Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Little V

We anxiously awaited your arrival. We clung to hope that you would come to us safe and sound. Our faith was strengthened and prayer life forever changed. And we saw the love of Christ lived out in unexpected ways. 



Seeing you so small and fragile was one of the hardest things I've gone through as a mother. I felt like it was all my fault but completely unable to do anything. But God's power was perfected through our weakness and he carried us through. 




 I love your hand. You still fall asleep with it covering your face and when you stretch it out and wave we melt. 

Taking you home for the first time was an incredible gift. Watching the miracle of your life is something I will never take for granted. I know you are only here by God's grace and that he has an incredible plan for your life.



I love looking back at pictures over this last year and seeing how you've grown. You are beautiful. You smile with your eyes and joy pours out of you. You always greet us with a smile in the morning and I could kiss on your soft cheeks forever. 



Elijah and you love each other so much and I pray your relationship continues to grow. He makes you laugh harder than anyone else can and loves to hold your hand while riding in the car. You both don't like it when the other is sleeping and you can't be together. It makes dada and I so happy to see you two together. 






I continue to pray that you will grow in the grace, love, and understanding of God. That you will completely submit your life to him. You are a gift from God to our little family and we love you. You've taught us about the power, faithfulness, and love of God in ways we never would have known without you. 

Happy Birthday doll doll.

16 comments:

Natalie said...

wow! what a precious post..& an amazingly precious little girl!
thanks for your sweet post on my blog..it is always so great to meet other women who share a love for God.
hope you guys have such fun celebrating your little girl's bday!

The Soul Anchor said...

Oh wow, what a precious child! These pictures are gorgeous, and they really capture your love for her!

Jami said...

She is beautiful! I love how God uses hard things to grow us in love. Happy Birthday Vanessa!

Kara said...

Happy birthday little Miss Vanessa. What a sweet post and lovely photos.

katygirl said...

happy birthday, v. i love you! your mama's right. you smile with your eyes. just like miles. maybe you could also be his girlfriend.

kenzie said...

happy birthday V! I think the pic of her in the bath is the first time I've ever seen her NOT smile! She is so happy!!

Jess said...

Just found your blog--what a beautiful family! Happy birthday to your adorable Vanessa. It's amazing how fast that first year flies by!

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

oh she is just too sweet! how many years apart are her and your son? how has it been having them close in age? i keep saying i'm waiting five years to have another little one but i hear having kids close in age is a blessing.

many blessings & happy birthday to her!

Marli and Memory said...

HOW ADORABLE!!! Happy Birthday to the little cutie!

Marli

Jamie said...

happy birthday to your sweet girl. makes me remember back to my sweet niece being born and what an amazing day it was. god is so good!

he calls me wifey said...

this is such a precious post. happy birthday!!

Sharstin said...

this was such a sweet post~ you guys are an amazing family! love all the picts too~

danielle @ take heart said...

happy birthday to your sweet girl!

ps:
you won the see kate sew giveaway :)
email me when you can! xox

Emily said...

welp, this one just about had me crying...such a beautiful post to your precious girl!!

and she really does smile with those beautiful eyes!

happy birthday little lady!

Mom said...

thank you for sharing our little V's story and how God brought her to our family. We cherish His precious gift and will always count her pure joy. Let her and Eli know that their YiaYia and Papa love them so...xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxxooxoxoxox

Sarah Ann said...

How precious! What a sweet family you have!

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