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

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The Versatile Blogger Award.

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I wanted to say a big “Thank You!” to Diana, at Ray’s Sew Crafty  For Nominating “On The Upcycle” for a VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD!!   It is nice to be recognized in such a way, and it is also great to know that others enjoy reading my little blog.  Such things encourage me to keep exploring new ideas and The Word Press Community is such a supportive environment in which to do it.  For those of you I nominate, If you are not already aware, Here are the rules for “officially” excepting the nomination, being a bit of a newbie myself, this was helpful for me:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog.

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award.

4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

So, here it goes.  Seven things you may not know about me

1. During most of my 20’s I worked as a Veterinary Technician at an Animal Hospital. I am a huge animal lover and advocate.

2.  I have one tattoo on the top of my foot, two black paw prints. I got in Las Vegas in 2009, my only trip there.

3.  I love all music in particular,  Heavy Metal and 80’s hard rock, back in the day they would call me a ” head banger”

4. I started this blog in April of this year. (2013)  This will be my 108th blog post!

(The first Mod Podge project I tried was in March 2013.  I always loved the arts, and being creative, but had no idea I would enjoy crafting so much!  I also, initially had no plans to start a blog. )

5.  I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, and have a major crush on Peter Dinklage.

6. I studied Art in college, but decided to drop out and attend Veterinary Assistant school instead.

7.  I played softball in High school (My position was catcher), and was a member of the bowling team.

Here are my versatile blogger nominations.  There are so many great blogs out here, I wish I could nominate you all.  Here is a list of “Versatile” bloggers.  Be sure and check out their blog’s.  Each one of them is great and I read them almost every day.

1. Michelle At Play

2. A Curious Girl

3. Upshabby

4. Crafts and Coffee

5. Cheeky Geeks

6. The Clutter Removing Erythrocyte

7. Row’s Pottery Shed

8. Love Library

9. Little Fingers Big Art

10. Living With My Ancestors

11. Mod Flowers

12. Anna Cull Illustration and design

13. South Jersey Explorer

14. The Laughing Nanny

15. Roof Top Creations