I have many sisters in Avon.
Anyone can say that, but I feel that’s what I really have. Earlier this year my baby Annabelle became very sick. She had just started a new treatment to try and halt her growing seizures when she came down with a terrible lung virus. It a very short time, she went from seeming dehydrated to being on life support. During the worst moments, before my husband could even make it to the hospital, I put out a plea to the largest Avon Facebook group: Onward, No Matter What. As I sat with the hospital chaplain and watched over a dozen doctors and nurses work on my baby, I held my phone in my hand and felt a little buzz every second or two – letting me know a new prayer was being sent up. 429 prayers later – she finally stabilized.
While we were in the PICU my Avon District Sales manager, Cheri Bradish, sent me an Edible Arrangement. Karen Follett, a former Avon Mega Store employee sent little Annabelle a plush lamb and bunny for Easter. Karen caught the entrepreneur bug herself and started her own crochet designs company.
Of course, friends outside of Avon also helped ease the difficult journey of a long hospital stay. Members of the local Down Syndrome Guild, Cindy Small and Ellie Chickadonz brought gift baskets of toys and mommy-helpers. Ellie knew only too well the hardship of PICU stays as her daughter was in the PICU for six months just one year earlier. Unfortunately, she lost her beautiful daughter, Clara, this year. I think of her often and how close Annabelle and I came to the same outcome.
But, thankfully, Annabelle got to come home back to her family. Even then, the support continued! Being Avon ladies – of course they supported her fashion sense! She received a couple of sets of clothes from the ever-sweet Judy Burnett. Gail Roben sent a complete set of custom-made hair bows. A perpetual entrepreneur, she sells them at her Crayon’s Children’s Resale store in Texas, along with running an Avon business!
Just last week another Avon sister, Alice Chisholm, sent Annabelle a sweet gift package to help her through the tough week after getting her tonsils and adenoids out. Alice has one of the most consistent Avon blogs I’ve known. She regularly posts about all things Avon: products, how to, and more. See Alice’s blog here.
I am grateful to everyone who sent gifts, kind words, “liked” a post – whatever way you have showed support these last few months. All acts and efforts have been deeply felt and appreciated.
Of course, there are my birth sisters and brothers and mother who threw our family a “Happy Adoption” party this July to celebrate the two-year journey from originally picking up Annabelle at the NICU at 5 weeks old to adopting her literally two years later – the same day, even the same hour we first took her home.
Annabelle will always be special to our hearts. And, so will all of my sisters: be they birth sisters, moms of kids with Down Syndrome sisters, or my Avon sisters. Thank you ladies.
Avon’s “Sisterhood of Avon” video: