My children have a very important lady in their young lives. Her name is Gran and she is my mother. Thank you all for the good thoughts that have been directed towards her during this difficult time. I know that I’ve eluded to the fact in recent postings that she is ill. Until now I haven’t been open on the Dandy with what my mom has, but this particular feature has me thinking of her a great deal. So I thought that I should fill you in.
At the start of the New Year (when my new baby girl was just 1 week old) my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. It came as quite a shock to us all as my mom has always been very healthy. Sure she has been more tired than normal over the last few years, but we just thought it was because she works full time and has had a lot on her plate with both her parents and my father’s parents. My paternal grandfather (who was the inspiration for Dandy Giveaway) died suddenly 4 years ago, maternal grandmother had a stroke 3 years ago, paternal grandmother had brain cancer 2 years ago, and my maternal grandfather was just diagnosed with cancer just barely before Thanksgiving.
So we haven’t had an easy time of it. Through it all my mom has been there for everyone and we are now here for her. We are rallying behind here. That’s what being a family is all about! I’m happy to report that she is tolerating chemotherapy well and we continue to pray for a cure. It’s going to be a long road, but I have complete faith that my mom can continue to fight this. She’s a strong woman. Gran is even still working! She’s a manager of a bank and this is why I’ve had her on my mind for this feature giveaway. :)
When Banjo was born it was important to her to get him his first piggy bank. What else would a banking Gran think of. ;) I think everyone has that token gift that they like to give and a piggy bank is the perfect fit for my mom. I remember her searching high and low for Banjo’s bank. Who would have thought that it would be so difficult to find a piggy bank? Well, I have just the place for her to get those piggies from now on.
The Painted Name has plenty of other items perfect for baby gift giving.
How great is this dish set?
And be still my heart this mini tea set is adorable!
How cute is this egg for the Easter baskets???
The Painted Name has it all! Who’s ready for the giveaway?
The winner of this giveaway is going to receive a CUTE personalized piggy bank (a $47 value) from The Painted Name!
There are 7 chances to win. Be sure and leave separate comments for each entry on this posting to enter. **If you qualify for all 7 chances then leave 7 separate comments**
(1): Leave your name, email address, or whatever you feel most comfortable leaving in a comment. (ex: “Dandy Smith”)
(2): Go to The Painted Name, have a look around, and then tell us your favorite item! (ex: “Dandy Smith = Love the piggy banks! )
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(5): Tell people about this giveaway and then tell us how you did! (ex: “Dandy Smith= emailed, called, texted, etc.”)
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***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! This giveaway will be open for entries until Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 pm CST. Be sure and check back on Monday, March 5th to see if you won, so you can claim your prize! ***Remember*** Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won!
This posting and giveaway was sponsored by The Painted Name, but all opinions are strictly my own.