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My One & Only Chance by Rhonda Strickland

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A poem I wrote after the birth of my firstborn son, Chance. He was & still is the best of me. . .

Chance was born 2 months early. He was 3 lbs. 8 oz. which is actually a good size for being born so premature. He spent 28 days in the NICU and was overall healthy, just small.
He was able to come home when he was about 5 lbs. This picture shows how small he was, just a tiny bit bigger than a preemie cabbage patch doll.
He was 23 years old Feb. 1, 2010 & is a beautiful, talented, loving young man.
He really is My One & Only Chance

Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

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  • A-New-Start
    A-New-Startover 4 years ago

    This is such a wonderful tribute to your precious son :) :) It touched my heart I bet it will definitely touch his :) Beautiful !! Beautiful !! Beautiful !! :) :) :) xoxoxox

  • Thank you my Friend.. I put this together just for the challenge you have running right now…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Simon Groves
    Simon Grovesover 4 years ago

    This touched me Rhonda, What a lovely piece.

  • Hello Simon :o) – thank you so much, glad you enjoyed this…
    I beam with pride :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    A marvelous creation sweetheART ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you for visiting Val… hugz back…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Wow….what a beautiful tribute. Children are SUCH gifts. I’m glad you got yours!

  • Thank you Wendi – Yes they are. I had been helping my husband raise his 3 children and this was a happy blessing for our family. His sister & brothers love their little bro very much…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    this is so lovely Rhonda, and you can see how proud you are of him.x

  • Oh yes I am Catherine… love this young man very much…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 4 years ago

    Nothing greater than this love – for our children.
    Wonderful picture and Poem Rhonda :o)

  • You are so right Kira – I know just how you feel as I have seen your wonderful images of your sons….

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    My granddaughter was three month early and was just 2 lbs 1 oz. She was in the intensive baby care unit for ten weeks. When they let my daughter bring her home we had to buy dolls clothes for her because at that time no one made clothes small enough for premature babies. She will be nineteen in a few weeks and apart from having a very weak chest and some real problems with her feet is not doing too badly considering all things.

    Glad to hear your little one turned out OK too Rhonda.

    David xx

  • David!!! 23 years ago they didn’t make preemie clothes so we had to buy doll clothes too and they are not very baby friendly. Velcro closings, buttons galore and NO PREEMIE DIAPERS –
    Wow 2 lbs 1 oz… that is tiny. My Chance was actually pretty big for as early as he was. They told me if I had went full-term he probably would’ve been about 10 lbs.!! Lucky me :o)
    Isn’t it amazing… our precious gifts.
    Thank you so much for sharing, I love hearing happiness from friends…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful tribute to your son Rhonda. So well compiled and the poem is touching.

  • Thank you Elaine… I am so happy to be able to share it here…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    So very moving- beautiful story dear Rhonda and Chance. xx

  • Thank you so much Rose… :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 4 years ago

    Life be the gift of the present! Such heart-felt beauty you write friend! May peace hold you both forever!!!…)o(

  • You are so kind to say such lovely things… thank you :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

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