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The images in the Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement video that I made all came from real photographers–women who are working on their craft every day.  I am not a real photographer.  But I did sneak in one of my own photos when I made the video.  Just one.

This one’s mine.

It’s a heart I made for my daughter on a day when she was performing in an assembly at school, but I wasn’t allowed to be there.  (It was Grandparents’ Day!  Only room for grandparents!).  I so wanted to be there!  And I was far more nervous than she was at the prospect of her reciting a memorized paragraph in front of a giant auditorium.  But it made me feel better to make this and know that she had it with her.

She , of course, did great at the assembly.  As is so often the case with mothering, I worried over nothing.  But she still keeps this heart in her backpack, and  takes it with her to school every day.  And I’m so glad she has it.

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  1. I love this photo, especially the story behind it. What a great idea, too. And again, that video? Wow, Katherine. You’re a gift, truly. ;)

  2. Katie

    That is precious!

  3. I love your videos/essays so much, Katherine! I saw a bunch of familiar faces and recognized some of my favorite photos along the way. Wonderful!! Your photo- perfect! xox

    • Maya, this heart pillow was totally inspired by a red felt heart that you featured on YOUR gorgeous and completely inspiring blog! (I should have mentioned that up top!) I have you to thank for it, and the words, too, which always make my throat catch when I read them… Thank you!

  4. detes

    Wish I had thought of that with my children.

  5. Oh Wow! I just loved this video!! I found it over at Persistent Green and I put it on my blog (hope that was okay, btw!)

    Such a powerful message and one that is for women who have both daughters and sons. The partial quote from the video: “…you are writing the story of your only life, every single minute of every day,” really took my breath away. I had never thought of that before, and it makes soooo much sense.

    You are so gifted and talented!

    • Thanks very much! You know, I have both a daughter and a son–so it really is for both, of course. But I used the pronoun “her” because I wanted the words to be something women could say to both their daughters AND themselves. If that makes sense. Pronouns are tricky sometimes. But boys are miracles, too, of course!!! Go, boys!!

    • And YES–Please feel free to put it on your blog and share it with as many people as you like! Thank you!

  6. Oh how sweet! and a great photo!

  7. the video is brilliant. so inspiring :) thank you.
    i came here through link of a link of a link. but i’m glad i did.

    amazing work.

  8. Love this! Your gifts inspire so many women. Thanks!

  9. I love, love, LOVE this video and since I have a 7 month old baby girl, I just absolutely wept when I saw it & heard your beautiful words. Lovely. I am so posting it on my blog (as soon as I figure out how to).

    I would also like to say that you commented on my blog a couple weeks ago- my post about my experience with Karen Walrond. And when I saw that you had posted on my blog I screamed. Out loud. Because I ADORE your work. I cannot get enough of your books. They are sooooooo good. I can’t wait for this next one to come out! Also, my sister-in-law adores you too. She sent me an email that said, “OH MY GOD, KATHERINE CENTER JUST COMMENTED ON YOUR BLOG.”

    You are a rock star to us. Keep up the amazing work!

  10. Katherine, such a precious gift you gave her! It looks hand made…

    I just found you recently (thanks to that amazing video you did… I commented twice on that particular post—couldn’t ‘elp meself) and yesterday I got thru chapter 7 of Everyone is Beautiful and LOL’d a few times. :) Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

    I wish I could come see y’all at the upcoming conference. I’d love to come hear you. Maybe next year.

    Any plans to come to Milwaukee for a book signing? Even Chicago perhaps? I’d drive down!

  11. I put the video on my blog yesterday to honor of my daughters. I am a midwife and have the wonderful opportunity of working hand-in-hand with women/mothers/daughters/sisters/friends… I was so absolutely moved by the video, the whole work…the words, pictures, music and the voice (is that you too)….I had SO many lovely comments after my readers saw the video and twice as many private emails. I am not familiar with your published books… I am searching for them now. Blessings.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad people are liking the video. Those are some of the truest things in my life. (And, yes–that’s my voice!) I feel so honored by al the people who have put it up on their blogs and sent it to people they love.

  12. I wish I had made one of these for my big girl when she sang and played the guitar in front of the whole lower school (it was a song she wrote, so it’s probably like reading your book to a crowd for the first time…thump, thump!).

    I actually taught myself to embroider when my oldest was a baby. Wish I still took the time.

    Lovely heart. You’ve inspired me.

  13. Wow. I just came across your blog & w/every post, I have this lump in my throat. I think I’m holding back my tears bcuz my 11 yr old is sitting next to me =) She knows I cry at everything. When it touches me, I do. Wow & wow again.

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