Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

One of our favorite quotes.
Hope you have an absolutely beautiful day today and Happy Wednesday!!

source | original photo by Tec Petaja Photography

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Thursday!

What are you thankful for today?
We hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

$7,500 to go!

What are we raising money for? Why all the garage sales and fundraisers?! We've got $7,500 standing in the way of completing the two-year series of extensive dental work I am needing done, that number first amounted to a total of $12,000 of dental work needed, but has now surmounted to closer to $18,000 and we need your help!

As most of you know, I went in for a root canal in March of 2010 and since then have never been the same. After literally now three years and two months of tests, being seen by doctors all over, we still have not been able to determine the cause of the auto immune and neurological disease I have been dealing with since that original root canal. In August 2011, about a year into this journey, we began Mazvita's Angels as a way to raise money for a series of dental work several different dentists confirmed I needed, the issues causing them could be related to finally nailing down a diagnosis, or the next step leading towards that discovery and thus more effective treatment.

We'd love your prayers and support and are fully trusting this need will be met and provided! We're working to raise the $7,500 by the end of this summer, and right now our current fundraising mini-goal is $3,000 for my next dental procedures I've needed for a few months that we're trying to get done as soon as possible as the amount of time this much infection is in my system and in my mouth is what has caused more problems to occur, raising the amount of dental work needed, and we're trying to avoid these next few fillings for example, which are $1,000 problems, to again be multiplied into a $3,000 problem (resulting in needing a root canal and crown.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all of your Mazvita's Angels purchases throughout this period, your encouraging words, prayers, and support, and all of you who donated to our garage sale last year, made a financial donation, and/or came out to shop! We are so grateful for all of your generous donations this year as well and if you've still got stuff you'd like to get rid of, just let us know and we can come grab it from ya or tell ya where to take it!

Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing ya at the sale!

Health update, background, and our 2nd sale!

Guess what?! You're gonna think we're crazy, but after doing a big garage sale last summer, we're doing it again! Thank you so so much to everyone who donated items to the sale, came out to shop, and/or made a financial donation!

I was blown away by the generosity of your donations, the time you took to gather them and coordinate getting them to us, I was literally speechless. It meant so much. Because of your generosity and support, a total of $3,000 was raised that was used for two and a half of my dental procedures, a root canal, crown, and a filling!! Such an incredible blessing!

And the fundraising continues! We are almost halfway through a series of extensive dental work I found out I needed in August 2011 to fix all the problems dentists have found that are either related to the cause of my illness or could potentially lead to my full recovery and/or a diagnosis. Currently we have to raise $3,000 for the next procedures I am needing done.

We have a total need of $7,500 needed to complete the remainder of my dental work, but we are taking our fundraising in chunks with assessing the most immediate needs laid out in my treatment plan.

Last August, I started a crafting organization and fundraiser called "Mazvita's Angels :: Crafting for a Cause" that consists of a series of smaller, ongoing crafting fundraisers (starting with the fabric flowers and hair accessories I've been making and selling with friends), as well as a few larger scale fundraisers such as a garage sale a couple times a year.

We had a blast at our first "large scale" fundraiser, the garage sale last August, and are excited for the next one at the beginning of next month! We would love your help as we continue to raise money for my current medical needs, most immediately, the dental work I mentioned above.


A "brief" synopsis of what's happened to get us to this point:

-- I got sick in March 2010 in the days surrounding a root canal. I've had literally hundreds of tests done and have been seen by scores of doctors all over, and after three years as of this March, the doctors have still not been able to figure out what is wrong. We still do not have a diagnosis, all that has been determined is I have an auto-immune disease that is also neurological in nature.

-- I found out in August 2011 that I needed a series of extensive dental work to fix some of the problems that could potentially lead to my recovery or another stepping stone leading to a diagnosis and thus more effective treatment.

-- Emotionally and spiritually, I am doing really well. Like all of us, I have my good days and my bad, but overall am encouraged, fighting every day to live and enjoy my life, and full of hope. Physically, I'm still sick and nowhere near 100%, but we've had several breakthroughs in the last couple of years that have dramatically improved my overall quality of life and are helping me live my life amidst the daily challenges of my illness as we continue to pursue long-term answers and solutions.

-- Management, as many of you who also have or have family you are caring for with chronic illnesses, has been the name of the game the last few years. We haven't gotten to the bottom of what is going on yet, but I am grateful for the things we are continuing to find that are helping us more effectively manage and treat my pain and symptoms that are allowing me to function at a capacity I have not experienced since first getting sick and give me a bit of energy again.


I'm (still) planning to send out a more detailed health update about some of what's been going on lately leading to an increase in the money we're needing to raise, along with more specific prayer needs, but want to thank you now for the prayers and ways you have been supporting us. Whether it's been a while since we've talked or recently, I cannot tell you how much those prayers mean and how much we have and I have needed them.

So looking forward to getting to do the sale again, it was really encouraging getting to re-connect with many of you while dropping or picking up donations, coming out to shop. If you're doing some spring cleaning or still have some stuff you'd like to get rid of and would like to donate to our cause, we're collecting donations now through the sale!

You can contact me on my cell phone: 573-424-5163 (texting is usually the fastest/easiest way for me to get back) or by emailing, I'll have a couple friends checking that email for garage sale donations, just send an email with "garage sale" in the subject line or contact me on here, through my phone, or on facebook and we can come get your stuff from ya or tell ya where to drop it off!

We are collecting the following items:

- clothing (kids and adults)
- furniture and appliances
- books
- movies/cds/dvds
- electronics
- other  household items/dishes/kitchenware
- bedding
- jewelry
- bags
- purses
- outdoor/camping or sporting goods

and really, just about anything!

If you've got items you'd like to donate to the sale, just let us know! And for those interested in making a financial donation, you can send a check to our new address: 606 Huntridge Drive, Columbia, MO 65201, checks payable to "Mazvita's Angels."

Thanks so much for your prayers, love, and support!
Lots of love to you all!!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Wednesday!

It's the perfect day to start living your dreams. What are you dreaming about lately? We hope you have a Happy Wednesday and a wonderful rest of your day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Wednesday and Hello May!

Good morning and Happy Wednesday, Happy first day of May!

May's an exciting month for us, we have several of Mazvita's Angels' special brides getting married this month, the one year anniversary of our first bride, several girls graduating from Mizzou here in just a few weeks, and at the end of the month, we're having our second big garage sale! We're also excited about this new bridal mag launching this month, check it out at the link below and Happy May!