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Inspired by Small Hands Creating Hope

Making a butterfly counting book

Johnny (4 years old) has caught his six-year-old sister’s enthusiasm for the Small Hands Creating Hope book, and it is a joy to watch them plan and make projects from the book together. They both enjoyed making this counting book today (2-year-old Lily as napping), and – while for now I am happy for them to focus on the projects – I am also looking forward to the day when they read the stories. Cancer is a piece of their legacy, and I want them to face it with hope, not fear.

butterfly counting book

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

13 thoughts on “Inspired by Small Hands Creating Hope”

  1. I am yet to look into the book into details, but it’s awesome to have this resource available. It’s awesome that your kids work so well together!

  2. Thanks so much for doing this project! I’ve been following your blog for well over a year or longer! I love reading about your kids’ activities. Last August my then 2.5 year old daughter (now 3.5) was diagnosed with ALL leukemia. Though I wish you hadn’t had cancer as a child, your story has definitely been an inspiration to me. Leukemia treatment is long and tough, but Jenna is doing excellent. She hasn’t had any signs of cancer since two days after starting chemo. She will continue treatment until Feb 2014. We feel blessed that her chance of long term survival is excellent. Thanks again for sharing your story! We look forward to seeing the activities in the Small Hands book and hearing more about your story!

    1. Leukemia can be very tough. I am so happy to hear that your daughter is doing so well! I hope you enjoy the activities in the Small Hands book as much as my children have been!

  3. I love those drawings. We’ve just printed out this book – your post is a good reminder that we have to actually do something with it.

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