Friday, July 24, 2009

It's Not the Destination....it's the Journey!!

Oh happy day!! After 5 years and 7 months, our precious Miguel is now legally adopted. It has been quite the journey for him and his Mom and today it finally happened. Sarah became Miguel's foster Mom when Miguel was 11 weeks old and he's been with her ever since. Today he became part of her forever family. I'll never forget the day Miguel was placed with Sarah. After a visit to the doctor, she brought him to our house and we were immediately in love with this little boy. At 11 weeks he was barely bigger than our son at birth. But he had a smile that melted our hearts and a giggle that filled our house with laughter and love. On the left is him that first evening. Can you see why we loved him from day one? Here he is today, 5 years and 7 months later waiting for his adoption hearing to take place. As you can see the smile is still there! I can't even begin to explain all the emotions that were running through the courtroom as the adoption took place today but I can tell you that there were a lot of very happy people. Even the judge commented on the size of the group that turned out for this adoption. From family, close friends, co-workers, Miguel's teachers, and church members the judge's galley was filled. This was truly a special day for a very special little boy and it was obvious that he is one very loved child! To the left is Sarah and her boys, now a forever family! As you can imagine, I have many, many photos of my "grandson" and so I've created a few collages to share with you today. The first one is Miguel through the years. I had such a great time looking through the thousands of photos I have of my little man.The next one is a collage of Miguel's first trip to Walt Disney World. We were very excited to be able to take him this past May and spend an entire week exploring the world through the eyes of a 5 year old.
The last one is a collage of photos that I took today at the adoption. I especially love the one of Miguel watching Sarah sign the paperwork and the one of him hugging her face. Such precious moments in a very important day!

Lastly, I'm going to share the card I made for Sarah, Miguel and Kevin that I gave them today. I think the card says it all.

Friday, July 17, 2009

A In Color Challenge

Hi all! I'm not even going to apologize for my lack of posts lately. Let's just say in another 18 days, you'll have lots of posts from me. I've been in a swap making frenzy getting ready for the Stampin' Up! national convention coming up early next month. Because so much of what I've been creating is for organized swaps, I don't feel that I can share them on my blog until the swapping has taken place. So, while I'm gone I'll make sure to post all the cool swaps that I've done over the last month and give you lots of inspiration and ideas! Today I'm posting a card I did for today's Color Challenge over at Stampin' Addicts. It used three of the new In Colors. I've been working with these colors since late April and I have to admit, it's taken some time for me to get use to them. However, today's color challenge is one of my favorite combos. I love how these three colors work together and they make a very nice card. So, here's today's card. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Medallion, Simply Thanks
Ink: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Scallop punch, Fire rhinestone brad, White Organza Ribbon that was died with a Crushed Curry reinker

I hope you'll create something with this fun combo and when you do, upload it over at Stampin' Addicts and join in the fun!!