Today's layout comes from our fabulous guest contributor, Marti. (Thanks for your patience in waiting for it...it's worth it!) Here's what she had to say:
This layout is of my first grandchild, Quincey. He arrived on December 29, 2004 and left us on January 3, 2005. He was born with only a brain stem, which was not sufficient to keep his body alive and functioning properly. He was a beautiful little baby - the image of his father (my son Sean). It still hurts so much to think about, but I am determined to celebrate his life. In trying to avoid feeling the pain of losing him, I have failed to honor his memory completely. I loved him beyond measure and I know he was sent here for a special reason. I am so grateful for this blog and the opportunity I have to share this special little guy with everyone.
Journaling (hidden behind photo):
For five days I was a grandma.
Five joyful but heartbreaking days.
Five days to try to give him a lifetime of love.
It is amazing how much you can grow to love someone in such a brief period of time. I never had the chance to behold him in person, yet I have memorized every part of his little face. My arms will always ache to hold him. My nose longs to breathe in his baby smells. My ears strain to hear his little voice. He was so very precious to me, yet I have failed to celebrate his life, as I should have. The pain was too great, the sorrow too deep. The grief consumed me until I thought I would die, too. It has been almost five years, yet it feels so fresh. I don’t understand why this happened, but I know that his brief life had a purpose and a meaning. I will live the rest of my days remembering the joy he brought into my heart. I know other grandchildren will come along in the years to come, but Quincey will always be my special little angel. My first grandbaby.
Thanks, Marti, for sharing this! Stay tuned, all, for the next challenge...which will go up on September 15!