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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wherever You Are

A few weeks ago, a surprise package came in the mail from my daughter whom lives in Idaho. One of the things she sent me was this children’s book. She knows I love children’s books and this one is precious.

I am really missing the loves of my heart right now so I just had to share it with you except I used pictures of those I hold closest to my heart and of whom I think of every time I read this book. I have yet to read it without choking up.

This is for my children… Toni, Adam, Jennessa, Brittany, Jason…each of you are my favorite in your own special ways…and for my little’s; Jordan & Nevaeh, who are now my children too and for those that have joined our family because of love…Gabe, Rayna, Michelle, Carter, Brian, and Aidyn…and for my husband because he shares me so well with this big bunch and puts up with our loud crazy fun, holds me when I cry because I am homesick for them and loves them a whole lot.

Even though I didn’t write these words, I could have. This post is dedicated to each one of you that carries a piece of my heart. 


Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman


I wanted you more than you will ever know, 




















so I sent love to follow wherever you go.



It’s high as you wish it. It’s quick as an elf.  




You’ll never outgrow it…it stretches itself…



So climb any mountains…climb up to the sky! My love will find you. My love can fly.



Make a big splash! Go out on a limb! My love will find you. My love can swim.




It never gets lost, never fades, never ends…



if you’re working…



or playing…





or sitting with friends.





You can dance ‘til you’re dizzy…




















paint ‘til you’re blue…


There’s no place, not one, that my love can’t find you.


And if someday you’re lonely, or someday you’re sad, or you strike out at baseball, or think you’ve been bad…



just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair.


That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.



In the green of the grass…





in the smell of the sea…in the clouds floating by…

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at the top of the tree…in the sound crickets make at the end of the day…



You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,” they all say.



My love is so high, and so wide and so deep,




it’s always there, even when you’re asleep.





So hold your head high and don’t be afraid to march to the front of your own parade.


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If you’re still my small babe or you’re all grown, my promise to you is you’re never alone.




You are my angel, my darling, my star…




…and my love will find you, wherever you are.




The end. Thank you Nancy Tillman for your beautiful words. Thank you dear daughter for knowing that I would love this book and for sending it to me.

Dear loves of my heart, I will say it as long as I have breathe to speak…I love you bigger than the universe…higher then the sun, moon and stars…deeper then the deepest ocean…I love you to the moon & back a million times and more…I love you. I love you. I love you. Mom/Grandma

Even though my heart aches with missing the one’s that are so far away, after reading this and seeing the pictures, I cannot help but say…I am blessed. I am blessed. I am blessed.

Until next time, love & hugs, Lori



slommler said...

What a beautiful and wonderful book! Love it! And the pictures you have posted with the words is perfect! Loved this post!

Loz said...

Beautiful Lori - I trust your family knows how you feel about them :)

Natalie said...

Awww....I loved this beautiful post. Your family photos are just THE BEST!xx

LauraX said...

Lori, Lori, Lori, my heart is so full right now from reading this post...the way you've entwined your family photos with the words of the've completely made it your own...I can only imagine how good I would feel if I were the author, knowing how deeply my words touched someones heart. Such a beautiful family you have...each image exudes love...truly you are blessed..all of you to have each other!

I'm sorry you are feeling physically unwell...and pleased that you are finding your way to shine and live fully none the less...that is a gift, not one everyone seems to know is available to them...making the best of every situation.

I am so glad we have found each other across the are such a dear inspiration to me!

Pearl said...

That's so sweet! And what beautiful pictures!


Brian Miller said...

how beautiful the love you have for your family...great pictures...and what a treasure in those books...

Busy Bee Suz said...

**tears tears***
This is the kind of book that I would have shared with my girls all the words. You adding your own photos is just amazing; what a gift!!

Anonymous said...

Lori, this moved me to tears. Simply beautiful.


Anonymous said...

Lori, this is so beautiful! Your daughter clearly knows you well, to give you such a lovely gift. And these photos are a lovely gift to all of us.

May you feel loved and blessed whenever you look back to this post.

Joyce A Gray said...

What beautiful words, what beautiful pictures, you are indeed a blessed woman.

SciFi Dad said...

Beautiful post.

blueviolet said...

That touched my heart, dear Lori. Your life is truly filled with loves.

Zella said...

It gives me great pleasure to come by your posts and experience this loving family life through your writing and pictures. Can you adopt me, please ? :)) Thanks for sharing.

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - that is such a wonderful book and a such a great idea to put your pictures with it!!

deb said...

I want to read this again ...

I am in tears and I've only skimmed it,

what incredible ness. I have to catch up here, thank you so much for all of your support and lovin' Lori.
you are the real deal.


Brittany said...

I cried! :) Thank you mom! I love you!!!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful words and pictures! Your heart is so full of love... Hope you see all of your loved ones soon.

Jeni said...

What an incredibly awesome and simply magnificent tribute you have written and interspersed it with the most appropriate photos too! Loved, loved, loved this piece!

Hilary said...

That's just so beautiful, Lori. You illustrated these touching words so beautifully with your gorgeous family photos. Your family's love is just beaming off of the page.

Buckeroomama said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely words --both from you and from the book! We have another book by Nancy Tillman that we love and every time I read it to J & Z, I get all wrapped up in its magic --"On the Night You Were Born." =)

ain't for city gals said...

Great post Lori...I wish I was one of your kids reading it today...

Colleen said...

Ah, tears in my eyes Lori. Really and truly you are so very blessed with your loving family! I think I have to find that book, it is PERFECT.
Thinking of you my friend! have a wonderful day!