Fundraiser for baby Jay - update!

Hi everyone!  Just a quick update on Jay's fundraiser.
As it is the end of May, we have decided it is time to deactivate the bundles.
Just a couple of housekeeping things first!!
Bundle 3 was deactivated early in the month as it had a limit of 20 sales - apologies to anyone who might have been looking for it!  If you bought it, it is still available for download.
Bundles 1 and 2 are still available through this weekend.  Please note I have added an extra pack to both bundles.  These were a couple of late donations and in all the craziness I forgot to add them!  If you bought either Bundles 1 or 2, please re-download to get your extra goodies!
Please click on the pic above to find this bundle in my store!

Please click on the pic above to find this bundle in my store!

Jay has just completed his second round of chemo.  Once the side effects kick in, he starts to feel very poorly - spiking temperatures and sickness, however he still finds a smile for everyone!
Most of his hair has now gone apart from a little fluff!  Late last night he had a blood transfusion - this has become normal.  Many of the procedures are now becoming routine - he just soldiers on as best he can.   Mum and Dad can only take each day as it comes - waiting for test results, waiting for Jay's next procedure and so on.  At this stage there is no end in sight, so they will continue to live with him during his treatment.  Other than this little bit of news, Jay is no better, but he is also no worse.  We continue to pray for him and support his family as best we can.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who bought a clip art bundle - your support, generosity and prayers have been overwhelming!
A special thank you has to go to the donors of the bundles, without whom this fundraiser would not have been possible.  The clip artists below are amazingly talented and wonderfully generous - I can't thank them enough for everything they have done!
If you haven't yet grabbed one of these amazing bundles - do it this weekend, as they will not be available afterwards - who can say no to $70 worth of clip art for $15?!  Please spread the word - tell your friends, family and co-workers!  Thank you so much!

Fundraiser for Baby Jay

My name is Jay and this is my story.

When I was nearly 4 months old my Mummy took me to see the doctor. I had been sick for a few days and the doctor said I had a cold. He gave me some medicine to make the cold go away.

Mummy was worried because I didn’t seem to be getting any better, then I got a big bruise on my head! We went back to visit the doctor one cold Monday afternoon in March. He thought I looked very pale and took some blood from me.

On Tuesday Mummy got a phone call – we had to go on trip. On Thursday we travelled a long way by ambulance to a big hospital in the city. That night a doctor told my Mummy and Daddy that I had an illness with a fancy name – Acute Myeloid Leukaemia – what a tongue twister! The doctor said I needed a special medicine called chemotherapy. I had to have funny tubes in my head and chest. After the medicine I felt very poorly and got very fat! Mummy laughed that I was always sick over her and not Daddy!!

Sometimes I have to be given extra blood and spend a lot of time in a big room having a horrible needle put in my back. I try to be strong but sometimes I cry.

I don’t really like my milk anymore, so I have another funny tube up my nose and into my tummy – it tickles sometimes!

When I was nearly 5 months old, the doctor told Mummy and Daddy that I had a special illness called Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukaemia. The medicine has to be a bit stronger now, so Mummy and Daddy said I had to wear my superhero outfit and be a fighter! My big sister Chloe came to visit me and gave me a huge hug – this made me feel so good!

Granny told me that she has friends in her computer who have helped Mummy and Daddy. Mummy stays with me all the time, but Daddy travels a lot and they have to buy extra things for me. Visitors bring me presents and sometimes that makes Mummy cry, but she says it is happy crying! 

I miss my big sister and my doggy, Wheeto, but I know I have to stay here to get better. 

Granny said there are some more very kind people who want to help us. She has put some lovely things in her computer for people to buy. I am not really sure what this means, but Granny says it is a good thing! Mummy says I have to say thank you to everyone who is helping us, so I am giving you all a big thank you hug from me! I promise to be a big strong boy and keep fighting this bad illness, so I can get better and be with my family.

Did you see me in my giraffe outfit? Didn’t I look cute?!

Lots of love,

So, I am granny!!  My wonderful TpT clip artist friends have donated many wonderful products for Jay's Fundraiser.

Contributing Stores (Thank you from the bottom of my heart!)

Graphics From The Pond
 Sprouting in Second
Little Peace of Africa
 KB Konnected Clips
Teaches Third In Georgia
Catia Dias
Amy Alvis
 Glitter Meets Glue Designs
 Lindy du Plessis
 Lovin’ Lit
Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Graphics and more by Tee
The Traveling Classroom
Teacher’s Gumbo
Teacher’s Toolkit Design
The Doodle Oven
My Happy Place
A Sketchy Guy
Sonya DeHart
The Library Fox
Lil' Frog Illustrations
Ta-doodles Illustrations

There are 3 bundles in total.  
Just click on the pic to find this bundle in my store!

Just click on the pic to find this bundle in my store!

This bundle is no longer active - sorry!
Bundle 3 Just click on the pic to find this deal in my store!


Educents Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


What can I say - I adored first grade and I adored my first grade teacher. Of all my school memories, Miss Boyd is the teacher who will forever have my heart! She taught in the same school throughout her teaching career.  Many years later, I had the opportunity of teaching in my old school on a temporary contract.  You can imagine just how nervous I felt entering the staff room on that first morning, finding out that she was still alive (!) and being instructed to call her Liz. My heart was pounding and all I could think about was that she was my hero! Of course she had no idea how I felt! Through time, as we became friends, we were able to laugh about it! My head still struggles to get around the fact that I receive a Christmas card from her every year and count her as a friend. When I was 6 years old - she was everything I aspired to be - I held her in such great esteem.  From her I learned that I should be confident in my abilities and that I could be anything I aspired to be.

Here are three reasons why I am thankful for educators:
  1. My teachers motivated me to have a career in an age when this was not generally expected of women.
  2. They taught me that I had a right to voice an opinion.
  3. An educator may be the only source of affection, understanding and safety for a child.  At school I was safe and unfettered by home problems.
Education has such an impact on ourselves and our little ones. Educents is here to help you pay it forward. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Educents & Peekapak have teamed up to provide your favorite educators with a gift basket worth over $40, which includes a FREE $10 Educents Gift Card & 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans (3 digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons & 12 at-home activities) that teach Character Education and Language Arts.
So, whether it's your mom, your classroom teacher, your neighbors, or another special human being who taught you important lessons, thank them by giving them a FREE gift basket, on Educents!

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