsy Stamps) is adding to the blog candy as well with a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps!
Denise, thank you for contacting me so sweetly and being so kind to donate! You must check out the adorable Whimsy animal stamps that she has to offer HERE...so cute!!
UPDATE 15: Monique Matthews (Heavenly Creations by Monique) was inspired to donate to the blog candy. She will be mailing directly to the winner a brand new JustRite Curlz Monogram Stamper Kit!
Monique, thank you for your generous donation! Please stop by Monique's blog HERE and leave her some love!
UPDATE 16: Cindy Walker of Breckenridge, MN surprised me with some blog candy additions when she sent me her card! So now, due to Cindy's generosity, a SU! stamp set Shapes and Shadows has been added to the loot!
Thank you Cindy for the wonderful surprise!
UPDATE 17: Anita Autore (Cards & Coffee) told me she was going to send some blog candy additions with her card and she definitely did! So thanks to Anita, a roll of Michaels Ribbon, Studio G Crystal Glitter Glue, and Studio G Green Glitter Glue has been added to the candy!
Thank you Anita! Send Anita some cyber hugs HERE!
UPDATE 18: Alexandra Hobson (California Stampin) contacted me yesterday because she too would like to add to the blog candy. So Alexandra has added SU! stamp set - World Over (retired) and SU! stamp set - Event Full (retired)!
Thank you Alexandra for your kindness! Tell Alexandra thank you for her donations HERE!
UPDATE 19: Stephanie Sheridan (do you have a blog Stephanie?) was kind enough to send along some more to add to the blog candy with her card. She added Inkadinkadoo Brenda Walton stamp set - Somerset Expressions, The Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Fired Brick Distress Ink, and Small photo album.
Thank you Stephanie for the wonderful surprise addition! You are too kind!
UPDATE 20: Mikki Madden (Mik Inks) decided to help me out with a wonderful card and even more additions to my blog candy. She has now included Darice Finishing Accents Rhinstone stickers, Blumenthal Lansing Company - Button Sensations, Inkadinkadoo Humingbird Stamp, SU! - 6x6 Pattern Paper Pack.
Thank you Mikki for you awesome blog candy additions! Tell Mikki thank you as well HERE!
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So I will enter you into my blog candy drawing once I receive your card in the mail and I will enter you a second time if you pass the word on (on your blog, SCS, or any other community site...just leave me a comment so I know). If you post your card on SCS, please include the keyword "bcfac08" so that we can see all of them at one time. I would like to receive all of the cards by Dec. 30 so that I can give them all to my friend at the beginning of the new year. I will select and post the winner on January 4, 2009 (note: I pushed this date out to give a chance for the overseas card to get to me)...someone will have a very good New Year!! Please mail all of the cards to me:

Blog Candy for a Cause II
Andrea Vernagus
2797 Warwick Dr.
Bloomfield, MI 48304

I know this is a very busy time of year, so I greatly appreciate you taking a moment to help me out with a prayer and/or a card!

The IKEA storage basket that is part of the blog candy is shown on the right side of each bar.

Cards Posted on SCS

93 comments:

Carolyn King said...

Of course! Getting a card in the mail tomorrow and saying lots of prayers for baby Francesca and her family! She is beautiful.

What a wonderful person you are to reach out to them---I know they will appreciate it.

Becky said...

Of course! I will mention it on my blog tomorrow. It is actually perfec titming with what I was going to show and take a picture of. :) I will pray for them tonight.

Marie said...

Andrea,

I will add a sidebar link to my blog as well later today. In the mean time I've added this post. Here is the link. I hope you get an overwhelming response. My love and prayers to you and your friends family.
- Marie

http://www.stampthings.com/stamp_things/2008/12/make-a-card-for-a-cause-potentially-win-blog-candy-too.html

Monica said...
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Monica said...

Oh Lord, My heart just drops looking at these photos and reading these post. I will definaly keep baby Francesca and her family in my thoughts and prayers. I'll also be sending a card your way later today.
Here to hoping she has a full recovery!

God Bless,
Monica

I have posted this on SCS and I will be posting on my blog later today as well...
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12398095#post12398095
http://scrapnstampinmamaof3.blogspot.com/

Cambria Turnbow said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention Andrea. I'm sending out a card and one stamp set from Our Craft Lounge to add to the blog candy. And, of course my prayers for the entire family.

~Cambria

Deborah Anton said...

Beautiful baby! I will get a card in the mail tomorrow!

Nicole said...

I would like to add a new bottle of Prima Flowers to go into your Blog Candy. I am a self-employed artist/designer and have this one extra bottle coming in the mail from Prima anyday now! I was wondering what I was going to do with it! Now I know!

I will send it along with my card! You can see a picture of it on my blog!!

www.andersonartsonline.blogspot.com

Blessings to the baby's family and to you, too, for being so kind to them! Nicole

Christina Fischer said...

What a wonderful think you are doing for your friends! I will be praying for them, and I'll put a card in the mail!

Christina Fischer said...

oops -- I meant thing, not think! I obviously was typing too quickly!

Debbie Olson said...

Bless them and you for helping too! It's so hard when a baby is ill. . . I'll include a link when I post tonight.

Anonymous said...

Lifting Francesca and her parents to the Lord for healing and all the other babies/children in the hospital.

Thank you for doing this and my heart is filled with joy to be able to contribute.

Veronica S.

mimiburroughs said...

I will put a card in the mail tomorrow!! My granddaughter was born 3 months early...so I know a little about NICU's...she was in NICU for 6 months! She is a huge miracle...I am praying that for this precious little girl! Our God is bigger than all the problems!

Jacqueline said...

Oh my what a precious little girl. I will be certainly thinking of this family and keep them in my thoughts! What generous friends!

Melanie said...

I will send a card and help spread the word, thank you for the addy

Lorie said...

I will be sending a card and posting this to my blog tomorrow!

Bonnie said...

What a precious baby girl! Praying for Francesca, her family, and the physicians and nurses who are tending to them. God bless them all.

Valerie said...

Andrea, I hope baby Francesca gets showered with cards! She is a darling little girl and has the power of family, friends, and stampers behind her. My oldest son was born via emergency C-section due to meconium being detected in the amniotic fluid during my labor. Very scary indeed. You are such a kind and dear friend to their family.

Anita said...

Thanks for doing this. I will definetly get a card to you. My son was born `early too and I know prayers helped because he had little problems.

About Cr8ive ME said...

What a cute baby. I will definitely be sending you a card for them. And my prayers are with them. My nephew was a premie because of complications with his mom and spend quite some time in the NICU.

I will post my card on my blog and on SCS.

M.E.

carole (TruCarMa) said...

As the mom of two preemie boys (now ages 12 and 4) I've spent many weeks in the NICU and know what a stressful time your friends are having. I will definitely send them a card and keep them and sweet baby Francesca in my prayers. What a good friend you are to let them know that people care and are rooting for their little girl. :)

Mary said...

Definitely sending a card your way! My son, now 20, was in the NICU for 6 weeks - I know how trying that is! The family is in my prayers.

Melissa said...

I will definitely post something on my blog and even though it is a very busy time, I am going to try and send a card too! My prayers and thoughts are with beautiful baby Francesca and her Mom and Dad and family! She is a gorgeous little girl. May God Bless her and make her well!

And may God Bless you and all the contributors for doing this! I'm sure it is appreciated more than they could ever express!

Hugs, Melissa B

And Happy Holidays!

Melissa said...

I have posted this on my blog.
http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.com/

God Bless!!

Hugs, Melissa B

QC said...

This breaks my heart......we have friends who recently lost their first born son after 4 days as a result of complications arising from muconium aspiration....

My heart is with the family!

Leslee said...

I am a NICU nurse for over 30 years now. How true the statement 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I have seen so many babies like this. The NICU is a place of miracles!!! But it can be so frustrating for moms and dads. I will say a special prayer for baby Francesca.

Leslee in MT

Teresa Brooks said...

I will definately send a card and ask all my friends to send up prayers for little Francesca. I am not doing this for the blog candy however it is very nice of you to offer it. I would send a card and prayers without out.

I found a link to this from Melissa's blog Creating From The Heart. I will also post it on my blog for my friends to see.
http://stampinwithteresa.blogspot.com/

I have also added your bolg to my blog list so I can keep up with Francesca's progress.

~Michelle~ said...

A card is going to the post office right now frome ~michelle~ in WI.
I will post it on my blog today as well...www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com

My heart breaks at the very thought. How wonderful for them to have friends like you to see them through this.

Ananya Gupta said...

I am so happy your doingthis for the baby...she is so precious...I hope our prayers work out for her. I will be posting a message in my group called makinggreetingcards..it is a yahoo group and will also give your mailing address to the ladies so that they can also add their prayers and send cards to u.

Anonymous said...

I will definitely pray for baby Francesca and her family. My grandaughter is expecting a little girl the end of January, but is having a problem with her amniotic fluid being low, so would appreciate prayers for her also. I will put a card in the mail today. I don't have a blog to post on.
JoAnn B. scrappingnana4@yahoo.com

Linda Slattery said...

Of course I will include this baby, and her family in my prayers. A card for them will also be on the way. Her pictures are adorable..I love her little noggin warmer. It looks like it way hand crafted by another loving person. Warmest wishes to you and your friends.
Linda Slattery

liannallama said...

What a sweet princess she is! I will say prayers for baby Francesca!

renee said...

Of course! I will get a card out by the end of this weekend. We will say a prayer for baby Francesca and her family. May God bless you as you reach out to this family. And I will go mention it on my blog today, so we can reach out to a few more. Blessings. Renee

Christi said...

You're definitely getting a card from me! I cannot image what that little girl and her family are going through and a card and prayers are the least I can do.

terrie said...

I don't have a blog but I will tell the story to my friends at work and have a momment of silence and say a prayer for baby
Francesca and my card will be in the mail on Friday....terrie

retiredheather said...

I will be sending you the card I made tomorrow morning. I hope by the time they get my card, Francesca will be doing much better. I have posted the info on my blog
http://enchantedstamping.blogspot.com/2008/12/card-for-francesca-christmas-decor.html
You are a great friend.
Happy Holidays
Heather

Anita said...

This is fantastic. I sent my card today with a couple things for the blog candy. I will have a post on my blog tomorrow. http://cardsandcoffee.blogspot.com

JulieA said...

Done! The card is in the mail. And I posted on my blog http://stampingstation.blogspot.com/2008/12/blog-candy-for-cause.html. The more prayers the better. A good friend told me that the phrase "All I can do is pray" ought to be "The best thing I can do is pray"! She's so right. From our lips and hearts to the Great Physician's ears!

christina D said...

i have just sent off a card, and i have put a note up on my blog too...
www.paper-scissors-sketch.blogspot.com

hoping she gets better soon..

Cynthia said...

Just addressing my card now... My thoughts and prayers are with Francesca and her family.

sarahw said...

I just put a stamp on the card. Thank you so much for sharing your friend's story. It truly touched my heart. I will add a link to my blog in the morning.

Stampin'GHmom said...

Will put my card in the mail today and I linked the story in my blog entry this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with Maureen and her family

InkStazOnMe (scs) said...

Oh what a beautiful baby girl! Prayers being sent up for her and her family. Also a card will be on the way. Thank you for doing this for little Francesca! Prayer is such a powerful thing.

specialcraftmom4 said...

I will be sending you the Aloha Acrylic stamp set from BoBunny from my online store, scrapbookstoreatyourdoor.com. I think this is a wonderful cause (: Julie

Lastel said...

I almost lost my fist born son to a very similar situation , he is now a healthy 27 year old . My prayers are with her and her family .
I have a card ready , and will get it the mail today !

Crazy Creations said...

What a graet thing you are doing Ill have card out tommorow Ill say a prayer to God Bless Sarah

Judi said...

That is so sad and touching. I will get a card ready to send to you tomorrow.

Jilli said...

I'll post my card from the UK today but I'm not sure you'll get it in time for the 30th, but I'll be saying a pray for Francesca and her family. Jillix

Valarie (vampme3) said...

I'm sure this family needs all the encouragement they can get! I will be sending a card out and have already posted your link on my blog here: http://www.valspaperobsession.blogspot.com/
Thanks for coordinating this!

Prettier Stuff said...

I will definately say a prayer or two or three and thank you for the updates. Let us know. I hope everything turns out okay. Card in the mail. Melissa

Linda from Georgia said...

Can't send a card until I unpack my stuff (from the move), but will pray daily for Francesca and her parents. Thanks for encouraging everyone to join in to help and support.

Anonymous said...

Heard about Francesca through TJ Yahoo group. My baby had the same problem, so I know what your friend is going through. I just posted my card at SCS, and am getting it in the mail today.

Sandy John

Carla Harrah said...

It is so good of you to do these RAK's for your friend my family and I are praying hard for this little one. I also mentioned her on my blog today. I have a card I will send out in the mail today. I'll try to get it uploaded to SCS.

Carla Harrah said...

I have it uploaded to SCS, but I don't know how to get it linked to you gallery. Can you help?
Thanks

Kay's Creative Corner said...

My heart hurts for this family!!! I will have a card in the mail tomorrow and a link on my blog. I will prayer for baby Francesca and her family!
Hope she get better soon!!!
Sita

Melissa Sauls said...

I was so touched by this, I just had to do this. I will have my card out in the mail tomorrow and I've already posted about this on my blog here
You are such a wonderful person to do this. They are truly blessed to have you in their lives.

ubeestampin said...

You are such a wonderful friend. Prayers to the family and to Francesca. She is in God's hands and he does such wonderful Miracles. I will add to the blog candy some of my ribbons. I will get the ribbons and card to you tomorrow. Bless everyone that sees Andrea's post. Have a wonderful Holiday everyone.
Judy Miller
U B Stampin, Inc.
www.ubstampin.com

Cass said...

I am sending a card today, although not sure if it will arrive by the 30th as it is coming from Australia. Keeping the family in my prayers. I have also linked to this post on my blog: http://cassandraking.blogspot.com/2008/12/your-prayers-needed.html

*hugs*
Cass

Danielle said...

I just posted on a thread in SCS (http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/newreply.php?do=postreply&t=400303) and I'll be dropping it on my blog as well.
I'm going to hope to send it in the mail tomorrow, pending getting out of the 16 inches of snow in my driveway. I dont know as it will arrive by the 30th either, but its the gesture that counts.

Well wishes and prayers being sent,
Danielle

Lauren (mytime) said...

Card gone out today! Prayers to the family :D

Ashley said...

My card will go out later today and I will be praying for Francesca and her family. I also wrote about this on my blog. I hope that there is a ton of support for this sweet baby!

http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/2008/12/spread-some-cheer-rak-request.html

Rebecca Ednie said...

My card is in the mail tonight and a post will be on my blog tonight at 11pm. Www.eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com

Best wishes

Erin... said...

What a wonderful thing to do! Sending the card in the am, and a link is posted on my blog. I will be thinking of Francesca and her family.

Katie @ Paper Makeup said...

this is an amazing thing you are doing! I'm currently away from MOST of my crafting supplies, but i never leave home without a few!!!! I will do my best to get something to you ASAP!

Katie @ Paper Makeup said...

oh, and i will definitely put a post up on my blog!

Christi said...

I will be putting my card in the mail tomorrow and will definitely post something on my blog tonight!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about baby Francesca, I will send a card tomorrow. And my prayers are for her and her family.

Cathy D
Ohio

TxScrapAddict said...

A card it scoming your way. God Bless you for what you are doing. I am posting this on my blog: http:texasscrapaddict.blogspot.com.

"The Sassy Divas" said...

I'm sending you a card for little Francesca, I will continue to pray for her. I also made a mention of Francesca's story on my blog. http://stampindivas.blogspot.com/

Amanda

Kim said...

I am sending a card your way today! Oh how this story touches my heart! Sending lots of prayers for baby Francesca too! You are a true angel for doing this wonderful blog candy for a cause! God Bless you and have a great holiday season!
Holiday Hugs~ Kim

Kim said...

I will glady put a post on my blog too!
Hugs~ Kim

Giovana said...

I sent a card for Francesca today. Iread about her on Lauren's blog and really touched my heart. I also linked you on my blog, so others can read about Francesca.

May the Lord bless you and thanks so much for being so great and care for others.

Merry Christmas
Giovana

http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/2008/12/sending-love-your-way.html

http://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/

imastampin said...

I have posted a card on SCS: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1167794?cat=500&ppuser=5282 and a link to your blog on my blog: http://karenskreativekreations.blogspot.com/

I will add this family to my prayer list. The card will be in the mail tomorrow!

Karen

Sophia said...

God bless you, I will be sending you a card too. I also posted about it on my blog...!!!

Elaine said...

OMG she is just precious! Those pictures bring back memories of my son who was given 0 and 0 apgars... we have the same photos being hooked up on the machines...he's ok now, but prayers help.
I'll be praying for your friend and her family and send a card. It would have meant the world to me if blogging had been around and I got a card or two. Their marriage and family bonds will be so much stronger when this is over and she is healthy and at home! :)

Elaine said...

I put a word out on the Gingerwood Bulletin board. Whether the cards reach you in time is secondary. There are some amazingly generous women there, and I know how important a card can be just to give the family hope. You're a wonderful friend to pull this all together!

Monique said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your kindness towards your friend and her family. They are lucky to have you in their life. I would like to offer up my thoughts and prayers to Francesca and her family. I would also like to donate a prize to your loot, if you could email me at: damita98@mts.net I will let you know what I have for you! God Bless you and your giving heart.

Erica said...

I will be making a card this weekend for you. I just have to say that I am newer to the blog/stamping community and I have to say that the generosity of so many people has brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy to "know" such caring people.

Amber (bambi64) said...

What a sweet little girl. My prayers go out to her and her family and to you for all you are doing for them. I sent off a card today and hope it reaches you in time. I also posted it on SCS with links back to you and will post it on my blog soon with links to you. Thank you for letting us help out in a small way. Merry Christmas to you and your family. God Bless.

sarita said...

prayers will be said for this family - i will add her to a prayer chain - and a card will be in the mail today...God bless you..

Susie L. said...

This hits very close to home for me, I will mail a card on 26th..just now found this blog.thanks for thinking of others. subscribing to blog..

Theresa said...

We had a similar situation three years ago in November. My great-niece was born with a non-working thorax. All the liquid was being deposited in her lungs. They gave her a 5% chance of living. My niece didn't get to hold her until she was four weeks old, five minutes before going into surgery. She was in the hospital for three months. Now she is a healthy three year old. Francesca and her family will be going onto our prayer chain and I will be posting a link to here on my website. Hugs to all!

Kimberley said...

I just found your blog and read sweet little Francesca's story. She and he r parents are in my prayers as well as the drs. who are working with her. I will try and get a card out tomorrow and pray that it makes it in time. May ou sweet Savior bless and keep this little baby girl.

Claire said...

Sent you a card. My prayers are with them, and for them, and with you for being such a good friend.

Kay said...

Hi- I just found this and will be sending out a card this morning. How gracious you are for helping this touching cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with Baby Francesca and her Family!! Hugs Kay Mespelt

Katarina said...

I'm sorry I can't send a card, it takes a week from Sweden and I just found your blog today. I wrote about this on my blog though and I will be thinking about this poor baby.

kamadesign

mikki madden said...

Andrea,
I am sending out a card tomorrow, along with some SU! paper that is actually the 6x6 hostess paper for this season. It will also include some large decorator buttons and jewel bling. Please add this to the "prize!"
Thanks!
Mikki Madden
mikinks.typepad.com

terriavidreader said...

Such a cute baby, and I'm sending a card out today. The additions to your blog candy are fantastic also!

Laurie in MN said...

In the recent picture, Francesca looks so much better. I will continue to pray for her full recovery.

Alexandra said...

Thanks for keeping us updated Andrea!!! She looks really good in her most recent pic!! She is beautiful and I will continue my prayers for her and her family!! Blog candy can be mailed directly to the winner - just let me know via pm!! And, card is on its way to you!!

Thanks!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Katarina said...

I'll get a card in the mail as soon as possible, although it will take 1 week to get to you. Hope you will include me in the candy anyway.

Regards
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dee1219 said...

I am a very new stamper, so when you get my card, please don't look to hard:) I am sure you will find a ton of mistakes!! Any way, I had to send out a card regardless when I read Maureen's story. I am praying for Francesca and wish her well. What a wonderful thing you are doing for your friend! You and your friends are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dee

Nicole said...

Hi Andrea, I just uploaded an EDIT to a card I already had in my SCS gallery. I added the BCFAC08 code. I hope you got my card in time!

I will send out the Prima to the winner on January 5th! Although, I wouldn't mind winning myself! HA!

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