Friday, January 14, 2011

I Have A Dream Blog Hop

Once again, KarelJ is hosting a wonderful themed blog hop. We are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the hop is being held  January 15, 16 and 17.  The theme is simple: I Have a Dream.

“The Grand Prize Blog Candy is the Dreams Come True Cartridge, donated by an anonymous donor!! In order to be eligible to win, you need to leave a comment on each and every stop on the hop, along with a way to contact you. Karelj will choose a winner by on the 18th and announce it on her blog, as well as contacting the winner personally.”

Have you arrived here from the talented Stephanie's blog? Then you are on the right track. Here is the list of blogs in case you just came to my blog and would like to participate in the hop for the grand prize.
1. Karelj at One By One The Flamingos Are Stealing My Sanity

2. Nicolette at Beyond Scrapping
3. Christel at Scrappin' Sista
4. Celeste at Touched By a Butterfly
5. Rachel Henahan at Suburban Crafter
6. Stephanie at SS Crafter
7. Col at Col's Creative Corner at You are here!
8. Jessica at Overjoyed Scrapper
9. Krista and Kori at 2 Crafty Chicks
10. Gina at Gina Thornton Stamping
11. Monique at Unique Monique at
12. Kathryn at Creations with Kathryn at
13. Jamie at Glitter, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!

I chose to make a 2 page layout about my son. As a parent, all of our dreams become dreams for our children. Everyone who knows me understands that my son holds all my biggest dreams. My dreams for him are different than most parent's dreams for their 20 year children. I dream of a day when people will see my son for the person he is, not his Autism. I understand how hard that can be for people we pass in the streets. He is different, his reaction to life's experiences is unlike yours or mine. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, either. He doesn't know about hatred or cruelty. He doesn't care what color your skin is. It doesn't matter to him how much money you make, or what kind of house or car you own. He is not pre-disposed to any opinions, good or bad. When he meets you, most likely if you show him kindness, he will befriend you. Of course I dream of the day when he will speak. I try not to be greedy and want it all, but I can't help but dream of the day when there will be a cure for Autism. I pray it will be in my lifetime.

I have been fighting the flu for the past week now, so I am making an unusually short post, please accept my apology. Hopefully, I will be able to update the post before the weekend is over.

From here you are heading to  Jessica at Overjoyed Scrapper
I know she will have an amazing project to share with you. While you are there, take a look at her blog, it is really wonderful.
I hope everyone has a great Holiday weekend!


  1. Great layout!
    I hope you son speaks someday soon. I can't imagine how hard that is for you. About how others look at him, don't worry... it's a good way to tell who is worth of your respect! People judge before knowing... it's very sad... Makes me feel that we have brains for nothing.
    Hope you dreams come true!

    postaisdajoana at gmail dot com

  2. What beautiful words, and a beautiful layout Col. I truly believe your son can feel many, many things, and probably more so than a lot of us. In God's eyes he is perfect, in your eyes he is perfect. God gave your son to you because He intended you to be there and love him, care for him, and see inside of him, that he is a child, a boy, a man, just like any of us. I would truly like to meet him one of these days.
    kopperhead at

  3. Great layout. It's sad that we as adults too often judge the books by the cover without looking beyond that. Too often we are afraid of what we don't understand. It really bothers me how people will stare & make cruel comments or rude comments on things that people have no control of. It would be one of my dreams that people would stop & think of how they'd feel if they were on the receiving end of those stares & comments. I really hope that your dream comes true.

  4. Your layouts are amazing.... I love love them...

  5. Love the layout, girl you are great

  6. Lovely layout, Hope your dream comes true.

  7. What a gorgeous layout. TFS
    yorkielov at gmail dot com

  8. Oh Col! Such a beautiful layout and your son is such a beautiful young man in so many ways! You are amazing! Hugs to you and hope you are feeling better quick.

  9. Col,
    What an awesome layout and I loved your story it was so touching and being a mother of a son who lives with disabilities, it tugged at the heart strings. My son suffers from many things, Tourettes Syndrome (it's not the funny disability that they comedian's always joke about, it's very different) he also has OCD (which is a handful)--- He loves my hair, always has and usually has a handful of my hair, except he stresses out when I cut it. and then there Trichatilomania --- where he pulls his hair out when he's stressed.

    but, I sympothis with you my Aunt runs a charter school for kids with Autism. They teach them life skills we usually go and help her out when she needs things. I really don't know too many of the children in her school but, those kids just love her and it's real. Like you said it's not clouded by prejudice.

    Thanks for sharing sorry my post is so long.

    mpetrovich23 at yahoo dot com

  10. Great layout. Love the tags and tickets.

    spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

  11. Col-what a beautiful dream to have! I really do hope that your dream comes true. How wonderful that would be! Your LO is as awesome as you are!

  12. Colleen, I have tears in my eyes as I type this- What a beautiful dream you have shared with all and I SO hope they come true for you and your family. Your layout shows the love you and your husband share for such a beautiful person! *Hugs*

  13. Lovely layout! Thank you so much for sharing. I wish and pray all the best for you and your family.

  14. Great layout. You sound like an amazing Mom. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  15. Very nice LO. I hope you feel better soon!

  16. I love your layout! ITS beautiful

  17. What a wonderful tribute to your son. My grandson has aspergers so we know what it's like to have one that is considered "different". This is a terrific hop and it's wonderful that someone donated the cart Dreams come true for the grand prize. teela young at hotmail dot com

  18. wonderful to honor your son..and everyone has a the layout too. donna

  19. I absolutely LOVE you LO. I too have a child with Autism and it's a battle. I want all her dreams to come true. I know they are locked within her. I pray that your dreams that your son will speak will come true. TFS and the chance to win!

    Christel a.k.a. Scrappin' Sista
    Blog Hop Sista

  20. I love this layout, and I love your dream. I hope that you get your wish for your son. Thanks so much for sharing such a moving and hearfelt story.

  21. What a wonderful layout and a very special dream!
    Thanks for sharing your dream with us and hope you get feeling better real soon! ☺
    reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

  22. Awesome Layout and dream.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  23. What a touching layout! And an awesome dream! A great tribute to your son!

    Thanks for hopping along with us!!
    GRKIDDO at Verizon
    dot net

  24. Love your layout. Dreams do come true. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Sorry you are down with the flu and very sorry about the stupidity of people that treat your son as "different". My prayers for you and a bright future for your son..

  26. Beautiful layout. Thank you for sharing your dream-I dream that your prayers will be answered.

  27. Very touching story! It brought tears to my eyes! I have worked with children with disabilites and they are all special angels on this earth! Thanks for sharing your layout it is awesome! Also thanks for sharing your story also! I hope that you get a cure to autism also! Get to feeling better!

    Jessica Leishman

  28. great LO...luv the color combo and the design
    cardchick (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. Wonderful LO. That is one of my favorite quotes about dancing in the rain...


  30. Fabulous LO, and my prayers are with you on a cure for autism, my bff son is 19 and lives a totally differnet life than other 19 year olds, and most people do not understand the difficulties. TFS
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  31. Beautiful tribute to your son....and keep dreamimg because "Dreams really do come true"...Love your LO and TFS.......

  32. I love the quote on the tag! If you can make the best of each thing, then your dreams will come true.
    Love your layout!
    Amanda (

  33. Hey Collen
    What a beautiful LO, and I love the quote!
    I hope you get to feeling better, this flu is nasty. take care my scrappin friend..
    I am already a follower of your blog.
    Bonnie C

  34. Gorgeous layout!! I just love it! And the love for your son brought tears to my eyes.. thanks so much for sharing with us, and being so inspiring.. I'm so glad I found your blog! xx

    Ashley A.

  35. Beautiful layout for someone fighting the flu, I love your tags. Great job. I just became a follower.

  36. I love your layout and I think your dream is awesome. I have a friend who´s little girl has autism and I believe as with your son that they will do great and awesome things. God gave you this child for a specific reason... May you continue to be blessed!

  37. Just became follower #132.
    You truly are blessed to have such a beautiful son and he is truly blessed to have such a wonderful mom. I pray that your dream for him one day becomes a reality.

  38. I know what you mean with the dream for a child with disabilities. I have a 32 year old son with Down's Syndrome. It is difficult to find program to help them live life to the fullest since they are always the first cut to balance budgets in this economy.

    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  39. Your layout is wonderful! I really hope your dream comes true! Thanks for sharing with us.
    qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

  40. Gorgeous all the details!

  41. Your layout is ver inspiring! I love it!

  42. Very nice layout. Hope you get to feeling better.

    vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

  43. Hope you feel better. Thanks for sharing about your son.
    username at yahoo dot com

  44. I pray that your dream and your son's dreams all come true. Just keep on having faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ, and he will see you through.
    I have the flu too and that is why am posting late. I hate it!!!