Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Annie's Bracelets


     When I told Annie about all that is going on in Haiti...I will never forget the horror on her face.  She said, "Mom we have to go there no matter how far away it is & help." 
     When I explained that we can't go there but we could help in other ways she said, "Let's give them ALL our money and send Dad to work tomorrow to make more money for us." 
     That is when I said, "Annie, we can't give away ALL our money, but, if you had money you could give it to them.  Maybe you could make something to sell." 

    When she got home from Kindergarten at noon she worked for 6 hours stright making bracelets.  I could not believe how hard she worked!

Beading here...

Beads there...

Beading, beading everywhere!

   She could hardly wait to start selling!  She put on her hat & coat & with her little fist full of bracelets she turned and said, "I can do this alone.  I want to go alone."  So I stood back, told her what homes she could go to, (did A TON of spying) and let her go.





   She came back with 4 dollars and she was so happy!  (She is asking 1 dollar a piece.)  She also said, "One house had no money, so we need to make more bracelets to sell so we can give them some money."   Oh, how I love her!!!

   After hitting up the Grandparents, Annie had sold 15 bracelets and made over 50 dollars.  She worked again today to make a whole new batch & she took them to church tonight.  She has raised over 100 dollars ~ thanks to all of our generous friends! 

   We have more to make for Sunday because some more requests came in but I am just so happy to see my daughter not only have compassion, but taking action!  SO you see...to me...these little plastic bracelets...are the most beautiful jewelry in the world.




89 comments:

Auntie Cake said...

It was fun to see her carrying her little basket around church tonight. And LF is still wearing his bracelet. He's going to take it to school tomorrow and tell all his friends. So sweet of you Annie! That's my Little Cupcake!!!
Kate

JaeAna said...

Oh. That just made my heart melt. What a sweet little girl. I hope she raises lots of money.
I'm going to show this blog entry to my daughter to see if it will inspire her to do something similar.
God bless you and your Daughter!

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

God Bless Your Sweet Little Heart, Annie.... Your Mommy & Daddy have really been raising You with Love, Respect & the Attitude of Giving ~ I Love Your Bracelets & the People You are helping sure will Appreciate Your Help in raising Money for their Needs~
Way to go Libbie, Job Well done....
I have My oldest Grandaughter Memphys (6) coming over on saturday, she loves to Craft with Her Bubbie.... we are making Hearts to put on Etsy to raise $$$ for The Cause ~
You must be So Proud of Your Little Angel
cheryl

honeypiehorse said...

That is really beautiful.

Marilyn said...

Now that child has a great future as a giving & caring business owner.... I think you should be VERY proud of her!!
If we could all be more like that what a wonderful world we would have!!
**Smile**
Marilyn
xxoo

carly@LearningParade said...

This is really heart warming. Annie, you are a very kind and creative little girl. My daughter Rebecca (who is 4) would like to have one of your little bracelets and help you to collect money. Rebecca has money in her piggy bank she says she can use. Would Annie like to send one to Ireland? (Rebecca's Mummy will pay for postage) :)

They call me "Deb" said...

As I read this and looked at Annie's beautiful bracelets, I imagined each shiny, colorful bead to be a child - woman - man - grandma -- the face of someone Annie is helping! Oh what a blessing to know that your child has the compassion of Jesus already in her young heart!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

What a sweet and talented girl you have there. I think the bracelets are so cute. Great job Annie! What a tender heart she has.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a great learning experience, all the way around! You're a SUPER MOM!!!

Andrea said...

What a precious heart!
Blessings, andrea

Heather Cameron said...

Ok, your daughter is a beautiful girl - inside and out. This is what we dream of isn't it. Having children with such big hearts. Those are the most beautiful bracelets I've ever seen!

marie said...

Great job Annie! You have such a sweet heart!
Your bracelets are beautiful!

Wally Family said...

Have her make one for me and bring it to church on Sunday! :) What a GREAT idea, Annie!

Nikki said...

(oops, Wally Family was me, signed in on the wrong account :)). -Nikki

Obee Designs said...

Libbie,
OMG I LOVE HER!!! She is too sweet. I just love the photo of her outside with her little coat and boots, trudging in the snow to sell her wares. It makes my heart squeeze seeing her and hearing about her mission. Way to go girls!! Mom, you're doing an amazing job raising her. I love how she wanted to sell bracelets for the neighbor with no money!! Too funny!! You're raising a good egg!!!
XoXo
Gail

Kristen said...

What a Doll! Does she take PayPal yet?!

Kristen

Obee Designs said...

Hi Libbie,
I have a Happy 101 Award for you over on my blog. It's a thank you for always being so sweet to me and making me happy when you come to visit me! I know you received one from Natasha too, so now you have another, you deserve it!
Enjoy!
XoXo,
Gail

The Walvatnes said...

What sweet friends you are making on here- reading their encouraging comments to you makes me tear up too. Sweet.

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

God Bless Annie!!! That is the sweetest story! The picture of her selling them door to door is priceless! Thank you Annie for caring so much! ~ Theresa

Jeanette said...

I love the picture of her selling her bracelets. You have raised an exceptional child.

christy rose said...

How sweet! Those bracelets really are pretty. She has such a sweet heart and did a great thing. :)

pinkstilettos said...

Oh, how adorable and sweet your little girl is for thinking so much of others! Hope she sells a bunch more- good luck!
Daisy~

blueviolet said...

That touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes!!!

Karen said...

Libbie, beads from the heart. Wow, she has such a compassionate heart. Must be from her mom. They are priceless!

JaeAna said...

My daughter was inspired by this story. She gathered up some stuffed animals and put them in a box to send to the children in Haiti.
My son also drew some pictures to send.
My daughter and I sat down tonight and made several bracelets. I will be selling them later this month at a scrapbook retreat.
Thank you for this beautiful post!
I will post an entry on my blog later in the month about how we were inspired by your Sweet Angel.
JaeAna

A Full-Timed Housefly said...

You are blessed with such an adorable and kind girl who knows how to care and share at such tender age.There are just so many teenages in this world who are so selfish and rebellious and very rude and it is heartwarming to get to know your girl. Thank you for following me and I'm following you now.

koralee said...

Oh I adore this story...what a sweet sweet daughter you have. She takes after her mom for sure. You and your daughter just warmed my heart tonight! xoxxo

Two Shades of Pink said...

What an incredible story! Your daughter's heart is just precious and what an example of being a doer of the Word. They ARE the most beautiful bracelets in the world.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh how darling is your baby girl. Selling to help all those children in Haiti and working her little fingers and hands so hard. Ok ask Anne if she will be my main guest on Temptation Mondays and see how many of those little bracelets she can sell.
I know I have to order me some.
Love
Maggie

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Libbie, I'm sending you an email. Give that precious Annie a big hug.

Marla said...

What an amazing daughter you are raising. She will change the world. Mark my words!

Gina said...

Simply Beautiful! A beautiful little heart that was inspired by your big heart! They only know what we teach and what they see us do and say. Good job mom!

Rose said...

Oh pooh, now I have tears. What a beautiful heart in such a beautiful child. I wish I lived closer, I would buy some too. Bless her heart! Tell her, her bracelets are the most beautiful in the world, because they were made with LOVE!
Rose

The Old Geezer said...

I enjoyed looking over your blog
God bless you

Sage said...

What a gem of a girl you have there! She is Special; hug here tight!
Rita

prairieflower said...

You've taught your daughter well and she listened with her heart. I'm proud of her, too, and it's something she'll never forget (or you). Surely, there's a store out there who could donate more beads for this worthy cause. God bless you and your daughter.

Anonymous said...

This is AMAZING! I'm a preschool teacher at Head Start in Passaic, NJ. Today my children were discussing the news and children of Haiti. They were very concerned and so interested in learning about what an earthquake is. I was researching what children can do to help...with out having to donate money. (We are not allowed to take money from our families.) I came across Annie's story and it touched my heart!!! I am going to talk to my children about making & selling braclets to donate money to UNICEF. Thank you so much! Your doing a wonderful job raising your child and teaching her how to be a great person...WE NEED TO INSTILL THESE QUALITIES IN OUR CHILDREN TO CARRY OVER INTO THE FUTURE!!!

Love,
Ms. Angelica

The Strawberry Mallard said...
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The Strawberry Mallard said...

(sorry about that ~ gotta get spellcheck going!)
This post took my breath away ~ you have raised on little wonderful girl there. What a blessing she has to be to you all. I am posting a link to this today on my blog. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with al lof us....it is a breath of fresh air in Winter!
Hugs, Nancy & Angus

Hud's Mommy said...

Libbie...Annie is such a special little girl! I am so proud of her for what she is doing!

The Apiary said...

What a sweetie.. I can only pray my Bella will grow up to be just as amazing litte girl.. Not to mention her bracletts are very fashionable.. I see a future jewelry designer in your future.. ;)

trash talk said...

I am in awe of your daughter. What a blessing she must be to all who know her and what a blessing God has given y'all. This is just the most touching, wonderful thing I've had the privilege to read in some time. The photo of her in her little coat and hat in the snow is priceless. She sets the bar that everyone should aim for...adults included. Thank you for sharing this.
Debbie

Anonymous said...

Annie,
What you are doing is amazing, you truely are gifted. I do have a question about your bracelets. I would love to buy a few of your bracelets, how and are you selliing them to anyone that wants them? I have a dear friend that has cancer and I would love to buy multicolored pink bracelets to show support for her and others battling cancer, I have also lost a brother to cancer, and would love to have a blue and yellow bracelet for him, for me. If this is out of line for me to ask I am truely sorry and will understand if you are not able to do this. I would love to get an email from you letting me know one way or another if this is possible or not. Thank you so much. and you are an exceptional young girl. may God bless you always. Debbie Martin. my email is debbiemartin@q.com

Margaret Honeycutt said...

HI,
I read about Annie in the Good Housekeepping Magazine, and now I want to know hot to purchase some bracelets. Please reply:
dlhoney991@hotmail.com
Margaret Honeycutt

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I just read about Annie making her bracelets in the June issue of Good Housekeeping and would really like to buy some (for myself). How do I go about doing that? I can't find anything about buying them. She is so cute and I would love to help out her cause! Please email me with info at:
naelynn24@yahoo.com
Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

It's Renee from naelynn24@yahoo.com again...........looks like I'm not the only one who wants Annie's Bracelets!!! Just an idea: there is a good site called Etsy at etsy.com that sells handmade items that I've had great luck with, it maybe a good place for her to sell her bracelets.....she can set up a whole profile with pictures, tell her story and everything....and do the whole secure/pay pal thing.

Anonymous said...

Just read Annie's Story and I too want to purchase some of her bracelets.
My email is rcthompson@ccis.com
I can pay by paypal, money order, or check whichever you prefer.
I agree with Renee about selling on Etsy, its a great place and she can showcase her bracelets and her story.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to purchase some bracelets! my email is tauna.shoemaker@yahoo.com.... thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Andrea. I just read this article in GH and my husband and I was so touched. We would not only love to purchase some bracelets (not only do they make pretty bracelets but also are perfect for jar candle decorations), but also donate some extra money so that Annie can purchase more supplies to continue her good work.

Please contact me at keysol68@msn.com

Please give Annie a hug...she is an inspiration to us all!

Anonymous said...

I read with interest Annie's story in my new Good Housekeeping magazine. Where can I buy Annie's bracelets? Thank you,

Bev Carter
beverlycr@hotmail.com
St. Charles, Mo.

Anonymous said...

hi sweet angel,
i would like to purchase some your beautiful bracelets. here's my email address vikki_howard2002@yahoo.com. hope to hear from you. take care and God bless u.

phoenix arizona

Karen said...

What a precious little girl you are Annie....you not only said you care about and want to help others, you did something about it!
I have quite a number of family members who would like to purchase cracelets!
Please email when you can and let me know how to go about it.
briscoekk@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello---I read the article and also wanted to buy some bracelets. Can you email me back with info.

R.A. in Ohio
truewhiterose@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My husband and son will be going to Haiti next month on a mission trip with our church. I would love to buy some bracelets for them to give out to the children and tell them about the amazing little girl who cares so much about them! Please contact me at missthebeach@zoominternet.net

Anonymous said...

I would like to purchase some bracelets as well. Please letme know how to do so. Great story about a great little girl. She's very inspirational!!

Dream it...DO IT said...

I would love to buy some bracelets! email me at starente@gmail.com

Thank you---Christine

Libbie said...

DEAR ANONYMOUS~
Thank you for showing interest in Annie's Bracelets. If you put up you email address I can get your order!

Thanks! Everyone!

My email:
libbiedoyle@gmail.com

Kim said...

This little girl is amazing.What a kind and caring person at such a young age.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Libbie,

My mother saw the article about Annie's bracelets in Good Housekeeping, and would like to know how to order some.

Please send the information to my work email at
Dale_Hache@HC-SC.GC.CA

And please, let Annie know what an incredibly special young lady she is.

Yours in Nursing,

Dale J. Hache, RN

Anonymous said...

Dear Libby, I would like to get some bracelets for my grandaughter, I know she would love them.

dflats@aol.com

Ari said...

Dear Annie, I read your story in Good Housekeeping. I am so proud of you! My friend Courtney lives in Haiti and takes care of children in an orphanage there. My daughter is going to visit them there this summer and teach them sign language.She is 17 years old and she loves Jesus! We were very sad when the earthquake happened too! Courtney and her children were not hurt but now they have more kids to take care of. I wanted to send you a picture of some of the kids so you could meet them but the computer wouldnt let me put it here. Your mommy can send me an email and I will send you some pictures if she says its ok. From, Ann
annlovesariana@yahoo.com
ps I would like to but some of your bracelets too. I know that Ariana and Courtney would like them!

Robyn Crumby Photography said...

Hey Annie! I read your story in Good Housekeeping! You are such an inspiration! I would love to buy some bracelets from you to help out your cause. I know my friends would absolutely love to receive some as a gift from me. Is there a way I can order 5 of them? My email is robyncrumbyphotography[at]yahoo.com

Thanks so much! I hope to hear from you soon! :)
Robyn

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful,and incredible little girl!I had tears in my eyes after reading what Annie had done for the people in Haiti, people she didn't know anything about. The world needs more little girls like her.

Luckie said...

hello annie i would like to know how I could buy some of your bracelettes. I like the green ones

Anonymous said...

I also read about you in G. Hkeeping.

"Way to go girl!" It's all about how we can help eachother to make the world a brighter place!

I would be honored to place an order! Oops...
emulatorbabyfactory@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I loved reading your story Annie. You are an inspiration. I would love to buy some braclets from you. My email is jochyelove@yahoo.com. I would like to buy about 25 of them. Thank you and keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Hello! What a wonderful inspiring story this is! I am a Denver artist and I would love to donate beads to you Annie! If you are interested please email me in the studio :)
clp@clpjewelry.com

peace

Emily said...

Can I still get some bracelets?

Emily said...

My email address is damnsleeez@gmail.com for the above comment.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful heartfelt story. Could you please tell me how to purchase some bracelets? Imagine if everyone that read the story in the magazine purchased just one bracelet?

Thank you for caring and doing something to make a difference!

caroldes@ptd.net

borntocreate said...
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borntocreate said...

I read your story in Good Housekeeping and immediately came home to find out how to buy some bracelets. I also make jewelry and think Annie is such an inspiring little girl to want to make a difference. Are the bracelets strictly the crystal beads or could you use some extras that I have. I would like to donate beads, charms, string, whatever to the project. My email address is houkospocus@yahoo.com Keep up the great work.

Young said...

Libbie, OMG I LOVE HER!!! She is too sweet. I just love the photo of her outside with her little coat and boots, trudging in the snow to sell her wares. It makes my heart squeeze seeing her and hearing about her mission. Way to go girls!! Mom, you're doing an amazing job raising her. I love how she wanted to sell bracelets for the neighbor with no money!! Too funny!! You're raising a good egg!!! XoXo Gail

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