Happy Wednesday and welcome to our weekly "Crafts With Cutters" Challenge Day! This week the lovely ladies on the Design Team are creating cards for Madison's "I Feel the Love" Project. Each month a different individual or group is chosen to receive gifts of handmade love from crafters all over the world. This month's recipient is a wonderful father named Reggie Nelinger. Reggie's family has asked Madison to help them surprise him with a shower of love for Father's Day. Here is his story:
Fifteen years ago, Reggie Nelinger, an electrician, held the hand of his sweet 5 year-old daughter, Ashley, while his wife, Sandy and her little brother, Andrew, heard the doctor state their daughter/sister had Wilms', a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Reggie was there being the best dad he could be all those long days and nights as his sweet daughter fought for her life. She beat the odds that were stacked against her despite losing one of her kidneys. For the next decade and a half Reggie got to see his daughter grow into a beautiful young lady. Reggie was able to teach Ashley to drive, take her camping, watch her graduate from high school and begin to plan her life out as a young adult. He was blessed and understood the blessing God gave him with Ashley and never took for granted the gift that was given to him as a father.
This past January, Ashley was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer completely unrelated to the cancer she had as child. It is called rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the connective tissues, which in Ashley’s case is attached to her sinus passage. Not only is this cancer a bit of a medical baffle due to its rare state, but Ashley only has one kidney and that makes chemo and other forms of treatment more challenging to treat than normal. Reggie and his wife are now watching their child battle for her life once again.
All the painful memories of the first battle are brought back to memory, as well as the feelings of helplessness, sleepless nights, and the worry about finances. For Reggie there is the added burden to be a provider for his family in a time when all he wants to do is be there by his child's side. It is Reggie's big heart and positive outlook that helps his family lead the fight for Ashley's life all the while helping to maintain some level of normalcy for his other three other children and wife during this difficult situation. Reggie is a dad that needs to be recognized, a dad that has not only stared every parent's worst nightmare in the face once, but now twice.
Here is what the Design Team created . . .
Cricut cartridges used: Phrases and My World
Cindy used the Cricut cartridge: Kate's ABCs
Madison used the Cricut cartridge: Plantin SchoolBook
Cricut cartridges used: Mickey Font and Give A Hoot
Cricut cartridges used: Birthday Bash, Just Because Cards
and Beyond Birthdays
Wow! Wonderful cards for Reggie, ladies! Now it's your turn . . . link up your "Father's Day" project for a chance at being this week's "Top Crafty Cutter." We'd love it if you join us and make a card for Reggie (click here to find out how)! Here are some guidelines:
--> Must follow the challenge topic.
--> Must be a NEW project for this challenge; no backdated posts, please.
--> Must have a link back to this post on your blog.
--> Must link your project through Inlinkz and not just your blog.
--> Must use your Cricut in some capacity.
--> Must have FUN!
--> You may gladly combine challenges . . . we love to pile it on, too!
--> And remember, you now have until the end of the month to link up your project.
We'd love it if you would join us! Don't forget to click on the Designer's name to travel to their blog for more details on their fantastic projects and to leave an encouraging word or two. And don't forget . . .
We have changed our Prize Offerings for all of our challenges.
Join this and any of our other link-ups and/or challenges during
the month of May and you could win ONE of TWO prize packs!
For Details: CLICK HERE
We hope you'll join us tomorrow for Totally Tags 'n ATCs Thursdaze and Friday for Digi Desserts Fridaze!
~ Jen & the CWC Designers