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One year ago I met one of the sweetest Canadians ever. She blogs over Just a Thought and she is my friend. We met online and then in real life at Allume last year.

Last year FMF...the Better Writer's group!

Last year FMF…the Better Writer’s group!

We were all part of a big group called Better Writers and then a little group of us branched off and became The Bligging Deevahs of Masterminds (sorry, I am not telling the story behind the name, this is who we are and we own it!).

Katharine at Five Minute Friday!!

Katharine at Five Minute Friday!!

This beautiful group of women became more than a Mastermind group we became a little family. Praying, coaching, cheering each other on. We were all hoping to be at Allume together this year…all eight of us, but that wasn’t to be.

The rockin' Debi, myself and Katharine

The rockin’ Debi, myself and Katharine

Katharine was planning to come, she had a ticket and a travelling plan and high hopes. While I am not the one to tell her story the long and short of it is that she was diagnosed with cancer this summer.

Ms. Lorretty and Katharine

Ms. Lorretty and Katharine

We prayed and hoped and hoped and prayed but she needed chemo. She’s having round 4 this weekend instead of hanging out here with us girls.
So another of our number got a bright idea and she texted me. Would I make a teddy bear? Sure, but my business is dolls – Button Beauties. Alright then, let’s make a doll, we’ll take her with us to the conference and she can be a stand in for Katharine.

The rockin' Debi, myself and Katharine

The rockin’ Debi, myself and Katharine

Which brings us to Allume 2013. The Katharine doll has been on walks and to Five Minute Friday, listened to the speakers and attended meet-ups. She’s been shopping and hung out in rooms and been prayed for.

Katharine has been loved on, chased down some big bloggers for pictures and has had a pretty good time!

This is the sweet girl, Katie,who got to be here when Katharine couldn't!

This is the sweet girl, Katie,who got to be here when Katharine couldn’t!

Disclaimer:
I am trying to blog on my ipad and it isn’t really working very well…but there is grace for the ipad!!! and there aren’t as many pictures and all that but I am going to hold on to grace.

So that’s the story…Katharine is a Button Beauty, they are custom made dolls and are available under the tab The Crazy Grace Store. They are available at my Etsy store too…TheCrazyGraceStore. Please use the code ALLUME13 to get a 10% off your order.

Next week I will tell you more about what went on here…