Friday, May 11, 2012

Janelle Hayes

While I have always loved crafts, it wasn’t until I had Abby in 2007 that I really got into it. My favorite thing at the time, was making cards. I fell in love with the company Papertrey Ink and made cards on an almost daily basis..

In July of 2009 I went to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) convention in Orlando. I got to meet a wonderful lady named Janelle Hayes.

This is Janelle and I at CHA:
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I was the first follower of her blog. I first started visiting her blog for the beautiful cards and other paper crafts she made, but kept going back to read about her. I loved hearing about her family, her job, her faith..

Last year, the week of her daughter’s wedding, Janelle and her family found out that she had a brain tumor. For the past 9 months, Janelle has been battling cancer. On Thursday, May 10th, 2012 Janelle passed away in the comforts of her home. My heart is broken. For her husband Ken, their children.. And also because the world lost such an amazing woman.. Even though she had cancer, she remained positive and continued to update her blog until she couldn’t anymore. Even then she had her Husband update so her blog readers wouldn’t worry. :) And up until her last days, she still kept that beautiful smile on her face. :)

She made this card for me for my Birthday one year. I still have it. :)
I took this picture from her blog. You can read the post HERE.
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My heart goes out to The Hayes family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ♥

If you would like to read Janelle’s story, click HERE to go to her blog.

8 comments:

  1. Katy...this is Ken Hayes. What a wonderful tribute you have written about Janelle. I thank you. I am going to share this with my extended family. You have been a blessing to me this morning

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  2. Katy...this is Ken Hayes. What a wonderful tribute you have written about Janelle. I thank you. I am going to share this with my extended family. You have been a blessing to me this morning

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  3. Thanks Katie for remembering Janelle! Kenny brought her into our family and we loved her dearly! With gratitude,
    Kristine Amerson

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  4. Many of have and will cherish her cards. Thanks.

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  5. Many of have and will cherish her cards. Thanks.

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  6. Dear Katy, Thanks so much for the wonderful tribute to my daughter. Janelle has always been a shining star in her family and we will all miss her very much. May the Lord bless you and your family as you continue on His pathway through life. Jessie Clausen

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  7. Sharon from the PTI forumMay 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Katy, I'm another online friend who is very much grieving the loss of Janelle. She was always so sweet, cheerful, and uplifting--a true treasure.

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  8. Love the happy picture from CHA. Sweet post, Katy.

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