Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Christmas Gift For You!!

Dear Blogger Buddies... I have a present for you. This is my gift to each of you who care enough to be reading this right now. It's my 3rd annual blogger buddy present!

My first year there weren't all that many of you out there. LOL! The blog world was a much lonelier place. ;0) I actually didn't have very many blogs to choose from at all. Most of the pictures from other families were sent to me by e-mail.

Last year was a different story. Suddenly the blog world had become a hoppin place and I had so many new faces to add in. This year... well I don't know where to begin. This year it took 12 hours to make the gift and worth every second!! I have been honored to get to know SO MANY amazing people who are making this world a better place because of who they are.

I am certain that I missed some of you- I am sorry. I tried very hard but I have lost a 4th of my brain function with each child. That means I am only running on 1/4th brain power!! I'm surprised I could even figure that out! Please know that each and every one of you matter to me. I hope you enjoy this video.

If you see someone you know in the video would you please help me by letting them know? If I try to track down everyone in the video to tell them it'll take me another 12 hours. LOL! I really don't want anyone to miss it though!

Please feel free to post the video if you want. It is YOUR gift.


(I use only pictures from public blogs or with permission to respect the privacy of the families)

I have listed all three years of my blogger buddy Christmas present for your viewing enjoyment. It's fun to look back and see how our families have grown.Can you imagine what it will look like in ten years? :0)

THIS YEAR'S VIDEO!!! 2008 Blogger Buddy Christmas Present! I would like to send a special hug to all of you still waiting this year- for all of you who have lost someone this year. My love to you.




Last year's blogger buddy Christmas present 2007!



2 years ago- Blogger buddy Christmas present 2006!



I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with joy. Let's spend 2009 doing something that matters. Love God, love people.. that is the definition of success. Love, Angel

36 comments:

Amy said...

That was so precious! Thank you so much! That must have taken an enormous amount of time, and it is very appreciated.

Amy said...

That choked me up again this year. How wonderful a God we serve that He would bless us all with so many beautiful blessings! Merry Christmas Angel!

Amy said...

Angel- THANK YOU so much for the BEST gift anyone could EVER ask for- seeing all of those precious children belong to a family- even if they are not home yet this year. What an amazing blessing straight from the heart of God. Also, thank you for your friendship- you are such a gift to me every day. Love you~ Amy

Christina said...

Angel,thank you from the bottom of my heart for that beautiful video. There are definitely alot of blessed families out there with such beautiful children. Thanks again my friend. Huge hugs.

Tricia said...

Angel, I love you & I love your heart.

BE THE CHANGE.
BE THE CHANGE.

Merry Christmas,
Tricia

Mel said...

So beautiful thanks for the powerful reminder what a blessing adoption is, even on the hard days.

Merrill said...

Hi Angel,
I love the video and I always look forward to all the beautiful faces. Thanks for including John's photo again this year.
Merry Christmas!
Merrill

Donna said...

Hi Angel,

Amazing as it is each year! Thanks so much for including Ava again. It's great to see so many familiar faces in the video.

Happy Holidays,
Donna

Selah said...

Wow-- You are amazing and I have so enjoyed following your blog this year. I am excited to see all you are doing for Ethiopia and so many children.

Kimberly from Oregon
www.selahatlast.blogspot.com

Stacy said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Aww.....I remember watching last year's video when we were still just thinking about adoption and seeing our picture with all these great families we didn't know....It was like getting a glimpse of what our future might hold. This year made me cry as I knew SO many of these beautiful babies and their wonderful families. Not only did your video show me a glimpse of our future but of a group of wonderful friends that have supported us along the way. Thanks Angel:)

Tara said...

Absolutely beautiful...just like everything that is touched by you! You are a blessing....THANK YOU for taking your time. Merry Christmas to you as well this year!
Tara

Mandy said...

What an amazing video Angel! You are an amazing person who inspires so many people to change the world. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Brandi said...

Precious!!! Made me cry.

You are precious too. We love you.

Brandi

jajbs said...

THANK you SO much! Thanks for including me and Isabella... you couldn't have picked a better picture! You truly have the heart of God and it is a pleasure to "know" you. I hope to one day meet face to face. Your heart and love for God has ministered to me so much over the past 2 years. May God bless you and your precious family!!!

amanda

Natalie C. said...

Always so thoughtful Angel, Thank you!

jena said...

Okay... I quit blubbering enough to write now. That was such a precious video. There won't be a gift that can top that one this year.

Thank you!
Jena

Holly said...

Merry Christmas Angel! I can't believe the amount of work you put into that! Thank you! :)

Nikki said...

awww, beautiful!!

Meridith said...

Angel - You Rock!!! Once again, I am reminded that I am in good company. Mer

Erin said...

You've done it again! It is beautiful...so mad I went private....if it is not too late, you have my permission to use any photo on my blog...I would love to have seen my waiting baby girl on this. We are logged in and hoping for a quick LOA. I want her here so badly!

Have a wonderful Holiday =0)

nikki said...

So beautiful!! Thank you!
Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family!!!

Tessa said...

Thank you so much Angel! That was so sweet! It gave me goose bumps to watch all of the amazing families! I hope next year we have another little one in our family picture ... :)

Greta Jo said...

Merry Christmas to you Angel. Thank you so much for the beautiful gift.

Hannah said...

What a beautiful video!

Reba said...

Thank you for the video. I was secretly hoping you would do that again, though it does take so very long. It is always fun to watch and see not only my children but others I follow via blogs. I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Rhonda said...

Angel, what a beautiful video of so many beautiful families.
Blessings this holiday season.
Rhonda

Phyllis said...

Angel,
Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Phyllis & Kristen

Joanna said...

What a beautiful gift to these families, Angel. The video made me cry. Perfect music, too. It's amazing how many familiar faces I saw - the adoption community is large, but small in other ways. I love to see how we are all so connected from these beautiful experiences.

God Bless!
Joanna (and Myla)
www.rayadventures.blogspot.com

Farrah said...

Angel it was beautiful again this year, you are one amazing woman! and like I said before I Luv you!!


You are the change out there that we all need...

HUGS and Merry Christmas
Farrah :o)

Carrie said...

Thanks Angel, what a very sweet gift! You are at the center of changing things, my friend.

Thanks for everything you contribute to this world and to all of our lives. And thanks for your support whatever the circumstances...

Lots of love to you this Christmas!

--Carrie

Lisa said...

Amazing. Thank you so much for putting this together. Beautiful!
God bless and Merry Christmas!

Flamingo Mama said...

angel...thank you so much!! what a great gift of time!!!

it almost made me cry as we were a family last year in the video and now we have our daughter's picture!!! i'm very excited to not be in a video because that means she is home!

Faithful Froggers said...

BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for such a very touching gift. :)

Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your beautiful family.

Sandee said...

This is so beautiful, touching, heart-expanding....since you gave permission, I posted it on my blog and gave you credit. Thank you for sharing it!

Sandee said...

I thought I posted a comment, but maybe it dissappeared...(or I clicked wrong. :)

This is beautiful, heart-expanding. Since you gave permission, I posted it on my blog giving you credit. Thank you for sharing it.

All these wonderful families.