Seven years ago today at 5:00 a.m., I became a mom. I remember it so vividly because it was like a literal switch was thrown inside my soul. I suddenly realized not only how much my own parents loved me, but also began to understand how miraculous it is that God calls us his children and how that just begins to touch the depth of His love. I remember envisioning a mother lion defending her cubs and thinking that I would do anything to protect you.
We gave you a first name that means "peace" because through your birth, we made peace with God. Your middle name means "undeserved gift from God" because you are such a precious gift. Your dad and I are so proud of you, Bean! We love you, even when you look like a silly jack-o-lantern with no teeth!