Six whole years ago...
Sandwiched there between my two guys...
God blessed me with a girl.
Typing here, recollecting back on her entrance and her growing - I'm teary and grateful and wild for this spitfire of glory God gave me.
From the very start it could be sensed that she had this certain thread of sweetness....
This underlying thick ribbon of tenderness that softened me in hard places.
But don't be fooled. Running right next to those streamers of gentleness and grace - there's an ability to dart and defend and muster up solid anger, if warranted.
She seizes and squeezes life.
She always has a plan, an opinion, a comeback.
She's the first to respond in care when someone's wounded.
She walks around most days with a doll baby on her hip and a purse over her shoulder.
She likes to sit high and perched on Mama and Daddy's bed - next to a lofty stack of library books - where she makes up her own story, out loud, as she flips the pages.
Dresses are her ensemble of choice most days of the week.
And her grandma-purchased Marc Jacobs wedges are her favorite shoe.
She prays over people, and senses moods, and thinks deeply.
She has a silly side - and shows it off often.
She is strong...
In body and in spirit.
She likes shopping, and planning parties, and being around people.
She likes to go, and do, and be, and discover, and belong.
She enjoys a good movie, a tall glass of sweet tea, and a rare treat of snacking on Cheetos.
She is affectionate, funny, loud, quiet, complex, sassy, capable, athletic, curious.... and made of the finest stuff I've ever seen.
And she's pretty.
So, so pretty.
Long flowing hair, and tan hued skin, and blue ocean eyes, and tall to the heavens.
Daddy is already nervous....but very, very ready.
She has changed our hearts and home, brought in much laughter and glee, and rings in all kinds of lace, and a special kind of grace.
She animates, and purifies, and livens our world here.
And so today - I marvel, and stand thankful, and praise the Maker... for this little lady who gives, and loves, and lives so fully well.
Happy, happy birthday child.
You are cherished...
And valued beyond comprehension or measure.
Let us celebrate you, today.