365 Days and counting

Three days ago, we celebrated Little Love’s 365th day on the planet. After a year, I can now attest that a lot of those things people say, about how having a daughter changes a father (and mother)—-is true. We are truly grateful to our Creator for His empowering bundle of joy!

We also thank our family and friends for proclaiming blessings on all our children every Erev Shabbat. I can’t express enough how much this weekly experience blesses us, just to see (and participate as) parents formally declare love and blessings for their children. It was indeed a double blessing that Moriyah’s birthday fell on a Friday.

J'aime MoriyahI’ve gathered some quotes about daughters that somehow struck a chord in me and Hubby:

I can say I’ve always had respect for women. However, after seeing what my wife went through to have our daughter I can safely say my respect went up at least a hundred thousand times for all women everywhere.
– vednar

Being a man isn’t anger, it’s not yelling, it’s not violence, it’s not fighting, it’s not impatience, it’s not acting before thinking. Being a man is making right decisions, it’s doing the right thing, it’s treating people well despite how they treat you, it’s fully assessing a situation, it’s understanding through perception, it’s remaining calm, and it’s doing all these things in the face of adversity. I’m not perfect; I make mistakes. But I do my best to be a good man, because my daughter needs that. She must know what a good man is so that, in what will feel like a few short years, when boys are falling over themselves to talk to her, she’ll know what is good in a man.
– Ardentfrost

I don’t care how badass a person thinks they are. If a little girl pours you an imaginary cup of tea, you drink it, with your pinky in the air…
– _paralyzed_

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. ~ Joseph Addison

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son. ~ Russian Proverb

Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future…. As though experiencing an earthquake, mothers of daughters may find their lives shifted, their deep feelings unearthed, the balance struck in all relationships once again off kilter. ~Elizabeth Debold and Idelisse Malave

And here’s an interesting article from Psychology Today: How daughters change fathers

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