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Little Austin’s Life Was Saved…


March of Dimes

Their Research SAVED Austin's Life!

The March of Dimes – March for Babies

This is a cause that is VERY DEAR TO OUR HEARTS! You see, our little grandson, Austin Thomas Alexander, age 2, would not be with us today if it were not for the research and development of drugs used to save the lives of many preemies every single day! Not one little life should be lose because of lack of funds in developing these new "Life-Saving" Treatments!



Our son, Andy, and his wife, Stephanie, along with our precious grandson,
Austin Thomas Alexander (age 2) have been named the…





"Ambassador Family" for the Anderson County March of Dimes, March for Babies for 2012. 
Austin has been named the Anderson County
March of Dimes 2012 "Ambassador"


We want Austin's story to serve as an inspiration to others by helping spread awareness of the March of Dimes and all that they do to save "little lives". We have a family team called "Miles Into Miracles", that will walk in the "March for Babies Walk". We feel every single mile walked and every dollar raised brings us closer to more miracles.







Our Family Goal is to raise $3,300 for the 33 days Austin spent in the NICU,
but, of course, we would be THRILLED to be able to raise much more!


Pictures From Austin's Second Birthday!


Austin's Story

Austin, born at 31 weeks, spent 33 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Greenville Memorial Hospital. The March of Dimes and their research aided in the development of a new drug, surfactant, as well as other drugs which saved Austin's life.



Austin Thomas Alexander Just a few hours old:
Weighing 3 lbs., 5 oz.


Our sweet little baby on a C-Pap Machine


Austin was first diagnosed with Respiratory Distress Syndrome or RDS, a lung malfunction. He was put on a ventilator for 6 days followed by 2 days on a C-Pap machine. Austin had to receive 3 doses of Surfacant, a medicine which opened his lungs.


They discovered he had pneumonia as well as a hole in his heart, known as a PDA. He was given a medicine to repair that hole. This drug had side effects which could have shut down his intestines, so all feedings were stopped at that time. Andy and Stephanie got to hold Austin just a few minutes for the first time right before this treatment was started. After 23 days, test results showed that the hole had closed, and his intestines were fine. When a bottle was started, it took him 30 minutes to drink 1/2 teaspoon of milk. He couldn't breath and eat at the same time, so several times he turned blue making him have to be put back on a feeding tube and oxygen. If not for the Grace of God, and the March of Dimes, Austin would not be with us today. Our goal as a family is to raise awareness and funds for the March of Dimes.



Our Personal Goal

As my husband, Steve, and I were thinking about what we could personally do to raise the much needed funds we have pledged to the March of Dimes, I came up with an idea. I decided to give each of you who donates a minimum of $25.00 to our March of Dimes team: "Miles Into Miracles", two FREE gifts along with having your name entered into a drawing. The winner of this drawing will have a chance of receiving a $200 Custom Wreath designed especially by me.  

Drawing for a Custom Wreath

As you probably already know, Ladybug Wreaths' Custom Designs are VERY SPECIAL!
So, I want to GIVE AWAY one of these Very Special, Custom Designed Wreaths!



This is just ONE of the ways Steve and I can contribute by raising much needed money for the March of Dimes – March for Babies!  Ladybug Wreaths will be holding the drawing on April 28, 2012, on the day of the "March For Babies" walk.



And…That's Not All!


"Yard Sale Treasures" E-Book ($37.00 Value)
"Be My Valentine" How-to Video ($19.00 Value)





The Information is as Follows:

  • For every $25 donation, your name will be entered into our drawing. For example: If you donate $75.00, your name will be entered THREE times, etc.!
  • Checks must be made out to "The March of Dimes"
  • In the subject line put: For: Miles Into Miracles Team
  • Checks must be mailed to: Ladybug Wreaths, 203 Regent Road, Anderson, SC, 29621
  • All Checks must be received BEFORE April 21, 2012
  • The drawing will be held on April 28, 2012… the day of the walk.
  • We will film my grandson, Austin, and I drawing the name for the "Lucky Winner"
  • The Winner will be notified by email as soon as possible, after the walk has ended.
  • Also after the walk, each of you who have made a donation of at least $25.00 will be sent the download links to the e-book and video!


A Lucky Winner Will Receive a Brand New
Custom Designed Wreath Valued at $200.00

(shipping included)


You can click on the link below which will lead you to my Etsy Store to see more
Spring and Summer Wreaths which are for sale right now.






“Austin’s Story Cont.” Contest For a Custom Made Wreath

"Austin's Story!" By Nancy Alexander

Ladybug Wreaths is Hosting a Contest for:


YOU can enter a drawing for a chance to win a CUSTOM DESIGNED WREATH just for you.  Your wreath could be similar to the one below…or totally different.  It is YOUR choice! The wreath you will win is valued at $200!  I will even pay the shipping costs!  It will be designed especially for YOU in any color, style, or design that you wish!  You may ask, "Why are you doing this?"  I am doing this to raise money for "THE MARCH OF DIMES; MARCH FOR BABIES", an organization which holds a DEAR SPOT IN MY HEART!"


The winner will receive an extra large wreath similar to the one above.  I know a lot of you support worthy causes, and this is certainly one of those.  For a minimum donation of $25.00 to the march of Dimes, your name will be entered into the drawing once.  For every $25.00 you donate, your name will be entered into the drawing, i.e. for a $75.00 gift, your name will be added three times.

The little boy below, our grandson, Austin Thomas Alexander, now 26 months old, is the reason this charity has changed our lives. You see, Austin would not be with us today if not for the work of the March of Dimes!


Austin, born at 31 weeks, spent 33 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Greenville Memorial Hospital.  The March of Dimes and their research aided in the development of a new drug, surfactant, as well as other drugs which saved Austin's life as well as the lives of many other preemies.

If you wish to read more about "Austin's Story", you can see it in this blog at:  http://nancysramblings.com/austins-story/

I would like to thank you all in advance for your generous gifts, knowing full well that other children will be saved through your generosity.

Your checks need to be mailed to me and received before April 21st.  They should be made payable to The March of Dimes.

My address:

Nancy Alexander
203 Regent Road
Anderson, SC 29621

In the subject line of your check, add our family team name:  "Miles Into Miracles".

The drawing will be held the day of the March of Dimes – March for Babies Walk In Anderson, SC, on April 28, 2012.  At the walk, we will video me, along with my grandson, Austin, drawing the name of the lucky winner of this $200.00 custom wreath.  Then all of the checks will be turned into the March of Dimes that same day.

If you would like to view our personal family page on the March of Dimes website, click on the link below:


Christmas Spirit

I Have the Christmas Spirit

Oh yes, I certainly do know what you’re thinking….Seems a little crazy to me also.  But to retailers – Christmas is upon us.  I have ordered and received all of my Christmas supplies.  My shop is filled to overflowing.  And…. my husband’s garage, which he lost to me a long time ago, is stacked to the rafters.  We have arms attached to every wall sticking way out into the middle of the garage, and they are filled with our wild birch wreath forms and birch baskets.

Tables run right down the center with open boxes of Christmas supplies stacked upon each other.  Every one is open with little twigs of reds, greens, glittered treasures, and ornaments.  Santa and Snowman heads, yes, and bodies are hanging out of one box, while garlands are hanging out of another.  The shelves around the walls are full.  It’s like walking into a very cold (no heat) winter wonderland. 

It is so much fun now that we are designing our Christmas creations!  We have about 6 new wreaths made and ready to list.  That is, as soon as my computer expert, John, comes over this morning and gets the virus off my computer which I somehow managed, last night, to entice to join me!  I am usually very careful, and never take a chance, but there was a free program that I wanted so very  badly, that my greed took the place of my common sense, and yes, I got in trouble!  A quick call to John at 8:30, and I was hearing a message saying…..flip the switch…..turn the whole system off, and don’t touch it until I can get there in the morning.

Boy, what a downer.  I had a teacher coming over to give me my weekly class on Photo Shop, and after that I was all ready, with pictures already loaded to list all of my newly made wreaths.  Shirley made these for me yesterday while I was typing away and working on my website, and eBay.

But, I am all ready to go this morning.  It is 8 am, and Shirley is in the shop working away, I am working on my husband’s computer gettings shipping labels printed and orders answered while awaiting the computer expert’s arrival.  I WANT and NEED my own computer back – I am totally lost without it!

OK, I know that is enought ranting and raving for this morning!  Tee Hee Hee!!! 

Oh, I almost forgot, “THE CONTEST” you have exactly 26 days left to sign up for newsletter contest.  The response has been phenonemal – over 100 new members in the last 2 1/2 weeks.  By joining my newsletter list, you have a chance to win  any of over $1,000.00 worth of prizes!  The drawing will be November 15th at noon eastern time.  Make sure you enter, and get your name added to my free newsletter.  By reading in the posting below, you can find out exactly what each prize is – and I mean, they are really GREAT prizes.

In the upcoming months, we have so many articles about Christmas and home decorating, tips on wreath and floral design, and more contests as well as give-aways on the horizon.  So, join now, and don’t miss any of these very special treats we have in store for you!  Oh, also, and now is the time to purchase your Instructional Floral Design Videos!  You have time to get them in, view them, go shoping for all your supplies, and then begin making all of your Christmas presents for this year.  Your friends and family will be so very impressed!!!!

Have a very special day filled with blooms and blossoms!  Smiles…. Nancy

LadybugWreaths Holiday Wreath Contest


Good Morning!  I just wanted to tell everyone who reads my blog about the very special Contest that LadybugWreaths.com is having….

It’s FANTASTIC, it’s MARVELOUS, it’s UNBELIEVEABLE!!  Ok, I know, I know…. that’s really playing it up a little much, right?  Well, when I tell you about it, I think you’ll actually agree with me.

Here is a copy of my newsletter which just went out this morning:

You Don’t Want to Miss This VERY SPECIAL Newsletter!!
These are hard economic times right now.  People are worried, business owners are worried.  I have decided to face this challenge with something unprecdented – at least in my business.
I trust that things are going to work out, I trust that the economy is going to turn around.  I’ve got the Christmas holiday spirit early this year, and I’m feeling very generous as I count my many, many blessings in 2008.
I’m excited, to announce the first ever LadybugWreaths Holiday Wreath Contest where 16 lucky winners will win really wonderful prizes. 
This contest is open to all subscribers of my LadybugWreaths Newsletter.  Its my way of saying ‘thank you’ and also a way to start the holiday season off in high spirits!  The Wreath pictured above is “Merry Christmas”, the subject of my last video.  It just recently sold for $330.00 on eBay.  By signing up for my newsletter you have a chance of winning “The Grand Prize” which is a wreath EXACTLY like this one!

Also, in this picture, you’ll see the ten Instructional How-to Videos on different types of floral design which have been filmed in the last year.  The first prize winner will receive all ten of these videos – a $320.00 value.  So make sure you click on the link below to learn more about this wonderful give-away.  As if this wasn’t already enough, there are more prizes that you’ll definitely want to learn about!

Please pass this message along to friends and family who would be interested in learning more about wreath design, or reading articles on interior decorating, gardening, and even selling on eBay.  Maybe they might be in the market for a beautiful custom wreath of their own.  They can subscribe to my newsletter and
immediately become entered in the contest also. 
As a current subscriber, you are automatically entered into the contest without doing anything at all. 
I’ll be sure to keep you posted as to how the contest is going.  And in the meantime, I wish each and every one of you the BEST of Luck! 


Smiles… Nancy