The Celebration of Life Continues

Margery GaffinMargery Gaffin, AmeriBag Executive Vice President and Co-founder shares:

I just returned from an amazing trip to Columbia, Kentucky that was inspired by the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag.

A bit of background…

Mary Phelps is one of my good friends who I have known for over thirty years. She is a horse photographer extraordinaire who covers the Olympics, dressage events and regularly is featured on Mary almost died in late June in a bizarre ATV accident near her home in Columbia, Kentucky. Mary was airlifted to a hospital center with a punctured lung and 15 broken bones. Amazingly, she was on the mend very quickly with a strong positive attitude.  While she was in the hospital she read my original post about the “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bag. She fell in love with the way it looked and the special meaning it had for her. It resonated deeply.

Today, Mary has completely recovered from her injuries. With the help of her wonderful husband, JJ, she is tackling her website, horse insurance and photography business with gusto. Her sister, Nancy Phelps, recently wrote to me and said:

“I’m putting together a surprise 60th birthday party for Mary, at her & JJ’s Columbia, KY home on Saturday, November 13, and I know she’d be so delighted if you and Irwin could make it!

She’s been so inspired by your bag design and blog, especially after her near-death experience from her ATV wreck, I had to use the “I Love My Life” theme for her celebration!

Now that the bags are available again, I’m ordering her one, and will decorate with the same theme, I think in black & white.”

So off I went and traveled 12 hours each way to celebrate my friend’s 60th birthday – with the theme of MY BAG! I thought to myself, “Does it get any better than this?”  It was a magical event with over 50 people happy to see Mary alive and loving her life. It was a very inspirational experience.  Mary is now the owner of two “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bags (a small black one given by her sister and an eggplant large Baglett by me).

The colored “I Love My Life” bags will be available in black, eggplant, sea moss and chocolate on December 15th.  All of our customers will be able to celebrate their love for life in color and in two sizes.  We encourage you to throw a “I Love My Life” themed party to celebrate someone you love who has survived an ordeal and is exalted by life.

Email to reserve your bag today. They tend to sell out quickly, so let us hold them for you. Please specify which size and color you want (small Healthy Back Bag or large Baglett in black, eggplant, sea moss and chocolate).

Whether you have gone through a life trial, or you just appreciate your life, purchase a bag or throw a party for someone you love with the “I Love My Life” theme!

Mary and her guests

Pictured from left to right: Ava Hinjosa, Margery Gaffin, Mary Phelps, Nancy Phelps.  Nancy was the organizer, Ava and I traveled from far away to attend this poignant special event for our dear friend, Mary.

Mary's "I Love My Life" Birthday Cake

A beautiful, delicious chocolate cake fashioned after the “I Love My Life” Healthy Bag Bag® design!

Mary with her new "I Love My Life" large Baglett in eggplant

Mary with her new eggplant microfiber ‘I Love My Life’ Large Baglett.  This is the FIRST ONE EVER!!

Mary and her sister Nancy

Mary listening to sister Nancy’s celebratory toast, telling the story of survival and appreciation of life on her 60th birthday!

"I Love My Life" Healthy Back Bags and large Bagletts

The “I Love My Life” Healthy Back Bags and large Bagletts in eggplant, sea moss, black and chocolate. These bags will be available in December. They tend to sell out quickly, be sure to email to reserve your bag today.

3 thoughts on The Celebration of Life Continues

  1. This is a great and inspiring blog. I am proud of Margery and happy that Mary is now whole, hale and hearty again… two of my most favorite ladies!

  2. This is for my bestest friend Marge……………….
    I have never known a stronger woman and i am so proud to call her friend.
    On a Wing and a Prayer

    I’ll never forget that fateful day
    When I heard Marge say
    I have bad news, the tests are in
    I suddenly lost my happy grin.

    Marge said don’t fret, but to no avail
    I will get through this..I will not fail
    There is no choice, I must stand tall
    And beat this thing, once and for all

    Three months had passed and she was weak
    Her body tired,her soul so bleak
    She will get through this that I knew
    But at that moment, it did not show

    I want to rest my weary fears
    And pretend for a moment that I don’t care
    To carry them all through the day
    Just makes it harder…please go away

    Four months have passed and Marge was bright
    Her cheery soul shines through the night
    “I think I’ve beat this monsters grip
    My strength and courage, I came equipped ”

    That day they told Marge so…
    You’ve beat this thing…one month to go
    Let’s sing and dance the night away
    I’m happy now…so won’t you stay

    I always knew right from the start
    Marge would prevail…for she’s got heart
    They said don’t fret…what did they know
    Marge had to prove it was her show

    Marge fought this beast and now she’s won
    Thank you ….… I said as one of her close friend
    Idon’t know what I would have done
    For it was all or merely none

    Marg has shown such strength and through it all
    She never wavered, She stood so tall
    She made it through, from there to here
    All because of a wing and a prayer

    Love you Marge


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