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Saturday, May 29, 2010

postheadericon Never Forget...

In Honor of Memorial Day, please remember to thank a Veteran.  You'd be surprised how many you know!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

postheadericon In Memory of Olivia Culpepper

Olivia Culpepper was an amazing little girl, but even more remarkable is her mother, Cindy, who has braved this illness right along with her beautiful daughter. She has recently posted a journal entry at caringbridge.org and I thought I would share it with you this morning.

Please keep the Culpepper family in your prayers as they struggle with the loss and rejoice in the knowledge that Olivia is once again "Painting Rainbows!"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:56 PM, CDT

"But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God." Luke 18:16 (KJV)


We have certainly felt your prayers and outpouring of love. We have not lost Olivia; we know precisely where she resides. She never once felt sorry for herself, and she lived every day to it's fullest potential. She was loved tenderly and taught me more in 7 years than any elder ever could. We have all been so very blessed.

Not sure what's going on with CB, I've lost this post 4 times. So sorry for the lack of updates; I've simply been swamped with tasks and decisions, and haven't been near a 'puter and had little sleep over the past 14 days. Some of the family is having a very hard time. Please keep my big kids, and Olivia's little friends and fellow warriors, in your prayers today. It is very hard on these kids when one of their own goes to heaven. Momma is OK; Olivia is sorely missed, but we will play together again soon.



We would be honored for all who are able to join us in
A Celebration of Life, Olivia Style


Visitation:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Watson-Hunt Funeral Home
1208 Main Street
Perry, GA

Memorial Service:
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Henderson Baptist Church
2813 Highway 41 S.
Elko, GA

We intend to host a very kid-friendly service. Olivia loved bright colors, especially Aqua! Please, dress for your comfort with these ideas in mind. She would've liked that.


She never really liked cut flowers, only the ones which needed planting and care. In lieu of flowers, we'd ask all those who are interested bring a DVD, Lego set, craft kit or similar activity for donation to The Children's Hospital in Macon. And donations to your favorite charity are always gratefully appreciated. 

I would like to say a special thanks to the organizations who've helped us so much over the past 4 years. You have made what could have been a hard road so much more bearable:

The Ronald McDonald House of Macon, Atlanta, and Houston
Jay's Hope
The JoAnna McAfee Childhood Cancer Foundation
The National Childrens Cancer Society
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation
Henderson Baptist Church
And all of Olivia's friends, family, and followers, I hope I've not left anyone out.

We will never know exactly what started this past episode; the Doc's best guess is a lingering viral infection that was stripping her bone marrow, allowing her WBC's to fall dangerously. Which allowed a bacteria to enter her lungs and/or eye and then into her blood stream. Her battered immune system was unable to fight a battle on two fronts. This caused septic shock, which means her blood pressure bottomed out, which further shocked her bone marrow and organs, including her brain; she lost the ability to clot blood properly and blood vessels in her head became more fragile. she had a slowly-growing brain bleed or 'had a stroke'. She had very confusing symptoms, but it was unmistakable on the CT. Our Olivia would not have wanted to live like that. Surprisingly, she was not relapsing, her bone marrow was recovering but not quite fast enough. I've prayed for hope or peace. I have both. I never said goodbye; only "I'll see you in a little while". I would not be surprised if she is sassing the Lord upstairs right now. Maybe she will paint a rainbow.


See ya later, alligator. Momma C.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

postheadericon Olivia

Olivia has passed. Please keep her and her family in your prayers as they work through the grief of losing their sweet angel

postheadericon Olivia Culpepper


Please keep Olivia and her family in your prayers today. The CT has discovered that she has massive irreversible brain bleed on the left side. The machines will be turned off today.

postheadericon Olivia Culpepper


Our first quilt has been delivered to sweet Olivia along with an ICU Survival kit and many prayers. Her condition has become grave and major decisions as to her treatment affecting her ability to survive are needing our prayers now more than ever. Please keep Olivia and her family in prayers today as they make choices that may not come easy.

Many blessings to you Olivia.  Such a brave little girl.

You can visit her website at:


http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/oliviaculpepper

for updates on her condition, share your thoughts or find information to donate to her fund to assist in her medical costs.

All donations can be made to:
                                                              State Bank & Trust
                                                              Perry, GA
                                                                C/O Olivia Culpepper




Sunday, May 23, 2010

postheadericon Follow Our Blog!


You can now follow our blog! Simply click the Network Blogger on the right hand side and you will receive posts and news on the latest happenings of Comforting Quilter's.

Email Julie if you need assistance or would like to make a donation

Sewing Love with Each Stitch!

postheadericon Quilt Raffle!


Comforting Quilter's continues our Quilt Raffle through the months of May and June, so don't feel like you've missed out if you haven't purchased your ticket yet. We will be out and about selling tickets around the area, particularly at the Byron Market on Saturday's at the City Park.

Look for our booth as we will be there with the quilt and other fun things to help you enjoy your morning at the market!

June 5th is a Special Day in Byron, and we'll be in the park selling food, penney candy and raffle tickets.

Tickets prices are

$ 1.00 Each
$ 5.00 for Six (6) Tickets
$10.00 for Twelve (12) Tickets

Feel free to contact any CQ Volunteer to purchase your tickets, but you can always give the President, Julie Love, a jingle. Call her at 478-978-0842.

Many thanks for all the Support the Byron Residents have provided to our new organization. These funds will help purchase needed items such as batting, thread, needles, cutting blades and other essential items to help provide a bit of comfort to those in need.

Remember our slogan:

Sewing Love with Each Stitch!

postheadericon Battle of Byron

postheadericon CQ General Store!


Comforting Quilter's teamed up with the ICU Survival Kit crowd and had a great time with our Battle of Byron General Store fundraiser.  Root Beer Floats, Penny Candy, Raffle tickets for our Quilt, boiled peanuts and a fabulous Quilt Show of quilts kindly donated by local residents filled the Byron Depot with fun and excitement


Thanks to everyone who assisted in making our store one of the highlights of the Battle!  We couldn't have done this without you!  All total we raised over $600 for Comforting Quilters and ICU Survival Kits.  These funds will go along way towards purchasing items needed to provide a little comfort to those needing a snuggle from a quilt or anxious in the waiting rooms of local ICU Units.

Be sure to view the slide show of our event.  We had a GREAT Time!  See you next year

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