Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Collin

Twelve years ago today my darling angel was born.  I can't believe how much time has gone by.  He has grown into a very sweet, and sometimes comedic young man.  He is now wearing a bigger shoe size than I am, and I wear a 9 1/2!  Next school year Collin will be going into 7th grade at  a school just for 7th graders.   You would have never known he was born 10 weeks early and weighed 3lbs 14oz!  I had an extremely difficult pregnancy and he was born with a Grade 3 bleed in his brain.  I will never forget the day the doctors took me in a room and told me he would never walk, talk, and would probably be in a wheel chair with Cerebral Palsy.  I can not describe the feeling I had.  It was horrible!  I do NOT wish that on any parent.  I went back to my room and cried.  I decided to take it one day at a time.  As my mom used to tell me " I wished the first year of his life away" wondering if he was going to meet every milestone.  After he was about 4 I felt a little better, then each year has gotten a little easier.  Well, as you can see, none of what the doctors said turned out to be true, thank GOD!  He does require a little extra help in school, but I am extremely grateful for what he has become.  AWESOME!  I am one proud momma.  :)


I tried to make this card age appropriate for him.  He LOVES Lego's and anything military.  I didn't have anything closely related to either in my stamping arsenal.  I am shocked!  There is actually something I don't have.  hehe


I used an older MFTWSC sketch.  You can find a whole arsenal of sketches from 2011 HERE, and I used #7.  I used two different MFT sets, one which is Polka Dot Greetings and die as well as Framed Greetings and some Stacking Stars dies.  


Here is a picture I had to sneak in at this years trip to the Pumpkin Farm.  He hates his picture taken just like his momma, so I had to be happy with a side shot.  He was cracking up that the goat ate the top off the bag of food.  He loves to feed them every year we go.  I have pictures of him doing this every year except the year we were in Alabama.  It was nice to move back just in time to take our traditional trip to the Pumpkin Farm.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Heather

27 comments:

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Heather, what a story... I can't imagine what that must have been like for you, hearing such terrible news. How wonderful for you that those doctors were wrong!! Happy Birthday to your son! (PS - I LOVE this card for a young guy, it's PERFECT!)

Piali said...

Happy Birthday to Collin!
Big Hugs to wonderful Mama!!!
Great card! Love the colors and the patterns!

Jen Adcock said...

What a beautiful post. Heather you have really been blessed. How proud you must be of your wonderful son. I have no doubt that it was and is your love that created all the miracles that were needed and that will continue to be. Happy Birthday Collin and a doubly big heartfelt congrats to you, beautiful momma, for growing such a fabulous young man.

As for the card...Fabbo!

Naomi said...

Wow, Heather, that must have been a very trying time...would be horrible to hear such news about your child but, thank goodness that the doctors were wrong!

Happy Birthday to Collin and what a handsome young man he is becoming! Time really does fly, doesn't it? I don't have any children of my own yet, but, my cousin's son who I half-raised from 6 months of age until about 7 years, turned 15 in October...I can't believe it!

Anyway, your card is GORGEOUS as usual...now I want the star dies from MFT...too bad I hadn't realized that a week or two ago during their sale when I bought some stuff (including the tea stamp/die set, YAY)...well, there will be another sale and I'm sure they'll come out with even MORE fabulous stuff that I'll want by then anyway!

Happy New Year, hope it's already off to a FABULOUS start for you!
Hugs,
Naomi

Ros said...

Happy Birthday to your wonderful Son ... I love your card and I'm sure he will too ... enjoy a lovely day!

Arlene said...

Wishing you son a very Happy Birthday and many returns of the day! Your card to him is really great...very masculine and I am sure he will love it! I am sure he has more miraculous surprises in store for you and I am so glad the doctors were wrong. Wishing him only the best! :)

~amy~ said...

happy birthday to your boy heather...I can't imagine what you went through...soooo glad they were wrong!!!

Excellent card!

lynn said...

happy birthday, collin! wishing you a wonderful day! beautiful card, heather:)

cnelson said...

Happy Birthday to Collin! Such a lovely card for a wonderful young man!! Hugs to you for all you had to go through!

Sandy said...

Happy birthday to your son! I'm so glad he is fine. Beautiful card!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Happy Birthday to Collin!! LOVE your card Heather! FAB papers and I love all the stars!!

Jean Martin said...

Happy Birthday Collin! I'm so glad he's doing great and that the doctors were wrong! You are one strong mama.

Heather!!! I Love love love this!!! I always have a hard time making masculine cards. But this is absolutely perfect!!!

Rizzi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLLIN.....YOUR A VERY HANDSOME YOUNG MAN....YOUR MOM MADE YOU A GREAT BIRTHDAY CARD....HOPE YOUR DAY IS FILLED WITH LOVE AND JOY.
GOD BLESS YOU.....RIZZI

Lisa said...

A big happy birthday to your boy!!! Don't they grow up WAY TOO FAST!!! Great card Heather, love the fun patterns and colors!

Sarah said...

(((((((HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLLIN)))))))
It just goes to show that the Dr's can get it so wrong, thank goodness, and bless you it must have been such a difficult time for you and your family to be told this, you must be so proud off your beautiful son he is a very handsome young boy, and your GORGEOUS card says it all!! he is your ''Big Star'' it's just perfect chum.
Have a Wonderful Day God Bless...
Lots Hugs
Sarah xx

ChristineCreations said...

What a great card Heather, and such a great story about your son. He sounds like such a gift in your life, and a beautiful blessing to see him grow up!! Oh and BTW my grade 7 son has size 9 feet too :)

Cheryl said...

Great card, and all those dots do remind me of Legos. My DD has cerebral palsy, and other medical issues, and I have also spent many, many days and nights fretting about whether or not she is going to be okay, too, and she's just fine. Isn't worrying just what Mamas do? :) I'm so glad the doctors were wrong about Colin. He obviously brings you a lot of joy. Happy Birthday, Colin! ~Hugs, Cheryl

Nancy said...

Great card! And a special happy birthday to your son. Truly a miracle that Collin surpassed all odds. Treasure every living moment with him. I lost my son 8 years ago and miss him every second of every day.

Lindsay said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son Heather! They grow up sooo fast, hard to believe he came into the world with so much uncertainty! So thankful he is healthy and well.

Your card is so fun, I am sure he loved it!

Linda R. said...

Happy Birthday to your son.. I can't imagine what you went through when the Dr. told you that.. But He sounds like a happy, healthy boy now!!
Your card looks amazing.. I am sure he loves it!

Hugs, Linda

Stella said...

This is such a heartfelt story; and I can feel how much you love your son...And I cmepletely understand how proud you are of him. He grew up being a wonderful son. Your card is perfect for him; he will love it.
Hugs
X
(My eldest son was born premature too...)

Shannon White said...

Oh Wow Miss Heather! With Lump in my throat and heartfelt tear in my eye, I am Soo Glad those Doctors were Wrong! A Very Happy Birthday to your Wonderful Son! He sounds like the apple of your eye and rightly so! Your Card is Just Awesome and I know he will love it! 8-)

Big Hugs to you Lady!
Shannon

Beate said...

I hope Colin had a great birthday! Your card looks great. You can't go wrong with stars for boys, right? And no ribbon. I am so proud of you. It's hard not to use that on a card.
Hugs and smiles

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Collin! Hope you guys had an awesome day together! Looks like you had fun feeding the goats :) What a fun masculine card! The layered stars look awesome and what a great mix of patterned papers!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Wonderful card, Heather! The stars are a perfect touch! I hope Collin had a Happy, Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Colin. Enjoy each and every day! donna

Deborah Frings said...

Belated birthday greetings to Colin - I do hope he had a fabulous day. Your card is just fab - perfect for a young man!

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