Friday, May 23, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Pure Joy

Happy Friday! Here is another layout with the Gossamer Blue May kits...for this one, I used an entire package of Heidi Swapp glitter frames. I embellished them in similar colors. I just adore this photo of the girls that was captured while they were opening their birthday gifts. This is truly how life is every day around here - granted, we all have our moments but for the most part, these two laugh together all the time!

This layout was just fun to put together! I filled the frame with various cards and patterned papers.

So many great embellishments to choose from and add texture!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Rain Rain Go Away

Good morning! Today's layout is especially fitting as it is gloomy and rainy here today. It's a little bit of a bittersweet day as it is the girls' very last day of preschool. We have had such a wonderful experience and I know their preschool year is something we will remember forever. And now we get to make a decision about kindergarten - we are thinking and praying about homeschooling next year! 

My layout today features the May kits from Gossamer Blue - I really love the Hello Sunshine collection from Pink Paislee which is featured here along with some Gossamer Blue exclusives.

The little flair is a Gossamer Blue exclusive. I love the variety of raindrops in the Hello Sunshine collection - puffy stickers and transparencies!

Lots of cute die-cuts and cards to choose from too!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Always Family

Hello there! Today I have a new layout to share for Gossamer Blue and this one features the May main kit. I love this family photo from Easter this year. The sunburst cut file is part of the exclusive cut files offered by Gossamer Blue. I love taking advantage of these every month!

I layered a few bits and pieces here including exclusive flair and printables from the kit.

More from the May kits to come soon!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Celebrate Grandma

My grandma celebrated her 90th birthday last fall. We had a huge party to celebrate her and so many family members and friends came to the party. The event may have been in the fall but I took advantage of some of the feminine embellishments (butterflies) in the April Gossamer Blue kits (yes, I am behind in sharing - May layouts coming soon!)

I added a few details to the butterflies by embellishing them with brads and buttons. I used the exclusive printables to showcase the photo of the potluck line.

 My go-to photo sizing when I create two page layout is to size several focal point photos to around 4×6 or 3×5. I then size other detail shots to 2×3. Because my photos were rather busy, I backed them with gray or black neutral patterned papers. I was able to draw out the colors in the photos with my embellishments.

Finally, for the title I cut a banner with a piece of the Plus One patterned paper and cut it to fit across both pages. The title went on the left-hand page and then I had room for journaling on the right-hand page.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Day I Became a Mother

I became a mother the day I sat across the table from a young girl with a rounded stomach. We were at a Panera Bread. She was sitting with her mom on one side of the table and I was on the other side with your daddy. Her pregnancy counselor sat neutrally between the two of us. When I heard the words, "I choose you," I knew my life would never be the same.

She said she had no idea how to make this decision but God had made it clear to her "that she would know who to choose by the way they speak about Me." It's been a little more than five years since we first met the birth mother of you, our twin daughters. But her words will always be clear to me. They are locked in my heart forever.

I became a mother the day your daddy and I went with to an ultrasound and doctor's appointment. We sat and watched in awe as our little girls moved within her belly. We listened with excitement to your galloping heartbeats.

I became a mother the day we sat on the other end of the phone waiting very impatiently for a phone call. We knew our birth mother was having some tests done and it could likely be the day our babies were born. That phone call came around 6:00 p.m. on May 1, 2009. "They are here," the pregnancy counselor said. "Born at 3:33 and 3:34 p.m. Everyone is doing well! Could you come to the hospital tomorrow?"

I became a mother the day we nervously arrived at the hospital. I was clutching a vase of flowers. Daddy had our camera. We knocked on the door and stepped inside where we saw two bassinets. My eyes respectfully went to our birth mother first and then reverently to my daughters.

I became a mother the day first one and then two little bundles were placed in my arms. I couldn't believe they were mine to love and raise. My heart was bursting beyond anything I could imagine.

I became a mother the day I went to the hospital with your daddy to bring you home. We changed you into "going home" outfits from your grandparents and then it was time to go. We hugged and cried with our birth mother and her family. It was bittersweet for all of us. My heart broke for her as she said goodbye.

I became a mother the day I survived my first night with you. You slept together in a bassinet at the foot of our bed. I don't think I slept a wink. Every little whimper or cry made me check on you. I fed you, changed you and rocked you - all the time relishing in the fact that this was my job now.

I became a mother the day I received a beautiful vase of roses and lilies from our birth mother and her family on my very first Mother's Day. The next day would have been the last day she could have changed her mind. When I received that beautiful bouquet, I knew without a doubt that THIS.WAS.REAL.

This weekend, I am celebrating my 6th Mother's Day and like always, I am reflecting on those first days with my girls. Later, this month we will visit with our birth mother and her family to celebrate Mother's Day and the girls' 5th birthday.

A long time ago, I dreamed of the day I would become a mother. It didn't come in the way I was expecting - in the way it happens for most people. I wouldn't get to see a positive pregnancy test, feel my baby's kicks within my belly or experience the pains of childbirth.

Instead, I became a mother because of what I consider to be a gift. A gift of ultimate love. A gift of choice. A gift that I will forever treasure and that humbles me each and every day.

"...He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory." ~Isaiah 61:3

Monday, May 05, 2014

Gossamer Blue: Here We Go Play

Good morning! I apologize for somewhat falling off the face of the planet for the last couple weeks. We have been working on a painting project around here and then it was Easter and then we celebrated the girls' 5th birthday. So, everything else was on hiatus and I just enjoyed time with my family. The girls' year of preschool is winding down and we are all so looking forward to summer! 

I have two more layouts to share with the April Gossamer Blue kits and here is one today of the girls playing at a local park. I pulled out the blues and greens in this kit based on that fun tunnel the girls were crawling through.

I had fun adding little embellishments here and there - wood veneer, seam binding, resin and chipboard stars, stickers...

I really love that star vellum from Crate Paper and the "here we go" rub-on from American Crafts that I used for part of the title.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)
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