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This is dedicated to my beautiful daughter Julie...


Before you, I never understood

the mysteries of motherhood,

until I became a mom…

You were a part of me…

a gift from God, 

a small, helpless miracle,

precious in every way…

my heart overflowed with love.


Before you, I never understood

the exquisite joy that comes from

seeing the world through my baby’s eyes.

hearing your first giggle…

being splashed by little feet at bath time,

and the shared peace that washed over us,

as I stroked your tiny hand

while rocking you to sleep.


Before you, I never understood

how easily a mother’s heart could break,

until I watched you struggle

with problems I couldn’t fix…

witnessing your heartaches,

feeling impotent frustration

at my inability to do more

than wipe away your tears.


And before you, I never understood

a mother’s profound excitement at

watching her daughter leave

for her first prom,

until you left to go to yours.

Or the joy of seeing you graduate

with hard-earned honors…

I never knew I could be so proud.


Before you, I never understood

what having a child would mean to me.

how you would complete me…

how being your mother would help me

become a better person…

the blessings I would have never known,

how empty my life would have been,

if you’d not been a part of my world...


You’ll never understand

the mysteries of motherhood…

all that you are to me…

until you hold a part of yourself…

a gift from God,

a small, helpless miracle…

precious in every way…

your heart overflowing with love.


Then, you will know.



Michelle Close Mills ©



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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/4/2004

Truly, a blessing to read your words. Children are indeed a miracle...and you've proven it with your tender, precious reminiscing. Thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

and every day is Mother's Day--so Happy Mother's Day! :)
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/2/2004
Your words are trully special.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 8/31/2004

Poetic excellence abounds in this stunning write - wonderful!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/31/2004
sweet tribute to julie, michelle; your daughter is so blessed to have such a caring and loving mother in her life! how i wish i still had mine; but mine has been dead for 14 1/2 years, and i still miss her every day!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D

what a beautiful girl your julie is! they sure do grow up fast, don't they?
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/31/2004
Beautiful, absolutely, but are you now going to rent out here room or turn it into a private space for yourself, time to start thinking of these things now, Michelle ;) KeePeace, Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/31/2004
A wondrous ode to your daughter that only a loving mother could pen. Well Done, Michelle!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/30/2004
Beautiful tribute Michelle!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by jude forese 8/30/2004
a mother should always be happy that her nest produced offspring that can fly on their own ...

wonderfully penned ...
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/30/2004
This was perfect in every way, A loving and beautiful tribute to your daughter!

Reviewed by Peter Paton 8/30/2004
This love will never die...and you say it all...Motherhood is a blessing from God..
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 8/30/2004
This is such a beautiful outpouring of your heart, Michelle. (It reminds me, too, of the letter I wrote to my son on the day he got married; perhaps I'll post it one day.) How empty our lives would have been without the blessing of children. You describe the emotions so well. Thank you for this touching, tender piece.

Blessings to you both,
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 8/30/2004
A spledid write on a mothers love. I'm sure she knows
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/30/2004
This is what love is all about. Excellent write.
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