Wednesday, September 30, 2009

They Know All Roads Lead Home

Forward Progress Now has another prompt I really wanted to do. The prompt was "It's not who you touch but how." I knew this would be a fun layout. I just had to get our 8 children and Jamie together for a picture. This was easy since they all came home this past weekend for Richie's birthday dinner.

Our 8 children have been homeschooled their entire lives until they go off to college. At this time we have 2 attending college. We have always stressed to them that our home will always be theirs and they can come home ANYTIME they need to. We have also taught them that our home is always open to others in need. Jamie (The little blonde girl in the middle on the bench is actually 23 years old. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was 3 yrs old and her medicine has stunted her growth. Her mother passed away 7 years ago and in the last 3 years she has became a part of our much so that she now lives with us.)

What did this prompt make me realize? I am blessed beyond measure. My children love each other and they love their Dad and much so they try to come home every weekend they aren't working. I treasure those weekends when we are able to have Sunday dinner together and then be together all under one roof. I know those times will become harder as they get older........but for now, I'll take those special moments and scrap them.

Pattern Paper: Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, October Afternoon
Journaling Spot: Jenni Bowlin
Flowers: Awesome Blossoms by Scrapadilly
Letter Stickers: Bo Bunny, Making Memories
Trim: Doodlebug
Brads: Doodlebug


Jocelyn said...

Oh what a beautiful LO and you did this Challenge a real justice!!! What a beautiful family you have and what great strength and love comes from this LO!!! Thanks for playing along with the challenge!!! Wishing you a Blessed Thursday!!!! :)

Greta Adams said...

this layout is gorgeous and i love that are so blessed to have such a big happy family...and your generosity is beyond belief.

Tami Martin said...

I saw this in the gallery last night but didn't have time to comment. I absolutely love it. The colors and your layout are great, but it's the picture that really captures the eye. At a time when most kids are looking to "escape" their family, yours are doing the opposite. You did not get to this place without bumps in the road, but your hard work and sacrifice have paid you such wonderful dividends.

love you girl!

Kim Strother said...

I found your link from the forward progress blog. It is truly uplifting to see your strong, loving family. What a great example of how strong a family can be. Thank you for sharing!!

Peggy said...

Wow Drea, what a beautiful LO and again such a wonderful story behind it! I'm so glad you've joined the FP challenges, because this way I have a chance to get to know you. It's so nice to hear how tight your family is, especially after hearing the story you shared with us in the previous challenge. I like the personal stories you share in your LO's, you're not afraid to put it all out there, a quality I try to achieve myself as well, as I so admire it in others. I look forward to seeing much more of your work.
xxx Peggy

ellen s. said...

i just love this! i love the title, too...

you are a true testament to being honest with your kids, having an open door policy and finding that balance between just being cool and being a parent really works!

Nishant said...

What a beautiful family
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