In these arms.
March 16, 2011

As she sleeps in my arms, I wonder: who will she become?  Who will she fall in love with?  What will her dreams look like?  Will she have children?  What will she believe?

It occurs to me that in this very moment, I cradle her future.  Her entire future.


A beautiful part of the present =)

There are sleep-overs in these arms – chatting under the blankets, flashlights in the dark, playing truth or dare.  There are kisses in these arms – sweet and innocent on the playground, swooning and lustful on the porch.  There are ideas in these arms – brilliant ones and tangible ones and whimsical ones and exciting ones.  There are voyages in these arms – into the woods and into the cities, across oceans and across religions.  There is love in these arms – fleeting at times and devoted at others.

In these arms, there are mornings cooking with her father and there are nights begging her grandfather for one story more.  There are afternoons spent bickering with a sibling and there are nights fluttering away with dreams while a pup curls up at her feet.  There are wishes upon stars, melting ice cream cones on a hot day, standing in the sunshine warming her toes in the winter.

I fall asleep thinking these things, wondering these things, proud of these arms and all that they hold.


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  1. By Meg on March 16, 2011

    I often look at our daughter and wonder the same things. It’s exciting and scary to wonder what kind of person our children will end up being.

  2. By on March 16, 2011

    Beautiful!  I love your way of perfectly capturing into words those swirly feelings that as a Mom happen in your head and in your heart when you hold your little one tight.

  3. By Ado on March 16, 2011

    Love this post about arms, how many more uses they have than just carrying stuff. Well said…!
    (-:

  4. By Ashley on March 16, 2011

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  5. By Dianna on March 17, 2011

    Haven’t commented in ages, but just wanted to say that I love this shot of Charlotte and Millie. Too cute!


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