There is a song on the radio. It's about parents who find out that their unborn daughter may not live long. The doctor asks what they want to do and the chorus is:
I want to give her the world.
I want to hold her hand.
I want to be her mom for as long as I can.
I want to live every moment until that day comes.
I want to show her what it means to be loved.
I don't generally cry, but this song makes me cry every time I hear it. This chorus is my anthem. That is what my prayer is as a mother. I want to give Staley the world. I want to hold her hand, being there to walk beside her through the joys (and, unfortunately, the sorrows) that she will experience. I want to be the best mom I can be for as long as Staley and I have together on this earth. I want to cherish each and every moment that I have with Staley. I could never have imagined the strength of the love that a mother feels for her child until Staley was in my life. I don't expect Staley to truly understand the depth of my love for her, just as I couldn't fathom how much my mother loves me until I had Staley. But as best as I know how, I want to show Staley how much she means to me, how she has changed my life, how I would do anything for her. I want to show her what it means to be loved.