In Paper Snowflakes, Family Finds Answer to Prayer
Keith Bonnstetter believes God gave him a gift that helped his family during a difficult time. Now, he often uses that gift to capture milestones in other families’ lives.
A member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport, Bonnstetter has for 10 years run a business cutting personalized paper snowflakes highlighting the hobbies, faith, family or other features of recipients’ lives.
But the Spanish teacher at Bettendorf High School says his creations are “just pieces of paper” unless he tells the story of how he started making them.
That story involves a journey of faith and a medical struggle with his daughter, Claire, now 14, who began suffering medical problems in the early months of her life. Her gross motor skills were delayed; she didn’t sit alone until two weeks before her first birthday and couldn’t walk without a walker at nearly age 4.
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