Friday, December 28, 2007

Help me choose!

I'm making a gift for my babysitter as a thank you and a good-bye present from us. Our last day at her house will be next Friday. We will miss her terribly. Let me first share with you how we found this wonderful woman:

I had my daughter in a national child care facility. It was nice, the people were nice, etc., however, she was sick ALL the time and I was missing a ton of work. It was way too stressful for all of us. She was 8 months old.

I was looking through the classified ads, and one came up who was looking for 1-2 children. I called her; she was calm, quiet and "motherly" sounding, unlike many of the "flaky" people I had called from other ads. I arranged to meet her. My husband and I sat in her driveway and I prayed, "God, make this obvious, because I can't take much more." We went in, met her, and within 5 minutes, she had told us the reason she moved to the city was because God planned to save her here. That was it. Sold! I didn't even call to check references. The kids have been there now for just over 2 years -- she has been a blessing to us many times over. We will miss her terribly.

So this gift is for her. The little girl in purple is my daughter, the little girl in red is her daughter. They are running ahead of us at the zoo. The words around the edge and on the path are adapted from "An Irish Blessing" -- the one that goes "May the road rise up to meet you..."

My question to you -- which one is your favorite!?!?!?






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47 comments:

Brooke - in Oregon said...

What a beautiful gift and a wonderful photo! WOW this is hard, cause I really like each one. For me it is a toss up between 3 & 4 but I am leaning toward 3 only because I think the focus is more on the girls. :)

Brian, Steph, Jaxon & Marley said...

I like 2 & 3... but its not like you could go wrong. What a GREAT gift!

Zan said...

I personally Love 4...I find the borders distracting...but the words on the road very neat and meaningful.
They are all wonderful and I am sure she will enjoy this wonderful gift.

Kim said...

I pick 2 or 3 either one!! They are beautiful!

rubi said...

Great gift for a great woman - I think.
My favourite is Number 3!
Greetings from Germany
Andrea/rubi

Becky said...

Wow. Well, I am torn between 3 & 4. Love the words on the road though. So much meaning!

Joy said...

I like 3 & 4...3 focuses on the girls and 4 focuses on the words...so maybe 3 wins for me

Tom in Georgia said...

I am just a guy, but I like the last picture the best. I saved the pictures and tried to enlarge them but the resolution is not great enough to make the writing around the 1 2 nnd 3 picture stand out. You could maybe put the writing along the left side of the road and highlight the girls like in a frame. If I could see the first three better I might like one of them, but after enlargeing I still cannot read the writing. Of course, if you plan to have this printed in a big picture, then the writing around the side might just be the thing you are looking to get. My wife did one like this with our Granddaughter and our daughter, and they were walking under a covered bridge with their back to us, and she called it. " A Slice of Life" so this pictue also is a slice of life. We and our daughter enjoy your templates so much, and we all wish you great happiness in your new location. God Bless You and Your Family

Church said...

I really like 1 & 3. I'm partial to swirls and simplicity and love the simple look of the border of words. It enhances the picture and doesn't distract from it. I think the words on the road take away a bit from the picture. But that's just me!

T5454 said...

I like #3! Super job!

sweetheaven said...

I like 3. I find that the words on the road takes away from the picture of the girls

AKrubygal said...

Hi Sarah,

I like #4 the best but they are all nice........such a nice and everlasting gift!

--AKrubygal

katg1006 said...

What a beautiful gift! I love #3.

Anonymous said...

Number 3 all the way. Sarah you just keep getting sweeter and sweeter the longer I know you. This is a beautiful gift - she is going to love it. Good luck with your big move - let me know how it all turns out. I've been leaving you alone so you can concentrate on getting moved and settled. Look out once you are!

Andrea D. a.k.a. annscraps

Anonymous said...

i love #2 the best; the words become the focus on 4, the girls are the focus in 2 and I think the lighting on the road in 2 enhances attention to the girls moreso than the road in #3...

beautiful gift, whichever is given :)

Hilmarose said...

Personally I LOVE #4...the girls are still a focus but the blessing is there too... If I were going to give it as a gift it would be #4. :) but I am sure she will love any of them.

SusanD said...

I like the first one the best. They are all gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I love 2 and 3! They are all beautiful!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you found such a caring person to take care of your children. I fell into the same thing when my children were young and what a lifesaver and blessing. I like the 2nd picture the best, but they are all beautiful.

Brooke - in Oregon said...

Hi Sarah
I had to come back and see what everyone else liked! lol

I also just picked up the Planner months I missed. Thank you again so much for creating this and sharing it. Also for leaving it up for us REALLY SLOWPOKES!

I decided I am going to make this for my Father for the New Year, he is 74 and starting to be a little forgetfull. This will help him out and he will love it. Thanks again so much!

AgilityIG said...

I have to say three is my favorite too! Great job and awesome photo!!

Tink said...

They are all lovely, but I think my favorite it the first one. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

fl_connie said...

I like 1 - it seems to me that the focus is on the girls, with kind of stop-motion feeling. But they are all wonderful!

Arlyn said...

I vote for #3.

cajungal01 said...

I like number 3 the best. these are BEAUTIFUL!
:0)

Tom in Georgia said...

I hate to come back and use up your comment space, but I hope you will let us all know which one you pick! I sure would like to see it in its orig size, maybe a download! Thanks Again!

Dane Ann said...

Sarah, If I'm understanding what the gifts meaning for you is all about, then #4 encompasses it all. You're blending the Harmony of the Children and the Message all into ONE focus of Love. Not making one element any more important than any other.

Hugs & Blessings,
Dane Ann

Sandy said...

#3...I like the feel of the way the words work with the mood.

Sandy

carin said...

last one. without a doubt. You can read it so much better, and it's an important part of the gift. lovely work, by the way.

carin said...

me again. I do think you should leave all the words in, just put them around the children and fade the ends a beginnings a bit--looks like you erased some entirely...but I still like it the best.

The Okrasinski's said...

I really like the darker shadows of #3 and the border is light enough that I don't find it distracting. Cute picture and very symbolic for the occassion. nice choice!

Anne M. said...

I would say 3 or 4, but 4 is more fitting to the poem. Great work any which way you go!

Anonymous said...

I like 2 or 3...it keeps the focus on the girls. Awesome!

Edna B said...

I think the last one is the best one. word borders are too small to read. Last picture says it all. Happy New Year Friend.

Anonymous said...

It would be 2 or 3 for me too and I'm leaning more toward 3!

Happy New Year!

latercerachica said...

I pick 2 or 3! They are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the last one. Can't read all of the words on the other 3 and the borders were to much of a distraction for me.

Danielle said...

love #3

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Jessy said...

I really like no 3 too! BTW, every page is gorgeous!

Fenn said...

I like the 4th one:)

verabear said...

boy you ask difficult questions:) I'm guessing you've picked already? Whichever one it was, it was the best pick I'm sure. Each one is awesome. Great gift! :)

annie(quebec) said...

my favorite is the 2

Hilmarose said...

I MISS YOU!!!! where oh where can you be????

joyinhim said...

Still checking on you Sarah - hope you are OK...

Anonymous said...

the parents i babysat for gave me a college frame of pictures of the kids and $100 in gc to the movie theater. I'd rather have the kids...

I like the first one best!

Priscilla's Profile said...

Oh they are all lovely, but I think I like #3 best. Glad to hear you are all adjusting, and will have furniture SOON!

Thanks again for all your lovely work, and can't wait to see pics of the new place!