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A year of Joy…Ambrosina


The picture above was taken during a sunny Spring day at Trevignano, a village surrounding Lake Bracciano. Since it was unexpectedly windy,  I took off my scarf and wrapped it around my baby girl’s neck – to protect her  (unfortunately, I could not protect her hair!!!).

It’s been a year since Ambrosina was born. There are no words to describe what it feels like to be a mother and all the joy our little baby has brought us.

On this day, I dedicate her “You are Young” by Keane, a song my husband played on our way home – taking our baby – from the hospital. Just as Tim Rice -Oxley, Keane’s songwriter, says that this song is a message to oneself to try and stay young at heart,  it is also a message to his daughter.

Indeed, the most important message of this song lies in the line: “ You’ve got time to realize you’re shielded by the hands of love“,  for the most beautiful gift we can give our children is our love…

…and in the line: “You’ve got to try to bring some good into this world“, where I am quoting Tim’s words: “ this line pretty much sums up my view of being a human being – I kind of feel that bringing some good into the world is about the best thing you can hope to do in life“.

This one goes to you Ambrosina! Happy Birthday!


Fearful child, have faith in brighter days
Stay home ’til this darkness fades
Lie still beside me
I’ll hold you now, I’ll hold you

Winter’s hand will freeze your heart again
Doors will close,
no time to start again
Nothing is given
Except the ties that hold us

Lay down your load ’cause every day it’s gonna grow
A bask
in the sunshine
Try to pay no mind
Try to pay no mind at all

To all
the things that you don’t know
You’ve got time to realize you’re shielded by
the hands of love
‘Cause you are young

Fading light may make a fool of
Courage fails, strengths slip away from me
Lie still beside me
hold me now, and hold me forever

Lay down your load cause every day it’s
gonna grow
These days are sacred
Hey now, don’t be scared
Baby, don’t
be scared at all

Of all the things that you don’t know
You’ve got time
to realize you’re shielded by the hands of love
‘Cause you are
You’ve got time, you’ve got to try
To bring some good into this
‘Cause you are young
‘Cause you are young

You are you Young – Live Video

20 Comments Post a comment
  1. ceasar32 #

    Mi hai fatto commuovere.E’ un messaggio meraviglioso,pieno di sentimento

    June 1, 2013
  2. She is beautiful — enjoy the years that fly by in an instant (even as some days seem to last forever 🙂 ) — can’t believe my oldest will be starting his last year of high school in the fall and then on to college!

    June 1, 2013
    • Thank you! This past year went so fast that I can’t believe she’s about to star making her first steps!!

      June 5, 2013
  3. Ambrosina looks as though she’s going to be as fab as her mother. Lovely post and cool words.

    June 1, 2013
    • Thank you Roger! However, she looks just like her dad!!!

      June 5, 2013
  4. Babi #

    Gisi me hiciste llorar,que bello! Dios bendiga a Sabina y sus Papis! Besos

    June 1, 2013

    Gisi y Leo,
    Felicidades por tener una muneca tan linda! Bendiciones!

    June 1, 2013
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    June 1, 2013
  7. Haydee Sikaffy #

    No se si se fué mi comentario, así que por las dudas les vuelvo a decir que mil felicidades por el cumpleaños de Sabina que está linda y por el comentario que mandaste en tu blog.  Reciban todos, nuestro cariño y besos. Haydee y Cia.

    June 2, 2013
  8. One year already? Such a beautiful baby, Ambrosiana! Your husband chose a beautiful song to commemorate her ride home, just as you’ve done to celebrate her first birthday. What a joyful time for your family. Congratulations!

    June 2, 2013
    • Thank you John!!! She brought a lot of joy to our lives! She is a blessing!

      June 5, 2013
  9. I echo what everyone else says here – beautiful words but an even more beautiful little girl. You are all blessed to have each other!

    June 2, 2013
    • Gracias chica! That s very kind and thoughtful of you!

      June 5, 2013
  10. Wonderful! She’s a beauty 🙂 Feliz cumpleaños!!

    June 2, 2013
  11. How beautiful she is!

    June 3, 2013
  12. I think that your whole family is blessed to have such a beautiful little girl. Enjoy every moment as time passes by so quickly.

    June 4, 2013
  13. I am a huge fan of Keane. Such a great song and a beautiful sentiment for the birth of your lovely baby girl. She’s gorgeous, I love her mop of dark hair Ambrosiana! This is my first visit to your blog and it’s such a privilege to be able to share in the celebration of your daughter’s birthday! I can’t wait to keep reading more of your recipes and stories. You’re very talented, in so many ways!! xx

    June 6, 2013

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