it was on April No. 11

Hi everyone it's Friday that means a new palette is unvealed at CSI and it's also April the month my first child was born.  Having a baby is a life changing experience so I have chosen to use the sketch and theme of OUAS
So here's my page

So here's my page
this boy will be 18 years old in a few days, but he wasn't this big or handsome, in fact he weighted 2.4 #'s was premature and spent a whole month on NICU.  He was actually released from the hospital on Sunday May 12, 1996 as a Mother's Day present from the Doctors and nurses of the hospital who thought he was better with me than there.
When I first saw the sketch I thought it would be perfect to use the old and the new, but in the end I chose to put it in an envelope with some notes for him

I also had this great overlay by MME and it reminded me of the days I used to spend in front of his incubator telling me he was going to be big one day...

For  my evidence I used
cogs/gears, circles, metals, ransom style lettering, arrows and numbers
For my testimony I used the random generator word it was hello, so there's the hello to being a new mom!

So here's the journaling 
I knew I was strong but nothing prepared for me for this.  Leaving empty handed after delivery was an unspeakable pain because it came from the heart. {as you know there are no remedies to cure that}
I would walk a couple of miles everyday back and forth to the hospital, healing from an emergency C section I wouldn't even flinch.  Because at the end of those long walks you were there waiting for me, hooked up to all kinds of tubes and machines...
At night I couldn't stay with you, they wouldn't allow it , knowing you needed nourishment I would milk myself at the odd hours of the night.  We had no money for  a machine, not even rented, there was no money for another car, there wasn't even a home for you to come to, they were tough times...
Now you turn 18, what a big milestone and how life works.
You are such a good boy 
and you my son
have changed my life!

happy birthday Diego I love you forever!

Here's the sketch I used

and here's the color palette


Brigitte Lepoix said...

Handsome young man!

Val Thorpe said...

Milagros I loved this layout when I first saw it and even more when I read the story. What a fine young man he has grown into ... you must be so proud. A beautiful layout with just the right amount of sparkle too.
Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month. Please remember to load your layout onto our OUAS FB page for another chance to win a prize.

Lizzy Hill said...

Simply sensational...you really are scrapping up a storm! Loooved your 'story', that OVERLAY is simply perfection & I really love the look of that envelope...thanks sooo much for sharing with us at OUAS this month:):)

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, I've got goosies from your beautiful page and the heartfelt story behind it! How scary those first days must have been for you! And now look at how big he's gotten! What a handsome boy you have, my friend! And LOVE your page! The hidden pockets for the journaling and baby photo are fabulous. Love your use of the gears and love the overlay. All the touches of gold are fabulous, too!

Tracey Sabella said...

Milagros, What a gorgeous layout and heartfelt story/journaling. What a loving sacrifice to walk those miles each day after your C-section. Your son has grown into a handsome young man and your pride in him just glows here. I adore how you framed your focal photo with the envelope that holds those precious baby photos and journaling!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the April Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Barbara said...

Very precious! Boy, page, writing - everything!

JRABS -Jennifer Snyder said...

What a touching story - plus a wonderful strong page. Happy birthday

Wilma Voermans said...

LOVE your page, soft and yet it is masculine! My oldest son is born on April 11 aswell! :) Thanks for playing with us at OUAS!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Milagros this is spectacular ... It brings tears to my eyes reading your personal note ... what a lovely young man and a wonderful mother too ....

Tracey Sabella said...

Milagros, Congratulations on your fabuloius LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

nanou navarro said...

love your layout and heartfelt journaling a good idea the enveloppe for him

Patricia said...

I am absolutely loving this page!!! So much sacrifices you have made, and just look how handsome your boy turned out! You have all the reason to be proud of this young man...Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us at OUAS!!!

yuko Tanaka said...

It's fabulous LO!
I like it.
Thank you for playing with OUAS.