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.