365. Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

The moment a child is born,
the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed,
but the mother, never.
A mother is something
absolutely new.
~Chandra Mohan Jain


In everyone’s life,
at some time,
our inner fire flickers
as if to go out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter
with another human being.
We should be thankful
for those people who
rekindle the inner spirit.
~Edited and adapted quote by Albert Schweitzer

This is an old photo of my daughter and I; she was about 2 years old when it was taken by her dad who was experimenting with special effects in his dark room. It has always been one of my favorite captures of the two of us, and so I’m posting it today as a tribute to all the “special effects” she has brought and continues to bring into our lives. It was her birth 5 days before my 30th birthday that rekindled my imperiled inner spirit, and so I celebrate her life today and every day! What an amazing gift from God she was and is!  Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord. ~Psalm 113:9  ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace!

20 thoughts on “365. Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

  1. Pingback: 365. Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. | Sacred Touches

  2. Happy mother’s day to you! This is beautiful picture and you haven’t changed a hair.. still SO beautiful, graceful and radiating the Proverbs 31 woman in all things. 🙂


    • Thank you for the kind and gracious words, but I’m afraid much more than a hair has changed because there is this old lady with lots of wrinkles that lives in my mirror these days. I hope you’ve had a splendid day. Hugs, Natalie 🙂


  3. A great photo there Natalie. I do hope your Mothers day brought you even more love and happiness.


  4. Such a Great post on this very Special Day by an affectionate and proud Mother!
    Love the double portrait you included and the Dad’s techniques … You both look so beautiful and cheerful ! Your post made me a happier Mother !
    Warm Wishes and Love , Doda 🙂 xoxoxo


    • Why thanks, Doda. My baby girl, who’s 41 now by the way, has always made me proud and loving her has been the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m so glad you had a happy Mother’s Day too and hope you have a wonderful week coming your way. Hugs and love, Natalie 🙂


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