Life Is More Than "Things"

I am so excited, like many of you, about the relationships I make along the way in this journey called life.  One of those relationships for our family is with a family through my husband's work at the Fire Department.

This past Tuesday evening, June 21st, I got to attend a fundraising dinner here:

for their beautiful 6 year old daughter Tessa

who has a disease called Juvenile Myositis or JM.

And I was beyond excited to donate a couple spa benches to support their goal of raising money to find a cure for Tessa and others who have JM!

Here is one of the benches that was up for auction (I unfortunately didn't get a picture of the other one - just think distressed creamy shabby color) :


This was a great opportunity to try some new distressing techniques! For a little technical info., we've got major distressing (think hammer, screws, nail punches, even lettering - which is unfortunately hard to see in the picture - it says CURE JM on the lower left bottom shelf), wood conditioner, onyx stain, dark walnut stain, onyx stain, and high gloss clear coat. It looks pretty substantial in person, and I was happy that it brought in a terrific amount for the fundraiser!


So, being with great friends and people to support Tessa, her family, and other families with JM is yet another reminder to me that the wonderful and beautiful things we create, purchase, and invest in, are really nothing without the ones we love.  And while the "things" in life "speak to us" in different ways, our family and friends infuse the specialness of these things into our life.

If you would like to learn more about JM or make a donation, please take the time to visit one of the following websites!

Thanks and have a GREAT weekend! I'm off to run on Saturday for my first half-marathon ever on TeamTessa - yeah!  What are you up too? (fyi- if it's relaxing, I'm jealous!) :-)


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