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Memorial Day Poem

Memorial Day Poem

© Don Nielsen more by Don Nielsen

June 30, 2014

To Them We OweUS Flag

Happened today, and in the past;
Sacrifice made, for ours to last.

Wives to widows, families torn;
Gave their lives, for them we mourn.

Gone forever, souls are lost;
Freedom comes, with this cost.

Enjoy the life, they did preserve;
Fate they suffered, did not deserve.

On this day, lest we forget;
To them we owe, our life in debt.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/to-them-we-owe#ixzz3bDDoytYS
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Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge1This is a beautiful bridge that quite literally does not get you across anything.  It sits on an embankment that has become overgrown with foliage and remains hidden.  It is a bridge that is not well traveled or one that ever comes to pass.

Many years ago my pastor showed me a photograph similar to this one and asked me to look at it for some time.  I thought it was a nice photo but didn’t really understand the significance or what it is that he was trying to get me to “see.”

We talked later about that photo of the bridge in a field that no one used and he explained to me that I worried too much about too many things and most that would never come to pass.  He asked me to stop worrying about the things I simply could not change or the what ifs in life.  I should remain in the present and enjoy every moment.  When I would come to a bridge in life that I would need to figure out how to cross I could worry and fret about it then and find my way.

Whenever I am up at night worrying about the futures of my children, how they will handle certain situations, or how I will handle those situations with them, I often remember the photo of the bridge in the field and the talks we had about it.  I make a conscious effort to let go of those worries and simply handle each situation as it comes up. It may take some time to figure out a way to handle the bridge I’m at, but at least I haven’t wasted countless hours and precious moments lost in my own head with worry.

Perhaps by sharing this bridge with you here you will find yourself worrying about something you simply cannot predict or control and think about this bridge.  You may realize you are not yet standing in front of it and that whatever is on your mind can wait until you actually are ready to cross it.

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“I Knew I Loved You”

“I Knew I Loved You”

The words to this song had meaning for me throughout both of my pregnancies and I wanted to share that with you here.

Savage Garden

“I Knew I Loved You”

Maybe it’s intuition
But some things you just don’t question
Like in your eyes
I see my future in an instant
and there it goes
I think I’ve found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

There’s just no rhyme or reason
only this sense of completion
and in your eyes
I see the missing pieces
I’m searching for
I think I found my way home
I know that it might sound more than
a little crazy but I believe

A thousand angels dance around you
I am complete now that I found you

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Mothers Day 2015

Mothers Day 2015

Mom's Day

I believe that all moms are special and that all moms have a special understanding of what exactly it means to be M.O.M.  It is the quiet understanding of knowing just how exhausted each other is.  It is knowing that you can be up all night with your sick kid checking on their breathing and their temperature and still feel like it’s not enough.   When you see a child crying or throwing a tantrum and you just know how that mom feels while she is juggling groceries, her purse, diaper bag and other children.

You also know what it is to hear the word “mama” for the very first time and not have anything be able to duplicate the swelling in your heart you felt at that moment.  How about when your son throws his arms around your neck just because and gives you some butterfly kisses?  Or how about when you are so tired and you finally get your little one to bed and they reach over and ask if you can stay, so you do?  These are precious moments and seem too few but we get a day of being MOM all day and hopefully showered with love and surrounded by family.

Plus, being a mom means you get to show up at drop off for school in your pajamas with your hair in a ponytail, slippers and no make up.  Others may judge you but as a mom we have all been there and my little one simply does not care what I look like at 7:30 a.m. as long as he has been fed and gets to hold my hand on the way to his class.  That makes my heart smile.

Being a mom is special and being a mom to a cleft affected child is a privilege in its own right.  Your cleft affected child gets to teach about unconditional love.  Cleft affected children and their siblings have an innate ability to be empathetic, kind and unassuming with others.  Their own facial differences make them stronger and they make you stronger, too.  I love both of my children’s smiles.  My cleft affected son’s smile has changed from birth to now and will change again but that face of his is all ours!  He smiles all the time and that makes me smile, too.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Special Child Poem

A Special Child Poem

This poem by Sharon Harris spoke to me. Both as a mother and a mother to a child who has challenges.

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