Ode to Sweet Katherine

Arms empty; a
Baby. Just a dream.
Cries and

Enter sweet Katherine.

Full of
Grace and wonder.
Hopes, dreams wrapped
In golden curls and pink lips.
Just perfect, you are,

Most certainly beyond.
Nothing could ever compare.

Only, you, Katie,
Pure and real.
Quiet and still.
Real and mine.

So much sadness before you.
Too much to bear.
Until you graced us,
Velvet skin,
Watery eyes.

X marks the spot
You changed everything; A
Zenith you are, my Katherine.

This post is linked up with the Alphabet prompt with The Red Dress Club.


  1. That is a beautiful ode to katie! I so love her little face!!!

  2. Yuliya shesuggests.com

    Gorgeous. As are both of you.
    Oh velvet skin, yummy!

  3. kris

    Oh my.

    How much do I love that photo?

    Your writing is lovely, but how much do I love that photo?

    So very much.

  4. Jen wantapeanut.com

    It's beautiful and so are both of you! Love it.

  5. Mad Woman behind the Blog

    Oh Nichole, I am so grateful to know such a beautiful woman. Your words, your adoration of your children, your generous support….
    Loved this, completely!

  6. So beautiful. And that is one gorgeous baby!

  7. Just beautiful Nichole. That picture of you and your sweet girl is so lovely. She is going to want that one day!

    Love reading your words.

  8. BringUpBee bringingupbronwyn.com

    Your writing is beautiful, but I have a hard time finding myself able to comment on it right now.

    That picture, I can't even call it a pic. Is beautiful. See, I have met the Katie that is today. I see her in that baby.


    The version of you in this picture?

    She doesn't exist anymore either.

    Yet, both of you? Are still amazing, and beautiful.

    I love you both. I love you for the version that exists today, I also love you for the version that existed before I was even aware of you.

    My friend.

  9. Mandy tempestbeauty.com

    Flipping beautiful, Nichole. I read it slowly, because I didn't want it to be over… and it brought tears to my eyes.

    I'm thankful you had the chance to write this… that the prompt gave you the words. I hope you hold on to this piece forever… I think she will.

    Love you and your words!

  10. Nancy C npoj.blogspot.com

    "dreams wrapped
    In golden curls and pink lips."

    That line really lingers. Isn't it the truth? So much hope and joy and such a small package.

    Just lovely, Nichole.

  11. Ah beautiful… beautiful… my fave lines… X marks the spot
    You changed everything; A
    Zenith you are, my Katherine.


  12. Efloraross thewriterrevived.com

    This is amazing!

  13. your words… always so poetic and beautiful.

  14. ash shadesofblueandgreen.com/

    Oh my.

    Please say you printed that out and put it in her babybook. Sweetness! Those words, her face, your face. Gorgeous.

  15. katie sluiternation.com

    This is amazing.

    that pictures? is amazing.

    your beautiful eyes…her chubby arm and wise eyes.


    it is all perfect.

  16. KLZ taminginsanity.com

    This is so creatively gorgeous.

  17. Carrie viewsfromnature.com

    the agonizing on Twitter was for naught :)

    Beautiful poem for Katherine. Like Cheryl's you'll have to have it printed up special for her someday

  18. So beautifully written….Just perfection

  19. I don't love it as much as your usual posts, but I think it was beautifully done! Congrats!

  20. Elaine misselaineouslife.com

    I didn't realize until you mentioned it that the lines start with each letter of the alphabet. I was too engrossed in your beautiful words and photo. Lovely, just lovely…

  21. Beautiful!
    I love the last line too-I can totally relate with my own precious daughter!!

  22. Ahhh… great job. Everyone did so good with this prompt!

  23. X marks the spot!

    Just brilliant.

  24. CDG

    Such a piercing little expression!
    As always such beauty from you.

  25. Really beautiful. You slam dunked this challenge. "Zenith"–great word.

  26. Jaime ainsleylynn.blogspot.com/

    So very sweet. You're so awesome at putting in to words your love for your children. I'm trying to be better at it, but nowhere near as good as you. You're kids are so lucky to have such an expressive mamma!

  27. gigi

    This was just beautiful. The nods to Yoda (beautiful you are) also made me chuckle with delight!

  28. I have chills. I struggled so much to get pregnant and felt I could relate to those feelings here in this post. Utterly inspiring and gorgeous—perfect imagery (watery eyes), really enjoyed this. And the photo goes with it perfectly….

  29. Awwww! Love this. Great prompt for today!

  30. varunner twobearsfarm.blogspot.com

    What a beautiful poem. She's going to treasure it when she's older.

  31. 30ish Mama 30ishmama.com

    A beautiful poem! Well done!

  32. Ericka Clay erickaclay.com

    Love that you chose to wrote a poem. So beautiful.

  33. Natalie mommyofamonster.com

    Sigh. So sweet and perfect. So much love. Such a gift to us readers.

  34. Love this! X sure marks the spot!!

  35. This was beautiful. Very relatable. Perfectly descriptive. If I did not already know what your daughter looked like, I would know just from this post.

  36. Sara

    Oh those cheeks are just so edible!!

    I got chills from this lovely tribute.

  37. @sharmstro twitter.com/sharmstro

    Awesome. Breathtaking. Creative. Delicious. Elegant. Fabulous. Genius. Harmonious.
    OK . . . enough . . . . But I'm betting I could take it to Z!

    . . . . hmmmm . . . X . . . Xenial !!! YES!! ZEALOUS!!!

  38. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    That picture! those eyes! Such gorgeousness from both of you!

    Happy sighs..

  39. Simply beautiful. Well done. :o)

  40. Liz

    A beautiful picture of motherhood.

    Thank you for sharing!

  41. @2old2tap twitter.com/2old2tap

    Nichole, what a lovely message you've given to your daughter.
    And a bonus to be able to use the prompt to say it.

  42. Brilliant and so heartfelt. *like

  43. @The_BMG twitter.com/The_BMG

    Absolutely lovely. A lovely tribute to a lovely baby (because they're always our babies no matter how old they get!)! I love this. Love.

  44. That was just beautiful. What a wonderful gift to give your daughter.

  45. Veronica mayangelstar.com

    You need to print that out and put it in Katherine's scrapbook. What an amazing tribute to your beautiful girl!

  46. Sherri

    And you think you can't do poetry?! This is beautiful, just beautiful.

    And what an adorable picture of the two of you!

  47. Beautiful!! Print this and frame it for her bedroom. xoxo

  48. wollborg

    Great job on the writing prompt! I totally relate to this post having struggled with fertility issues as well on the road to having kids. Very good poetry!

  49. Maryline francoamericandream.com

    Aww. Sweetness in its purest form!

  50. @latorres twitter.com/latorres

    Gorgeous post!

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    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing.

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