Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Birthday for a Special Girl!




I love this MIM by Melissa
A big tip: Use Papertrey Ink vellum cardstock it's the best by far! It's so sturdy and yet you can still see through it.

I made a big smudge under this heart so I stamped it again on a vellum heart and placed it over the smudge. I always wondered how everyone did this, I learned by accident. 

Seven years ago our family had heavy hearts when we learned that our GD Delaney might have Down Syndrome.  ( She is the fourth child of 6  ) It was a long two weeks before we knew for sure. I always knew God gave her to the right family … but it was hard, very hard… my heart hurt for my son in law and daughter… lots of tears. Well, we were so wrong to be sad.
 I know, I tell Delaney's story a lot. I think if just one person has hope and not too much sadness it will be well worth writing it again. We were given a huge gift seven years ago, I thank God every day for Delaney. She has touched more lives in her seven years . Too long to go into . I love it when she comes up to me and says” mema….I love you and you are so funny"! Her hugs are the best! When someone in her neighborhood has a bad day they just want to spend a few minutes with Delaney and they feel better. How could you not…. she naturally points out all the positive things about you.
I know everyones children and GDC are very special.

Or anything goes!
Thank you!

Everything but the patterned paper is from Papertrey Ink.

Paper : Papertrey Ink vellum, Sweet Blush, White and My minds’s Eye ;Merry Little Christmas
Stamps: Balloon Bash 

35 comments:

  1. Well, I knew your card would be special, and it is! Lovely in pink and silver. To say God gave Delaney to a special GMA is an understatement. You are a blessing to ALL who are fortunate enough to cross your path! Just smiling, cuz I'm one of them!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this sweet girl with us again! I hope she has a wonderful birthday and knows all the joy she gives to others!

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  3. Sounds to me like Delaney is a very blessed little girl to have you as her mema. I know that with your family this little angel is very loved Marybeth. I wish I could meet the little pumpkin!!! You card is just darling and I love the sweet balloon bouquet!! Sending Delaney the happiest of birthday wishes filled with everything that makes her happy!

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  4. MaryBeth...I am new to this story!! What a blessing and...more so the blessing...as y'all see her as a gift! How lucky is she to be born into the perfect family!! The card is wonderful and big hugs to Delany on her birthday!!

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  5. Your card is very beautiful, as I'm sure your precious Delaney is, too!! I'm sure she brings much joy to all her family.
    I had the privilege of teaching a Down Syndrome boy a few years ago. He was very special, and he taught me a lot! He was well loved by everyone, and he still has a special spot in my heart, many years later.

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  6. Mema...you are the best! Such a beautiful story and you can't tell it often enough.

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  7. Share and share again....I love when you do. I'm sure Delaney is an absolute doll. I sure miss the sweet hugs (and occasional kisses) from my sweet kiddos. I've worked with many children with many different diagnoses and obviously every child is different, but in my experience the children who had down syndrome were such a loving bunch. I remember each one. And it sounds like some of Delaney's best qualities are inherited from you. (P.S. Your card is wonderful. I've been wanting to try this stamping technique out but have been apprehensive for some reason...I'm so impressed you mastered it through your mistake.)

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  8. Such a cute card for a very special granddaughter. Your story is so beautiful.

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  9. Marybeth I love your card!! As much as you are grateful to have Delaney she is grateful to have a Grandmother like you! I love hearing about Delaney, she sounds wonderful! Happy Birthday Delaney!!!!

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  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous card for a very special girl!

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  11. Marybeth, what a BEAUTIFUL card for a very special person.

    AND...OH MY, what a heart-warming story! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  12. your card is beautiful, like the colors and the striped paper in combination with the ballons. I wish Delaney a wonderful birthday.

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  13. That was so beautifully written, Marybeth! It definitely sounds like Delaney is one of God's little angels! I can tell you this, that card looks like it came straight from heaven, too! Those are the coolest balloons I have EVER seen!! Eek, I'm so in love with this card!! Hugs, Darnell

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  14. Marybeth, all of us are blessed by knowing your sweet Delaney through YOU...Your sharing her with us reminds us of all God's children..and what a blessing they are to us! He has a special plan for her and right now I would say she is fulfilling that plan beautifully. What a wonderful card you made! Thank you for sharing it with us at Seize the Birthday!

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  15. Marybeth, need to pull out the tissues...what a sweet and touching story, your family is truly blessed. And your card is about as sweet as they come too, I love all the pink and your balloons are so festive. Sorry to be so far behind on my comments, I have had a nasty bug.
    Hugs...Kim

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  16. Marybeth, your card is super and such a sweet story. You are truly blessed! I enjoyed you sharing about sweet Delaney. :)

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  17. OMG, Marybeth, this is the SWEETEST card! All those wonderful pink balloons would make anyone smile. And I love your stories about Delaney. Sending her hugs and best wishes for a very special birthday.

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  18. Such a lovely card Marybeth!
    ..and happy birthday Delaney!

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  19. What a beautiful uplifting post! I'm sure Delaney is a bright positive soul in everyone's life...how precious! A big Happy Birthday to her! Your card is so lovely with all the pretty pink balloons!

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  20. What a heart warming story, Marybeth! LOVE the card you made with the pretty balloons!

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  21. Love your story too...so glad you linked your card up with us over at Seize the Birthday or I would have missed it. What a blessing she is. Your card is amazing too. Love the colors and the paper and the layout too. Thanks for sharing from your heart!

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  22. These balloons are just so pretty with the embossed pink vellum. What a great idea and a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing about your sweet granddaughter. Yes, it seems that hard things are really good things in disguise. Many blessings to you and your sweet family.

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  23. What a special and beautiful card, and I am SO glad you see Delaney as a gift! I am new to this story and it just warmed my heart to know that you see the positives in that precious little girl. God's blessings come in so many different forms and we just need to open our eyes and our hearts to each opportunity that comes our way. Enjoy celebrating Delaney's special day with her...she's lucky too to be blessed with a grandmother like you! :0)

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  24. Very pretty Mary beth Great balloons.

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  25. What a fun card!! Love the embossed balloons!! So perfect in every way!

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  26. Thank you for sharing, Marybeth & happy birthday to your sweet GD! This card is beyond beautiful!

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  27. A lovely, touching post, Marybeth! Thanks again for sharing your story with us. The seven balloons on your card are just perfect!

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  28. Such a beautiful post, Marybeth ... the joy Delaney brings to you and your family shines through your words ... you are all blessed to have one another. Your card is simply lovely ... pink balloons ... how perfect! Anita :)

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  29. Super cute...love the sweet bouquet of balloons!! Thanks so much for playing along with Seize the Birthday!!

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  31. Gorgeous colors and design Marybeth! I love those pink balloons. I agree, PTII vellum is so much better! I love your owl post too, go with the Candycane! I love how he's perched on it!!

    (had to repost...spellcheck was not friendly!)

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  32. Marybeth I'm so sorry I'm so late in celebrating Delaney's special day...
    please give her a huge hug from me and Hunter and tell her Happy Birthday!
    And we have had many conversations about what having a special needs child is like...
    and you know my feelings and thoughts about it...
    everyone should be jealous of those that know the love of a special needs child...
    we are so blessed!
    Hugs!! :)

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  33. A truly special card for a most special GD. Your story touched me, because I once worked for a gentleman whose son & DIL waited for just the perfect time to have a child. She was born with Down's, and at the time it was a heartbreaking thing...asking why, what can we to help her (she had a lot of other physical problems too)Her physical problems were corrected over time, and she became such a joy, such a loving child...and non-family could always know exactly why this special child came to this particular family. A true gift from the angels who watched over her. Thanks for sharing this story, and thanks for the vellum tip. I don't have any PT paper so that will become a wish list item.

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