Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Christmas Present For You- My Hero

My hero is not a star in Hollywood. My hero is not a politician or a member of the royal family. Many of you reading this today are my heroes. You are world changers. You see what you want the world to be and you decide to BE the change. You aren't content to close your eyes to it. I am so deeply grateful to be a part of such a dynamic group of people. Today I have a Christmas gift for you. This is especially dedicated to all the mommas out there opening their hearts and homes to little ones who have no greater wish than to have a family. It WILL be a merry Christmas for so many little ones this year because of you. YOU are my hero.

Love, Angel

PS Last year was the first year I started my traditional gift for my heroes. If you would like to see that one here it is.... Hugs!

In an effort to respect people's privacy I have used only pictures that were displayed on public blogs of my adoptive momma buddies or photos I have been given permission to use. You may certainly post it to your own blog. After all it is my gift to you. :0)


Kerry said...

Thank you, friend. That's one of the most precious gifts I've ever been given. Merry Christmas to you and your precious family and may God continue to bless you in the new year.

All our love to you and yours,
The Collins Family

Anonymous said...

Thank you Angel! What can I say- it was perfect. Just beautiful. Thank you for your heart and for sharing it with us throughout the year. I have learned so much from you. I feel so blessed to be your friend. Love, Amy

Katie said...

Thanks Angel -- that is beautiful !!!

Tricia said...

Angel, my heart is SO FULL of joy & gratefulness that all of these amazing kiddos have found FOREVER FAMILIES.

That is one of the most special Christmas gifts I have ever received.

YOU inspire me.

Much love from my family to yours this Christmas,

Shannon said...

That is definitely being copied to CD for Analise's memory chest...

Thank you so much for remembering us! It's amazing that you chose my two FAVORITE pictures of Analise! Seriously!!

Bekah said...

Seriously, Angel, I cannot thank you enough for this precious gift. To see all of those beautiful faces and know that they will never lack for hugs and kisses is more than I can handle so I am just sitting here in tears of joy...and I think of how many more children need families and realize these tears are also for those precious kids still waiting. You are such an inspiration to me and I am blessed to have found your blog. The Lord has used you to encourage me, challenge me, and inspire me more times than I can count.

jajbs said...

Thank you SO much... it is the best gift I could have received! It is amazing how God puts these precious children in our lives. It was so good to see all of their PRECIOUS faces!

You truly are an inspiration!

Merry Christmas to your precious family!


Mindy said...

I love you, girl. Thanks for the good cry! *smile* I was in tears long before I saw my girls were in this!

Hugs and hugs, and Merry Christmas to you and your fam!

Kim said...

Can you believe that Alex (19 months today) sat and watched that whole video with me? He absolutely loved it!

Thank you so much for doing this. It is amazing that all of these children - in our little circle of blog friends have found a forever family.

Merry Christmas to your family!!!

Madelyn's Mommy said...

That was amazingly beautiful. I just found your blog through Karen. WOW! Beautiful!




You are an amazing example of God's love in this world. Thank you so much for this gift -- this was one of the most special gifts I have ever recieved from a friend, and we have never even met face to face. Thank you for reminding me what a blessing all these beautiful babies are and what we would be missing without them in our families (I especially needed that reminder right now).

You are a bright star and an inspiration/example for me.

Thank you and Merry, Merry Christmas!

Radiomomma said...

Angel -

Thank you so much for this beautiful gift! I was amazed to see my children along with the images of so many blessed families! Reading your blog definitely shows me that we are sisters in faith and purpose! I'm not a huge "crier" but, my cheeks are still wet. Oh...that others would come to know the joy that we do...adoption, a paramount blessing from the Lord!

Thank you, again!

Amanda H

Ginger--Maya's mommy said...

That is soooooo very sweet of you. I live near Houston (2 hrs). I would love to meet you and your family.


Preiss said...

Thank you for the beautiful Christmas present! It's absolutely lovely and one of the best presents ever.

Natalie C. said...


Scarlett_333 said...

Hi there! I am just trying to get the word out about my new blogging business where I will "stylize" your blog for a small fee. This money I raise will go towards supporting a humanitarian trip I will be going on this summer for a month to the Dominican Republic. Please see my site for full details:

Scarlett_333 said...

Hi Angel,
Just wanted to thank you for posting earlier about Kiva. I just made my first lend!!

Ellie said...

Oh Angel~

You never cease to amaze me. You are one of the most thoughtful people I know. I OH SO LOVED it... THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR INCLUDING BOTH THE KIDDOS!



Sarah said...

Angel, WOW! Thank you so much for this beautiful gift. YOU are an amazing lady!!

That video is truly precious! Your name suits you well.

Sarah & Sophie~Bug

Krystal said...

That is incredibly beautiful! Thank you for putting together so many beautiful faces for us to see :)

Reba said...

Angel, what a precious gift. I saw Maria's face (our kitty cat) and just choked up. Actually, I cried looking at all of those precious faces. So many of them are faces I check in daily with, so it does feel like "family" even if we have never met. It was truly a priceless gift!

Farrah said...

I totally love my gift...Thank you for that. Well now I have nothing to tell my hubby to get me for X-mas...Except maybe another addition to our family..Thank you so much Angel..

You are too much, And the sweetest person I've never meet!!!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
The Reaver Family

Muriel and Jerry said...

Thank you so much for including our little Sophie. What an awesome gift. Merry Christmas.

Christina said...

Thank you sooooo much for the beautiful gift. The video had me in tears and that was before I even knew there were pictures of Aiden and I in there.
Merry Christmas Angel to you and your family. Huge hugs being sent your way.

Katie said...

OH Angel -- Thank YOU so much !! What a blessing YOU are to all of us !!!! :)

Ryan and Heather said...

Wow this is amazing! Thank you so much for making it!

Kelly said...

Angel, THANK YOU! That is one of the sweetest gifts I have ever received. Thank you so much!! It's so beautiful. I have watched it at least 5 times already and can't wait to finish this comment so I can watch it again! :) You are such a wonderful woman of God!

Jeffery said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together! What a beautiful gift!! I had tears in my eyes the whole time.

Scott,Andrea, and Anna Webster

Princess D said...

Beautiful. I got chills and my eyes welled up. All of those little faces and knowing they have or will soon have families is so big. It's beyond words.



Amy said...


This is a precious gift as are each of these children! My heart (and my tear ducts) are overwhelmed by the number of children affected by adoption.

A word of thanks seems so inadequate-but thank you so much for putting this together.

Praying for all of these dear children,


Megan and Andy said...

Beautiful tribute! What a generous spirit you are! I recently found your blog and am inspired by your family. We brought our son home this year from Guatemala and are in total love.

God Bless You! Merry Christmas!

amber said...

Angel, THANK YOU!! What an incredibly special gift... I am sitting here just bawling. It is particularly meaningful to me right at this moment because my baby boy is sleeping just a few feet away and I am so poignantly reminded what a gift he is to us and what a miracle adoption is. Blessings to you for being such a wonderful friend!!

Love you!

Scarlett_333 said...

Hi Angel- I would love to do a blog for you! I tried to send you an email, but just got a return email saying that it failed!!
Why don't you send me an email at and I will just hit reply to send the info, and hopefully that works!

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! touched my heart so far beyond what words can express!! It IS such a blessing to know that these beautiful babies have or will have homes. And it is such a powerful reminder of how we need to pray (and for some- step out in faith again)for the many many precious gifts of God that do not have, and some who may never find, forever families. Thank you!!! I can't imagine the time it took you to put this together. It is precious, special, and wonderful...just like you! :>)

McDonald Clan said...

Thank yo so much Angel. That was such a wonderful video with such beautiful children.


GDS said...

Wow, how awesome -thanks. Merry Christmas!

Kelli said...

This is so beautiful!!! We are all so lucky to have been chosen to be the mommas' of these wonderful precious children. God Bless you and your family!! Feliz Navidad

powelladoption said...

Thank you for the wonderful gift Angel. I am praying God's blessings over your Christmas season. Thank you for being so open and honest with what God is doing in your life and family, I have been blessed because of it. Have a wonderful day!

Alleen said...

Wow! It's powerful to see all of those beautiful faces and know they have loving families.

The Allums Family said...

TEARS!!! That was amazing!!! Thank you!!! God bless you and your family during this time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Karen D. said...

Thank you so much for including Abbie and me in this! You just don't know how badly I needed to hear the words of that first song! It was also amazing to see so many of my friends and their precious children in that montage!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Much love,
Karen and Abbie Faith

Carrie said...


That was so beautiful and touching. Thank you so much for including us. I check your blog and your wonderful family often. We wihs you nothing but the best in your new journey to bring your new daughter home from China.

Carrie, Rich, and Savannah

Skylie's Grandma said...

Oh Angel, that is so beautiful. I love your heart. I am such a lurker but I had to let you know that everytime I read your blog I'm always moved by your sweet soul. Thank you so much. I am not sure you realize just how much you teach people about the power of love. My granddaughter is from Guatemala so this is close to my heart. She is truly a gift. Congratulations on your new little girl from China! I hope everything moves quickly for you. Skylie's grandma.

Donna said...

Thank you so very much. That was absolutely beautiful, I had chills the whole time watching it.

A blessed and peaceful holiday to you and your family!

Donna and Ava

The Allums Family said...

I wanted to ask you how did you do the video with pics through youtube with music?

tumbleintodreams said...

Oh Angel..... I had no idea Cami and I were in your video. It made me cry, seeing all the children in their forever families. You are a special person to spend time creating a video that will touch so many people. Thank you! sherri