Thankful for You

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 
   ~ Albert Schweitzer

I meet a lot of amazing people in the nursing homes I visit when I investigate complaints. One of my favorite residents is a petite 103 year old woman I met while investigating an allegation that she was hit by a lab technician. We'll call her Bernie.

As Bernie's story unraveled I learned a lab technician was trying to draw some blood for a test the doctor ordered one early morning. But, Bernie didn't see it that way. She told me some woman came in the middle of the night to steal her blood and sell it and Bernie didn't have enough blood to give away, so she hit her. Can you just imagine that lab technician's face with Bernie's tiny, bony hand balled up into a fist and smacked her in the face?!


Bernie told me she thought getting married would be more fun than finishing high school, so she married at a very young age. I learned my Bernie had been widowed for 30 years and outlived all of her family except one son. Her boy was aging himself and rarely drove. Every morning Bernie got out of bed and walked to the nurses' station where the nurses helped her call her boy.

The darling dear wasn't complaining, but the more she spoke the more I realized how lonely Bernie's life had become. She had no one to visit her and she planned her day around a 10 minute phone call.

Like my Dad used to say, growing old isn't for the weak.

It's because of residents like Bernie that I am so excited to tell you about Vera Yates' third annual Caring Hearts Card Drive.

We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to someone and remind them they're not forgotten? I hope you will help us spread some special joy this holiday by sending some of your homemade cards to Vera. She'll make sure your cards get distributed to the nursing home residents who have no family to visit them during this holiday.

Jump over to her blog, Ling's Design Studio, and see all the details for how and when to send your cards AND, all the amazing prizes she's line up to inspire and encourage you.

I know you would make Bernie very happy.

I call this card kind of a modified tent card. The base is 8-1/2 inches by 4-1/4 inches, scored in half so that the base of the card is 4-1/4 inches by 4-1/4 inches wide. The ball jar just hangs over the top of the card. Here's the inside.

The ball jar is eazy-peazy with the Silhouette Cameo cut file (see below).


And, here are the rest of the ingredients.


Sweet Comments

  1. Thank you soooooo much for this post. It touched my heart and now I know what I am going to do with all the cards I have been stock piling just because I love making them. But instead of sending them to Vera, I will be taking them to Heartland and some of the other local nursing homes that have blessed my family by caring for my mom.
    You have inspired me on this early Saturday morning!!!!
    Bless you. The work you do is so very important. HUGS
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  2. I love popping over here…love the story that you shared…and your card is absolutely magnificent, I have a thing for mason jars and just got my new cameo!
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  3. I’m thinking how cool it is for Bernie to have someone like you. My parents & in-laws are elderly and all four are mentally compromised. Three have Alzheimer’s and one is confused 70% of the time. How fortunate it is that Bernie has her mind, mostly ;), and that she can walk to the nurses station to call her *boy* and chat every day. Way to go Bernie! A big thank you for this heartwarming post and I’d love to make some cards to support this cause. It breaks my heart to see how many people in assisted living & nursing homes have no one. It’s really sad and I agree with your dad’s quote wholeheartedly.
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  4. Such a touching story. I am on Bernie’s side….at her age, she should not have to be giving blood! Tell the doctor to lay off on the tests! Go Bernie!

  5. What a touching story … I’m lovin’ that mason jar card with the sweet apple and pear :)
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