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Pampered Chef: Personal In My Buddy's Memory

  1. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I wanted to thank once more the people who kept my friend and me in prayer as she was nearing the end of her battle with ovarian cancer. Let me share what I've recently been a part of.

    Several years ago Beth and I were part of a small group helping a mutual friend, Jackie, set up an art show. Jackie is an amazing artist. She was working on an art series entitled Bread of Life. Each piece had bread of some kind and at least one butterfly. As we were having our first real organizational meeting, Jackie started talking about the pieces she was working on. She told us that she knew one of the pieces had stamping on it. She didn't know why. She didn't know anything about stamping and wasn't sure she could find stamps for a slice of bread and the butterfly she was picturing.

    Beth, who was very into crafts of all kinds, said, "You can have custom stamps made."

    Beth not only helped to have the stamps made; she helped Jackie pick out ink colors and even did the stamping herself. She was so nervous about possibly messing up Jackie's work. Jackie insisted that Beth sign the piece, since it was as much hers as Jackie's. It took a lot of coaxing, but she finally did it.

    The piece is about 18 x 24 and looks like a quilt. Each square of the quilt has a slice of bread with a butterfly in the center. There are seven rows of 10 (a total of 70), with 7 of the butterflies over-lined with blue. We noticed that the butterflies are almost exactly the same color pink used by The American Cancer Society. The piece is entitled Forgiven. The narrative that accompanies the picture references the Scriptures when a man asked how many times he should forgive--as many as 7 times? Jesus tells him 70 times 7.

    That was 7 or 8 years ago. Two weeks ago Jackie called me and asked for my help. She wanted to have prints made of the piece to give to Beth's family and closest friends, including me. We delivered them today along with notes about the origin of the picture. Jackie invited me to join her for the deliveries, which was a tremendous blessing.

    Jackie also ran an idea past Beth's family. The family approved. We will be having blank note cards made with the print on the front and the narrative on the back. They will be packaged and sold, with the proceeds donated in her memory to the ministry Beth went through to serve orphans in Romania. For however long we offer the cards for sale, the proceeds will be given in Beth's memory.

    My heart is filled to overflowing.
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009
    Mar 15, 2009
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  2. pcchefjane

    pcchefjane Senior Member Gold Member

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    What a beautiful way to keep your Buddy's memory alive! She would be so happy that these things she made in love have become blessings to others!
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  3. The_Kitchen_Guy

    The_Kitchen_Guy Legend Member Silver Member

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    Consider this an order for cards.
     
  4. kaseydee

    kaseydee Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Let me know when they are available too.
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  5. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    What an incredible tribute to Beth.

    This is another order for cards.
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  6. dianevill

    dianevill Senior Member Gold Member

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    And yet another order!
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  7. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

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    I'd like some too please!
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  8. Karen

    Karen Member Gold Member

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    And stilll the orders continue....

    Please add me to your list as well!
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  9. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I would love to have some of the cards as well.

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful life.
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  10. pampchefsarah

    pampchefsarah Senior Member Gold Member

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    Another order, too, please!
     
  11. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I'll take some too!
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  12. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

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    That is so sweet.
    I will consider ordering the cards as well
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  13. sklay723

    sklay723 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Make sure you let us ALL know when the cards are available for ordering. Sounds like a nice idea for a Mother's Day gift, so I could order at least two packs. :) I'm trying to start giving gifts for things like Mother's Day that have more meaning to them, instead of just the standard, "Saw this in a store and figured you needed another dust-collector" type of thing.
     
    Mar 15, 2009
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  14. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Wow, I really wasn't trolling for sales. I was simply excited about doing something to honor a friend's memory. I will let you know when we have them ready, though.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  15. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    We know you weren't, Rae! It's just a beautiful story about an amazing lady - and we want to honor her memory along with you. (And support a great cause while we do.)
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  16. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks, Becky. I was just a little overwhelmed by the response.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  17. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

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    How incredible wonderful - in so many ways. She would be truly blessed by this and I'm sure that you will continue to feel blessings as well.
    I'd like an order of those cards when they are ready.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  18. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    What a wonderful way to remember someone who seems like she really knew what life was all about.

    Let us know when the cards are ready!
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  19. nikked

    nikked Senior Member Gold Member

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    What a blessing...add me to that "pre-order" list.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  20. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    What a touching story, consider this another order.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  21. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

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    Touched to tears. I am so glad you shared.

    List. Add. Me. Thanks! HUGS!
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  22. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    What a beautiful story - count me in as a pre-order too!

    You should share this story w/Guideposts!
     
  23. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Me, too, please.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  24. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    It will be a couple of weeks before we have them available. I'll PM everyone who's asked when they're ready.
     
    Mar 16, 2009
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  25. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    So, I was going through a mountain of old paperwork, sorting things out. I came across the survey my buddy filled out at the last PC show she attended. I'm sitting here laughing and crying at the same time. Here are her answers:

    Best time to reach you? Any time you call

    Would you like to be informed aobut specials through my newsletter? Absolutely! Especially on Single Men

    Did you enjoy today's show? Well--I'm not sure

    Please give me any suggestion you might have: You should never wear those shoes again!!! [The word "those" is underlined 4 times. She hated my cool black and white sneakers that got me compliments wherever I went.]

    I miss her so much. Thanks for letting me vent a little.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  26. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    That would make me laugh and cry and miss my buddy to Rae! Thanks for sharing her wit and humor with us.
     
  27. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I can imagine you are laughing and crying....I'm smiling through my tears reading it.


    (((Hugs)))
     
    May 20, 2009
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  28. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks, guys. I can go days being just fine, then I suddenly miss her so much it physically hurts.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  29. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I know that feeling.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  30. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I understand, Rae. I'm glad you had such a grand friend, and I'm so sorry for your loss. I know she left a gaping hole in your life. Thanks for sharing her with us.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  31. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    Rae,

    I'm sorry for your loss, and thank you for sharing such a lovely story. The print is more meaningful because of it. GOD is amazing, and when humanity shines....amazing....beautiful and humbling.

    I agree that you should submit the story to guideposts, and I love that you are honoring her and sharing the beauty of such a work of love.

    Any chance you would consider a print that can be framed and mounted? I'd love a couple of those please....if not, I'll order the cards.

    Thanks!
     
  32. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    As a cancer survivor and friend to MANY missionaries, a couple in Romania even, I would be honored to have some of those cards. Please post when they are ready.
     
    May 20, 2009
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  33. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Nancy, you may want to contact Rae directly. I ordered and received the cards a few weeks ago so they ARE already available for purchase. They are beautiful!

    Rae, thanks for sharing that wonderful story with us. I'm sure Beth was smiling as you went down memory lane. Hugs!
     
    May 20, 2009
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  34. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks so much. And, Jodi, thank you for the kind words. Yes, the cards are available. Just contact me with your email and mailing address. I'll send you a PayPal invoice. The cards are $10 per pack, plus $2 shipping. Of that, $5 goes to Heart2Heart Ministries in Beth's memory.
     
    May 21, 2009
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  35. Rae, I have followed this thread and prayed for both you and Beth along the way. My tears flowed a number of times reading your prayer and updates. IMHO when you found that survey card that was Beth just letting you know she was there for you. When my DH grandfather passed away a few yrs. ago, my DS and DD actually asked how they would remember him. I explained to them that whenever they came across a brand new $ bill that he was watching/with them (he used to always give them $s)...to this day they say "that's Poppy watching us" when they find one. I would so much like to purchase those cards and will PM you my email address. Have a great day...you deserve it!!:blushing:
     
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