Wednesday, August 13, 2008

You Light Up My Life


I'll tell you in case you are a new reader to my blog, I have someone that lights up my life. Her name is Gabriella (Gabby) - my sweet, beautiful niece who is 28 months old and lives in another state. I have been blessed to visit her every 6 months since she was born. Since last Christmas we've had lots of 'dates' on the webcam and we talk on the phone about 2 times a week.

She called to tell me big news last night. She has been going 'potty' in the big potty for 7 days!! I'm so excited about it!! Well, that is not exactly what made my life light up. It was something my sister said happened Monday evening. Gabby was at the dinner table eating and out of the blue said, "I'm sad" and her mommy asked her why. She said, "I miss Auntie Donna" when my sister said that I got choked up. I didn't realize she knew what that meant, perhaps it's a combination of me telling her I miss her but for those words to come out of her cute self just melted my heart so I had to commit this to memory with a card & blog post. I know the only ones who can relate to something like this are those who live far from their loved ones as well. It was a decision I made 11 years ago when the thought of nieces & nephew were not quite a reality with one sister unmarried & the other married but with no desire to have children. Things sure have changed and my heart aches on a daily basis for them (tears flowing).

Onto the card now - I got my new Doodlefactory The Great Outdoors, a new release by Starving Artistamps. I know I'm going to have a ton of fun with all the images in this set and in combination with the sentiments? The fun will never end!! I used Pogue on my card, along with the lantern and fireflies. I attempted to make the 'light' around him (which John thought was am imitation of the glow around Jesus-ha ha) light up the night sky by layering my koh-i-noor pencils & blending with baby oil/stumps. He ended up saying he really likes the card, though!

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And here's a recent picture of the precious little girl who lights up my life & who misses me.
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16 comments on "You Light Up My Life"

catdidit on 6:11 AM CDT said...

First, hugsssssss you! I fully understand what you mean about missing family! It amazes me how much they DO understand at such a young age, didnt realize it with my daughter but I see it with my grandson for some strange reason. They both are about the same age, Gabby is about 4 months older than him...they are just too cute at that age!

And the card, OMG! Love it! The coloring on it is awesome! The dp is perfect with it too (did you make that?) Thats funny though about John saying the glow around Jesus, lol, I actually do have an old OLD picture that has that, lol!

Vanessa on 8:55 AM CDT said...

You have such a beautiful niece Donna, and what a sweet little story to share with all of us on how she misses her Aunt Donna. . .just precious! Super cute card. I just love the porcupine.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) on 9:38 AM CDT said...

Awwwwwwwww.........LOOK at that little angel!!! She loves her Auntie Donna and there's definitely a resemblance too!! Big Hugs!!! Now this adorable card!!! I love those lightning bugs and the "halo" around Pogue!! It's just wonderful and I'm having fun starting to play with these little Doodlefactory critters!!!

Alexandra on 9:53 AM CDT said...

She is really adorable Donna, and of course she misses you - she knows she is loved!!!!

Your card is precious, I just love that cute little image!! Totally darling!

*STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Melissa on 11:09 AM CDT said...

Hahahahaha! I LOVE the card!

Isn't being an aunt one of the best things in the world?! Thanks for sharing Gabby with the rest of us!

Many Blessings,
M.

Rose Ann on 1:06 PM CDT said...

Sweet story and adorable card too!! Love the glow!! Hugs!!

Christi on 2:37 PM CDT said...

{{{HUGS}}} to you sweetie. I live very close to all my family so I cannot imagine what it's like. She looks like an absolute sweetie and I'm sure you are the best Auntie in the world. I LOVE this card!!

Stefanie on 7:07 PM CDT said...

Super cute card Donna! I love how he's holding the lantern and the warm glow it throws.

One of my hubby's brothers lives on the West coast and we are trying to find ways for him to have a relationship with our son since we are on the east coast. It's so hard! I hope my son loves his uncle as much as your niece loves you!

Barb Schram on 8:59 PM CDT said...

Oh Donna, how blessed little Gabby is to have you as her Auntie! She knows how much you love her and that is why she misses you so. Hugs to you!

Hannah on 10:27 PM CDT said...

As a mother, I can tell you that I'm sure your sister REALLY appreciates all the love and attention you lavish on your niece. You two will always share a special bond -- and maybe one days she'll get to read your blog posts about her -- with Kleenex in hand! :-)

Wonderful card -- so cute!

Catherine on 9:50 AM CDT said...

You had me tearing up, girly =)
What a sweet niece you got there. And on to the card, another set that I have to now get...thanks to YOU! (<--- i'm actually saying it in a very sarcastic way...LOL!) Hope you have a great weekend, my blogger friend.

Monika/Buzsy on 10:54 AM CDT said...

Donna... you must be an awesome aunt! She is sooo cute! Great card... cute images and nice sketch. TFS!

Julie Masse on 9:48 PM CDT said...

How adorable Donna!! What a little cutie she is and what a sweet thing to say!! :)

Kristine on 11:02 PM CDT said...

SOOOOO PRECIOUS!! You are one lucky lucky auntie :) She's soo sweet and I can totally see you in her!! Thanks for sharing photos with us all. Really brightens our day to see such a sweetheart.

Kristine on 11:37 PM CDT said...

CUTE CUTE card too!!

Jessie/knightrone on 12:05 PM CDT said...

You should totally have a kleenex disclaimer at the top of this post...my heart aches for you. I wish you could see her more often so you wouldn't have to miss each other. Your card is so cute though!! Big Hugs to you!

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