Dearest Isabella,

I want you to know that you will always be in my heart.  I cherish the time that I spent with you.  Doing all the things a mother does for her little, dear one–feeding you, bathing and dressing you, comforting you and loving you–even though I wasn’t your mother.  You were in my care for a short while–several months when I was your “Auntie Nanny Gayle”.

It was such a treasured time for me even though our family was in the midst of upheaval and strain but you were not a part of that in my eyes–and heart.  You were just an innocent, sweet infant needing love and care and comfort.  I was so blessed to be chosen to do that for you–if only for a few short months.

I became your nanny when you were only three months old.  You were just an angel of a tiny girl–so very precious and new to this world.  My mothering instincts kicked right in–as if they had ever gone anywhere–you needed me–and I believe I needed you too.  To bring that selfless love that had been buried within me to the surface once again.

I remember one night when you were fussy and couldn’t quite settle down to sleep.  It really wasn’t like you–you never cried very much.   I gathered you up and brought you into my room and played some soft, sweet chanting music.  I hummed and chanted while I cradled you close and you calmed right down and relaxed.  It always was a gift to me to provide comfort for you.

You were a joy, never a bother–no never.  I took pleasure and felt fulfilled in giving you the care and love that you needed.

And then there came the time when you returned to your mother and I can’t help wondering about you.  Are you safe and happy?  Are you being protected and loved as every baby should?

I love you Isabella; you’re always in my heart.


Love and peace,

Auntie Nanny Gayle



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  1. how lovely, thank you Gayle x


  2. Oh, Gayle. This is so sad. A wonderful thing for you to do, especially when you know you have to give the child up.

    A lovely letter. A very lovely letter. And we know wherever she is, she feels the spirit of it.


    • Yes, it’s sad but it’s also a celebration of the time I spent with that little girl. I hope she will always feel the love that I hold for her and that it will add to her life.

      Thanks for your message for me, Jamie.


  3. she was lucky to have you in her life. So full of love and tenderness. I hope she gets blessed by your love again and again.


  4. I too pray the same, every child needs someone like you in his/her life.


  5. not half as much as you are. 🙂


  6. I was checking mail today and saw the pictures of finnigan the squirrel with his mother doggie. 🙂

    they are amazing, are not they?

    that is mother’s heart.


  7. yes that little doggie knows what a mother is- she sure does 🙂


  8. those pix are so lovely and sweet.



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