Better Place.

When is the last time you hugged your child and waited for THEM to let go first?  If you play that game with Gabriella, you’d be here all day.  She has ALL the time in the world for hugs.  FULL of love.  A love like no other.  Her sisters fight for her hugs and it fills my heart.  My husband has a smile that lights his face, a smile that I’ve never seen before when she wraps her love around him.  She’s magical like that.  We should all strive to have a little more magic in our lives.  I know God has the most perfect plan for this girl and there isn’t a thing I’d change about her.  He gives his hardest battles to his toughest soldiers.  If you’ve been blessed with a squeeze from this girl, then you’d immediately know why she’s so unique.



Everyday, Gabriella and I dance…to the same song.  She has certainly made me slow down in life and I will forever be grateful for that.  So many people rush through the day, the week, the month, life living on automatic and missing the beauty all around them.  In a way, I did that for a while too…until she came along.  The greatest gift you can give your kids and yourself is TIME.  The time to be present, to be connected, to be awake.  It’s the one thing we can’t get back once it’s gone.  And it goes damn quick.

Better Place by Rachel Platten

“It’s a better place since you came along
Since you came along
Your touch is sunlight through the trees
Your kisses are the ocean breeze
Everything’s alright when you’re with me”

I see the whole world in your eyes
It’s like I’ve known you all my life
We just feel so right
So I pour my heart into your hands
It’s like you really understand
You love the way I am

Now I’m alright, now I’m alright
Everything’s alright

Cause it feels like I’ve opened my eyes again
And the colors are golden and bright again
There’s a song in my heart, I feel like I belong
It’s a better place since you came along

So next time your kiddo hugs you, stay there.  Focus on how blessed you are to have him/her in your life and don’t let go until they do.  






Author: gabriellascraniojourney

I am the lucky lady to have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, an unscripted life and one that took the road less traveled. This is her journey.

3 thoughts on “Better Place.”

  1. I know Rachel and was moved to tears when I read this. Lindsey O’Connor is my BFF from childhood. Which is how I heard about your blog. Lindsey can tell you of the medical odds I’ve had stacked against me, yet God has saved me time and time again. I have full intention on printing this blog post (with your permission) and giving it to Rachel. God bless. Praying for your angel


    1. Thank you and I appreciate you sharing how you have overcome several medical odds and that God has saved you- warms my heart. Yes, of course you can give it to Rachel and please thank her for letting me borrow her beautiful words when I don’t have the ability to come up with any. Nothing warms my heart when my daughter wants to dance to this song and the second she hears it, she puts her head on my shoulder and it melts my heart. Every. Single. Time.

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