This is me holding my daughter the other night. When she snuggles up to me and gets as close as she can..I just soak it up. While holding her, I thought to myself, "I need you..more than you know". Thus, the inspiration for this page.
The journaling tags pulls up and says (quite lengthy):
Brianna, I know you need me. You need me for the basic human things: to feed you, to clothe you, to make you feel safe and secure, and most importantly, to love you.
You need me for the everyday things: to bathe you, to brush your teeth, to comb your hair, to change your diapers, to play with you, to read to you, to tickle you, to sing to you, and to praise and encourage you when you learn something new. You need me to give your boo-boo owee’s sugars when you hurt yourself. You need me to hold you and comfort you when you’re tired and fussy. Among all the little everyday things, you need me for things that I feel a great responsibility, for they will someday shape the person you become: You need me to teach you right from wrong. You need me to instill morals and values in you (you will learn these by me setting a good example). You need me to show you how to love and appreciate the people you hold dear. You need me to share and teach you about my faith. You need me to always listen to what you are expressing and saying. You need me to let you be “you”.
You need me for everything, even more so because your daddy is away. I have to admit. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. God blessed me the day He gave me you! My sweet Brianna Boo –we’ve established the fact that you need me, but do you want to know another fact? I NEED YOU...more than you’ll ever know. You’ve given my life purpose. You’re the reason I get out of bed everyday! I need to see your “so happy to see you” smile when I come to get you out of your crib in the mornings. I need the laughter and joy we both share when we dance and twirl around to music. I need to be silly with you. I need to see your excitement when I chase you through the house. I need the sweet sugars (sometimes all consuming) that you plant on my face. I need your cuddles and your generous love. I need you to remind me of what really matters in life. One day you won’t need me for everything. You will however, always need me to be your Mama and I will always need you, Brianna...more than you know. I love you so much and I couldn’t imagine my life without you in it!
Should I go back and highlight the ghost letters around the picture? That is, if you can see them. I don't know. I guess that's why they're called "ghost" letters. Hehe.