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Monday, December 17, 2007

I Am (and contest winners)

I saw this at Jennifer's blog, who got it from Jodi, and wanted to try my hand at writing an "I Am" poem.

I AM (title)
I am pregnant
I wonder if we're having another daughter, or a son this time
I hear the fast whoosh whoosh of the heartbeat at every appointment
I see my belly moving and it brings a smile to my face
I want my husband here to feel the baby's movements

I am a military wife
I pretend it's not that hard to have him deployed, but at times it is
I feel the empty space in the bed next to me
I touch his face in my dreams
I worry what civilian life will be like when he retires
I sadden at the thought that he, and thousands of others, won't be home for Christmas

I am a mother of a daughter who has Down syndrome
I understand society doesn't always accept people like my daughter
I dream that one day they can look past the extra chromosome and see her for herself
I try to raise awareness
I say she deserves the same chance and opportunity as your child
I hope she will be strong and persevere against any prejudice she encounters
I am in awe of all she has accomplished already

The winners from the photo book contest, picked using Random.org are #s
10 - Leslie
28 - Julie
8 - Dori

Congrats and I'll get the kits out to you as soon as I can!

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Anonymous said...

Those were the only poems I could write successfully in school! ;-)

Yours is very good - better than mine ever were.

Someone else entered my contest for you! ;-)

Beck said...

This was wonderful, Michelle!

jennifergg said...

I love this! You did great!!!

LauraJ said...

What beautiful poems! They brought tears to my eyes for your longing for Joe and your hope for Kayla.

Once Upon a Dream... said...

I love your poem, Michelle.

Tammy said...

I loved reading this.
So beautiful and very touching...

My husband use to be on long deployments, also...I don't know if you read my show and tell from this past Friday, but I talked about it a bit there.

Blessings to you this week, Michelle!

O Mama Mia said...

Oh this is awesome! Write on, girl!

Omaha Mama said...

That was a great poem!
You are - a poet.

Anonymous said...

beautiful and it says it all.... :) Love Mom

Kerry said...

This is neat! (Do people still say 'neat'?)

Nisa said...

What a great poem, Meesh.

Kari said...

Your "I Am" Poem is fabulous!! It made me all misty.

Killlashandra said...

That's beautiful Michelle! I really like your poem too. You're three sections are all very telling and touching, nicely written.

I found out my BIL will be home on January 4, finally. I'm sad too he will miss the holidays but glad that he is returning period!

CPT Mom said...

Your poem is beautiful.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Yippee I finally won something.

Loved the I am poem...you are an amazing woman...someone for young girls to look up to.

PS Sent Joe is card this morning~~

jotcr2 said...

Lovely Michelle. Your bit about your hubby was very moving.

Julie aka Gigi... said...

Your I Am poem was so moving. You always write the most touching posts!
And I am very excited that my name was drawn for the contest!! How fun!!

Glo said...

Great job. I loved your poem.

chelle said...

Totally beautiful.

Life "after" is always a little scary :)

Congrats to all the winners!

Sniz said...

This is a beautiful poem, Michelle. I loved reading it. I'm so glad you posted it.

amber said...

This was so wonderful, Michelle. I truly enjoy reading all of your posts!

Katie said...

Hi Michelle, sorry i have been a bad comment-er of late, That was absolutly beautiful ( i read it to my mum over the phone and it made her cry)
take care :)

Jeff and Michelle said...

That was so heartfelt. Thank you for sharing!!!
A photo book contest? I am sorry I missed it! I just made my first photo book today from an online photo website, and I am so excited about it!


Leslie said...

Wonderful poems. I liked learning more about you this way - thank you for sharing.

I'm excited about winning your contest too!!! What fun! Thank you so much. Do you need me to send you my addy?

Praying your Christmas is blessed!

Every minute counts.... said...

I love this. It is beautifully written.


Megan's got 47 said...

beautiful! Love it!

Kacey Bode said...

Wonderful poem, of course the last paragragh? made me cry!!