Beautiful. Strong. Proud.

When you look at me, what do you see?
I can’t help but wonder.
This woman I am, I have become-
Confident and outgoing?

Or the girl, the one there hidden in my eyes-
Plagued by doubts and secrets and sins?
It’s hard not to let her smuggle away that confidence,
Smother this person I’ve become.

But today…today I will fight back.
I will push her back into the shadows.

And today I will look at myself
And I will see someone beautiful,
Someone strong,
Someone I’m proud to be.

Because I have a little girl in my house
Who is watching me.
And she is beautiful.
And she is strong.
And she is someone who should be proud of herself.

So for her…
I will call myself beautiful and believe it.
I will proclaim with authority that I am strong.
I will be proud of me.

And one day…
One day…
I hope she will , too.

16 Responses to Beautiful. Strong. Proud.
  1. Becky
    May 6, 2010 | 4:34 am

    Great. Now I have to start all over with my make-up.

    Bridget you are amazing. And I want to type amazing words to let you know how amazing I think you are. But I’ll just stick with Bridget, you are amazing.

  2. Sarah
    May 6, 2010 | 4:52 am

    Love this. You are amazing.

  3. domestic extraordinaire
    May 6, 2010 | 5:58 am

    love this and love you!

    so proud to call you friend.

  4. monica
    May 6, 2010 | 7:08 am

    good grief, girl…way to make me cry again this morning. you ARE beautiful. and i am incredibly proud to call you my friend. love you.

  5. Malia
    May 6, 2010 | 7:15 am

    You are beautiful, strong, proud & confident!! That’s the Bridget I see. I just know that’s what she sees, too.

  6. Heather
    May 6, 2010 | 7:23 am

    I want to kiss your face through this screen! It is so important for us to teach our daughters to be strong and proud and beautiful…because they are.

    Thanks for the life lesson…and the tears…and the pit in my stomach. 😉 xoxoxo

  7. Liz Sanders
    May 6, 2010 | 11:17 am

    I LOVE this! It wouldn’t have fallen so true on my ears a few years ago, but this time it means so much having a baby girl of my own.

    Beautifully written, and gorgeous pictures!

  8. But Why Mommy
    May 6, 2010 | 11:22 am

    This is wonderful. You are beautiful and strong and your daughter will be too.

  9. Momma Lioness Michele
    May 6, 2010 | 11:30 am

    Inspiring. Truly.
    Much love, my friend.

  10. Laura
    May 6, 2010 | 12:10 pm

    Yes you are.

  11. Kimberly
    May 6, 2010 | 8:20 pm

    LOVE LOVE this, LOVE your pictures, and I LOVE you, and I LOVE Lydia, and I LOVE you for loving Lydia. . . . well, I think you get the point. 🙂 I will say that (though I’m not a parent and therefore know nothing of these things), I not only think you show Lyd an amazing example, but I also think you do a whole lot in terms of example-setting for your sons when you claim your beauty and strength as a woman and are confident of those things. Just think how awesome your daughters in law will be 🙂

  12. Aleasha
    May 7, 2010 | 9:43 am


  13. Mama
    May 8, 2010 | 7:02 am

    beautiful, strong and proud are only the beginning of what you are!! I could add: spiritual, loving, compassionate, funny, creative, organized, silly, serious, prayerful, thoughtful, thankful, bold, shy, quiet, LOUD, generous, just to name a few………..AND MY LITTLE GIRL! I LOVE YOU! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  14. punkinmama
    May 8, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    You are beautiful and strong and simply amazing. Your daughter is lucky to have such a wonderful example of what a real woman is all about.

  15. designHer Momma
    May 8, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    B – you are beautiful! Love this post, love you.