Thursday, May 6, 2010

Past, Present & Promise...

This is a Picture from the PAST...

20 years ago,  on May 9th, 1990, we were blessed with our little bundle of joy.
You can read about his birth story here, along with the birth stories of our dear and darling daughters.

I still want to do a future post of the challenging time that our family went through, when Heartbreaker was  diagnosed, went through cancer treatment and the awesome testimony of the Lord's peace, strength and reassurance we felt during that time and also of our son's healing.  And I want to include one of Heartbreaker's scholarship essays that he wrote regarding that time.

But today, I want to celebrate in the PRESENT...we are so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to reflect on the growth from a sweet newborn to an amazing young man.

Here is a slideshow of some early birthday photos I was able to find and also when he turned 15 in the hospital and 16 fully healed! Praise the Lord!

And we look forward to what the future and the Lord has in store for him. A promise of many more blessings.  (This is the verse that we had posted on the Caringbridge page we had journaled on during this time:)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 

We will be driving up to Kentucky for our Girly~Twirly's (aka theluckiestmrs.) graduation from dental school (I'll be posting about that and her husband's medical school graduation, in a few weeks). once again, my hubby and I will be "on the road again"! :o) And we will be able to celebrate Heartbreaker's 20th birthday! :o)

I am joining in with 3 marvelous memes of 3 lovely ladies...

with Jenny for

Alicia for 
Lynn for

I am posting today, since we will be leaving immediately after I get off of work Thursday. So, I will have to add the links to Alicia and Lynn's memes once we have access to a computer again...

(Hop over and meet great bloggers at these sites).

Here are some drawing orders that I will actually be bringing with us to deliver while we are in Kentucky. These three happen to be monograms, but each very different.

Jessica, Thank you for your monogram is always fun to see what style of lettering is chosen for me to work with.
J drawn with Jessica, P with Phillips, G with Garry

Megan, Thank you for your two orders...I really enjoyed coming up with working the tobacco plants in with the monogram of your aunt and uncle's initials of their tobacco farm.

TAF stands for Thomas Academy Farms. With T drawn with Ricky, A with Thomas, and F with Donna.

This one was also a unique idea with the monograms of the couple's initials, but using their three sons' names drawn for each letter. (Lettering that was chosen was PF Chanpioin Script).

A drawn with Matthew, L with Grant, D with Andrew.

 Thankyou so much for stopping by!

Blessings & Aloha!


Alely L. said...

have a safe trip and thanks for your sweet comment! i must come back and read your son's story.

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Your creations are delightful - as always.

What a beautiful post about your son.

My brother is battling cancer now; I posted his comments yesterday and thought you might like to read them.

Anonymous said...

Such a gorgeous family Maria!! Have a wonderful trip :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, so many great things you are celebrating. Happy 20th Birthday to Hearbreaker and graduation to the LuckiestMrs.! Travel safely and thanks for thinking of my little meme and your sweet comment about my pic.


Jen said...

Wow! What an awesome testimony of God's healing. I can't imagine going through that with one of my kids.

Viki said...

Have a great trip. Happy Birthday to your son. Congratulations to your daughter. Loved all the pictures and the monogrammed drawings. They look fantastic.

Nora Johnson said...

What a great post & great blog. I'll be popping back to have another read through just as soon as I can!
Happy Alphabe-Thursday - and look forward to *seeing* you again next time!
Mine’s HERE!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a beautiful post! It sounds like he is doing so well.

Tracy said...

Thank you so much for your post it confirmed to me that God does know the plans he has for me. I wont go in to detail its on my blog but thank you.

laterg8r said...

love those monograms, fantastic :D

Tina said...

What a blessing you received! Our two boys are amazing gifts from God, and we'll meet the other three one day. Your slide show was amazing! Thanks for sharing such a personal story.

Julie Schuler said...

Happy Birthday to your son!

mrs. c said...

You are so blessed with a wonderful family and a great talent! I am so glad to have discovered your blog through Alphabe Thursday!

LV said...

Always glad when you show up in blog land. Love your family story and the monogram work is truly a work of art.

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday to your amazing son.

He looks like such a great guy. You must be proud.

And I suspect he is so neat because you are such a wonderful person, too!

I hope your trip goes well.

Kentucky should be gorgeous this time of year!

Thanks for a fun stop here on my journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "P"!


Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Happy 20th b-day to your son. What a beautiful video you did. I cannot imagine as a parent watching your child battle cancer...Have a safe trip and how proud you must be of your children.

Christy said...

what beautiful monograms and a lovely story about your boy--precious!

Jo said...

have a safe and wonderful trip!

furygirl3132 said...

That is such a beautiful post, thanks for sharing. I am a new follower from Friday Follow, so glad to have found your blog. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!


Christy said...

What a blessing your heartbreaker is! Happy Birthday to him!

xinex said...

Happy birthday to "Heartbreaker"! And have a fun and safe trip! Congrats to the graduates!..Christine

Alicia said...

Hi Maria! I can't even imagine how much your faith was put to the test back then. Wow, God is so good, and how awesome that your son can use that experience to glorify Him!!

Valerie said...

Beautiful as usual Maria - How bless you all have been.

Wow - May certainly has a lot of birthdays! My Grandmother and my father in law were both born on the 9th!

mbkatc230 said...

Such a beautiful post. The slide show was wonderful. What a beautiful family you have, you are blessed indeed. We must have been on the same wavelength this week, I felt the need to do a little daughter retrospective as she gets ready to graduate from college next week. Isn't it amazing how fast the time flies? Kathy

Steph said...

Hope your travels go well again and glad you get to be with your dear ones. A praiseful happy birthday to your son. The monograms are lovely.

Natasha said...

Hope your move was a success.

This was a beautiful post too. It is always nice to reminisce about the past.

Best wishes,

myletterstoemily said...

such gorgeous monograms! you are such
a gifted artist and lovely storyteller.

happy birthday to your handsome son.

Whimsical Creations said...

What a beautiful post! You have a beautiful family.

Ebie said...

What a sweet and loving story! So many things to celebrate and congratulations to the new graduates.

May you be blessed continuously...

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