As I was reading through my Subscribed Blogs Reader, I stumbled upon a new blog, one that had a Purpose.  A few moments of quiet as I read and the reflected a while longer.

Just last week I spent some time reflecting on my life as my daughter turned sixteen.  It was a bittersweet moment as it was also a reminder to me that it had been almost sixteen years since her father passed away.  She became my Purpose for living at that moment, more so than when she was born.

A few years ago my Mother gave me a wonderful handmade book entitled “Thoughts to Share with a Wonderful Daughter” and there is a passage I wish to share with you.

Daughter, You are in My Heart Forever

The first time I held you in my arms and you wrapped your tiny hand around my index finger, I felt my heart swell with immeasurable joy and pride.  I knew that my life had been touched in a miraculous way that would transform every dimension of it forever.

From the moment you were born, you became the focal point of my existence.  Your smile was the sunshine in my heart.  Your happiness was the only treasure I sought.

And so began the great paradox of parenthood.  For when your tiny hand touched mine, I knew that I had been chosen to nurture you, love you, and then give you the strength to let go.

Letting go is not easy.  But I look at you now – a beautiful young woman, strong in your convictions and determined to face life on your own terms – and I still feel my heart swell with pride and joy.

My dreams for your life might not always be the same ones you seek.  But one thing remains the same, your happiness will always be my greatest treasure.  I know now that the true miracle of that first touch lies in one simple truth: even though your hand may slip away from mine, we will hold each other in our hearts forever.

Nancy Gilliam

I am blessed to not only have my daughter of sixteen years but also a son who will soon turn six.  My children are my Purpose.

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{POTD} Monochrome Weekly

Haven’t really had a chance to go out and shot in Black and White this past week so I thought I would have a little editing fun for this weeks edition of Monochrome Weekly.

The Greyscale Take Over

The Grey-scale Take Over

If you would like to try your hand at black and white photography, then set your camera to black and white and shoot.  To post your photographs, click on over to Monochrome Weekly.