By Reese Schroeder-
Hello! My name is Reese Schroeder. This week I’m taking over blogging duties for my Mom, Stacie. Between raising me and my two brothers, working and coaching my volleyball team, she stays awfully busy.
I am now eight years old and still enjoy art. I created cards featuring some of my favorite animals when I was in kindergarten.
Although I never dreamed of it at first, these drawings wound up becoming Cards By Reese. All kinds of people found out about them and we sold so many I couldn’t keep up with the numbers.
I made them as a way to raise money to help my mother when Dad was very sick. He spent several months in the hospital. Any adults reading this know now—even when you have medical insurance—there are always deductibles, co-pays and other bills that aren’t covered.
Looking back, it is so amazing that my artwork became a way to help with these expenses. While it’s been a long time since I saw her, I am so grateful to Julie Baumann, the art teacher who helped me with my artwork.
After we had finished the drawings and a nice printer offered to print the cards for free, she took me to visit the people in her neighborhood.
When I asked them if they wanted to buy a pack of my cards, you know what? Nobody said “no,” which made me feel really good. When I told my Daddy about them, he said, “That’s great, Reese.”
The sad part of the story is that he never came home. While he went to live in Heaven, Mom says he’s proud of me.
After the funeral, we wound up moving a long ways away so we could live closer to my aunt and uncle and other family members. For a long time, we didn’t do anything with the cards.
However, now that we have gotten settled, I asked if I could draw some more scenes for a new line of cards. The first two sets were of animals, but the newest ones have a beach-and-water theme.
One shows a diver looking at a pair of fish on the bottom of the ocean. There are three other drawings of fish underwater, one of a mermaid, and one of a girl standing next to a sandcastle. I’m excited about these new cards because I think they’re some of my best work.
More than that, I’m excited to be able to help my Mom and help the poor and hurting in India through Matthew 10 International Ministries.
Half the money we raise will go to helping needy people, including kids like me who don’t have a father. Many don’t have a mother, either. My heart aches for these orphans because they have to go through life without someone to tuck them in to bed every night and comfort them when they’re scared.
Buying these cards is a way to send greetings to friends and loved ones while also helping others. Thank you for caring.