Saturday, February 6, 2010

"The first thing I'm going to tell you is that your daughter is beautiful and perfect."

In lieu of my usual Weekend Movie offering, today I absolutely must share with you the birth story of Nella Cordelia. Be warned, this is pretty heartwrenching - but also incredibly heartwarming in the end. This mother is amazingly honest, raw, eloquent, and fierce. And anyone reading this can tell that she is the perfect mother for little Nella, with the perfect family and group of friends to come along on the journey.

Make sure you have tissues handy. I was mostly holding it together until she wrote: "Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me."

Welcome to Holland, Kelle. Welcome to Holland.


  1. That was one of the most beautiful birth stories that I have ever read! THank you! I will be cross-posting!!

  2. What a wonderful story!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  3. Yep, I blogged this this AM, too.
    It's the best birth story I've ever read. (And aren't the photos amazingly beautiful and so moving?!)

  4. They ARE incredibly beautiful. I had never encountered her blog before, but I immediately added her to my reader. I am really looking forward to following this mother's whole journey now.

  5. What gorgeous photos. And I cried and cried. Thank you for sharing. I wasn't familiar with her blog before.

  6. T-Bird got all wet with momma-tears while we were nursing at the keyboard! Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. At 37 years old, as I waited for our 5th baby, I certainly had this scenerio run thru my head as a possiblilty our family might have to face. I hope that I would have faced it with a fraction of the author's courage and heart. That little girl is certainly blessed to have been born into that family <3