The word “cancer” makes my heart race; I need to take a deep breath. I have seen first hand how aggressive cancer can be. I have seen it’s ability to rob a person of their physical strength despite their desperate will to be healthy and live. I have seen the frailty of humanity.

MaryAnne from celebrates thirty years of cancer survivorship. She heads up project  “Small Hands Creating Hope”: a group of bloggers working together to raise money for the American Cancer Society by contributing projects children can make to bring hope to cancer patients.

Where does your hope lie? Is it faithful? Is it trustworthy? Is it victorious?


Here is what I will teach my children about hope: Jesus is risen! Jesus has conquered sin and death. Jesus is the King.

For those who are in Christ, his resurrection gives us hope. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 ESV)

I will teach my children when sickness comes, be there to hold hands, be there to weep, but do not lose hope for Christ conquers.

My mother died of stomach cancer in 2009. Cancer does not win if you die. It wins if it destroys your love for Christ. I grieve the loss of my mother, but I grieve as one with hope. My heart and mouth is filled with the hope of Christ.

Is your hope faithful, trustworthy and victorious?


The team behind “Small Hands Creating Hope” have compiled an ebook, which we are sending out to anyone who donates at least $15 to the American Cancer society. An email with the download link, as well as a second link that allows you to purchase a hard copy of the book at production cost will be sent once we receive your donation.

This button will take you directly to the American Cancer Society’s donation page:

If you donate at least $15 but do not receive this email for any reason, or if you have trouble with the download, email smallhandsproject at gmail dot com. 

Visit team Small Hands Creating Hope on each of their own blogs as they share their stories behind the project.

14 May Mama Smiles
15 May
Artsy Craftsy Mom
           Rainbows Within Reach
16 May
B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May
Rainy Day Mum
           Imagination Soup
18 May
Inspiration Laboratories
19 May
Experimenting Mom
20 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart 

21 May NurtureStore   
           Mama Smiles
22 May
Living Montessori Now
23 May
Mess for Less
24 May
Having Fun at Home and CraftoArt
25 May 
Outlaw Mom
26 May
Angelique Felix and Sense of Wonder
27 May
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
28 May
Duck Duck Octopus
29 May
Smiling like Sunshine
30 May
Mommy with Selective Memory
31 May
One Perfect Day
1 June
The Educators’ Spin On It
2 June
Kids Stuff World
3 June
Rainy Day Mum
4 June
Teach Preschool
5 June
Dirt and Boogers
6 June
Creative Connections for Kids and The Golden Gleam
7 June
Montessori Tidbits
8 June
Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
9 June
The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
10 June
Scribble Doodle and Draw
11 June
Learn with Play
12 June
Kitchen Counter Chronicles
13 June
CRAYON Freckles
14 June Glittering Muffins
15 June
Wise Owl Factory
16 June
Crafty Maa
18 June
Lessons Learnt Journal
20 June Growing a Jeweled Rose
21 June Growing Play
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About the author

Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.