Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rea and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, September, 2015

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Cancer sucks but we cannot ignore it. So many kids are diagnosed with it every day.  Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and many of these kids don’t have access to modern treatment. In the U.S. alone, 16,000 kids and teens will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Before my 3 year old granddaughter, Rea, was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma (at age 2), I was not aware of these statistics either. I hope we can all be aware of it because cancer is not going away and research has to be funded. If you are looking for charitable organizations to donate to, please consider donating to those working towards childhood cancer research because they are severely underfunded. My heart breaks every time I see a child newly diagnosed or someone relapsing or suffering from this awful illness.
 On another note, I am very happy to announce that my granddaughter, Rea, is doing very well. She has finished her whole protocol of treatment successfully. She has been in remission for almost a year now. I would like to thank everybody again who prayed for her. Please continue to pray for her since she will have scans again next week. She has just been enrolled in a study to receive an oral drug to help prevent cancer cells from forming, but they can only give it to her if the scans and bone marrow biopsies indicate she is still in remission. Please pray that all tests will be negative.
Isn't Rea pretty with her growing hair? She was pretty when she was bald, too, but she loves her hair.
Recently, she and her family enjoyed a week at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee/Orlando and met Princess Rapunzel at Disney's Magic Kingdom, which was all part of her wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation. They were also given passes to several other theme parks in Orlando and the whole family had a blast. After a year of being in and out of the hospital for chemo and other treatments, they certainly deserved this break.
Rea with her twin sister, Halle, and baby sister, Myla.
 She is a very happy girl, always smiling, even when she was in the hospital. She was so brave throughout her whole treatment and we are all so very proud of her.

 With her mom - my daughter, Rochelle
 The whole family

Rea's  Make a Wish Foundation t-shirt is blue

 She loves the Disney princesses
 She even believes she is a princess herself, lol.

 With twin sister, Halle, and baby sister, Myla. They all wear the same size now and look like triplets.
 The twins with cousin, Reese. I call them my triplets, and when with Myla, my quads.
 Aren't they just the cutest? They love playing together.

 When they went to Epcot, she saw Mickey and ran to him and gave him the longest and tightest hug.

 Same with Minnie
 The whole family!

 The princesses were so good to her and spent so much time with her. I think this is such a precious and sweet photo.
 We flew into Orlando from Europe, and decided to stay for 2 nights. The next morning, we went to see Rea and her family at Give Kids the World. When she saw us, she ran to me and gave me the biggest hug, too. So glad I got my share of her sweet hugs, too, even though I am not a princess, lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I am forever grateful that our little girl is doing so well.
I am linking with
Anything Blue Friday
Beverly's Pink Saturday
Natasha's Weekly Sundays Down
Cathy's Making Memories Monday
Sally's Blue Monday

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Seaside Tablescape after a River Cruise

We just came from a 2 week Viking River cruise visiting the countries of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. We had a lot of fun in spite of hassles in the airports but I am ready to go again, lol. Anyway, the water prompted me to create a seaside or beachy tablescape, even though we were sailing on a river, the River Danube to be exact. Besides, summer is going fast and I am afraid I won't be able to create a beachy table anymore until next summer.
 I could not find my dinnerware with shells anywhere in the garage, probably still in Natchez with the other half of our belongings, so I decided to use these plates. The color works!
After placing a quilted blue table runner, I started my place setting with these placemats, which I love using for anything to do with water. I bought them from an antique/resale shop in Natchez when we still lived there. I miss those shops.

I could not find my shell napkin rings either so I used these 2 beaded ones, alternating them. The colors work, again.
The white wooden plate chargers are from Pier One and the plates are either from Zullily or Joss &Main.

 Luckily, I have these aqua goblets already moved to Florida.
 I had these shell canisters displayed around the jacuzzi tub in our master bathroom and I just borrowed them.

I bought these vases (2 of them) with dried grass and shells at 70% off from Jo Ann Fabrics and the teal shells on clearance from Marshall's before we left for the cruise. I really don't need any more table accessories but they must have been trying to get rid of summer items and the low prices were just irresistible.

 Searching through my stuff in the garage, I found this set of shell place card holders. Yay!

 I was already done with the table when I decided to look for a tea set to use and found this fish S & P set in the drawer, so I added it.
 A close up of the napkin rings

 Most of my flatware sets are still in Natchez but I have this pewter set here. I thought the color is like sand so I decided to use them.
 Oh uh! I forgot to add a salad fork on the right place setting. I hope you don't mind cause I did not want to retake the picture since it is already loaded. Probably you did not even notice until I mentioned it.
 I picked this tea set for it's color since  most plants by the beach are dry and brownish. Besides, I have limited sets here cause most of them are still in Natchez too.

Thank you for stopping by. It's been awhile since I blogged as I have been away and before going away, I was busy preparing for the trip and packing. I hope you enjoy this come back.
Thanks also to the hostesses for the parties I am linking with.

 Pink Saturday or Anything Goes

Natasha's Weekly Sundays Down
Sally's Blue Monday
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Christine's Table it Monday
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Creative Mondays Blog Hop
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Sandi's Teatime Tues
Ruth's Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
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Sarah's Homemaking party
Idea Box Thursday Party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Bernideen's Tea Time
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Tablescape Thursday
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Kate's Flaunt it Friday
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