08 July 2010

A Very Special Girl!

The day she was born I was blessed beyond what I ever could have imagined! 


My first born was a boy and I longed to have a girl also.  I dreamed how I would dress her in pink and put pink polka dot ribbons in her hair.  We would play dolls and drink tea out of her tea set.  When she grew older we would work alongside in the kitchen, while laughing together and talking about her dreams. As she reached her teenage years, she would be my best friend.  Then one day she would meet her Prince and we would give her a fairy tale wedding. She would wear a snow white wedding dress and be her king’s helpmeet forever!

Not everything in my dream for my first born daughter has come true yet, but on the night before her 13th birthday, by God’s grace, my daughter is in every way more than I could ever have dreamed! 

She still loves to dress in pink and put pink polka dot ribbons in her hair.  She still play dolls - now with her little sister and lately we drink tea out of my Royal Albert tea set.  She does everything in the house alongside me, while we chat and laugh together. In our hectic household of ten people (four little people 5 years and under) it is no easy task to clean the house; do heaps of laundry, and take care of the many small demands of little children. 


Every evening she makes a delicious salad (mainly for Dad) to go with the main meal. 


She’s seldom to tired or to busy to do what we ask her to do. We also have lots of fun - experimenting with baking, using healthy alternatives and doing crafts together once a week!

She’s soft hearted and diligent, she is my best friend and right hand, she’s faithful and caring, taking care of me when I’m taking strain while pregnant or haven’t slept for several nights in a row, looking after sick children or teething babies!  

Most of all, she loves the Lord and longs to please Him, serve Him, follow Him and learn more of His will for her live! She has a teachable spirit and take heed when rebuked.

This very special girl’s name is Heidi-Mari.  Her name means honored and blessed and surely she is a blessing!

This weekend she will turn thirteen, entering young womanhood and to honor her for the special person she is, I’ve made her a birthday card. Most of the time she is the one making cards for other people!
Happy Birthday Heidi-Mari!
Thank you for being the beautiful young girl you are!
It is our prayer that you will keep growing in your love for the Lord, serving him more and more and become everything He intended you to be! 
May the Lord increase your strength;
and bless you with peace.      (Ps 29:11)  
We love you lots and lots!

With love
Pappa, Mamma, your sister and 6 brothers.
By now, Heidi-Mari is well known in the card making world, entering challenges every week. With this once-of-card, I’ve decide to enter a few challenges, myself. 


I’ve use the layout of Friday Sketchers.

With the lace, ribbon, bows, distressing, sparkling paper and girly image (which Heidi-Mari coloured for me) I could enter quite a few challenges:
At Craftaligious challenges they set the theme for cute; at Fairy Fun Fridays, Anything Goes; the challenge at Wee Memories is Free for All; at Totally Papercrafts the theme is One for the Girls; One Stitch At A Time wants a Little Ribbon, Lace and A Bow on the card; Quirky Crafts wants Ribbon too; Crafty Catz and One Stop Crafts wants you to use Distressing and Crafty Cardmakers, Inky Fingers; Stampavie and More want to see Sparkling and Digi Doodle Shop’s Best, texture.
Making this card, without Heidi-Mari’s help, was a real challenge, but it was big fun!
With love
Linnie

38 comments:

Huisvrou said...

Linnie
Ek glo dat die "challenge" een groot pret was. Soms is die dogters se opvoeding ook maar 'n "challenge". Ek is saam met jou dankbaar vir so 'n pragmens wat jy eendag aan 'n geseënde jong man sal afgee.

Waardeer en geniet elke kosbare minuut. Want nou gaan dit so verskriklik vinnig verby.

Liefde daar
Marelize

Linnie said...

Wow Marelize, watter wyse woorde en uitstekende vergelyking. Om 'n dogter vandag groot te maak vir die Here is voorwaar 'n uitdaging, maar soveel pret!
Dankie vir jou gereelde inloer en bemoedigende en kosbare kommentaar!
Liefdegroete Linnie

Sue said...

Hi
aww gorgeous card, bbeautiful papers & layout, faby piccies, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next week, sue,x

Jo Davies said...

Beautiful Creation, so sweet!!! Thanks for joining us at OSAAT. Big Hugs Jo xxxx

Rebekah said...

Not only do I love your card but the love you have within your family is beautiful and an inspiration to all, everything you said was so wonderful and it looks like you have been truly blessed with what you have, thank you for sharing! Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this wk hugs Rebekah xx

joey said...

Hi Linnie

your daughter is very fortunate to have a loving and caring mum like you :O) I very much enjoyed reading your description of her and what a lovely young lady she is :O) Thankyou for sharing.

Your card is beautiful thankyou for joining us at tpc

Joey.xxx

gina g said...

Beautiful card, lovely papers.

Happy Birthday to your daughter, love the pictures of you all too. Thanks for joining us at the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

Karen said...

Really lovely, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.
xx

Karen said...

Lovely Linnie, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.
xx

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Hi Linnie
A gorgeous card,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz,
Hugs Dianne xx

Suzanne said...

A gorgeous card and such a wonderful, loving post. Thanks for playing at Crafty Catz this week
Hugs
Suzanne x

Liz said...

Aww Happy Birthday Sweet 13 Hunni this is lovely Thank you so much for entering our OSAAT challenge
And good luck pop back Sunday see the winners and new challenge

Liz xx

Roberta Laliberte said...

What a lucky daughter too, to have such a loving and devoted mother. Gorgeous card I am sure she will love it!

Thanks for joining fairy fun fridays!

xoxoxox

Katja of Katzz said...

This card is so very gorgeous. Really love it!
Thanks for joining our texture-challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

Greetings,
Katja

Cheryl said...

oh this really is a wonderful post hun the pictures are just beautiful,and you have made one gorgoues,card too bless you for playing at OSAAT hope to see you again soon,love hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

hayward69 said...

Totally gorgeous and love the pinks. Lovely image too.

Thanks for joining in with us on DDSB

Jayne xx

Margreet said...

stunning card for a great daughter...you are blessed with her!......thanks for joining FFF and hope to see you next week again!
xxx Margreet

Spyder said...

Beautiful post, lovely card, thank you for joining Quirky Craft's 'Ribbon' Challenge this fortnight.

(Lyn))

Spyder said...

and thank you also for joining us over at OSAAT for their ribbon, lace and bow challenge this week.
(Lyn)

Carrie said...

fabby card.. totally love the colours..Thanks for the story and piccies they were lovely xx

Thanks for playing at one stop xx

Janneke said...

Lovely card ;0)and great pics
Thanks for joining us at Friday Sketchers last week!

Janneke X

Gemma said...

what a beautiful card and a lovely story to go with it! thanks for joining in at OSAAT this week :) Gemma

AutumnVine said...

Linnie, baie geluk, so 'n mooi dogter het natuurlik 'n mooi mamma en pappa agter haar, en baie wat vir haar bid. Hoop jul kan nog baie sulke mooi tye saam geniet. Ek geniet my seuns en is 'n seuns ma, maar hoe meer ek na ander ma's- en veral jy- kyk wens ek soms darem vir so 'n dogtertjie.
Esther

Judy said...

Not only is your card incredibly beautiful, that's the most heart felt story I've read in a long time, and the part that really brought me to tears is Heidi-Mari's and obviously yours too) love for our Lord and Savior. Thank you for the wonderful share, and entering your lovely card in our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best. A very happy birthday Heidi-Mari!

Hugs
Judy

Sonja said...

Veel Geluk Heidi-Mari!Ek hoop dit is n baie spesiale dag vir jou!JOu kaartjie lyk pragtig Linnie!

A.J. said...

A beautiful card and some lovely pictures of your family.

Thanks for joining us at OSAAT.

Amanda

Monika Reeck said...

what a lovely card and lovely Images...Thanks for joining in with us on Digi Doodle Shop's Best this week, hugs, Monika

Scrappy said...

WOW! This is simply beautiful! What a wonderful post! Such a tribute to your daughter, your family, and your beliefs. Fabulous layout and embellies! Thanks so much for sharing with us at OSAAT! We hope to see you for our next challenge!

Carol Ann said...

Lovely card and I wish your daughter a very happy birthday. Thanks for playing along at Magical Crafts.
Carol Ann xx

merniebug said...

Thanks for sharing your darling card with us here at Didi Doodle for this weeks texture challenge.

Pascale said...

Gorgeous family photos and a gorgeous card. Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle shops best challenge hugs Pascale

Jane said...

Your daughter will love this beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers XX

KymKreates said...

Wow!!! What a lovely tribute! The TEXTURE is splendid!!! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best and Good Luck!
xoxo,
KymKreates

Karen Howard said...

Wow, great take on the sketch... lots of layers! Thanks for plaing along with us at the Digi Doodle Shop's Best!

Jóna said...

So great card !
Thanks for joining our Texture-challenge at Digi Doodle Shop's Best!
Hugs, Jóna

kaylou said...

Hi
what a gorgeous card so beautiful, thank you for joining us at Stampavie and more.
Hugs Kaylou xoxo

jo said...

So cute!! Thanks so much for playing along with our texture challenge this week at DDSB!

-Jo:)
http://joboogie.typepad.com

Amber said...

Such a darling card! And I love reading about your daughter, you are a terrific Mom!
DDSB Hugs
Amber

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