Last week I creakily strolled out of the house and a few days later, came back with a brand-spanking new knee. After much hesitation, I had finally decided to take the plunge and now, I couldn't be more pleased (Physical Therapy notwithstanding!).
Appearing at my hospital bedside were exquisite flowers arranged in a 'bff' glassybaby sent by my dear glassybaby family. And next to that was a lit from within 'heart' brought by my Ernie... glassybaby therapy at its finest! Things couldn't be much better. I feel so grateful. And just in time for Thanksgiving!
Someone else who is feeling lots of gratitude right now is Ridge of the Madrona store. His favorite gb color is 'jane's caramel' so for his birthday Sherry, the mother of Alexus, from our UV store, baked him a 'jane's caramel' birthday cake. (Remember the luscious haunted house cake created by Sherry for Halloween? Well this talented master of sublime confections is at it again.)
Ridge surrounded the cake with his diverse collection of 'jane's caramel' (so many variations!)and celebrated. But not alone, mind you! It seems that not only do Ridge and Alexus share the same birth date, but they were born on the exact same day, at the same hospital, only hours apart!! Sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Many thanks to all of you for sharing this heartwarming and scrumptious tale.
And speaking of birthdays: Did you know that when bone marrow transplant patients receive their new marrow it is considered another birthday... a second chance at life?
Jennifer writes that her son, North, received his transplant here at Fred Hutch on November 13, 1996, from an unrelated donor whom they call "our angel from Chicago". More complications ensued and three years after the transplant North was given two years to live. It is with great joy that I tell you that this year he will celebrate his 15th bone marrow transplant birthday!
North celebrated by sending his bone marrow donor a purple glassybaby to express his thanks and gratitude.
Inside the package they tucked the story of glassybaby.
Jennifer writes, "My heart is warmed and it brings tears... the journey has been so long... and we have been so blessed."
Thank you, Jennifer and North. We at glassybaby wish you all the best. Happy BMT Birthday, North and may you have many, many more.
Where in the world is glassybaby this week?
We have two exciting Road Shows:
glassybaby in Yakima, Wednesday, November 16, Gilbert Cellars, 5 North Front Street. 10% of glassybaby and Gilbert Cellars Wine Bottle sales will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
glassybaby in Portland, Friday, November 18, Windermere Library, 733 Northwest 20th Ave. 10% from the sale of each glassybaby sold during this holiday event will be donated to the Windermere Foundation.
Lee will be back on her ancestral ground in Richmond, Virginia next week. Store owners of Roan were in Seattle recently and discovered glassybaby and wanted them in their store for the holidays. We are sending 300+ of our babies to be at Roan and, better yet, $8 from the sale of each one there will be donated to help cancer patients with day to day needs at VCU Massey Cancer Center.
As Thanksgiving draws closer and closer, the refrain of an old Irving Berlin song keeps dancing through my brain. Warning: it's infectious!
"Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night! I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night!"
Until next time,