Whole Parenting Family

A song to make you cry

danielle rose

“How can you say there are too many children? that is like saying there are too many flowers in the garden of God.”

I listened to this song about ten times by watching the youtube video. I was crying, of course.

Danielle Rose is a familiar singer//song writer to me through my Godmother, of all people. Danielle is about my age, I’m sure we have friends in common through the small Catholic world. But I hadn’t heard of her until my Godmother gave me her music where she’s singing the rosary when I was in law school. My Godmother, God rest her soul, was an incredibly sassy and saintly woman. I miss her warmth no-BS approach to life and still listen to that sung rosary and think of her.

When I found out Danielle had gone to China to spread the word about this incredible group of people caring for abandoned disabled babies & children, my heart flooded with that warm love feeling. I’ve followed the work at Little Flower Projects for a few years now and their newsfeed on Facebook arrests my heart and my day when I see images of these beautiful babies and kids, being different, being loved. Being handicapped in China is a huge social stigma and abandoning your child who is is common, according to what I’ve read and heard from medical worker friends who’ve been there. Sigh.

I’d like to think our wonderful culture which is inclusive and offers so many medical treatments and opportunities is vastly different. Then I look at how many of us moms are erroneously warned our baby in utero is disabled and should be aborted, or how many of us moms feel we simply can’t handle it if our child is correctly diagnosed with some genetic disorder in utero, and are encouraged by those around us to not carry the baby to term.

I know I struggle with being afraid of one of my child being disabled, or chronically ill, or having a genetic disorder, or getting leukemia, or being permanently injured. What if we all believed that each child is a gift? Regardless of level of health? What about accepting our children for who they are and not who we want them to be? Another challenge for me and probably many of us.

Her line, which is a Blessed Mother Teresa quote, really resonates with me today: “Whoever receives a child in my name, receives Me.” May I be truly open to receiving the kids I have been given and hopefully will be given. Regardless of any of their unique attributes and personalities and life choices.


  1. Sarah on January 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I may be mistaken but I thought I read somewhere here that your husband went to Notre Dame. Maybe you did too, or maybe I am totally making this all up (I have been reading your blog awhile but have never commented so Hi!) Danielle went to Notre Dame and that is how my husband and I know her, really through her best friend who is our oldest son’s Godmother…so I guess our connection is similar to yours.

    Also, for good measure and to show how much I like you in a completely non creeper way (obvious from this comment, right?!) My son got one of your bandit bibs for Christmas and the only problem is he can’t wear it every day…I love it so!!!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Haha yes! My husband was at ND! Love it. So we are connected by multiple strands. And a bandit bib 😉 so glad you commented and glad you’re here!!

  2. Helen on January 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Nell. What a beautiful song and what beautiful children. Yes, tears here too!

  3. Jenny on January 17, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love Danielle Rose. And this song…I’ve only listened once so far this morning. I’m not sure I even heard it, the lyrics I mean. My heart hear it though. I wept and wept.

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Me too!!

  4. Patty on January 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    She has the voice of an angel, love this new song!! Our group heard and met her in WYD 2013 in Rio, so cool!

    • Natural Mama Nell on January 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      So cool!