Prayers are needed for my Music Man.. and a card


When we were in St. John, we got some sad news from Keith.  (Keith is my brother-in-law whose music I use in my videos.  He and his family are missionaries in Africa.)  His father, who has been battling cancer, was only expected to make it through the night.  The next day, their family of 5 flew the 30 hour journey from Africa to San Antonio in hopes of getting there before he passed.  Thankfully, they did.  On Father's Day, Keith's dad passed away with him at his side.

(The stamp on this card is from VersesMy local stamp store owner owns this company and they make great greeting stamps like this one.  You can call them if you want to buy anything.  They are fabulous there!  I really like to support local and USA-made stamp companies.)

062008 Sympathy


Verses stamp

Making Memories, Bo Bunny and Scenic Route papers

Hero Arts pearls and flowers and notecard

Creative Impressions silk ribbon

If you are the praying kind, please keep their family in your prayers as they heal.  They do so much for others… such good people.  They will be in the States for a couple weeks before heading back home to Liberia.

This also got me thinking.  As a cardmaker, I know how uplifting it is to get a simple handmade card in the mail.  Makes you feel loved and happy, right?  Well, I was thinking it would be fun to send Keith and Kristin's kids – Taylor, Lauren and Samuel – a bunch of cards.  Just encouragement cards.  These three kids are living an adventure.  Finding new friends in a foreign world.  Living extremely simply as they wait for their home to be built.  I am sure it is hard on them, even if it is good for them, too.  I would love for them to know that a bunch of people out there are thinking of them.  So, here is my question: if I set up something for you to make cards for them to send over to them, would you be interested?  I would just have you send them to me and I would put a huge box together and send them over to them.  Their parents could give them a card every once in awhile as a pick-me-up.  I think they would love it.  Would anyone be interested in participating?

Here is a picture of the kids in front of the home they are staying in right now.


Here is a picture of the home as it was when they first got it.


Here is a current picture of their home.


They have a long path ahead of them. They also are working on the dental clinic where they will be doing work.  I can't imagine. But, boy – they are doing such good for our world. 

Just a thought… let me know what you think.  I am not one to ask for money/donations. But giving in this way could be fun, easy, rewarding… and an excuse to do some cardmaking. πŸ™‚

Thanks for listening!  God bless all you gals out there… πŸ™‚

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61 thoughts on “Prayers are needed for my Music Man.. and a card”

  1. First of all, condolences to Keith’s family and extended family in their loss. Secondly, stampers LOVE to make cards for any reason and what better than to send uplifting, encouraging messages. Yes! Yes! Yes! You’ll get a ton of positive responses, I guarantee you!

  2. I am fairly new to your website. Carol at Stampers Corner gave me the address. Initially i was so happy to get cardmaking info. Now I have a chance to participate in a very special project. If you don’t mind getting variations of cards you have on line, i would be pleased to participate. Now that I am “hooked up” at home, i will be a pest. Ha. I am a big huge avid fan of Hero Arts. And you too!!!!

  3. Jennifer

    I am so sorry for Keith’s loss on father’s day. You can count on me to make some cards for them. If you do not mind, some will be close in style that are taught in your class, your blog and HA blog.

    I think his family will love it!

    Sandi Neumann

  4. I’m sorry for your BILs loss. That is very sad. Keith and his family are very special people for how they dedicate their lives. I would certainly love to contribute.
    I have found myself in situations where I need to send a condolence card with little notice, so a few months ago, I made a few to have ready. The greeting stamp is perfect for this situation. I hope your family is doing well…

  5. I’m in… I’ll even have my kidlets help.. my dd loves to make cards…

    And I am so sorry for Keith’s loss… How wonderful he got to say goodbye to his Dad…I’m sure it meant a lot to both of them, in a bittersweet way…

  6. so sorry to hear about your brother-in-laws loss. that is so nice that they were able to get back in time to spend his last moments with him.

    i’d be totally willing to send some cards. i think it’s a great idea … and would mean a lot to them!

  7. Hi Jennifer, I am always happy to comment in hopes of winning blog candy, so you had better bet that I am even happier to help you with such a sweet gesture of love. Just tell me where to send the cards! A friend of mine has just endured a similar situation. While we were across the country in Seattle for work, she got word that her Dad, who had been battling cancer for about a year was refusing treatment and had very little time left. She made it home in time to say everything she wanted to say to him and said that afterward she felt “at peace”. I believe with all of my heart that he held on until she could return to say goodbye; he died less than 48 hours later on Memorial Day. Family bonds are such strong, amazing and beautiful gifts that God has blessed us with. It reminds me to CHERISH every moment with the ones I love. To me that is what scrap booking is . . . documenting and cherishing the moments of our lives that we have been given, and celebrating them, that is why I love it so much! Along with the cards I will send a prayer for up for your family too. πŸ™‚

  8. Sorry for your BIL’s loss….It must have been tough on the family and I’m sure they were exhausted when they arrived…. I would also like to make a card, just let me know where to send it….Hugs to everyone…


    (Pattie’s passion)

    I Scrap So All Moments are Remembered!!!

  9. I am so sorry to hear about Keith’s loss. I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

    I would love to send an uplifting card to Taylor, Lauren and Samuel – I can even get my 3-year old twins in on the action. I know they would love to draw something for them.

    Just let us know! πŸ™‚

  10. So sorry for the loss of Keith’s Father, but glad they did get to say “goodbye for now” in person.
    I would love to make some fun kids cards! I’m sure they won’t mind that most of my stamps are discontinued. *(snicker)* Do the kids have any favorite sports? Animals? Colors? Holidays? I assume you don’t want them in sealed envelopes. ( If I were a parent in this situation, I would want to read the cards first…. OH! Maybe you want blank cards! You said ” Just encouragement cards” . Could you clarify this for me, please? Do you need them in an envelope, or since the parents are going to hand them to the kids, or hide them under their pillows for them to find, they may prefer not to have the extra bulk of envelopes for the TON of mail you are going to send them! Plus, it is “greener” not to use envelopes that just get thrown away….. ahgh! Too much thinking. Must sleep. Great idea, Jennifer. Night-night!

  11. I’m sorry to hear about your brother-in-law losing his father. I love that your card talks about how prayers and thoughts sustain us during the most difficult of times. I know they do for me, and I am sure they will for someone that serves the Lord as faithfully as does your BIL. I would love to send a card. πŸ™‚

  12. So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I will keep them in my prayers. I would love to send a card or two…once I get the details…I’ll get them to you!

  13. Hi Jen, Keith and his family, as well as you, are in my thoughts tonight. Please do let us know how we can help with the card-making. πŸ™‚

  14. I am more than happy to send both prayers and cards. It’s nice to know that we can do something to help, even in the most smallest of ways.

  15. Count me in. I lost my mother last month and I know how sad these times can be. My prayers are with your brother-in-law and his family. Just let me know where to send my cards. Blessings to you. Jayne

  16. Jeniffer, your BIL and his family is in my thoughts. I hope they find peace and confort soon.

    As for the cards, count me in!!
    Youare always so generous with your prices, this is the least thing we can do to help you!

  17. Jennifer – I am so sorry to hear of your BIL’s loss. So glad he was able to be with his father at his time of passing. Their family will be in my prayers.

    Your thoughfulness is wonderful, what a great idea to make cards for the children.:) Please count me in.

  18. Prayers & peace for Keith’s family. And sending these little ones a card sounds like a wonderful idea! I would love to!

  19. So glad to hear that he was able to see him during his last moments and what great people they are.

    Yes, I would love to do anything I can to support them. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  20. Sorry to hear about the loss of Keith’s father. I’m sure he was ‘glad’ he made it back to the states to see his before his passing and that it will be hard to leave the country again. Praying for him, his family and yours.
    I would LOVE to send some cards for his kids! What a GREAT idea! Do you want us to write in them or are they going to be from Keith and Kristen? Either sounds good. Just wanting to know what you were thinking. πŸ™‚
    Hugs and prayers,
    Sarah M

  21. I’m sorry for you BIL’s loss. I think you have a wonderful idea to send cards over there. I would love to make some and maybe my daughter would, too.
    and what a house! I hope they get it fixed up quickly.

  22. I’m sorry for Keith’s loss but so very happy he made it home before his father passed. Count me in on the “Cards for Kids.”

  23. Count me in! My thoughts and prayers go out to your Brother in law and his family. I know how difficult and long the fight against cancer can be. It causes quite the emotional roller coaster! My mother was in remission for 3 years and just a few months ago they detected that the cancer was back. So once again the fight begins.
    I would love to bring a smile to those precious kids. It is amazing what your BIL’s family is doing! Dedicating their lives to God!!! They will be in my prayers!
    God Bless You All!!!

  24. Hi Jennifer! Wow….such an emotional post & very uplifting as well! I remember reading about all of the good things your brother-in-law & family do over in Africa from one of your previous posts…will be glad to send some cards to help the little ones along on their journey! Just give us a heads up on when you would like them…my 9 year old would love to get involved too! Send an email my way! πŸ™‚

  25. I’m so sorry to hear about Keith’s father. And passing on Father’ Day as well, must be so sad for him and his family. The card idea is a great one. I’m in. I’d love to make a card for his family. Thank you for sharing that with us and I will definitely keep Keith in my prayers.

  26. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your BIL’s father. I would love to participate in the card making process.

    Love the blog. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Keith and his family have my prayers. How wonderful they got to say goodbye, though.

    I’d love to make cards for the family! Count me in! What a wonderful thing they are doing. It must be such a cool learning experience for the kids.

  28. Hi,
    If you can wait enough time for international cards -than count me in πŸ™‚
    email me if that’s ok.

  29. I am so sorry about the loss your brother-in-law and his family have experienced. I would love to be involved in helping them to see brighter days!!

  30. j’aime beaucoup votre travail!!!

    j’ai une questions indiscret les deux petites qu’on voyer souvent dans vous pages sont vous filles ????


    ana (depuis paris )

    I love your work!

    I have two questions indiscreet small that you often send pages are you girls?


    Ana (from Paris)



  31. Jennifer I am so sorry to hear of the loss. I of course will be more than happy to send cards. Now I will put the stamps you sent me to some very good use. I have worked with Cards of Aloha an organization that sends cards to kids who have siblings with serious or terminal illnesses.
    Hugs and God Bless

  32. Jennifer – so sorry for your brother-im-law’s loss, please extend my sympaathy to his family. I would love to send you some cards to forward to the children, but would like more details as to ages and what they like. Best wishes, Sandy F.

  33. Jennifer, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!! I am so glad that Keith was able to get home in time! Your idea for the kids is wonderful, and I will love making some cards for you to include. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the details of what you want, and then will get busy!!!

  34. I’m so sorry for Keith and his family’s loss and I will most definitely keep themin my prayers, Jennifer. I would love to make some cards for the family. I’m in. πŸ™‚ What a wonderful idea! Hugs!

  35. Am glad that Keith was able to make it home to see his father. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Yes, I would love to send cards. Awesome idea!
    Shirley L.

  36. Jennifer-I’m so sorry for Keith and his family’s loss. What they are doing is amazing. Count me in for the cards. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!


  37. Hi Jennifer,

    I am sorry for your BIL’s loss. I will be thinking of him and his family during their time of healing. I’m sure his strong faith and support of his wonderful family will get them through.

    Count me in on the cards. I would be more than happy to make some.

  38. Hi Jennifer, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I completely understand what they are going through as my mother died suddenly a few months ago and I am still struggling with my loss. I find comfort in those who write and call and also in the hobby I shared with my mum, the love of all things crafty and especially rubber stamping and card making. I would love to help someone else through a difficult time with a cheery card and all the way from the UK!!

  39. So sorry about Keith’s father. Please count me in on the cards. I can’t send one until July 8th, being out of the country, but would love to be part of the project.

  40. Prayers to Keith & his family. Glad he was able to make it home before his father passed. I would be happy to make some cards for the children. Just let me know where to send them. Enjoy your blog.

  41. I would love to be a part of this, Jennifer. Bless your heart for organizing this and bless Keith and family for all the good they are doing. So sorry for their loss. πŸ™

  42. Jennifer, what a nice idea. I’m fairly new to card making, but I would love to send one to encourage Keith’s family. Know that our family is praying for them.

  43. Jennifer, what a nice idea. I’m fairly new to card making, but I would love to send one to encourage Keith’s family. Know that our family is praying for them.

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