Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Glam for a Day - Rachel Olimb

Jeremy, Rachel, and Asher...

Finally the time has come to reveal our pick for a very special Glam for a Day winner. We were overwhelmed by all the letters we received and stricken with the daunting task of picking only one, however when we received the letter about Rachel we immediately knew what to do.  We have been so excited to tell you all about her! Rachel and her Family's story is one of great faith and courage. Here is a quote from the letter her friend Emily wrote to us;

"Rachel was the first person I talked to who TRULY understood me after our tiny, 10 day old, newborn daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening and right now life-shortening disease that causes the mucous in your body to be thick and sticky, causing problems MANY problems but mostly problems with the lungs and digestive system. You see, Rachel had already been living with CF in her house for 18 months, as her little boy Asher had CF too. Rachel has a complete and total heart for God and loves Our Father endlessly. At my time of total devastation and heartbreak, Rachel was there to help me see the Lord in our situation."

She then went on to explain how Rachel and her Husband Jeremy were now expecting their 2nd baby boy Paxon. They were saddened to hear that Paxon also has CF, along with a deletion of the 4th Chromosome and a severe cleft pallet. Quite a blow that they are handling with great faith and grace. They turned to our Heavenly Father, and have been feeling his comfort and blessings ever since. Paxon made an early appearance on Christmas day! He is truly a gift, and is already showing signs of being a true fighter, however he is struggling greatly right now! He and his family are in for a long haul, and they NEED and love to have all of our prayers and support. 

I strongly urge you to read more about their story on their blog and the heartbreaking battle the  family is facing each day.  You can also keep up with the family through Facebook. It's very tender and very real and I hurt for Rachel and her children but am also so incredibly thankful for her example and for the reminder to appreciate and share gratitude for the blessings that I have been given. 

Now that you are all weeping along with us I'm sure you can see why we had to choose this beautiful person to pamper for a day. Let us share how it went....

 The week before little Paxon came, we snatched Rachel away for a day of pampering and Glam! We had so many wonderful people volunteer their services to Rachel, we were all overwhelmed by the LOVE.

 We started our day in the fabulous Adorn Style Lounge, Melinda the owner offered one of her best Stylists, and a gift certificate for clothes/jewelry in her very cool and shockingly affordable Boutique. After hair and shopping, we needed some food, and Sweet Cakes Cafe offered Rachel a delicious lunch on the house with their undeniably scrumptious cookies too of course. yummy!!!


Next we headed to the Whippy Cake Lair for gorgeous Glitter Toes by Emily Yeager, and makeup and hairstyling by Miss Becki. 

We had our own little mini Christmas where we were able to shower Rachel with gifts from YOU! We were blown away and Rachel was moved to tears by the gifts that seem to keep on flowing.


We really want to thank all of those who contributed to this special little Christmas party including:

Luxe Boulevard

Cupcakes in a Jar

Adorn Style Lounge

Sweet Cakes Cafe 

Emily Yeager

Kathy Scoffeild Photography

Chateau Couture Decor  

We knew we were asking quite a bit of everyone just a week before Christmas and we were so touched by how willing they were  to go out of their way to give even during the busy season. Thank you, we know how much time it cost you and it didn't go unnoticed. 

Kathy Scoffeild of Kathy Scoffeild Photography, captured the day for us and also donated a Family~Maternity shoot to the family. She was so professional but also a pleasure to share the day with. We hope to work with her again soon.



Thank you again to everybody who helped us pull this off! I can't stress how much we truly appreciate all those who contributed and especially how thankful we are to your continued prayers.  You made it a a delicious day and the best part was that we made a new friend for life!


Whippy Cake


Dixon Family said...

wow--that is awesome. what an incredible story and fabulous day!

Annie said...

If anyone deserved this, she did. She is a far better woman than I will ever be.

Blanca said...

Whippy Cake ladies you make my heart so happy. You organized such a wonderful thing for a lovely woman & you still managed to give to other women. My mother-in-law was so touched and grateful by the gift you sent for her. You ladies are just wonderful.




Stephanie said...

My heart is swollen. Nuff said.

Lisa said...

So awesome!!

Ashley said...

Beautiful. Amazing. Heart warming. Beautiful beautiful family. I wish the best for this lovely lady and her family, and will continue to pray for those 2 precious baby boys.

Mandy said...

What a heartbreaking but also inspiring story...she was truly deserving of such a pampering day. My prayers will be with their family as they go through this difficult journey.

Darby said...

what a fun day for this new mama to be and the long road ahead for them. The images are all beautiful and I'm sure they will be treasured forever. I will keep this beautiful family and little Paxton in my prayers.

tami said...

My heart is full...once again you have reached out and touched the life of an amazing woman and her family. But more than that, the result is far more reaching as others are touched by this story and then DO! Thank you for reminding all of us to serve and give love to those who are in need. My prayers are with Rachel and her sweet family!

Anonymous said...

It was such an amazing day. I felt it was a gift to feel Rachel's beaming spirit! She truly radiates from the inside out. She has an amazing faith and strength. It was an honor to capture the day for her and her family. Paxon and the family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!

britney said...

Look how beautiful she is! Great job for always reaching out to others. It is truly touching and inspiring! Thanks for all you do for others.... Ps.. Im ready for your 2011 line and cant wait much longer! Please hurry!

Emily said...

This is so wonderful! How generous of all who helped and she looked so gorgeous! Its so awesome when strong people like Rachel are shown love and support like that.

Debbie said...

As a friend of Rachel's, I want to thank you all SO MUCH for what you did for her... she deserves it more than you can possibly imagine!! Little Paxon lost his battle today after only 11 days on this earth - Through it all, Rachel showed nothing but grace, faith, trust and strength. She is a living, breathing example of what it means to rely WHOLLY in our Lord and Savior!!

Thank you again!!!

Talia said...

What an amazing gift for an obviously amazing mama and woman!! xo

Michaela said...

So beautiful!! You girls are so sweet to do this and wow, is Rachel stunning!! Her hair is adorable. Such a fun day of pampering (:

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! Love you girls so much for doing this! I feel blessed to have been able to contribute a small bit to it. Let me know if there is anything else I can do.


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