I ran across this picture a couple of days ago, and it just brought back so many memories and feelings from when my son was this young. And, after the awful week we had last week, it reminded me that the potential for things to go horribly wrong at any time will always be lurking. And, I am often told "I don't know how you do it." But, the answer is simple: a mother's love is the only thing that can get you through the hard times when you have a child like this; it is powerful and magical and it gives you strength and courage that you never imagined possible when you need it the most. (That's basically the sentiment of the hidden journaling that can be pulled out at the top above the title.)
The pic was taken on Owen's half birthday: when he was six months old. The original is of course in color, but I can't stand to look at it because he looks so sickly. He had open heart surgery ten days after that, and our world turned upside down and we set sail on this journey of the unknown.
I used the April Swirlydoos kit for most of this layout.