Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bean!

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!


TropicGirl said...

Hey Beautiful Bean!
I love you. I loved spending time with you this summer. I wish we could have spent more time with you. You're fun, I love your laugh, and you're a beautiful girl covered with the fingerprints of God.
I came in to kiss you goodnight before I left, but you were asleep. But I did, I promise!
Happy Birthday, beautiful!

And tell your mom I love the music I'm listening to right now! Grace Like Rain indeed. Exactly what I need to hear right now!

Anonymous said...

Ditto to everything tropicgirl said! Those pictures are beautiful!! Maybe I'll see you at the fair?
Love you lots.

Queen of the Salisbury Castle said...

Unbelievable that just over 7 years ago you told me about your "situation" and think now how AMAZING "it" is. God has turned "it" into more than could have been imagined. You are blessed with a beautiful family and God has given you LIFE. God's plan to bring us from here to there is an incredible journey, and I'm glad you've kept me informed of the steps along the way. I love you friend!