Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Another sweet poem passed on to us...

What Makes a Mother

I thought of Reese and closed my eyes

And prayed to God today,

I asked, "What makes a Mother?"

And I know I heard Him say:

A Mother has a baby,

This we know is true -

But, God, can you be a mother

When your baby's not with you?

Yes, you can, He replied

With confidence in His voice,

I give many women babies,

When they leave it is not their choice.

Some I send for a lifetime,

And others for the day,

And some I send to feel your womb,

But there's no need to stay.

I just don't understand this God,

I want my baby here.

He took a breath,

and cleared His throat,

And then I saw a tear.

I wish I could show you,

What Reese is doing here...

If you could see her smile

With other children and say,

"We go to earth to learn our lessons

of love and life and fear,

but my Mommy loved me so much

I got to come straight here!"

I feel so lucky to have a Mom who had so much love for me,

I learned my lessons very quickly,

My Mommy set me free.

I miss my Mommy oh so much

But I visit her each day.

When she goes to sleep,

On her pillow is where I lay.

I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek,

And whisper in her ear,

"Mommy, Please don't be sad today,

I'm your baby and I am here"

So you see my dear sweet one,

Your children are okay.

Your babies are here in My home,

And this is where they'll stay.

They'll wait for you with Me,

Until your lessons there are through,

And on the day that you come home,

they'll be at the gates waiting for you

So now you see

What makes a Mother,

It's the feeling in your heart,

It's the love you had so much of

Right from the very start.

Usually the pictures I share of Reese are the professionals ones, but I love the more "raw" moments just as much.

This was the first time I held Reese very early in the morning after she was born. I was in awe and couldn't believe they let me hold her.

Another one of my favorites. I love her little arm on her chest. ; )

Reese was with us on earth five months ago at this time. Thank you, LORD, for giving us those 50 hours with our daughter. What a gift!

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

His greatness no one can fathom.

Psalm 145:3


Alex and Jill said...

She was such a beautiful baby.

I was listening to the radio last night and Steven Curtis Chapman's "Heaven Is The Face" came on. I thought of you and said a little prayer right there in my car. I hope today has been a good day for you.


Thomas and Jamie said...

Katie - that was an absolutely beautiful poem and I LOVE to think of Reese playing with my baby today. Thank you for that and for blogging SO freely and boldly!

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Todd and Courtney said...

She is so pretty!!! It's amazing how angelic she looks in those photos!

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Jodi Lansink said...

What a beautiful poem....I am crying right now after reading it!

I love the "raw" pictures just as much as the professional ones too. It takes me back to those precious moments...I know Reese and Jillian are little friends in Heaven!

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Kelley said...

Such beautiful pictures. God is good, even when we don't understand; He is good.

Ani said...

She was such a darling girl and this is a beautiful poem.
No parent should have to say good bye to their children, but your Faith and Trust in God are truly amazing to behold.

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Mindy said...

Katie...she is so beautiful and I love that poem. You are such an amazing mommy to Reese and Zach!

Fabiola said...

Reese was a wonderful baby.
Thank you for sharing such private moments with us.
And thank you for sharing your unbreakable faith.

The Blue Sparrow said...

I love this poem! It brought tears to my eyes. She is/was so beautiful Katie. *HUGS*

Rachel said...

love the beautiful photos of reese! I can only imagine how much your arms ache to hold her again... praying for you today!

Giggles said...

Beautiful poem. Do you know who the author is? Thank you for sharing your pictures.

Deciduous Heather said...

I love the poem, Katie. Thank you for sharing it here with us...and thank you for continuing to share pictures of sweet Reese. I love seeing them...your daughter is so beautiful. (((HUGS))) to you today and continued prayers from us here in NC to you and your precious family. <3

Anonymous said...

You are so brave to be going through this, I am a mom to two boys and my heart just aches for you that Reese is not enjoy each moment with you. Watching your son Zach spill the q-tips all over the floor but like your post read she is there with you each moment. I am so glad that you use your blog to post your thoughts and pictures of your life and sweet Reese. She is so blessed to have you as a mommy and so is little Z. I continue to look forward to seeing him grow up and the adventures he will take you on. Thanks for always sharing. God Bless

Mer said...

Hi Katie. So sweet:) Thinking of you and of Reese today. Love you!

Karen said...

She is so beautiful, Katie! Precious!
And what a beautiful poem. I know that was an encouragement to your mommy heart.

Still praying for you....


jessica said...

She is SO beautiful. I just love looking at her sweet face. And that poem is so special. It brings tears to my eyes. For I believe that Reese is looking down...so proud of her mom. Proud of your strength, proud of your perseverence, and proud of your relationship with our Lord. I pray for your strength and your heart. Loving you always.

mackenzie lorene said...

what a sweet girl. such a beautiful poem - just reminds me how much the Lord loves and lavishes on us.

i love joni eareckson tada's quote about animals going to heaven: http://mackenzielorene1.blogspot.com/2010/01/excessive-extravagent-superfluous-grace.html

how much more does he love on us by giving us children...even if just for a moment.

love you. hang in there. soon enough, you get to be with reese forever and ever and ever and ever.... :)

lovemom said...

Zack needs you.

mackenzie lorene said...

hey sweet friend (that i don't even know..ha!)

look at this sweet font i found! :)


D. White said...

Kate, you don't know me, but I've been praying for you and your family for months. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and admire your grace and beauty. Reese is truly shining through her beautiful mother. You are such an inspiration to others and you are helping so many people with your strength and courage.

Beth Priest said...

She is beautiful and that is a beautiful poem!

Tristan said...

my heart aches for you...I couldn't even imagine.

Praying for you as always!

She is just so beautiful!

Jen said...

You are so full of grace--your strength and faith amaze me as I sit here in tears from those words. I continue to pray that everday brings you comfort and peace even if just for a moment.

Summer said...

What a beautiful poem Katie....It made me cry! I love those pics of Reese! She is beautiful and you are a Great MOMMY....

Always in my prayers
Summer :0)

Mary said...

What a beautiful poem! Your Reese is adorable! Thanks for sharing your heart with us! Hugs!!!

Ashley Jo Anglin said...

Oh, Katie. She is just so beautiful and perfect.
Such an angel.

I am still praying for you. I love that picture you posted the other day that someone sent you. So precious.


Bridgit said...

Beautiful poem ...Beautiful Reese ...thank you for allowing us into your life Katie!God Bless!

Donna said...

Katie~what a beautiful poem~and a beautiful little lady! I love thinking about Heaven and about all the sweet children waiting for their loved ones...Thank you for sharing your life and your faith so openly!
Hope that today is a great day for you. I'm praying for you!

Lauren Kelly said...

She is seriously the most beautiful thing EVER!!! :)

Amy said...

That was such a beautiful poem, I am wiping away the tears now as I type. I can't even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child Katie but I contine to pray for you and your family. Reese is absolutely beautiful, Thanks for sharing such sweet pictures of your precious time with your baby girl.

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Bridget and Cyle said...

Beautiful words of encouragement. Reese is with you. Smile today! God is good.

Laura said...

I've followed your blog for awhile and shed many tears reading about your journey. Reese is such a beautiful baby and your family is just gorgeous. I felt I needed to comment today, b/c that poem is so beautiful and just brought me to tears. What a gift.

Sunny said...

I love those pics of her. She looks like Z to me. I can't imagine still what you are going thru/have gone thru/will continue thru. Thankfully, you know God has a plan and I'm glad that you have hope in HIM thru it all!

hi-d said...

That poem brought me to tears...the part that read: "I miss my Mommy oh so much But I visit her each day. When she goes to sleep, On her pillow is where I lay. I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek, And whisper in her ear, 'Mommy, Please don't be sad today, I'm your baby and I am here'"...

You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Mindy Skains Independant Scentsy Consultant said...

I am still in Aw of you... I said it once before and will say it again.
Your Grace and Faith is amazing.

Blessing sweet girl.

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Ohh goodness, what beauty! I know you miss her dearly. I hope it is getting just a bit lighter on your sweet heart.

Cuddles and Chaos said...

the pictures are beautiful as is the poem. Reese is such a special gift.

I hope that it's okay (i'd email you if I had your email instead of asking here) but what kind of infection was it again? My school's secretary (awesome lady whom i'm close to) first grandbaby was born at 32 weeks on Thursday because of an infection (CMV, I think) that the baby caught in utero. She was transported to Children's today to see what kind of functions were working. But having followed your journey with Reese when I found out the news today about Katelynn I immediately thought of you and of Reese and cried...after I left the office of course. I prayed heavily for Reese, you and Katelynn today. Anyhow..thinking of you.

Kelli said...

Reese's sweetness is portrayed so beautifully in these pictures! What a treasure and comfort these must be to you! The poem is simply lovely!

~Nicole~ said...

I love that! Thanks for sharing. The pictures are beautiful :)

belle said...

how precious... i am overwhelmed by the poem. if you get a chance, go to youtube and listen to "amy's song" by jonathan david helzer . it has mended my heart in such an amazing way.


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