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Friday, April 22, 2011

It's Earth Day, It's My Birthday! Blog Hop!

Welcome to Gaby's celebration!

Hopefully you just arrived from Madison's Blog
If not, please start with Gaby

In celebration of birthdays - I thought I would post about my son, Daniel.  For the last two years he has been serving a mission for our church in Jacksonville, Florida!  His two years was up last Tuesday, and I had the opportunity to fly over and spend the week with him, visiting some of the old areas he had served!  My favorite part was meeting some awesome people that have fed him, driven him, helped him, and loved him while he was away from home.  The following layouts are from his Mission Album, they aren't anything special as far as scrappin technique, but this layout was his 21st birthday.  I remember being really sad the week of his birthday because he had just been transferred to a new area and I was worried nobody would know it was his birthday and he would have nothing special happen that day. 


Come to find out the following Monday, on email day, he sent the awesome pictures I used in the layout of the awesome Lear Family!  They were celebrating two birthdays in their family, and added Daniel to their family party!  I seriously sat and cried as I looked throught the pictures, knowing he was well taken care of, and got to party it up to celebrate his 21st birthday!!
The first three pictures on page one, left side is the family all singing "Happy Birthday!"
The side side is the low country boil they had for dinner, a southern favorite!
On page two, he is showing all the birthday letters and cards he receiving in the mail, matching t-shirts he made for himself and his best friend Lacey, and a blanket my friend Terri made and sent him (it has gators all over it!)

My birthday is Sunday, the first time ever to be on Easter!!  (that I can remember anyways!).  It's going to be one special day as Daniel is speaking in church, our home will be filled with friends for the weekend, and we end on Sunday night with an open house for everyone to come see him for the first time in 2 years!!

Happy blog hopping!  And Happy Birthday Gaby


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for a chance at a Making Memories Kit that Gaby will include in her
Goody Box!

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82 comments:

  1. OK, I am in tears.....
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARI and THANK YOU !!!
    What a wonderful experience you have just shared.
    And only once my bday fell on Easter Sunday! too.

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  2. I have several family members with April Bdays and I can't remember a one falling on Easter. But was a day if they ever do!! Pam

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  3. Love the pictures and your story. My son just put in his papers for his mission and my heart is secretly breaking. I am so happy and proud of him but I will miss him so much. I know the time will fly-hope you enjoy your Easter Birthday Sunday!! TFS Cathie

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  4. What a sweet story. I am SO AMAZED at how such a BIG GOD can care about EVERY detail of our lives and of those we love. How precious for you that you get to have him home on your birthday. Truly it will be quite a Resurrection Sunday blessing! I am your newest follower and will look forward to more! Melin...CookingWithCricut.com and PaperCraftingWorld.com

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  5. for starters I want to wish you a Very Happy Birthday! Your story is wonderful...your Son is amazing for serving his church and doing his mission for the past two years. You must be so proud of him!
    TFS your wonderful pictures and I cant wait to see more of your inspirations
    jessica
    chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
    eschfamily@yahoo.com

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  6. Loved to hear your son was remembered on his 21st birthday,

    ramona_p83 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Awesome picture and story about your son mission ... and congrats on the Easter Birthday...
    So glad we have a love for our Lord and Scrapbooking in common
    The Scrapbooking Queen

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  8. I enjoyed reading your story....happy birthday for sunday.

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  9. Great page adn wonderful story

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  10. Happy Birthday to you on Sunday! Congrats on your son's mission. He will have wonderful memories to keep forever!
    Tracy
    jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

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  11. Lovely story about your son.

    Madonna
    http://handmadehobbies.blogspot.com

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  12. What a wonderful story!!! Great little layout too!
    Hugs,
    M

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  13. WOW.. such a great story!! LOVE the pics on your LO's.. I'm a new follower and would love you to visit my blog when you have time.

    Hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  14. thanks for sharing. great pics

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  15. Wonderful story! Love the layout too!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter Birthday!!

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  16. what a sweet sweet story! Have a very happy Easter bday! I was actually born on Easter and it hasn't happened since ! (I've been waiting for 43 years now...lol) May God bless your son on his mission. Sounds like you have an amazing blessed family. Happy Easter birthday!
    stampinlara at yahoo dot

    oh, I'm a new follower too, love your blog!

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  17. Such wonderful memories. thanks for sharing.

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  18. I enjoyed your touching story. A few years ago our daughter spent a year in Australia. It was very hard to see her go but it was a wonderful experience for her.

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  19. Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing such a sweet story with us!! Happy Easter and I am a new follower of your Blog! Come by mine sometime and say hello, and if you like what you see become a follower as well!!

    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com
    http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
    Rexann♥

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  20. Such talented folks in the hop

    Debbie @ http://bugginattheseams.blogspot.com/

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  21. Great layout that is so special! Happy Early Birthday to you! I'm now a follower.

    HappyScrapper64@bex.net

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  22. Great story. You must be so proud of your son. My step sister all served a mission for a few years, she was down in Texas some place.
    My son's 21st birthday is coming up in May, seems not that long ago they were just babies.


    Smiles Sher
    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  23. Great page and such an AWESOME birthday story!!!

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  24. What a special way to celebrate his 21st birthday! Terrific story ~ love the photos! He's a good reason to be proud. You've certainly done something right!
    SusanJ in Atlanta

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  25. Great Pictures,Great Layout and Great Story! You must be so proud of him.TFS :0)
    cindymarshall63@hotmail dot com

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  26. What a wonderful story about your son, and a very happy birthday to you.

    Very nice layout, and so well done!

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  27. Thanks for sharing hour son's touching story. Very nice layout and so talented.

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  28. Thank you for sharing your story! Happy Birthday, beautiful layout! TFS

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  29. Love the lay out! Your story has me in tears. My Colleen just turned 14 on the 10th. Happy Birthday & Happy Easter!
    Hummer Hugs,
    Misty
    http://deliteful-gifts.blogspot.com/
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

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  30. What an incredible story and it sounds like an amazing party! It so wonderful to hear about such close and giving families! We are your newest followers! Happy Easter Birthday! Bobby & Jill

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  31. amazing story thanks Happy Birthday
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  32. Awwww... what a great story! I am so glad he was able to have a special day, even though he was away from his family at home! :) I am your newest follower and would love if you would stop over at my blog as well!
    Lori
    http://got2bcrafting.blogspot.com/
    got2bcrafting at gmail dotcom

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  33. What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us:)

    Happy Earth Day!

    Linda

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  34. My hubby's bday fell on Ester a couple of times. Good job and story. Nice to keep memories of special events. thanks.

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  35. great pics,great story,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

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  36. First, hope you have a happy easter birthday! Great photos and wonderful story, TFS.
    Jenn
    www.craftyfulgardens.blogspot.com

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! Very special!!

    Jenni
    Scrappincrafter@hotmail.com

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  38. What a wonderful story!! My oldest is away at college and celebrated his 21st birthday this month. He came home the weekend before, but it was not the same...

    I really like that your pages are really about the pictures ~ the emotion, celebration and reason for the page!!

    Have an awesome birthday Sunday!! Glad to be in this hop with you!

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  39. Wishing you and your family an amazing weekend:)

    mitch1066(at)gmail.com

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  40. What a beautiful story! Happy birthday!

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  41. I have 4 members in my family whose birthday falls during the first part of April, all within a few days of each other. Thanks for sharing a touching memory.
    Hazel
    hdhall6002 at sbcglobal dot net

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  42. I love your style so much!

    -- dalis
    alidalis AT comcast DOT net

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  43. Very festive cards!!! Also thank you for sharing your wonderful story!! God bless you and your family!!!

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  44. Awesome job. Thanks for the blog hop and a chance to win.

    stacy at mycraftingtime dot com
    http://www.mycraftingtime.com

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  45. Happy Birthday to you on Sunday! Thanks for sharing your son's story!!! TFS!
    I am a new follower of yours. Would like to invite you to my blog too..
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  46. That is such a special layout and "Happy Birthday" to you!!!

    Jazzy
    MsPoet2Be@gmail.com
    www.JazzysCards.Blogspot.com

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  47. Happy Birthday to you!:)

    Kaitlin
    http://cupcakesandcards.blogspot.com/

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  48. Great cards and your son's story is great. Happy birthday to both Gabby and Daniel.
    Debbie
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

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  49. Great project. So glad to be part of the blog hop.

    Peggy T.
    timmermanp@bellsouth.net

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  50. Love your cards above! Bingo style and pendant flags are so fun! I have recently used the 4x6 pocket pages they make it so easy to create your album and use those many pics from a special event!
    Michelle
    You can find me at http://scrapbookingSOS.blogspot.com

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  51. Great lo!
    Sarah
    www.sarahprocrastinating.blogspot.com

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  52. Great layout. Such a blessing.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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  53. In keeping with the theme, I'm recycling these comments: A lovely project to celebrate Gaby's birthday. I am a follower! Happy birthday Gaby. Thank you for sharing. I love your project!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

    P.S. happy birthday on Sunday!!

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  54. Happy birthday. Love the story.

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  55. Happy birthday. great pictures, story, and god bless you and yours.
    mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

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  56. Thanks for sharing your son's special occassion with us!

    Nicole T.
    niclax13@gmail.com

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  57. I am definitely adding you so that I can follow your blog. I was looking at your cards before this and trying to pick a favourite one and realized I couldn't. They are all so nice. TFS.

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  58. What a wonderful surprise that your son was taken care of, and a huge relief for you I am sure.
    Those photos speak volumes for how others step up to watch out for each other!
    Jackie
    jmpresearch@gmail.com

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  59. Wow. What a special day your son had, even so far away. How great is it that God knows what we need and takes care of it!
    Thanks for sharing all of that with us.
    I am a follower. Happy birthday to you, too!
    Ann
    ScrappinAnn at gmail dot com
    www.annlenth.blogspot.com

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  60. Happy Birthday to you.
    I am now a follower. TFS
    Kay
    kay.miracle@yahoo.com

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  61. Happy Birthday this weekend! I hope you have a great time with your son being home! Love the layout you did, Im glad he was taken care of while not at home!

    Holly

    hollyshobbie at gmail dot com

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  62. How wonderful!! TFS
    Stacey
    Stayce71Z@hotmail.com

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  63. that is so fantastic!! there are a lot of awesome people out there!!! thanks for sharing your story!! and your layout is great, it doesn't need to have fancy technique when it holds special memories! tfs
    brenna
    rbanderson@live.ca

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  64. how great. seems like all our family bdays fall in Nov and we do get the occassional Thanksgiving bday....funny how that happens.
    TFS
    Theresa
    tmdettloff@gmail.com

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  65. Thank you for sharing your lovely story. Happy Birthday!!!!

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  66. Thank you for sharing... AJ
    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

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  67. Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing!!

    scrappingwithstephanie.blogspot.com

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  68. Happy almost birthday to you! What a great story you shared. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing the pictures. Thanks for sharing it all of us.
    dbonczek@comcast.net
    http://pawstoscrap.blogspot.com/

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  69. Thank you for the story you shared. Loved the cards in the previous post as well.
    Blessings,
    RecipeScrapperATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  70. Reading this story I thought to myself how lucky and blessed you are. Happy Birthday to you and I can imagine how thankful you were to the family including your son into the birthday celebrations. My son turns 23 on Tuesday and I won't be able to see him so I understand that concern about hoping his day will be special. Thanks for shaing your story, and blog, with all of us.

    Susan
    http://cricutandgrasshopper.blogspot.com

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  71. Happy Birthday to you and Gaby! I'm so glad it turned out great for your son on his birthday and that he actually had some pictures he could forward to you so you could put them into a layout. Very nice layout. TFS!
    tcsobotka at charter dot net

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  72. Happy Birthday to you too! What a touching story, You must be so proud & rightfully so! New follower.
    TFS!
    Kathie
    Kathlee154atgmaildotcom
    http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

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  73. How awesome to see that God provided a family that cared for your son as much as you do!! :) Awesome layout, and I love the cards you made in the next post as well!! :) TFS!

    autumnwillis925 at gmail dot com

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  74. Isn't our God so good?!! Your son is blessed as are you, Mom! I appreciate the story you have shared with us about you son's experience and will keep him in our prayers! Lord bless you!
    Oh yeah, Your layout is outstanding!

    jpuckett13@woh.rr.com

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  75. So, so special...thank you for sharing your story. Happy Easter Birthday...something also special. Smiles to you, Annette
    amfahuna@gmail.com

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  76. nice layout, thank you for sharing your story!
    liz :o)

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  77. Great story, great layout - many blessings for you and your family this Easter!!
    Amyscats
    amylfahnestock at gmail dot com

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  78. Great birthday layout, thanks for sharing.
    Kathy
    Katsew at gmail dotcom

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  79. Happy Birthday to you! Hope it is wonderful!
    kacee
    mcvicwif@yahoo.com

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  80. Cute layouts and a wonderful story!!! I am a new follower!

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  81. What a touching story. I'm sure you are a proud mama!

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