Saturday, May 5, 2012

Love At First Sight

Hello friends! I mentioned in March that my blog would be going "back to normal" soon with posts about more than my latest projects but then a huge surprise resulted in a temporary change of plans. It's a couple weeks earlier than I originally planned to make this announcement but I've changed my mind and didn't want to wait any longer to share! If you've been following me for a while (I'm talking years!) you know that I tried for years to have a baby with my [now] ex husband. I was finally diagnosed with PCOS January 2009 and told that it would more than likely take fertility treatment to ever have children.

The following couple of years consisted of a wide range of trials, tribulations, and major heartbreak. And then in July 2011 I decided to move across the country to Atlanta, Georgia and it was the best decision I've ever made for myself. The healing and the growth in me in the last 9 months has been nothing short of a miracle. I've said it before but I've felt completely at peace with myself here. It was a much needed fresh start and while I have faced trials, everything seems to just work itself out. I'm happy.
And guess what?! I'm PREGNANT! I found out right after my 29th birthday celebration that I am expecting this November! It came as such a surprise and the circumstances are not ideal, but you know what? I'm thrilled! My family is very supportive and excited too! It's been really hard to keep it under wraps!!! :)

Shortly after finding out the good news, my very good friend, Heather, sent me THE MOST BEAUTIFUL pregnancy/baby journal! (I will share it more of it in a few days.) Upon receiving it, I immediately created this page of my first peek at baby. It's from my ultrasound at 6 weeks. The last mini book I shared was actually created after I did this page because I was inspired by the papers but wasn't ready to share this! The papers are from Heidi Swapp's "Sugar Chic" line - perfect for baby! I used various lace ribbons and tidbits as embellishments. For a bold pop of color I stamped and embossed the purple butterfly from Sweet Stamp Shop's Happy Bugs and adhered it to the page with foam squares. Love! Here are the details:


  1. Does this mean I can post it now???? xoxoxo

  2. Whoa, I just saw your sneakie on Instagram and was surprised you posted! Your layout looks beautiful. I can't wait to see you fill up more pages of your book!! xoxoxox

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! I like to use the saying ::babies are always good news:: because they are so darn wonderful.I hope you have fun preparing for your new little one!

  4. Oh my gosh! Congratulations! I am soooooo happy for you! Such exciting news. : D

  5. Congratulations Joleen! This is so exciting and I'm so happy for you.

  6. eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.... so thrilled for you!!!

  7. Hooray!! So so happy for you! Totally meant to be! You are going to be an amazing mom!

    What a beautiful journal!!! I love Heather! She is such a lovely soul! : )

    Sending lots of love your way!

    Best Wishes!!
    xo Jenny Holiday


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