Friday, February 20, 2009

it's the {right} road that makes all the difference

Today is a special day (I think I may have said this last year too -lol) marks the 23rd! anniversary of the day my first child was born, and consequently, the day I first became a mom. I never understood how much a heart could love...or ache...until that day. My life has never been the same since, nor would I want it to be. How the memory of that day, holding my precious baby boy in my arms for the first time, touches my heart, as does remembering when I was finally able to meet and hold each of my children.

I remember so well being in that little 'bonding bubble' with each of my kids --it was so hard to let them go...even to the warm and welcoming arms of another loved one-- but sharing them is a must and very beneficial for everyone. (Isn't that what we're always taught from the time we're a share? lol) And now that I've had to truly let go of my three oldest, it's still very hard to do at times...but it's an inevitable point in life and the ultimate goal of give them the confidence and wings to venture out and find their own way (and I'm hoping I'll be better at it and more prepared by the time our two youngest are ready to fly the nest, but I'm not holding my breath). The apron strings may become untied over time, but the heart strings will remain taut forever...being constantly tugged at the mere thought of each child. {And is it just me, or does it seem that the heart strings are somehow attached to the tear ducts?}

Looking back, it truly amazes me how quickly they grow up and how fast the years seem to pass. I don't feel any older than the day Eric entered my life (well, okay, I do have a few minor aches and pains I didn't have back then, and there are some tell-tale signs when I look in the mirror, most of which I'd like to say my kids are responsible for -lol), but when I see my children and how they're growing, changing, and maturing, it's a definite reminder to me that the circle of life is still alive and well...and revolving at an alarming, though, ironically, almost undetectable, speed! What an incredible adventure this has been...and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes us next (although I do hope the upcoming twists and turns will be easier to handle -lol)!

Well, enough gushing and getting all misty-eyed and philosophical on ya.... Here's the card you came to see. Not a lot of stamping there, but then I don't have an abundance of images that would work well for men (do they even exist? lol). The sentiment piece on the focal panel looks a bit off-center, but it's just the unfortunate angle of my pic (and it's too late to try it again...the card's supposed to be arriving in California any minute now
It reminds me a little of the Hundred Hearts card I just made for my parents, but I really struggle with "guy cards" so it's quite possible that my challenged little brain subconsciously went back to one of the last cards I made. ?? I could've easily used that same Hundred Hearts sentiment for this card too, but because Eric is my deep thinker {and a budding writer}, I thought the life he leads made this sentiment from Beautiful You a natural choice. This kid just makes my heart swell whenever I think of him and the kind of man he's becoming, and if you knew him, you'd see why and no doubt love him too. I so admire his genuine compassion, concern, and love for others; his honesty, integrity, and strength of character; his servant's heart; his love of the Lord; his wanting to make a difference; the fact that he's not materialistic or self-centered in our very self-absorbed, ME-first society; his way with words; and the fact that he's sentimental, still loves hugs, and keeps all my cards is endearing too -lol! --he is such a wonderful blessing to me and I am so proud of the path he has chosen to take. Oh, and did I mention that I just love him to pieces?! lol (Guess I wasn't done gushing --sorry-- when it comes to my kiddos, sometimes I just can't help myself. lol)

Of course I'm hoping he likes the card, but I'm guessing the big hit of the day will be the fact that, along with his gift, I also made and sent his long-standing favorite birthday cake: lemon (and because only 2/3 of it would fit in the container, we devoured the other 1/3 of his cake last night...YUMMMM-O!). It's obviously not the same as celebrating with him in person and it most likely won't look all that appetizing, but I think it'll bring a smile to his face anyway and I'm so glad I thought to do that for him. ;)

Well, Eric is celebrating his big day at Disneyland today, and I'll be spending some time in the kitchen (every Friday Noah and Chloe request chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, and I'm also making a dessert for a dinner we were invited to tonight -- hopefully, I'll find some time to stamp a little today too, but, if not, being in the kitchen is the next best thing...and it sure beats cleaning house! lol). I hope you're going to have a wonderful day doing something you love too. ;D

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and {if you made it this far -lol} for hanging in there with my very LONG-winded post today; I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock: Colonial White, Outdoor Denim, Chocolate (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Wild Asparagus "Dad" Diamond/Lime (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger); Other: Cuttlebug, Houndstooth embossing folder (Provo Craft), Antique Gold net (May Arts), brads (Making Memories), Large Flourish punch (EK Success), ticket corner punch (SU!), sponge, paper piercer (CTMH), foam mounting tape


Barb W said...
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Barb W said...

Pass the tissues, please...Christi you are such a wonderful writer! I loved reading your entire post. Your card for your son is gorgeous...even for a dude card. Your attention to detail is AMAZING! I know Eric will love it and YOU for not only making the card, but the cake as well. Sounds like you've got a busy day ahead of you. Have a great weekend. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with me.

Pat said...

Okay, the tissue box comes to me next! Of course, since I'm your mom and Eric's grama, I can identify with every word you wrote about our wonderful young man. The tears are flowing -- how did that tiny baby boy get to be a man already!!! The card is wonderful and I know he will treasure it.
love ya, Mom

Jeanette - said...

Can I have the tissue box next please! :) Christi, I sure hope Eric reads your blog, because what you have said about him is so awesome! I want to meet him :) I hope he has a great birthday, to go along with his GREAT Mom. You card is gorgeous, and your tribute is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Kim Burmeister said...

Very pretty, Christi! Love the blue!

Susan (rainy) said...

It's a great guy card. You done good! Loved reading your post today, Christi. I have three boys that are out on their own now, too... and granddaughters... one boy left at home. I'm still dreading the day when he leaves. The nest will be empty. Sometimes I look forward to that day but most of the time I panic a little about it thinking to myself, "Now what?"!

Jeanne said...

Toss that box of tissues my way, please! What an amazing tribute. Christi, you are a wonderful writer. Your words exude the love you feel for your kids and your love for life. I love your self depracating (sp?) humor as well.

This is a fantastic "guy" card and will be treasured along with the thoughtful cake you sent.

YOU are an awesome mom and woman. It shouldn't be a surprise at all that you raised an awesome son! (and that goes to all your children as well).


Christi said...

OMG girl! We have the same name and our first borns are named Eric AND then funny thing is that I was 23 when I had my Eric! LOL You are such an incredible writer and I thank you so much for writing this post. Happy birthday to Eric!

Terri said...

I don't know where the time goes either. Nice job on the card. I bet he loved it. You have a great blog. I am glad to have meet you through the CO Stamp TV group and look forward to getting to know you better. By the way I am a homeschool mom too.