"The Miracle Party"



This is a long post and a way more personal post than I normally do. So, I thought I would forewarn you in advance. LOL



Today is a very special party in blogland. It is a Miracle Party!

I am sure most of you already know Miss Kelee from The Katillac Shack, she is one truly amazing woman! She is celebrating the makeover of Colette's home. Kelee is touching cancer patients lives all over this country through her amazing decorating and design skills.

She did an awe inspiring makeover for Colette. Here is a little blip of how it started:


Colette Gauthier was suffering with cancer. She had moved into a tiny and dismal rental home. And, she was almost out of hope.
I decided to take a crew up to Michigan, in the middle of last winter, to create a healing room in which she could recover. Friends and volunteers became "Design Angels." A miracle resulted. The story is featured in the September issue of Guideposts Magazine.



After you leave here, I sure hope you will stop by Kelee's blog. Her foundation is donating $1.00 for every comment left on her post about The Miracle Party!! Read about how you can make a big change in someones life in the future, and earn more money for this great cause by just visiting a few other blogs and leaving comments.

Kelee has a wonderful video on her blog showing this makeover. Go check it out.

Since today is a special day, we are sharing special pinks. So, here is mine.

We were blessed with our Little Princess when she was 7 weeks old. She is actually our granddaughter but, since she does not know any other parents, we simply are Mama & Papa. She couldn't be more my little girl if she tried!. I do not know why the Lord chose this path for her life and ours, but I will do everything possible to make it the happiest and best life I can possibly provide.

I never knew there was such a large empty space in my heart just waiting for this little girl to enter it and take it over. I thank God everyday for the gift of her.

When she came to us, we were so not prepared and were in the middle of a major crisis. Troy was just healing from his last surgery (the 7th one) on his leg from a Worker's comp injury. We also had just been informed that Worker's Comp was not going to continue the claim, therefore no further checks or medical coverage, and he no longer had a job with them when he, if ever, healed. I had just discovered that my spine is riddled with arthritis and was in physical therapy. Then the company I worked for lost their contract and I was out of a job. Sadly, these are only a few of the things that were happening in our life at the time. Several other unpleasant (I am being very polite here) events were also happening at this time. It truly was a frightening time in our lives.

So, when all of a sudden, we realized that we were going to be parents of this amazing little infant, we needed to convert our spare bedroom which was an office/storage/craft/tool shed, into a little girls room. We had just lost all of our income and both were physically in a lot of pain.

But, an amazing thing happened. Prayers were answered. God blessed us once again and gave us strength when we thought we had none. He guided us to alternative ways to earn a little extra money here and there. He provided us with the Grace to accept help from our family and amazing friends.

It was just what we needed. It gave us a fun focus, creating a little girl's bedroom from nothing.

Although her room is not "designer" or perfect or something out of a beautiful magazine, it makes me smile and the princess loves it. We are constantly playing around in there and changing this or that. But, at the time, when Troy and I were at our very lowest and didn't think we would be able to do anything, we were gifted with pulling together something that made us realize we have so much more to give. And that this little person is what took us over the edge and brought us back stronger and happier than we could have imagined.

I thank our Dear Lord, friends and family for helping us get through a very hard time.

Okay, I didn't plan on sharing that much. LOL And I am sure you didn't want to read that much! But Miss Kelee has a way of bringing out our life stories and sharing them with others.

What made me decide to post about this in the first place is, the princess is without a doubt, the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me and my own personal miracle. And, she is growing up. Even though she is only 2.5 years old, the changes are exciting and kind of sad to me.

One of those changes and therefore reasons, I am showing some of these old pictures (from a different blog of mine) is because our little girl is turning into a "big girl". We just took down her crib because she has been sleeping in a big girl bed for awhile now. Is it normal to feel a twinge of sadness seeing the crib go away? Now my little girl looks so tiny sleeping in a big bed surrounded by her stuffed friends. Now don't get me wrong, I would rather make up a regular bed any day of the week than a crib! Trying to bend over the sides and put on the crib sheets that never really fit was killing my back.

So, here is a little part of her room.


The pink paint had been an oops can from Home Depot. I also had a can of purple paint that was a freebie from a Glidden promotion. So, that set the theme colors for the room. I wanted it fun, bright, cheery and girly.

You will note from the pictures that this was done in 2008. I now see all you amazing "Mommy bloggers" and the incredible rooms you create for your children. At this time, I really did not have any resources or time to work with.

My number one goal was to make this room HAPPY! I didn't do any beautiful designer look, I just gathered things that the princess smiled or giggled over. That was all that mattered to me. Yup, I took her with me thrifting and showed her different items. If she smiled and her face lit up, it was added to the room!

In one corner of the room Troy had built a very sturdy tool corner. It worked great for hanging his tools and storing tool stuff and a little work bench area. However, this thing would be a serious pain to take down, although we will eventually. So, after the decision was made to leave it up, I got the pleasure of trying to make it fit into a little girls room. It was a catch-all area. Not to mention, I keep my Ebay books and supplies under the workbench area. Here are some before and after shots (and yes, that is a working slot machine on the bench area! LOL One of Troy's dumpster dive finds. He brought it home, took it apart, cleaned it up and fixed a couple of things and now he has a working slot machine...go figure):




And now we have................this :)
The breakdown of the cost of this corner is as follows:

Paint for walls & shelves = .50

Piece of 1x8x10 cut into 4 pieces = $7.48

8 peg hooks = FREE (reimbursed from secret shop)

10 stuffed animals = $5.00 (bought at thrift store for 50 cents each and washed at home)

2 spools of diamond ribbon = $1.00 (around the shelves, bought @ Michael's clearanced
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2 spools of "ABC" ribbon = .50 (around the bench top. Bought at Biglot clearanced)

4 bags of stuffed little pillows = $2.00 (they are the hanging things. Bought clearanced @ Michael's)

10 little wooden plaques = $2.50 (made a double sided hanging ornament out of 6 of them. The other's are just on the wall. Clearanced @ Michael's)

4 curtain panels & 2 valances = .99 (used one half of them on this project. Bought @ thrift store)

White picture frame = $2.50 (bought @ thrift store, brand new, still in the Hallmark box)

Glittery bright pink picture frame = .50 (bought @ Target as a "decorate it yourself" kit. I made this with the princess. She pointed where each stickers should go and then we both had a blast with the glitter glue)

Big stuffed bunny on the floor = .99 (thrift store, still had the price tags on it)

8 small wooden ornaments = $2.00 (around the bench top. Bought @ Michael's clearanced)

Total cost: $25.96



I hope I didn't totally bore you with this post! I really hope you visit the following Miracle party hostesses and leave a comment at each. Each comment at these blogs will be a $1.00 earned toward providing another special person with a chance for a makeover!

The Katillac Shack (and Kelee has a lot of fantastic giveaways going on too!)

http://www.howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

http://www.bloggerspirit.blogspot.com/

Country Wings in Phoenix

I also want to share this post on one of my favorite blogger's party, "A Few of My Favorite Things" Because I can't think of anything more "favorite" that my princess!

One last "pink".




41 comments :

  1. What a cute room for your little princess, Diann! She is a blessing, I know. God does answer our prayers although not always the way we want Him too. Thank you for sharing your miracle and I hope you have a beautiful Pink Saturday Miracle weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. Diann, you already know how we love hearing about Princess L. Her room is just a perfect expression of all the love your family is blessed with. happy Miracle Day!!
    xoxo Pattie

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  3. What an adorable makeover! So cute just like the Princess! She is so special and so are you and Troy. God does challenge us and give us what we need and not always what we 'think' we want. What a beautiful tribute to MIRACLES!

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  4. Hello, what a wonderful post, I love her room and what joy a little girl can be, I am sure this was not easy, but you are giving this little girl such a wonderful life. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Terri

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  5. What an amazing post. The room is purrrfect! You couldn't possibly bore people with a post with so much substance and caring.

    Bree~

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  6. It's no surprise that the Queen of finding great deals would make a beautiful kingdom for her Princess! I loved hearing your story Diann. It was almost like a fairytale, with a very happy ending!

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your story. We sometimes forget that the people we meet in blogland are just plain folks like ourselves. The princess has a gorgeous little room and it's extra special because she helped you to select what went into it.

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  8. Hey Diann!

    I love hearing miracle stories that came from the Lord! Thanks for sharing it with us today!

    Hugs,
    Angela

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  9. The room is darling -- but I love those happy little feet the best! May God continue to bless you all.

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  10. A fantastic makeover, very beautiful post!
    Happy Miracle Day!

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  11. Oh Diann, these miracle posts are bringing tears to my eyes. What a wonderful story and what a wonderful attitude you and your husband had in a very dark hour of your lives. Oh yes, you are lucky to have her, but she is sooo blessed to have you two in her life. Her bedroom is adorable! You sure worked magic with very little money! And those precious little feet in those big pink flops are just the cutest! I loved this post (even if it did bring tears to my eyes). You are a good writer, so anytime you want to share on your blog, go right ahead and do it, because I, and I'm sure many others will love reading every word of it. Thank you so much for sharing this touching story at Favorite Things Sat. laurie

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  12. Diann, you are so very fortunate to have your Princess, but she is much luckier to have you and Troy for parents. Her little palace is adorable...so are her chubby little feet!

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  13. Hi Diann,
    I loved reading your post today and your little Princess is a miracle. She is so fortunate to be loved by you.
    Her room is precious and those cute little toes are sweet as can be.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  14. Diann - wonderful story and a lovely room for a little princess...

    Thanks for posting it.

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  15. Diann this post really showed me a different side of you and the family! I am so amazed how God works in our lives and how His timing is perfect. Your sweet Princess is adorable with those pink toes sticking out from those pink flip flops! God bless each one of you! I am so honored to know you. Anne

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  16. Oh what a transformation and what a place of 'royalty' for that precious princess. I could just cry over that last pic..those precious toes..want to kiss them. Thank you SO much for sharing this with us. I was not bored at all. I actually kept going back and forth re-reading everything. This beautiful princess is truly where she belongs....I'm off to check out the link that you have shared with us..((hugs))

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  17. Hi Diann,
    Thank you for sharing your story of your precious miracle! Loved the princess room! You inspire me and I really appreciate your blog. This week I went thrift shopping while on vacation. I only spent $20.00 and got so much for the money. Can't wait to get home and put everything together for a tabelscape! God bless you for your faithfulness to Him and your precious family. Hugs, LaDonna

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  18. A very beautiful story.
    May she always keep you smiling.
    Her room turned out very cute.
    Joy & Blessings,
    Virginia

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  19. Diann, this is a beautiful story. What a lucky little girl to have you as her mom. I loved seeing the darling room you created for your little princess.
    Thanks for your recent visit to HFTS and the very thoughtful comment you left. I't brought a little tear to my eye. You are so sweet! ~ Sarah

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  20. DARLING DIANN!

    I am so moved by your personal story. Choked-up. What a miracle and joy this little sweetheart is...and how lucky she is to have you.

    Your room makeover is just so meaningful. pretty, fun, joyful and authentic. By your "playing around" with the space you are teaching a lesson she will use all her life and be empowered by:

    "I saw my mama and papa use what they had and create a world of goodness and joy. They created something special using the Creator's ideas and love! I now know I can make a life--and life is mine to create. I don't need a lot of money, I have what is needed to create the life of my dreams!"


    Thank-you for being a part of The Miracle Team. I am grateful!

    love you!

    kelee

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  21. Great story! And I love baby toes!!! They always make me happy! God does bless us!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  22. Diann, what a sweet post, your granddaughter is so lucky to have you and your hubs in her life. Her room is adorable, thank you for sharing your story..

    Barb

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  23. Great post! So glad you joined our Miracle Party this weekend.

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  24. I don't think you shared too much. I think it was just right. How wonderful this little girl was brought into your lives at just the right time - for both of you AND for her. You are all three very blessed and I'm glad you shared your story with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  25. You may think your post was long today, but that is fine. You brought us a great story and blessing from it. You have been very fortunate.

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  26. Thank you for sharing your miracle story.Isn't it great how God always knows what we need...often when we don't know ourselves? Your little Princess is a miracle and she is so blessed to have a loving Mama and Papa.

    You decorated her room perfectly for a little Princess. I know it makes her happy every time she goes into the room!
    Blessings, Annette

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  27. Oh Diann, what a beautiful and adorable transformation. No wonder little Princes is all smailes. You did a great job and doesn't God always have a way to fixing things? I thoroughly enjoyed this post and I can tell how much Princess is loved by both of you.....Christine

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  28. What a beautiful story! You and your husband were the miracle your precious baby needed!
    PS Her room is darling.:)

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  29. Diann, You are an amazing woman and mom! I loved reading your story and I have so much respect for you and how you have met these challenges. The room is adorable...what little girl would not love this.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  30. thank you so much for sharing your story from the heart with us. the room looks so pretty and the last photo of your little princess is so precious!

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  31. My Goodness! It is like the love that you put into that adorable room is just oozing out of my computer screen! Your little princess has been so blessed to have you as parents. How very, very, very precioius was all your hard work and creativity!

    Thank you for your kind ocmments at my blog theteatrolley.blogspot.com. I appreciated your encouragement.

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  32. A wonderful story that you have brought over this Miracle Weekend. You did an amazing job for this wonderful little princess.
    Ann

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  33. Oh Diann, I am thanking God for her right now. He was so wise to bring her to you. And you are so wise and thrifty. Good work. hugs♥olive

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  34. My oh my, what a truly inspirational and heart warming post Diann!.., What a blessing your are to that precious one and she to you!

    Thank you so much for sharing how God in His providence lovingly used you!

    ..............................................

    ~* (THIS OTHER PORTION OF THIS COMMENT; is a comment specifically and only pertaining to and for your tea party post just in case you do not see my other comment, as I was away and later commenting):


    *..,This is beyond delightful!~ Oooh my!

    This is just so pretty!.., I love the Lily Of The Valley theme, as well as the dear little blue and white egg cup and also your other teas and delightful touches with your lovely linens for your,'alone time'!..,

    Thanks so much for for sharing this loveliness as well as being a precious part of our, Tuesday Tea For Two' and 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland", experience dear lady!..,

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com
    and also
    @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com

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  35. She is a gift from God! Her rooms is so precious. She is going to have such a blessed life because of you.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  36. Good Morning Dian Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share today and what BIG hearts the two of you have. God knew what he was doing when he brought her into your lives. He was giving you and DH back your lives. They are so the richer for it. You did an awesome job at making this room a beautiful place to grow. I am SO in love with the last photo of her in your flip flops. That says, "Be still my little heart."

    Please stop by Country Wings in Phoenix and leave your comment. I so want to help out with lots of donations earned for the next several makeovers that are out there just waiting to happen sweetie.

    Many hugs and much love to you, Sherry

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  37. Not boring at all. What a beautiful story and such a sweet princess room! Patty

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  38. what a wonderful story and room looks amazing.. Yeah for doing such a great job..

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  39. Diann, I could have read on and on about your darling little girl. Your story just made me smile. What a wonderful little miracle she is. Her little corner of her room is perfect for a little girl. Thank you so much for sharing this special blessing in your life. I love your thrifty buys. My kind of shopping!!! She is a lucky little girl to have parents who love her so much.

    Hugs, Jeanne

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  40. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You ~Ron

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  41. Happy Pink Saturday, Diann. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special, and for taking part in this day of celebration and thanks.

    There truly are miracles going on all around us every day. We just have to open our hearts in acceptance.

    Thank you for sharing the story of your little princess with us. It is an inspiration that we can make the most out of everything in life.

    I'm still hoping to reach my goal of 200 comments by midnight tonight.

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