I am writing to introduce you to one of your most avid readers, my sweet daughter, Lorelei. Years ago, when she was around 11, she was given several previously read and well-loved MaryJanesFarm magazines by a friend of my mom’s. She read them cover to cover. My mom found out how much she loved them and gifted her a subscription for her birthday. Every time a new issue would come, she would lock herself in her room to read it fully.
Lorelei was an old soul who loved animals (specifically, cats), fairy gardens, knitting, embroidery, and cooking. She would often bound down the stairs after reading a recipe and beg me to try it with her. When we would travel, she would bring her favorite copies and reread them on the drive. She crafted a case for them and collected as many issues as she could.
She loved to accompany me to estate sales, nurseries, and the local library. She was the type of child who loved to help and never shied away from work. When she wanted something, she would give it her all to make it happen.
On April 27, 2021, a month before her 14th birthday, she was diagnosed with a rare leukemia. We were allowed to go home for one night and pack for a long stay in the hospital. One of the first things in her bag was her homemade caddy of MaryJanesFarm magazines and a hot-glue gun. She ended up going through four rounds of chemo, but her doctors could not get her into remission. She spent almost six months in the hospital. For each and every stay, those magazines came with us. We spent hours in hospital rooms crafting and talking about her dreams of her future farm, the recipes we were going to make, the chicken coop she wanted to build in our suburban back yard, and the cat rescue she planned to start.
In the end, those magazines traveled all the way from our hospital in Tennessee to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. Unfortunately, on December 2, 2021, she lost her battle. She was 14½ years old.
I’m writing to let you know that your magazine touches people of all ages. Lorelei kept and reread every single issue she received. They inspired her to garden, fill her bedroom with plants, and dream of her future. She lived every day to the fullest and gave her all to everything she did. She was the hardest worker I have ever met. Thank you for giving a beautiful young girl the ideas to craft her dreams for the future. I truly believe those dreams are what kept her going each time she received bad news regarding her diagnosis. I pray that her story inspires you and your readers to continue to seize the day, put the work in, and dream big.