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Dru and Dwayne Family Portraits | UF Wild Flowers | Gainesville, Florida

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. ~ Cardinal Mermillod


I could only imagine how hard yet wonderful this past year had been for you. Baby Eli stole your sleep, your energy, your time, and your freedom, but I know he also stole a BIG CHUNK of your HEART. He makes the days of changing diaper, cleaning spit up, and lacking sleep all seems to be worth it.

Even now, as I am taking care of my baby girl, who woke up in the middle of the night with a fever, I remembered you must have gone through those nights as well. A feverish baby with a stuffy nose, inconsolable because he was tired but couldn't sleep, you too must have been tired and weary. “Sleep is like the unicorn—it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” – Unknown Oh those LONG NIGHTS, it's all coming back to me now.

Yet somehow, you got through it all; the first year, filled with moments of helplessness at times but times of immense joy as well! Moments when he looked at you in the eyes and smile, when his arm reached out for you to hold after you have been gone, when his little leg was finally strong enough to support his weight and he can be upright. You've witness so many of his FIRSTS and there will be A LOT more coming! Though he can't say it now, he will look back on these pictures later on and know that he was LOVED. I hope at that time he will verbalize these words and whisper them to you "Thank you for loving me Momma".

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