Prayers For Savannah

Thank Heaven For The WordPress Community

Today, I put away the paint and the Mod Podge to speak from the heart. When I began this humble little blog over a year ago, I really had no idea how wonderful the Word Press community would be!  You all have taught me so much, and although we have never met in the “real” world, your experiences and willingness to share, has helped me through some tough times.    As people we are all faced with different challenges every day and it really is all about the attitude we choose in order to get through it.  I am so grateful to anyone who stops by to read or leave a comment and if you have, you already know that I will gladly return the good will with a blog follow, and try my best to stop by all of these wonderful blogs to keep in touch.  I find myself snuggling up in bed at night with my lap top, desperately trying to wind down from the average hectic day reading about your lives, stories, ideas and it is truly inspiring. One blog in particular has inspired me like no other and I thought I would share that blog with you today.  That blog is The Crayon Box Chronicles. cropped-colored-crayons-macro-wallpapers_35031_2560x16004 My toddler apprentice has been enrolled in a prekindergarten special education program.  She has been getting speech and occupational therapy.  We try to exist day-to-day, hoping with the continued success and progress our daughter is making, that one day we will be able to put this behind us.  Of course the future is still unknown, and that is the hardest part.    Her therapists  have encouraged us to engage her in sensory play activities.  I created a DIY version of a Sensory Play Table.    I began searching  Pinterest and other Word Press blogs for ideas and that is how I discovered the Crayon Box Chronicles.   Heather shares some amazing play activities that she enjoys with her son and I have enjoyed reading and following.   She was overjoyed to find out she was pregnant with a girl, but during a routine 19 week ultrasound, it was discovered little Savannah Hope had  CDH, congenital diaphragmatic hernia.   It is a birth defect in which the diaphragm does not close as it should allowing the organs to crowd the chest cavity.  This does not allow the lungs to fully develop.  A heartbreaking diagnosis during what is usually a time of joy. I have never met Heather or her family, but was amazed to see the amount of love and grace in which this family is handling the many daily obstacles, and those which lie ahead.  There is nothing more inspiring than love for a child and HOPE which just happens to be this little blessing’s middle name.  It puts life in prospective, and it certainly reminds us all to live life to the fullest every day, and not take one day on this earth for granted. For those who wish to donate, they have an active fundraiser campaign going on now.  For anyone that has gone through the devastating effects of a chronic illness, understand not only the emotional toll, but the financial one as well.  That being said, if you are able to donate you can do so here.  Any amount is appreciated by the family, but if it is impossible to give, There is something this little girl needs now more than anything and that is your positive thoughts and prayers. 10463061_10152144293807006_5027494006055771139_n Little Savannah and her family are in the battle of their lives and are requesting as many prayer warriors as they can to fight this battle along with them. They have set up a  facebook page that documents Savannah Hope’s CDH  journey, and brings further awareness to this horrible birth defect which according to the CDH awareness website  CHERUBS  effects 1 in every 2,500 births (1,600 cases in the U.S. alone each year). Stop by for a visit, like and share.  This amazing family is looking forward to your kind words, and prayers for their little girl.  It will give them strength during the toughest of times.  Show them why the Word Press blogging community is the best there is! Peace and love to you all Danielle (On The Upcycle Mom) Precious Baby Girl e3bf3223-3da4-4527-b078-2d1e288ace9a Prayers For Savannah Hope

What it means to be a Good Neighbor: A nomination and Aqua Corps.

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It has been a hectic week of travel  with not much time for crafting.  Yesterday, I was so pleased to find out my blog “On The Upcycle” was nominated for a Good Neighbor award.  The Good Neighbor Award is for someone you’ve met in the blogging world you wish could be your real-life neighbor.   Thanks to Katherine from Pillows Ala Mode for sponsoring such an award.  I was truly honored and touched that someone took the time out of their day to say something nice about something I care so much about!  I wish Katherine a very happy 2nd blogging anniversary and thank her for all the support she has shown to someone new to this world!  Talk about an amazing neighbor! Congratulations to Crafty Staci who won the award and grand prize!  Check out all the nominees here!

It made me think that being a good neighbor also means helping the less fortunate people around you.  My friend told me about a local group in the area that helps the less fortunate of Camden, NJ called Aqua Corps. 

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Aqua Corps feed the homeless, host Thanksgiving day dinners for the homeless, and perform community outreach for the less fortunate people in Camden.  They are trying to raise money to purchase a permanent location for their cause at The Hero Network.  Be sure and support them if you can.  To learn more about Aqua Corps and what they do to help the homeless  Click Here.

Thanks again to all my WordPress neighbors who have taken the time to stop by my home online and be so kind.  Means the world to have the support of such an incredibly talented bunch!