Kelee Katillac – Guideposts – Design Gives Back and the MiracleMakover

Lady Jayne products like this Tower of notes are quite cute and bring a smile to the face of the Sandwich Generation - just as comments on SandwichINK doComments! They are such a vital part of blogs, aren't they? The electronic version of delightful note cards like these cute Lady Jayne products. And I love reading each of your comments! I enjoy replying to them, as well, though at times I am a bit slow. Comments often have useful nuggets of info and are very worthwhile reading where ever you visit.

This week, I got one comment, in particular, that I wanted to make sure you saw. The message in it is so vital to all of us in the Sandwich Generation, caring for elderly parents while raising children or babysitting grandchildren. Whidbey Woman wrote that:

I wanted you to know that my father in law might be coming to our daughter’s college graduation!! We are just praying he does not back down. The repite would be good for him (he’s a 24 hr caregiver to my mother in law with Advanced Alzheimers Disease).

If any caregivers out there are reading this, I want them to know its okay… you deserve a break and there are well-trained people out there to take care of your loved one. You will come back refreshed, renewed and in turn be a better caregiver.

Isn't that the absolute truth! We all need to look for ways to take a break – whether for a few minutes, a few hours, and even a few days. Taking care of the caregiver is truly a gift to the caree!

Birds butterflies and senior boomer gardening fun with sunflower houses are such blessings to my grandkids and my senior momOne way I love to take a short break is visiting a fun party at a blog. One such blog party that is going on this weekend is an extra special one – to help a sweet young boy, Charlie Grady, who is dealing with a life-threatening illness, along with his family. If you haven't heard about it, be sure to check out Grandboys, Bugs, and Blessings for Sandwich Generation Grandparents. Even if you've already left comments, you can go back and leave more. Plus Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch is just out today with another blog post for this inspirational party. Enjoy some joy-filled moments, take a breather of your own, and be a blessing to others. Definitely a delight for all of us in the Sandwich Generation.

It's been a joy-full weekend of sharing blessings from God on ourselves and on the Grady family – from sweet Charlie all the way up to his grandmother, Carol. If you haven't yet met the Grady family, Kelee Katillac's Miracle Makeover family, do visit Grandboys, Bugs, and Blessings for Sandwich Generation Grandparents . And if you have been visiting the various blogs – here are two encouraging updates:

From Kelee:

UPDATE 8/13 11 a.m. central : "We are on pace to reach our 5,000 comments goal! Currently, we have about 900 comments across the web and 65 beautiful bloggers, so far, have written posts dedicated to the Miracle Makeovertm. Please let all know you can comment daily–there will be new content added every 24 hours. Be sure to do the FACEBOOK comments, likes, and links too. Thank-you for your goodness… Together we can create yet another miracle! xo Kelee"

From the Grady family:

"Update on Charlie. Charlie had chemo Thursday and is doing better today after a visit from the puke monster last night. We are happy to say August 25th is Charlie's last chemo. He will have a MRI September 29th to tell us if Charlie has to do round three. The way everything looks right now and with a few extra prayers Charlie will not have to do round three."  Click here to read the rest. 🙂

As you can tell, this is one of those special blog party posts that will bring joy to others and you as well. By simply making comments at the five blogs listed, money will be donated for the next Miracle Makeover. You will definitely have a smile on your face from seeing the video and reading all the different posts. And you'll even be entered into fun contests. It's always a joy for the Sandwich Generation to be used by God to be a blessing to others right from their own home, don't you think? 🙂 Truly a weekend to join together and say:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits  Psalm 103:1-2

And speaking of blessings, I thought this lovely song by Matt Redman10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord), from his album, 10,000 Reasons, was a perfect one for today, reminding us of ALL of God's blessings to us and others and letting us share in giving Him blessings and glory. Here's my latest Smilebox eCards creations – just click on the picture. 

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Praying that you, too, are blessed with God's sweet SON-shine on this lovely weekend, as you go about caring for elderly parents while raising children or babysitting grandchildren. Being in the Sandwich Generation is certainly not easy, but it's definitely full of God's love, care and blessings. And for more blessings, be sure to pop over to Spiritual Sunday – full of encouraging Bible verses along with lovely praise and worship hymn songs and music. And…

Birds butterflies and senior boomer gardening fun with sunflower houses are such blessings to my grandkids and my senior mom

Boys, bugs, and butterflies. They all go hand in hand, as well as all starting with the letter B! My grandsons have had such fun with decorative butterfly and fun but icky bug collections.

I must admit, as much as I believe in encouraging educational grandkid activities, I am definitely squeamish! Thus, you rarely catch me touching any of them, but I do try hard to admire from a distance. 

Colorful bugs and butterflies are favorite senior and grandkids gardening by-products in our Sandwich Generation familyOne thing I am good about, though, is finding interesting books about their little "friends" to help my grandkids learn more about these fascinating critters. The Big Book of Bugs from DK Publishing is one of their fascinating books for children and looks to be as interesting for my senior mom and me as for the grandkids. Fun bug learning times together with grandchildren are definitely coming, which leads to two more B words – big blessings for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny. 🙂  

Another blessing for me, as you know well, is a great blog party. And when I can find an interesting blog party that's both fun AND for a good cause – especially one that helps a fellow grandparents with a grandchild with special needs – I'm definitely IN and sharing it all with you.

So, allow me to introduce you to another sweet, seven year old boy, Carol Grady's brave and giving grandboy, Charlie Grady, who is dealing ever so gracefully with brain tumors from a disease called Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Charlie has to go through regular and grueling chemo treatments which, of course, are hard on him AND his whole family. (BUT be sure to check out the video for a major update on that as well. 🙂 )

Thanks to his dear grandmother and the giving hearts and joy-filled work of Kelee Katillac and her team, in conjunction with Guideposts, who has an article about this whole project in their current magazine, and Design Gives Back and so many others, the whole family was blessed this year with a "Miracle Makeover" of their home. Their rooms have burst forth with lovely colors and fun designs, just like these lovely butterflies burst forth from their cocoons. 🙂 Check out this video to see all the fabulous details of the project, as well as more about this inspirational family!

Several fellow bloggers, including Beverly with a fun and festive Pink Saturday of blessingsare doing special posts all weekend with more info, great articles, and there are even some fun giveaways. And, for each comment we leave at their sites, Design Gives Back donates money towards NEXT YEAR's wonderful MakeOver. So do have fun visiting, be wonderfully blessed, and enjoy being a blessing as well. 

Be sure to leave a comment at each site as well one when you are visiting Design Gives Back to find even more easy ways to help.. Isn't it wonderful to be used by God to bless others like this family and have fun in the process? What a sweet way for all of us in the Sandwich Generation to make an important difference, right from our very own homes.


Fun senior gardening activities with grandkids can include sunflower houses and bird bugs and butterflies