Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

I took this photo while visiting The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, in Santa Ana, CA.  I found this portrait to be warm and intimate, touching and sincere, and breathtakingly beautiful.  The purple shawl reflects many things, but for me it represents the unconditional love and protection a mother feels towards her child.

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Wayside Madonna by Edith Catlin Phelps c. 1939

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I had trouble sleeping last night. Alexandra slept inside the crib in her room, and for the first time since conception she wasn’t within arms reach of mommy. I’m proud of her growth and the hubby and I are well aware of how blessed we are to have such an amazing sleeper, but it seems like we’re at this point way too quickly. Sigh. I didn’t exactly feel ready for this transition, but I knew it was time. The discomfort will fade and I’ll eventually embrace the change, because what matters is that she knows I’m close and I know she’s safe. Besides, only a wall separates us, and like the grace and stealth of a gazelle I can spring into action whenever she needs me. 😉  Ahhh, the mom journey continues!