Friday, October 26, 2012

I Can't Believe She's THREE!

Dear Stella Jane,

Before I gush and tell you how much you mean to me and all the things I think are wonderful about you, I just want you to know one thing.  If you forget everything else, remember this.

I love you.

This last year has been full of so much JOY!

I am so thankful that I get to be a part of your life and see you grow and learn.

You have changed from my baby, to my toddler, and now to my little girl.
I still remember when I felt your first kicks inside of me and I couldn't even imagine who you would be or how much laughter and light you would bring to our family.
I had no idea some one could be so like me and yet different.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made inside and out.

With every day and every challenge and every memory, I love you more and more.

You are smart and curious and have a heart for other people, especially those smaller than you.  I love watching you care for others as you share with out prompting or offer a gentle hug or kiss to a friend.  You are always so concerned when some one is hurting or unhappy.  It makes my days when you whisper you love me or that you want to be friends (sitting together) or simply hold my hand or take a hug.  You are such a sweet girl.  A true blessing.

I pray that you would continue to grow in mind, heart, and strength and that you would use all of those things to love the Lord.
I pray that you would know HIM more and have a heart that desires to love and serve Him each day.
I pray that you will be a true light to this world.

I also pray that I would be able to know you and speak to your heart as you grow.  That you would always know I love you and love the Lord and that those two things shape the decisions I make each day.  And though I will sin against you and misunderstand you, I love you so much and am so so thankful that God entrusted you to our family.

I am thankful for you daughter.