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Beautiful, Girls, and God: katie whitlock @whitlock_ katie My dad's been writing my mom a poem every valentine's day for 20 years and this year he took a line from every single one since 1997 20 Years '97: we walk outside into a new life I and feel the warm sun on our faces 98: give us a new star I dropped from the dark sky I a spark set loose from the fires of heaven '99: as our baby girl with the banged-up head and the tube in her chest opened her mouth to cry but couldn't | you had faith '00: you in your cap and gown | a professional healer of hearts & minds | body & soul 01: I cry out for help, and who does appear It's Daddy (whom I love too) but not quite so dear l As you l Want my Mommy! '02: Grace | It's a name for a girl | It's also a thought that changed the world | Grace finds goodness | In everything 04: And if I ever don't see | What I need to see | To help you | Ever again | Please try a little harder to show me '05: a home filled to the brim with love, happily squealing little girls, and the intoxicating smells of another gourmet dinner 06: His emotions swell and he can't even look the nurse practitioner in the eye. He stares down at his feet. No words come, but a few tears do. '07: the fact that you have volunteered for this double duty says a whole lot of wonderful things about you | that beautiful, shiny heart of yours just got a little bit shinier '08: let's celebrate | that God is so good | and a dozen years later | I still love you so much that it hurts '10: new rules at our house I don't leave the butter uncovered | or a long tongue will lick it up '12: You make it easy to remember that every breath is a gift of audacious grace, yours and mine together, breathing the same air, speaking the name of God in unisor '13: Your Valentine from fate this year is a PET scan on February 14th | And in a bizarre ankle-twist to our story, I wait for the results of my own scan | Happy Valentine's Day to us! 14: I know you don't want to be cancer girl. So, don't be cancer girl. Be incredible-faith-story-girl. 15: You should talk to people dying of cancer, so you figure out what to say to them in person before you try to write it in your book '16: It has been a wild ride and a shower of blessings | From a sliding-down-the-wall seizure to "we are sooo lucky" <p>At fist I was like &ldquo;but &lsquo;97 was only 10 years ago&rdquo; and then I got depressed.</p>
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Beautiful, Girls, and God: katie whitlock
 @whitlock_ katie
 My dad's been writing my mom a poem
 every valentine's day for 20 years and
 this year he took a line from every single
 one since 1997

 20 Years
 '97: we walk outside into a new life I and feel the warm sun on our faces
 98: give us a new star I dropped from the dark sky I a spark set loose from the fires of heaven
 '99: as our baby girl with the banged-up head and the tube in her chest opened her mouth to cry but couldn't |
 you had faith
 '00: you in your cap and gown | a professional healer of hearts & minds | body & soul
 01: I cry out for help, and who does appear It's Daddy (whom I love too) but not quite so dear l As you l
 Want my Mommy!
 '02: Grace | It's a name for a girl | It's also a thought that changed the world | Grace finds goodness | In
 everything
 04: And if I ever don't see | What I need to see | To help you | Ever again | Please try a little harder to show me
 '05: a home filled to the brim with love, happily squealing little girls, and the intoxicating smells of another
 gourmet dinner
 06: His emotions swell and he can't even look the nurse practitioner in the eye. He stares down at his feet. No
 words come, but a few tears do.
 '07: the fact that you have volunteered for this double duty says a whole lot of wonderful things about you |
 that beautiful, shiny heart of yours just got a little bit shinier
 '08: let's celebrate | that God is so good | and a dozen years later | I still love you so much that it hurts
 '10: new rules at our house I don't leave the butter uncovered | or a long tongue will lick it up
 '12: You make it easy to remember that every breath is a gift of audacious grace, yours and mine together,
 breathing the same air, speaking the name of God in unisor
 '13: Your Valentine from fate this year is a PET scan on February 14th | And in a bizarre ankle-twist to our story, I
 wait for the results of my own scan | Happy Valentine's Day to us!
 14: I know you don't want to be cancer girl. So, don't be cancer girl. Be incredible-faith-story-girl.
 15: You should talk to people dying of cancer, so you figure out what to say to them in person before you try to
 write it in your book
 '16: It has been a wild ride and a shower of blessings | From a sliding-down-the-wall seizure to "we are sooo
 lucky"
<p>At fist I was like &ldquo;but &lsquo;97 was only 10 years ago&rdquo; and then I got depressed.</p>

At fist I was like “but ‘97 was only 10 years ago” and then I got depressed.