Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Retro Sketch #92

RS92 for Jonah photo Jonah.jpg

Susan Raihala had a recent post which touched my heart.  She knows a family that is having a tough go of it over Christmas this year.

The father, who was trimming his 98 year old mom's trees, fell and broke 7 ribs, and a week later, they discovered their 4 year old grandson Jonah had a cancerous tumor on his kidney.  The tumour has been removed and a secondary surgery had to be done to remove a bowel obstruction.   Radiation and chemo treatments are in progress to treat his Stage 3 cancer.

My heart goes out to this family as I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to have a child with cancer.  My son was admitted to Children's Hospital in Vancouver at 18 months when he had a Norwalk type bug and got dehydrated.  I was deeply impressed and touched by everyone who worked there and will never forget one of the nurses telling me that kids are very resilient and though they go through a lot it is amazing how they bounce back.  This is my prayer for Jonah. 

Since Christmas will be very different for this family this year, Susan has volunteered to be a "card courier" for them.  So, if anyone would like to make a Christmas card for Jonah and/or his family, just contact Susan via her blog (link above) and she will send you her mailing address.  By the way, Jonah's favorite colour is orange, and he also likes bright colours, robots and typical little boy things.

When I saw robots on the list, I immediately thought of Verve's Birthday Bots set - sooo perfect!  I used this week's Retro Sketch, some bright orange paper, and a few of the cog sequins from Verve's Metal Mix.  Next up on the agenda is making a card for the parents.  Trusting the family will be deeply touched by total strangers sending them cards, and what a great way to spread some Christmas joy via this wonderful hobby - love it!!   


What's In It? 
Stamps:   Birthday Bots (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Early Espresso, Kraft, Night of Navy, Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up)

Ink:  Black
Accessories:   Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inker), Button Die (PTI), Metal Mix Sequins (Verve Stamps), Twine, Dimensionals


Lynn said...

What an adorable card for Jonah! I'm sure he'll love it!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Thank you for sharing his story, Marisa. Your post touched *my* heart. :)
The card is adorable and sounds like Jonah will love it.

Susan Raihala said...


Thanks for sharing Jonah's story with your readers. Jonah and his mom Molly and dad Ben are definitely going through the unimaginable, and every extra card they get is a little blessing of light in a time of darkness. Kerwin, Jonah's grandfather, is healing nicely from his injuries. Thank you, thank you, thank you for spreading the word! Jonah is going to love your card...and those cog sequins are adorable!


Vicki Dutcher said...

Perfect card for the little guy!!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Super cute! Love the little robot!

cm said...

A heart-touching and heart-warming post, Marisa! What a wonderful, supportive friend you are, to share the experience of Jonah and his family! Your card: perfectly delightful, sure to brighten his spirits! My prayer is the same as yours - that his resilience sees him a a speedy, complete recovery. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

Tracey McNeely said...

This is such a cute card Marisa!

nwilliams6 said...

I love the orange dot paper and it is perfect with this adorable image. Cute, cute, cute! Hugz!

Benzi said...

That's a sad story but I'm sure they will be touched and cheered with all the wonderful cards for Jonah and his family.

Your card image is too cute and the colors so cheerful.

Gemma said...

Gorgeous card and thank you for stopping by mine and leaving such a sweet comment on my challenge card...
hugs and xxx

Emily Keaton said...

This is so very sweet. I think that Jonah will love it and be thoroughly cheered by it!!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh my what a story. This family needs prayer and blessing galore. Your card will lift there spirits and encourage them at this time of year. Besides, it's so cute-how could you not smile.
Bear Hugs,