Satisfied, strengthened, lifted, and loved.

she leans in close, waiting for my first breath, waiting for the flutter of my eyelashes, waiting for a sign of life.

she stares intently, hoping for me to speak, wishing i’d be all done resting, dreaming of growing taller.

i open my eyes.  i smile. i pinch her nose and offer a song. she smiles.

doggies and sunshine, farmers and ABC’s, spiders and stars, we share a magical moment.

i tell her a story of little friends and far away lands, of good intentions and beautiful fates.

she rests with me.  she snuggles in close.  “miss Julia can we talk more? i have many more words.”

she sings her words and kicks her feet in the air… she is happy.  i am happy.

i taught her those words. i shared my melodies with her. i allowed space for her to create.

that was a day, a moment, digitally captured and forever remaining in my heart.

another soul satisfied.  another heart strengthened. another spirit lifted. another child loved.

the Nanny

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  • Comments (8)
    • Vicki
    • July 5th, 2010

    Beautifully stated Julia. May you continue to intercede and nurture these little ones for as long as He allows.

      • JuliaKate
      • July 6th, 2010

      thanks so much Vicki. not sure how long i’ll be doing this, but i believe i will always have opportunity to love children;)

    • Sara Martinez
    • July 6th, 2010

    thanking God for you my friend. you are a blessing to everyone that has the privledge of knowing you. the children that you care for will forever have you in their hearts.

      • JuliaKate
      • July 6th, 2010

      you are such an encouragement to me Sara. you know as well as any that children are entrusted, not just given. i love having a friend that cherishes her children;)

  1. I miss the poodles already.

      • JuliaKate
      • July 6th, 2010

      hmmm… can’t say that i miss the poodles so much, but i am remaining silent about them for a little while… a very little while;)

  2. This is beautiful. Being able to make a difference in childrens’ lives is an honor and a blessing. Being a pediatric nurse has it’s tough times and I’ve seen more than my share of kids get healed in Heaven rather than here on Earth. I found this quote in one of my nursing books and think it fits well for nurses, nannies, and probably parents too 🙂
    –“We know that children are a rejuvenating wellspring of love and wonder, and caring for them nurtures us as well as them. We know that our work results in more laughter, more discovery, more sleepovers, more birthdays, more cupcakes, more dances, more graduations and eventually more of us.” ~Dr. Robert Hickey (PALS Course Book)

    Keep up the great work!
    :)Amanda

    • Natalie
    • July 14th, 2010

    Don’t you just love those beautiful moments…Some of my most comforting and vivid childhood memories include lying around with my mom and siblings on Saturday mornings talking, singing and laughing. The “everyday” is so important.

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