Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Strong One


She has always been a tough little girl,
one who falls, but rarely cries,
one who doesn't back away from
confrontation.
Who, even at seven,
knows how to defend her friends,
and her faith,
in ways that sometimes I do not.
Who, manages to be
strong and graceful all at the same time.

It is hard to watch
this strong little girl,
so fierce and feisty
on the outside,
Begin to crumble, after days without her daddy.
Who put on the brave face,
seemingly concerned only with forth-coming gifts
from the strange and foreign land
of California.
But the dam burst.
Ache released,
Upon seeing his face on the screen,
the tears came forth,
the gut-wrenching missing
spewing.
The longing for her Daddy's arms
too much to bear.

Who is this daddy,
whom his daughters adore?
He is their
Protector
Comforter
Soother
Peace-maker
empathizer
Love-lavisher
teacher
Adorer


And I for one, am thankful
that their earthly father
reflects so much of the
Heavenly Father.
That as they grow and know his love,
they also know
His.

Linking with Tiffini for Word Women Wednesday
and
Emily for Imperfect Prose.

28 comments :

  1. Awe...that's precious...she sounds like she has a wonderful Daddy!

    I hope they are united again soon!

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  2. This was so beautiful!! Seriously. Big sloppy tears. Praying you all see him soon!

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  3. What a beautiful daughter, beautiful post!

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  4. This was such a powerful post - goosebumps. visiting from SITS and glad I did.

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  5. How long does your husband travel? My husband travelled a lot when my girls were little. I have lots of things that "helped." One was, they always slept in Dave's t.shirts whenever he was away. I have more ideas . . . if needed.

    Bless her sweet heart.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  6. smiles. he sounds like a good dad...i have traveled before for work and gave it up after several years as i was missing out on some important times in my boys lives...

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  7. So cool - great poem. Such a an excellent analogy and the best analogy.

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  8. Such a sweet and tender post. Im sure your little girl will love and treasure these words from you for a long time.

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  9. My girls ask when is Daddy coming home if he's an hour late, that is a good sign of a caring loving father. Wonderful words in your post.

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  10. Beautifully captured - the girl, and the connectedness/need for her father...wonderful!

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  11. You're so right... it is an amazing gift to have such a special daddy!

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  12. there is nothing like a Momma witnessing the relationship between daddy and child. It is a precious thing....

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  13. she is a lucky girl to have a wonderful daddy! and her picture reminds me of your profile pic. hand gesture. did you notice this?
    and your last comment on my blog was so so sweet - fyi :)

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  14. thankful with you that there are fathers out there who express true and unconditional love like our heavenly father. beautiful little girl and beautiful poem :)

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  15. What can I say except, "wow!" Hope he reads this and keeps a copy in his Bible. It is a wonderful memory that they can share long after A is on her own. So glad today is the day! God is good and you survived. Will be mailing her package on Monday. So proud of you girls! Great post! love you, m

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  16. She is so cute! Love this picture! And, your words, beautiful!

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  17. So beautiful! As a Daddy's girl myself, I too am so thankful for earthly fathers who reflect the Heavenly Father.

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  18. Oh sweet girl. I'll bet that moment broke your heart and made it swell with joy at the same time. And Vicki is right. Your pics do resemble each other.

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  19. Little girls and their daddies. Tears me up.

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  20. So beautifully written, Jen. My heart was touched with thanksgiving as I praised God for a father who reflected the Heavenly Father. I'm thankful for such a daddy for my girls, too.

    Joyfully,
    Pamela

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  21. beautiful Jen..I really believe all little girls long for our heavenly Daddy and when the earthly daddy is a human resemblance of that..it is good for the heart of the little girl. My heart breaks for little girls who do not have that.
    She is adorable by the way. I love the fingernail polish color:)
    xo

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  22. What a blessing to have a father like that...this is beautiful Jen! :-)

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  23. oh jen, she is so beautiful. and her strength is shown in the fact that she's able to crumble, knowing she has support all around her. and i love how much she adores her daddy...

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  24. Ohhh precious! It's so hard when families miss that picture of their Heavenly Father in their homes. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. A beautiful tribute to both your husband and daughter. Great description of them both.

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  26. What a tremendous blessing she has to have a mom & dad who love her so...I love that she is so overcome with love & missing that she lets go and allows the crumbling

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  27. How sweet. I hope she gets to see her daddy again soon.

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