In last month's Take Twelve layout, we said goodbye to Justin before he left on deployment. While our family had already been separated for a few months because of Justin's training schedule, his deployment overseas brought a whole new set of fears and challenges for our family. But I know that he was eager to get to sea, which he absolutely loves.
This September, the 12th fell on a day dictated by a new routine for our little family. September has presented new challenges and blessings which have forever changed our lives. On September 7 at 11:50 pm, we welcomed into the world our beautiful baby boy, Benjamin. He weighed 3 pounds, 3 ounces and was 16.75 inches long. His gestational age at birthday was 30 weeks plus 6 days.
|Ben thankfully had a strong cry right out of the gate. My sister was able to snap this photo of him before the doctors and nurses brought him down to the NICU.|
|Talking to Justin after delivery.|
|My favorite photo of Benjamin to date. Taken on September 13 after his oxygen tubes were taken off, with his IV hiding behind his head, and his light mask off.|
I am exceedingly grateful for what we have and am overjoyed by our new baby boy. However, there are fleeting moments during the day or in the middle of the night where I feel that I am left chasing for rainbows in what sometimes feels like a rainstorm. But I know that there are rainbows out there. I just have to keep my head held high and be strong.
Here is my layout for this month:
Supplies: Patterned Paper, Cardstock, Stickers, Thickers by American Crafts; Punches (EK Succes, Martha Stewart Crafts; Stamps (Studio Calico, Technique Tuesday); Twine (Twinery); Epoxy Sticker (Epiphany Crafts); Xyron Mega Runner; Homemade Foam Tape.
The inspiration for the title came from here.
For the photo page, I simply created a 12 photo collage in Picassa and printed it as a 8x10 photo on my home printer.
And here is a close up of the September 12 subtitle area.
Play Along. If you are playing along this month, make sure to upload your Take 12 layout to your blog or any photo-sharing service, then link it up to this blog post by midnight EST, September 18 for a chance to win a spot in this year's Big Picture Classes Boot Camp!
Also, as some of you may already know, Ella Publishing Co. is now a part of the Big Picture Classes family! Big Picture Classes is the leading online education program for creative classes worldwide. Their focus is to teach inspiration-based scrapbooking while making the creative process of scrapbooking fun and easy for everyone.
GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate the new relationship between Ella Publishing Co. and Big Picture Classes, I will also be hosting a giveaway - a seat in a Big Picture Class taught by Tracey Clark, Picture Color. This is a 30 day self-paced course that will encourage you to turn your lens towards the colors that delight you the most. To enter my giveaway, make sure that you "follow" the blog and leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name and announce a winner on Sunday, September 22.
To our friends and family, thank you for your constant prayers and words of congratulations and comfort. And to everyone else, as always, thanks for stopping by!