I still remember the moment just BEFORE I heard the doctor say, "It's a girl!" In that moment BEFORE, I heard you cry and tears sprung to my eyes as I thought, "My baby is here! My baby is healthy enough to cry!" It. Was. The. BEST! Now don't get me wrong, the moments that have followed have been pretty great too... a girl... oh a GIRL! with all the pink and bows and pom poms I can handle.
On this day as we celebrate you turning 11 years old, I can hardly figure out where the years have gone! Oh how I long for the days of kissing your curly head while you nursed and picking you up to carry you wherever you needed to go. You are such a big girl now... almost as tall as I am! It makes me sad how fast time is flying. Yet at the same time, I am IMMENSELY proud of the young woman you are becoming. Kind and Christlike indeed!
I see my tender heart in the things you do.... when you cry because someone else got hurt... when you give of yourself to help someone else.... and I'm proud and terrified at the same time. Hannah Beth, loving this deeply will hurt you so much. Caring for others when they snub you and judge you will break your heart. But Baby Girl, don't you change yourself because of that! Don't stop loving even when you're wrongly accused. Don't stop being kind when people lie about you. You keep being like Jesus no matter what life throws at you!
Hannah this may sound harsh, but I don't really want a life of happiness and ease for you, because I've realized a life of happiness and ease it not what will make you more like Jesus. I want you to have a life that leads you closer and closer to Him each day. My prayer is that you'll love Him more than you did yesterday, every. single. day.
Thank you for making so many of my dreams come true. I'm so grateful for all the sparkle you bring to my life.
Happy 11th Birthday, Princess! Enjoy your day!
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.