Friday, May 22, 2009

Easy Breezy kit

Hello dear friends. I have felt helpless the past few days. Many of you remember Baby Bree. (You can click here to read about her story). She is just a few days younger than my sweet Claire.

Baby Bree has been fighting neuroblastoma cancer for over 6 months now.
Her mother, Kari (who is one of my best friends), and her father Justin (who is one of my husband's best friends) have been in and out of the hospital so many times. At the same time they are raising a 6 year old Down Syndrome boy as well as a 4 year old little boy.


Caleb & Gunner wearing the shirts/vests that were purchased using some of your donations:
For the past 6 months Bree has been going through chemotherapy, blood transfusions, plenty of IV pokes, feeding tubes, MRI tests, fevers gallore, bacterial infections, biopsies, sleepless nights at hospitals (YUCK!) and the list goes on. I cannot imagine what my friend Kari must be feeling. The couple of weeks that I was at the hospital with Claire were some of my most trying times.

Well, this past week they were going to find out if her cancer is in remission. But they found out that after this long struggle that there is still cancer in her bone marrow. Kari said that the doctors are puzzled and were confident that the cancer would be gone.

Bree goes in for surgery today to remove the tumor (which is in a dangerous spot; it is located in her abdomen next to her aorta and inferior vena cava [major arteries]). They are hoping to get it all out. They will then do a biopsy on the tumor to see if it has any active neuroblast cells. If it comes back "non-active" then they still won't know if the cancer is "non-active" as well in her bone marrow. They would have to do more scans and a bone marrow biopsy in another 3 months. What a long time to be carrying such a load!

Kari wrote:
"Tonight as I sat rocking Bree to sleep, I finally let the tears come. I have felt all day like I need to be strong. I need to have faith that Heavenly Father has a plan for Bree. That she is special to Him and that He has great things in store for her. But, as I let my mind wander and worry about what could possibly be in store for her future, my heart began to break. When you have a baby you never think that they will be dealing with cancer or chemo, multiple surgeries, blood transfusions, bone marrow biopsies, etc. She's been battling this cancer half of her life. I feel crushed in a way because when she was diagnosed they gave us this plan...8 rounds of chemo and she should be done with this cancer. Yes, her tumor has shrunk, yes, its out of her bones, but she's not totally clean. We are not talking about remission yet. At this point we are still confused, bewildered by these results. Justin and I are mentally drained. It's been a hard day. We had much different ideas about today. It was supposed to be a day of celebration and excitement. I was supposed to be planning a cancer-free party. Instead, we have to dig in our heels and move forward, walking blindly by faith and continuing to live, being grateful for the miracles we've seen, and truly enjoying more of the little moments."

(Kari and Bree still making the most out of a hospital stay on St. Patrick's Day):

That last sentence that she wrote was so powerful to me. She lists some very important things that we can all learn from and apply to whatever struggles we are going through: 1) Dig in our heels and move forward, 2) Walk blindly by faith, 3) Continue to live, 4) Be grateful for the miracles, and 5) Truly enjoy more of the little moments.

How profound.

Kari and I have been emailing the past couple of weeks. She is so drained. So tired. So ready to be done. Bree is still nursing from her and Kari truly has never had a break from all of this. If I was in this situation I would want to escape (to a beach perhaps). But Kari is the type of person who wouldn't want to escape, but would want to be with her children and husband always. She is such a good mother. However, I feel that she needs a break!

This is when I decided (once again) to do a kit. I realize that so many (SOOOOO MANY) of you had made donations (small and large) back in the fall when I created the "Gratitude kit". For those who are newer to my site, you can click here to read about what was purchased with the donations.

I realize that I cannot be asking for more. You have all been so generous in the past. But, for those of you who would like to make a donation, I would greatly appreciate it. (I even went above and beyond with this kit and made extra papers and elements....it's my biggest kit ever!) I will accept donations for the next couple of weeks (I'll do it until June 6th which is my brother's birthday [easier for me to remember that way]). Just click on the "donation tab" on the righthand side.

If you cannot make a monetary donation, then your prayers and words of encouragement would be wonderful as well. As before, I would love to give her any words and thoughts coming from you. Let me know if you have any ideas on things that could lift their spirits. I'm thinking along the lines of a spa day, movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc. But if you have something else in mind, please let me know.

We love you Easy Breezy!!!
Every time I think of Bree, I think of Claire and how grateful I am for her. When I made this kit I knew I needed it to be cheerful and uplifting. As I was with my own sweet Claire one day, I realized how happy she makes me. And as I looked at her I got my inspiration in the beautiful dress she was wearing.

Easy Breezy
kit
Click here to download the free Easy Breezy kit:
Easy Breezy kit: part 1
Easy Breezy kit: part 2
Easy Breezy kit: part 3
Easy Breezy kit: elements 1
Easy Breezy kit: elements 2

To donate, you can click on the "Donate" button at the top of my blog on the righthand side. Thank you so much!

83 comments:

Kamee said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Little Bree.

Music Mama said...

As a mother of four children, I can't imagine the heartbreak and exhaustion that would come with watching your precious child suffer so much. My prayers and thoughts are with Bree and her family. Thank you for sharing your kit and her story.

Rupa said...

I just found your site as I followed links from digital keepsakes. I am in tears reading the story of this brave family. My sincere prayers and best wishes for a quick recovery for the little angel. pls let us know how we can contribute since I didn't do it before...thanks for the beautiful kit!!

Jessica said...

I'm so glad that you've decided to do this for them again, Summer! I've kept up with little Breezy and it broke my heart to read Kari's last post.

Thank you!!!

Rupa said...

oops..sorry, I found your site via digitalscrapbooking101...want to give proper credit. Pls do provide a link for donation, thanks.

Kindra said...

This story just breaks my heart. My husband and I are unable to have kids so we have dogs instead. We just lost one of our precious dogs to pancreatic cancer and it has been so hard! She was only 6. I can't imagine having to go through that with a child! My prayers are with baby Bree and her amazing family. Thank you for sharing her story.

Jamie said...

My thoughts a prayers are with Baby Bree and her family. I can't imagine watching my baby girl suffer. Please keep us updated with their progress.
Thank you for the beautiful kit, I will think of her every time I use it.

Amanda said...

Donations are the least of my worries :) I couldn't do as much as last time but I know each little bit helps! We are so touched by your efforts and love for others, and the trials of the two of you and your unwavering faith. I wish I were half that strong. Or thoughts are with you both!

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to sweet little Bree and her family! Hearing stories like this makes me realize that even on my worst day I have it really easy. I hope everything works out for them, they deserve it!

Thanks again for another great kit!

Beverly said...

Wow, you are such a good friend and you both are blessed to have each other! I will be saying prayers for this family and thier beautiful baby girl. We too have a boy with DS and he is a great blessing to us! Your friend and her family have touched our hearts and we will be thinking and praying! Thank you for this beautiful kit!

Mitchell 5 Family said...

Thank you so much for this gorgeous kit and for allowing us a peek into the life of Bree. I pray the doctors have great success and little Bree can move on to a bright future cancer free.

Lori said...

Thanks for doing this again. I found your blog after you did the last one. So unfortunatly I didn't get to donate. I don't have a lot, but hopefully it helps. Good luck Bree!

Sly Family said...

I have been keeping up with baby Bree and her fight with cancer since you first talked about it on your blog.

My prayers go out to this sweet family and baby Bree of course. What an amazing family!

Thank you for all that you have done and are doing for baby Bree, you are an amazing friend!

Leah said...

Again a great idea! I'm glad that while I can't make a huge difference in helping everyone with their problems I can at least be a part of helping this one family.

My prayers go out once again to Baby Bree and her family. As a mother of 3 I can't imagine going through that with my kids.

Kim said...

I have followed Bree and Kari's blog for a while now and my heart broke for Kari when I read her blog this week. I am so greatful that she has friends that care so much for her. You are a wonderful friend. I can't do much but I hope my little bit helps.

Kim said...

Also thank you for the beautiful kit. I have all of your kits and love them all. You are gifted.

BitsO'Scrap said...

Thank you for the beautiful kit you have provided for us to enjoy. I cry everytime I read an update, whether a good story or a not so good one, it still makes me tear up. Sending Hope & Prayer for Baby Bree and a little bit of rest for Mom Kari.

Anonymous said...

I'm not in a position to donate right now, but I couldn't resist the chance to comment and say how beautiful I think Bree is. Her mom is an inspiration to me. I don't have to deal with anything like this, and it really helps put our struggles in perspective. I am so grateful you are sharing her story and your talents with us. Tell that beautiful mama that our prayers are with her and her sweet family.

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Kit(s) post on May. 22, 2009. Thanks again.

Bonnie said...

I do not want to imagine what this mother is going through. It breaks my heart, But what I thought about when I read your post was, He didn't say it would be easy but it would be worth it. there are a lot of things that we don't know and I know there is a reason for that. The lord knows how powerful she is to be able to be a mother with such trials and yet has a beautiful smile on her face. I will Fast and pray for that sweet family:)Thank you for sharing.

Bonnie said...

I forgot to add. I use restaurant.com quite a bit to eat out. right now they have where you pay $2 for a $25 gift card you can print it off and wala cheap dinner! just a thought.

Val said...

Can you share Kari's blog with us so we can follow along and give them our prayers?

Norby Family said...

I had to spend three long days in the hospital after my one month old had to have parts of her skull removed. That was such a draining and difficult time in my life. I couldn't imagine doing that for so long! My heart breaks for this family, but they seem to be handling it so well. Thank you for giving us their story, it really makes me appreciate my children and the time I have with them.

Amanda said...

My heart goes out to Bree and her whole family. I cannot even begin to fathom all that Kari and Jeremy have felt over the past several months. God certainly works in mysterious ways and this is no doubt a mystery. This setback is hopefully just a speed bump on the road to a full recovery. I will definitely keep this family and sweet little Bree in my prayers. God is the Great Physician and He is faithful. Bree could not be in better hands!

kelly said...

My prayers will definately be with her and her family. I have a 16 month old daughter and 3 older boys as well. I can only imagine the heartache she must be experiencing. What a trial of faith!

engineerlady said...

I donated the last time you posted about Baby Bree. Since then I've followed her story closely. She is such a beautiful baby. It breaks my heart that Bree didn't get the all-clear that everyone was praying for. But, I have to say, it's been inspirational watching Bree's family draw strength from each other and enjoy life even during this tough time. Thank you for bringing Baby Bree into my life. It's strange to me that this little girl means so much to me and yet I've never met her or any of her family.

I am blessed with a terrific family and am lucky enough to still have a job. So, although I donated before, I'm happily donating again.

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 22 May [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 23 May [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

Brook said...

I love this kit you have made in honor of Baby Bree. She is darling. Her parents have so much strength to be holding up through all Bree has been battling. Thank you for sharing your kit and accepting my small donation. I hope it will help in some small way!

ak_sapphire said...

thank you so much for sharing. kari sounds like a truly incredible woman. the last sentence she wrote really touched me. my husband and i lost our triplets in february. walking blindly by faith hits the nail right on the head.

beautiful kit!

Susan said...

All of our thoughts and prayers are with Bree- thanks for the beautiful kit!

Rachel said...

I am sending a donation now. It is not much but I cant even imagine what this family is going throuhg. My DD was in the hospital for only 3 days at 4wks with RSV and that (very very small)hospital stay was nerve racking. I will pray for baby Bree. Is she not the cutest thing ever? :)

Rachel said...

And the kit is too cute! Thank you!

Vera said...

I've made a donation and I also posted about this on my blog, I hope you don't mind me linking to your photo of Bree and the kit. Just let me know if you want me to host those on my own server instead.

You are wonderful for what you do for your friend and her family. {{{hugs}}}

Vera said...

Sorry, here's the link to my post: http://verabear.net/2009/05/easy-breezy-for-baby-bree/

Brenda said...

Thank you Summer for the beautiful kit. I am making a donation, but more importantly, I will continue to keep baby Bree in my prayers. Our entire family will be praying for her and her family!

Mattsbrt said...

My prayers are with little Bree & her family! Kari is a strong woman & Heavenly Father will not give her anymore then she can handle! He knows how strong a person she is & we can take that example into our lives for ourselves! Thanks for allowing us in on this...

Kate said...

This breaks my heart. Thank you for another beautiful kit and for another way to feel like we can do something for them.

Cassie and Mitch said...

Its a gorgeous kit! My prayers will be with this family. There is a girl at our church that has a baby that is suffering in a similar way and has been in and out of the hospital for the past two years. He has a donated heart and had open heart surgery when he was just weeks old. I have witnessed firsthand how much a mother's heart can break and how her faith can be tested. Your friend seems so strong and I hope that many people donate to her cause!

Marey said...

My thoughts & prayers are with Bree and her family. Your post is beautiful as well as the kit. Thank you for sharing their story & this beautiful kit with us..

Natalie said...

It is a beautiful kit and you are an awesome friend. I would love to have a friend like you!

Marsha said...

I found you through Jensmere.

This family has been added to my prayer journal. Oh my! I just can't imagine! So thankful we have a God who gives grace for the moment.

Jessica said...

Thank you Summer for continuing to share your creativity with us and allowing us to be a part of Baby Bree and her family's life. I made a donation, although it's nothing compared to the expenses they must have I know a little bit goes a long way when you have people all over the globe offering their support to this sweet baby girl. I have a daughter just a few months younger than Bree and I hold her tighter every night since I've been following Bree's story.

I also wanted to share my new layout I created using your kit - the first of many, thank you again!

http://piercefamilypage.blogspot.com/2009/05/weekend-for-scrappin.html

Kim said...

It touches my heart every time I read about Bree (as well as your little one....so glad she is doing well). I really feel for their family. We lost our first baby after 4 trying weeks, so I have been in a similar situation. It is so difficult to see your child suffer. Just a suggestion for using the donation money: Has their family had a professional photo shoot lately? If not, I think that would be a great thing to do with the money. I don't know how 'do-able' that is at this point in Bree's situation, but it might be something they would enjoy and certainly treasure for a long time...especially if Bree (heaven forbid) happened to get worse. And then maybe purchasing the prints & frames if there is extra money? I know that would have been the most meaningful gift I could have received when my husband and I were going through our situation.

Alicia a.k.a. Crafty Al said...

Thank you so much for this fabulous kit!! I did make a donation, but wish I could have given more.

I have used the papers and elements to give my blog a "makeover" - I hope you will stop by: http://callmecraftyal.blogspot.com/2009/05/my-new-look.html

I have told my readers about Bree and your awesome kit.

Thanks!
Alicia

Ashley Welling said...

Thanks for the kit! It is really cute. Our prayers are with Bree. What a trooper.

Brittany said...

Praying for Bree and her family...

"We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express..." Romans 8:26

Thank you for another gorgeous kit!

Jared and Marilou said...

Thank you for the beautiful kit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bree. We made a small donation, I wish we could do more.

Nicki said...

Oh god this so brought a tear to my eye, this shouldnt happen to kids, i have 3 of my own and my heart goes out to you all, she is sooo adorable, she looks so happy tho, she is so brave - you all are, love and wishes to you all, and thankyou sooooo much for the beautiful kit
Nicki
x

Emma said...

Such a heart breaking story of little Bree, my thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
They have a truly amazing friend with you Summer and I will so gladly make a donation so you can arrange a special treat for the family.
Huge thanks to you for another truly gorgeous kit.
Hugs Emma x

Julianne said...

Wow, what a heartbreaking story. My prayers are with little Bree and her family. You are a wonderful friend! Thank you for the beautiful kit. I hope you get tons of donations to do something special for Kari. I only wish mine could have been more.

Lynne said...

This is such sad news... I've been following her story along with others. I wasn't able to donate last time so I'm grateful that I had a little bit to help with this time. I think a spa day would be wonderful for Kari. Thank you for being such a good friend to her.

Anonymous said...

You always do such great work Summer and my prayers go to Kari and her family during this tough time. You and Kari both are remarkable mothers showing great strength and writing beautifully about your struggles. Just know that someone in Nevada has both your families in their prayers.

Bethany said...

I am a mom of one so far. I can't imagine what your friend is going through, though I would like to tell her this:
Heavenly Father does have a plan, even though it seems way far away from what we think is best it is what is best. He is always there for you and your husband to cry to, or just find comfort. You must be a remarkable woman for our Heavenly Father to trust you so much with those precious children of yours. Bree (as well as your other children) are so lucky to have strong and faithful parents! You all will be in my prayers now, and I wish you all of the very very best and happiness.

Gabriele said...

Reading this post made me so sad: when you posted the first article on Little Bree, I also read your friend's website to read the story of them... and began keeping my fingers crossed for this family.
Now it is really heartbreaking to read this... I hope that everything turns out in a happy way and will further on keep all my fingers crossed for them!
I can imagine a little bit what they are going through, as my son also had a kind of cancer in his head when he was 2. But we were lucky and he is healthy now.

You are so crafty... and lots of people here are too. What about an idea to make a kind of "motivation calendar" for them: some kind of cards or similar with quotations or poems to motivate them? I hope I am able to explain it in a proper way ;-)
Maybe it helps if they can read something motivating in moments when they are really down... Just an idea.

Thanks again for your beautiful kit!

Greetings from Germany,
Gabriele

Judith Oveson said...

I would donate if I could but am not in a position to right now though... But I was wondering if you would think it was okay to maybe create a group on facebook for their cause to get some people to donate for sweet little Bree and her family. I would love to help spread her story and get more people involved in helping out! Please let me know if anything like that would find the approval of you, Kari and her husband.

*{anderson family of four}* said...

Baby Bree is in our prayers! The kit you made in honor of her is BEAUTIFUL (much like Bree and her Mommy). Thanks so much for the update, I had honestly been wondering how she was doing. You're amazing Summer, please keep your blog readers posted on how things continue to go with Breezy!

Tyler and Erin said...

I just ran into your site and just wanted to let Little Bree and her mom know they are in my thoughts and prayers. What an example Bree and her mom are to all of us.

icedlatteprincess:) said...

We will continue to keep Bree in our prayers along with her family. Thank you for the update Summer.

~Jenn said...

What a heart breaking story. That is one brave family and that face of beautiful baby Bree is the bravest of all.... even after all that she has been though, things most grown-ups wouldn't be strong enough or brave enough to go through she has done and STILL has a smile on her face. She truly lights up the room in those photos! My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Thank you for making and sharring this kit with all of us. :)

Malinda S. said...

My visiting teachers just came over. They shared President Monson's General Conference address "Be of Good Cheer". I cannot even begin to comprehend what this family is going through, but how grateful I am to have the Gospel in my life. I pray it helps strengthen them as does all the prayers that are offered in their behalf. What an incredible family!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the beautiful kit. My prayers are with Bree and her parents. I have a 6 month old daughter and I cannot imagine the heartache of what they are all going through. I hope and pray that the Lord blesses them in His own time.

raising4boys said...

You are such a wonderful friend Summer! Bree is such a beautiful beautiful girl!! Maybe her mother is right, maybe Heavenly Father has other plans for her. Maybe all she needed was to live this short time on earth to gain a body. Although I can't image losing such a sweet daughter (I have all boys). It is hard, but it's comforting to know the plan our Heavenly Father has in store. Don't give up hope. Keep moving those feet. There are people all around you to help carry you through this trial.

TG said...

What a heart breaking story, little Bree is so gorgeous, i'm thinking of her and her family.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and making such stunning kits. I have printed off some of the 'papers' and made a card.
hereHugs T x

Valarie (vampme3) said...

What a beautiful kit...and a sad story! My thoughts and prayers are with Bree and her family! Thanks for all you are doing.

Zach + Lizzy said...

What a strong woman! My thoughts and prayers are will them! What a little angel Bree is. Heavenly Father will take care of them!

Tasha said...

Wow! How touching! I will definatley be praying for a miracle! I am a mom of triplets, it's been a rough road for us but nothing like this! Thanks for the reminder of how good most of us have it, and to remember to be thankful and cherish life and our blessings!

Amber and Ryan Howard said...

I will keep this darling little girl in my prayers. Thank you for the kit and the story. I used this kit to make a header for my blog. I'm new to digital scrapbooking so its still quite amateur but it was fun so thank you!

Darla said...

Summer you have such beatiful kits and wonderful tut's. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us. My prayer and thoughts are with Bree and her family.
Darla

Emily M said...

Summer- you never cease to amaze me with your thoughtfulness! What a wonderful thing you are doing for the Cook family! I just read about Bree being in remission and am so happy for them! I am excited to see what you end up doing for them!

Michelle said...

LOVE the colors of your kit!

cre8ivecrafter said...

I just want to say THANK YOU for your generosity of this fabulous kit!!! It is beautiful :-) I posted your blog on facebook and twitter!

Hazel said...

I've just downloaded your beautiful designs. My heart goes out to Bree, her parents and siblings. Praying that the medics will have been able to complete remove the tumour and that Bree will be in remission soon. I've made a donation x

blair said...

I am new to the site and just plain overcome with the trimph and tragedy of the story of Bree. I am also a mother and I too have a best friend with a baby one week apart the same age of Bree. I just could not imagine. I could not make a large donation, but I hope my small monetary donation and my prayers are enough.

artycrafty said...

Oh your little one is so cute and I bet she is a brave little mite. I really hope she recovers from her cancer... it can be done you know.
THank you so much for your Kit. Its so awesome

Spyder said...

Lovely blog, thank you for your lovely freebies, I've made a shaker card using your papers and have posted a link on
my blog

Hope you like it!!

(((Lyn))

coldwaters2 said...

Thank you so much for the downloads. I have read your story about Bree and have looked at the pictures. She is one very brave but happy little girl so beautiful like her mum. My prayers and thoughts will include Bree and her family.

Lorraine x

loftylass said...

I can't begin to imagine what this family is going through - I pray for a happy outcome for them. They must find comfort having friends like you and your husband.

The kit is lovely and I have left a donation - I wish it could be more.
Blessings to you all.
HW

Suzy said...

Said story :( Hope, she get well.

Aihara Ramintessah Sanchez said...

These are yummy hun! I used it to make a background for a blinkie for my friend. Once I make use it in an lo,il be linking you back.Thanks so much! God bless you hun!

Jeanelle said...

Thanks for sharing this kit! It's awesome!

My prayers are with Bree. I can't imagine what her family is going through.

Renee said...

Thank you for the beautiful kit you have provided for us to enjoy.thank you so much for sharing. kari sounds like a truly incredible woman. ..
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Kristen Smith said...

How is Baby Bree doing? I'm sorry I just came across your Blog and saw this, and I couldnt help but read... I havn't read any of your newer post so forgive me if you've updated her progress. I wish her and her strong, beautiful mother well!!!!!

pearita said...

You're really pretty good friend,summer.I will always pray for her sweet baby girl.

Thank you for another beauty kit!