Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My Words / Her Journey


I've noticed that a lot of bloggers are participating in Ali Edwards' "One Little Word". It got me to thinking...what word could I choose for 2011?

I couldn't just think of one word...but I could think of three. My Word(s) for 2011 are...

 "SUPPORTING A CAUSE"

My layout is based on these words. But wait...I need a sketch. I used (and flipped around) this cute one from Sketchy Thursdays.


I also joined in on the "Fave Quote" challenge going on at These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things.

I've never blogged about this before, but I have been touched by a lot of your personal stories. Your stories have helped me so much. Perhaps I can do the same for others.

I'm getting more involved and working with a cause that is near and dear to my heart. It's an organization called - Autism Speaks!

My youngest daughter, Rachel, has Pervasive Developmental Disorder. PDD is a mild form of Autism. She also has some developmental delays. This layout is dedicated to her "JOURNEY".


I placed this Red Rose on the layout to symbolize Rachel's beauty and strength. Some days are a struggle, but through it all she has God, her family, and the best docs and therapists in the world working with her.


I also added this great quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.”

This quote fits Rachel so well. She has a "Can Do" Attitude and knows that her strength comes from above! :)

And look at this Maya Road kraft envelope. I placed a picture of Rachel selling Girl Scout cookies on the top of it. She loves selling those cookies. :)

I am dedicating more posts on my blog this year to be a "Helper" and "Supporter" to people who have children with disabilities. If you have a child with a disability please remember - You Are Not Alone!

If you have a child on the Autism spectrum please check out Autism Speaks, the HollyRod Foundation, and Generation Rescue.

Layout Supplies:
Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found - Union Square); Patterned Paper (Echo Park - Life is Good); Kraft Envelope (Maya Road); Red Flower (Hobby Lobby); Brown Trim (My Mind's Eye - Fine and Dandy - True Blue Trims); Flower Button Paper Clips (KI Memories, Inc.); Red Buttons (Basic Grey); Quote Font (Andalus)

30 comments:

AnitaRex said...

What a great layout and I loved reading what you shared. You have such a positive attitude! Love the words you picked for 2011 too!

Nicole said...

Awww Angi! Such a sweet layout and a beautiful young lady! I love her attitude and it has definitely inspired me. Job well done!

de said...

Amazing layout and touching blog post! Amazing Angi! Rachel is beautiful and amazing too!

Virginia L. said...

Love this, Angi! The layout is fabulous and precious and your words for 2011 are meaningful and beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful LO Angi and such an inspirational post :) All the photos look fabulous and I'm lovin' all the MME product :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great lay-out and super photos!

Beth aka BR-T said...

Angi your daughter is not the only amazing person here you are too...I needed a little awke up call for what's truely important in my life.

Your layout is fantastic i love you take on this weeks sketch!

Jean said...

What a great layout.

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Angi... I have a feeling that your daughter is so amazing... because YOU are so amazing! I adore this layout and I love your focus for 2011! You are FABULOUS!

Audrey Frelx said...

What a beautiful layout and a beautiful big heart to match -- that's why I just love you!!!

The Cropping Canuck said...

I love it. You did such a great job capturing, love, support, compassion and a journey.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Angi what a beautiful layout and even better is the actual journey she is on! Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What an awesome layout Angi, beautiful post too!

Tanya Tahir said...

Aww this is beautiful, what gorgeous photos of your daughter and such a loving post

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I love love love love love love this Angi! I love love love love those photos, the QUOTE IS PERFECTION...and I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee that you made this in honor of your daughter!! Thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooo much for playing along with FAVE THINGS and SKETCHY THURSDAYS!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Beautiful LO and fab details! Very meaningful words--I have a word...just haven't done anything with it--you inspired me:) THANKS!

Kerry said...

Great layout Angi! I love the One Little Word project! I'm sure your phrase will bring great things into your life and those of others. I used to work with children with Autism and even worked with the UW research briefly. It is definitely a disorder that needs greater awareness and support for both kids and families! Wishing you all the best as you commit to your one little word this year!

yyam said...

Angi, this is a wonderful post and tribute to your girl. I love your layout! And that great quote! You have such a beautiful outlook on life and that is a trait I admire greatly! Thanks for sharing! :)

KateB said...

awesome choice and awesome layout! And as a mom of a kid with developmental delays (but not autism) I can sooo relate! And I keep scrapping his baby steps cause only then can you appreciate the struggle (both ours and theirs)...2 of my other favorite quotes are from Eleanor Roosevelt; she's got some pretty profound words huh??

Jeanet said...

This is a beautiful tribute! Loving that quote and I love the way you flipped the sketch!
Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!

lisa said...

Hi Angi,
What a touching blog post. Rachel is so lucky to have a family and support like you. I can see where she gets her positive attitude
from : )
I really love your page. I love that the red rose symbolises someting to you.
xxx

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, Angi! Thanks for sharing this! What a beautiful and meaningful layout!

Linda said...

Aww Angi what a wonderful tribute to your courageous daughter. Having taught first grade for 22 years I know about the courage it takes the children and their parents with PDD. Your layout and post warmed my heart as you reach so many others which is what life is all about.
Thanks for sharing so much of you with so many.
Big Hug,
Linda

Hanneke said...

So gorgeous!!! Thanks for playing with us at Fave Things!!

Kate said...

Angi - this layout is by far one of the most precious that I have ever seen. Everything about it shouts love, strength, and beauty. Rachel is a lovely, lovely girl and you are God's gifts to each other. Each detail is incredible - from the photos to the kraft envelope to the rose to the quote and title - as well as each lovingly placed embellishment.
Thank you for the courage it took to share your words and Rachel's journey. Your post spoke to me and the words contained within were just what I needed to hear. Blessings to you, my friend. xox

Debbie said...

Beautiful layout of your daughter! She's beautiful and is very lucky to have you as her mom!

Michele Gross said...

Wonderful layout! Awesome word (sometimes a word is to important to stand by itself and it needs a friend or two!) Outstanding cause! Gorgeous girl :D

Carol's Sweet Creations! said...

Angi, your layout is amazing! What can I say, you are beautiful inside and out and your daughter is too. Thank you for sharing with all of us! Have a blessed day!
Hugs, Carol L.

Audrey Frelx said...

Angi, what a beautiful layout and a beautiful post!!! You are an amazing person, and what a lovely, sweet girl Rachel is!

This is one of the most heartrendering posts!

Denise said...

What an amazing post girl! I love your fabulous attitude. What wonderful words for 2011. I do have a child with a disability, so I was really touched by this :)))