Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thinking About Him...

so much lately. Maybe because he would have been 4 months old a few days ago. Because I should have gotten my baby fix holding him at Nathan's party...whatever the reason, James is on my mind

and in my heart

I have had these photos for a while. I took them just a few days before Michelle and Jimmy stopped the life support. I knew these would be memories so I tried to capture all emotions. It was hard to ask Jesse and Sammi, his older sisters to smile. Michelle and Jimmy shared some positive moments--I am so happy they did because, regardless of what happened, James was a blessing.

It is weird to say that scrapbooking paper could influence me. But the vintage, soft beauty of Graphic 45 just felt right to do these layouts. The embellishments are regal and lovely, important enough for such important memories.

First: I adore this picture of Michelle and James. She is only proud in this moment.



Journaling reads: When you looked at James, you looked past the tubes and wires. You saw with all of the hope of what should have been. You pointed out his fingers and toes, and you celebrated his strong spirit. A loving mother and her son. Grateful. You should be proud.

And this one:





The poem was given to Michelle by the nurses at Yale New Haven. Michelle handed it to me at the funeral--I read it and cried. Then she asked me if I could read it as part of the eulogy. Gosh, that was difficult. But I knew how much it meant so I somehow got through it. I reached into my pocket the other day and pulled out the original. Thus, this layout. I put the original in the little 7 gypsies envelope.

And so life moves forward. There is a light back in Michelle's eyes, which is good. We will all march on, but we will never forget...

15 comments:

  1. Such lovely layouts documenting the sweet side of the pain...the joy of knowing James if only for a short while. Holding you close in thought and prayer. L

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  2. What a wonderful tribute to your sister and to James....I know this must be so difficult and I tooooo hold you and your family close to my heart and in my prayers!!!

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  3. These are beautiful tribute pages! thank you for sharing!

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  4. aww .. how sweet .. these are so lovely .. hugs

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  5. What a sweet and loving tribute for little James, Stacey. These are heart touching - I hope you share these with your sister.

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  6. Wow, Stacey, your journaling about James is so powerful it brought tears to my eyes.

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  7. Those los are so very precious Stacey. I really admire your strenght for scrapping these pictures, what a beautiful way to remember James.

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  8. Beautiful tribute to James.Thanks for sharing.

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  9. i thought about him several times in the past!! sending you hugs and it's such a wonderful page from this little angelin heaven!!

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  10. Stunning work, Stacey, with honest & beautiful journaling.

    Hugs...

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  11. Beautiful! Wonderful tribute!

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  12. Those are beautiful pages - I know they must have been so hard for you to do. Memories aren't always good but these are the ones that are so important to capture. You really honored her in celebrating his short but oh so special life. Lifting you & your family up in prayer thru this difficult time.

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  13. Darling, i just seen these pages & it has started me off, my baby girl went to heaven 11/24, thank-you, for your word's, i somehow find comfort in them {{{hugs}}}

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