February 8, 2022

Dear Friends,

It has been awhile since I have done a newsletter, life has certainly thrown me a curve ball.  My husband, Allen, who has helped me with my dolls since I started my business, pouring molds for me, taking those wonderful photos of my dolls, packing them so carefully, is now very sick.  He has pulmonary Fibrosis and is on oxygen 24/7 because it has progressed rapidly these past few months. We appreciate all your prayers concerning him, as nothing is impossible for God, He can heal him and add extra years to his life, which is what we are praying for.  On my website you will notice on the left menu a link to "Chris's Recovery Journey".  Chris is our son in law who had a double lung transplant 4 years ago and has made an amazing recovery.  Because of all Chris went through, he was able to get help for Allen at Inova hospital in Fairfax, Va.  We are so thankful and grateful to him for all the help he has given us. 

As for now my doll making time is very limited now because I have a lot of extra work to do since Allen is at this time not capable of doing much. However, I love doll making and designing costumes, sewing, etc., so I do not plan to stop and will continue to make dolls & costumes as time allows, God willing. This month I have two dolls available for sale, Lavinia a Bru 13 approx 25" tall and Madeline, a Bru 11 approx 24" tall. I am offering free USA shipping on both dolls or $30 off on international shipping cost. Additionally,  I am offering another $20 off the price of either doll when the buyer mentions this newsletter.   Unfortunately Allen is not able to take those wonderful photos of my dolls anymore, so the photos on my website are not as nice as they usually are since I am not a good photographer and the only camera I know how to use is my phone camera. Maybe with practice I can improve. 

Also on my website you will notice on the left menus links to "The Lavigne Letters".  This is a "book" I am writing using my Dad's WWII letters from over 60 years ago.  He fought on the beaches of Normandy on D Day.  I still have one more year to finish before I am done and sadly I barely have time to work on this project.  I posted it on my website because I did not want to lose what work I have done so far, and I also posted them in other places as well as not to lose them.  However if you are interested please read and enjoy! 

Thank you all for your kind words, prayers and support all these years, you have been such a blessing to Allen and myself. 

Much love.  Mary Benner