Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I feel blessed everyday that I get to share my girl (and occasionally my boy, when he lets me) with all of you.
When Cort was first born there were so many mixed emotions.
Our journey with her has been at times, very difficult.
It has brought me to my knees many, many times.
But somehow through the darkness light appears.
You start looking at things with a different lens.
She is all of those things bundled up in one little person. 
She has taught us so many things and touched so many lives....
She is beauty within.
And this girl is going places.
She will not be defined by her wheelchair.
She will not be defined by her limitations.
She is my daughter.
She belongs.
She deserves to be seen.

The winds of change are blowing wild and free
I could make her happy, make her dreams come true
There is nothing I wouldn't do
I'd go to the ends of the Earth for you
to make you feel my love......


Paula said...

So very touching, Michele! What a beautiful tribute to your precious Cort! She is a beauty inside and out!

Paula said...

I just watched the video and it was awesome!

Debby said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter and her friends. I am so glad that she has such a special friend. Cort is beautiful and has such a winning smile. I know she fills your heart with love and happiness.

Teri said...

You know, I was watching this video and was so blown away by the wonderful friendships you see, but your daughter is beautiful!!!! Did you take the photos, Michelle? I honestly can't understand why some advertising company does not want to jump at the chance to work with her!!! She is so photogenic!!!! Beautiful, touching video and the love for your children shines through!!!

Maria said...

Michele, what a beautiful tribute to your daughter! You were meant to be Cort's mother ... your love for her and how you portray it through your art is just beautiful.

Tracey said...

Just Beautiful !

DIANA L. said...

She's beautiful! Have a blessed day

Hrvatica said...

Beautiful tribute.

nattyboots said...

You are blessed with your beautiful daughter with her wonderful smile .
Elaine H X

Stephanie said...

Just beautiful!

Valerie Andrieux said...

Beautiful layout ! Love the cut mat and the nice butterfly.

NANCY said...

God blessed you with a beautiful daughter he knew she was meant just for you, a beautiful video which brought tears to my eyes she is stunning!

Melissa said...

Beautiful page for your beautiful gal-

Sparky said...

The video leaves me with a huge smile and your sentiments are so beautiful and heartfelt. I will always know that growing up in a family with 2 special needs kids I was given an incredible gift, one I will be eternally grateful and thankful. Your Cortney is beautiful, as are you, inside and out! Thank you, Michele!

the primitive country bug said...

Oh my goodness, I went through a couple of tissues watching this touching video. Your daughter has the most striking blue eyes and she looks like she's very loved by all! She's a true blessing~

Katrina Brown said...

Super photography! Great choice of music! Beautiful kids! One incredible, loving, artistic mom!! The lyrics tell the story.

reeree62 said...

What a wonderful video, Michele... Your daughter is so beautiful! She's a blessing!!! XO

Helen Gullett said...

She is beautiful! and beautiful layout too!

Jessica Gregg said...

I really needed to read this today. It's not just that I think you're super creative but I really really needed to actually READ what you wrote, so much so... I didn't even pay attention to
anything but your words and pictures of your beautiful baby....I'm so touched by your post and glad I came across it. Hard times are bound to creep up in our lives, that's a given... Its a glue of sorts that brings us all together... To lean on, to support one another, it creates a knowing bond that tightens its grip on us.
It's one thing if WE are sick... I am and it's a hard knock life lol but I keep going for MY babies, now 23 and 18... I fight for them and for their futures. So many times I wanted to give up, give in, throw in the proverbial towel, walk away, end the pain and suffering and the pain it causes my sons and husband when I get a not so good report back from the dr. I started to go into a deep, dark place, stop all the toxic medications running through my body as they each have their own problems that do and will cause me issues. I saw what my giving up did to my family and that's all it took. I learned that this just wasn't my cross to bear...or is it bare? I don't know... I never get that one right, but anyways, it became OUR journey not mine solely and I found I wasn't alone, but rather quite the opposite... I finally saw that I was surrounded by the love and support of my loved ones... That made me fight... So here I am today, 39 years, 15 years of that life spent fighting an illness that has now turned into
Illnesses. But I'm never alone... I digress, long story short I'm in remission finally because I decided to fight... So reading your post today has reminded me of why I fight... Just when I started to fall a little bit... Into that place where I don't want to be... You managed to bring it into perspective, it's not always about me, or us but there's a bigger picture out there, there's a light somewhere and it's up to us to find that light and keep chugging to its sweet embrace. Thank you. Thank you very much