A New Beginning: Welcome to the World, Francesca!

It is with great pride and joy that Max and I announce the arrival of our daughter, Francesca Mildred Bell! She was born at 6:37 PM on Friday, March 20, 2015, which I will forever remember as the day when my heart expanded exponentially and my life gained a greater sense of worth.

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My daughter is the one puzzle piece I didn’t realize was missing. Now that she’s in my life, the bigger picture has suddenly become so much clearer as my priorities shift. As I write this, nearly a week into motherhood, I can certainly attest to the challenges my new role has imposed as I’m given no other choice than to reorganize my life. At one time I would have found such demands to be a nuisance, but as I admire my little girl’s peaceful face, I find them a welcome necessity. As I nurture my newest and most important muse, I know that a big part of myself will also grow as a result.



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4 Responses to A New Beginning: Welcome to the World, Francesca!

  1. Hey, Shykia:

    You are already an extraordinary mom, and I know that you and Francesca are going to teach one another many life lessons. I am so very happy for you and Max and your family. This gorgeous baby is a true blessing.

    Much love to you all,


    • Shykia says:

      Thank you so much, Lisette! Francesca is already teaching me a lot. She is indeed a blessing. Max and I are extremely lucky. 🙂

  2. Congratulations, dear friend! Francesca is beautiful!
    Having a child changes your life in so many ways, I know. It’s amazing (and a bit scary) how, in a single moment, everything we once thought was important is pushed to the back of our minds and we suddenly see the world differently. I can’t think of anyone more qualified to be wonderful parents than you and Max. Your daughter will grow to be strong, loving, independent, and selfless. She is truly blessed, and so are you. <3

    • Shykia says:

      Very well said, Nicole! It really is fascinating and scary how quickly parenthood changes everything! Thanks so much for your kind words. <3

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