For My Daughter

Found this poem online (author unknown) but boy does it hit home!!


Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry,
And pick you up and take you to the park to play.

Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink,
And let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.

Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the
Telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the
Backyard and blow bubbles.

Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even a
Tiny grumble when you scream and whine for the
Ice cream truck and I will buy you one if he comes by.

Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are
Going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision
I have made where you are concerned.

Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies,
And I won't stand over you trying to fix them.

Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy
Us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.

Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you
A story about how you were born and how much I love you.

Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and
Not get angry.

Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit
On the porch and count all the stars.

Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you for hours,
And miss my favorite TV shows.

Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair
As you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me
The greatest gift ever given.

I will think about the mothers and fathers
Who are searching for their missing children
The mothers and fathers who are visiting
Their children's graves instead of their bedrooms, and
Mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching
Their children suffer senselessly,
And screaming inside that they can't handle it anymore.

And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask Him for nothing,
Except maybe, for one more day.

This picture just shows me how fast time seriously goes...it's only been 1 year and look at the difference in my baby girl Alli Jo =( She is sooooo grown up!!!


Ashley said...

cute poem! alli does look a lot older! and boy oh boy are you going to have your hands full when ALL your girls get older with boys!

Tera said...

Wow, she has really changed in a year!! Greta and I had her in Cubbies last night and she was very well behaved. :)

Tara said...

a whole lot of change. she looks like such a little lady and she strikes a great pose! talked to Joe the other night, wish you could have joined us, but maybe another time

Tara said...

such a big girl, what a difference 1 year makes. She sure know how to pose for a good picture too.

Courtney, Jeff, Ayla & Leah said...

I just saw your minis coming up! how fun. are you booked? i dont have costumes yet or aclue what to do!

Armes Family said...

I can't get over how much she has changed in a year!!! She is so stinkin cute!!!!

Jamie said...

Look at how big she's gotten. It's amazing what a year will do, huh! And, your new family pictures are amazing. Such a great photographer you are. Hope the family is doing well.