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i made this page for Stephanie's weekly challenge - clean & simple and for the LOAW #2 - monochromatic and for the Blow Out Your Stash challenge #2 (killed 3 birds with one stone ;)
lots of stamping and sewing on this LO. the scalloped borders are made with a bird cage stamp. but i only used the top of it. i saw someone else do this with a hot air balloon stamp in a stamping magazine.( when i find the magazine again, i'll come back and give proper credit)
ok, i tracked down the magazine: it is the latest issue of Stamp it and it was Julie Campbell's technique using a bird cage also to make her card on page 66. thanks julie for the awesome idea!!!
i love this photo of jake (my son) and me. it was taken 2 weeks ago. jake is in a 15 month program for troubled teens called Teen Challenge in Branson Missouri. he has been there since last july and is doing absolutely awesome!!!
his freshman year he became extremely rebellious and would not obey ANY rules. (many more details but it doesn't matter any more). after MUCH prayer and seeking we made the heart wrenching decision to send him to Teen Challenge. After just one week he was a changed person. he said that the peer pressure was just too hard to break away from" when you are right in the middle of it" and he thanked us for sending him there.
my boy is becoming even more amazing than he was before he started rebelling. he is growing and maturing in the LORD and his dad and i could not be more proud of him.
we only get to see him every 2 months so we cherish our time with him!!
i think this photo captures the sparkle in my son's personality and that is why i love it so much!
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Oh Julie! What a beautiful story! I have heard good things about Teen Challenge, we will join you in prayer for your son.
Wow, i love the story behind this LO. Love the title and how you used the tags....great take on the challenge.
oh Julie, I can feel the love in the photograph. He is a handsome young man and has his whole future ahead of to enjoy. You are obviously an amazing Mom! HUGS!
oh yea...your layout is lovely!!! :):):) I almost forgot that part!
wow girl i am so glad things are working well for him, he sure has sparkle :)
This is super stunning Julie...you have captured a beautiful moment..hugs
Julie I really love this and lovely story!
What a great story to record. I can see why you are so proud of your son.
Well first of all I love the title and your honest thoughts!! Love the all white colour and the smash map strip!!! Awesome girl! The first LO is ages that is 'REAL"!!!!
oh julie, this is beautiful.all of it. the layout,the concept,your love for your son.thank you so much for joining in.xo
Wow, really love it ♥
Gorgeous page and amazing story to have captured.
Love this and how you shared your story. You both look so happy here
LOVE this layout, the beautiful photo and the beutiful story! It's hard being a parent sometimes but so worth it!!
What a beautiful layout with a beautiful photo and touching story!
You are an amazing Mum and a great example of 'never giving up when times get tough'!
Keep strong, Jake you are an amazing guy, our LORD has a mighty plan for you!
Being a Mum of a teenage daughter with whom I have had some hard experiences with; I know exactly where you are coming from Julie!
My daughter too, has come a long way in the last 2 years, changing a lot and gaining some independence away from her peers! All because of prayer and God's direction for her and us!
It is a tough world out there for our young people of today!
God Bless you all! X