As I was looking through old pictures thinking about both of my girls (Emma's 17th birthday is Friday) ... I was brought to tears looking back pictures.
"For this child we prayed ..." ❤️
I'm not sure how many people know (and I'm not even sure if I've mentioned it here on the blog) but we prayed and prayed and prayed for that girl. We tried for years for baby #3 and thought for sure it just wasn't in God's plan for us. Until one day ... it was.
|July 16, 2009|
Of course it was when Chris was accepted into grad school ...in North Carolina ...but just a minor detail. 🙄
So looking back at her sweet pictures brought back all of those wonderful memories of how incredibly excited we were to welcome her to the world.
And flooded me with so much emotion.
2017...when PANDAS turned our world upside down.
It's like we were living in a snow globe. Our sweet family right there inside the globe. And then one day, someone picked up the globe and shook it hard ... and it was almost impossible to see that sweet family in the center.
So much mess.
So. Much. Chaos.
Today Lily turns 10. And we are filled with JOY that she's happy and healthy.
She's charismatic, energetic and makes us laugh every single day. She's kind and compassionate and I just know God has BIG plans for her.
PANDAS was (and is) a (BIG) part of her story and it was meant to be part of her story all along. It's a part I never wanted. Gosh I hated so much of it. It just about broke me.
But it also showed me that when someone shakes our globe, and shakes it hard, I'll fight like hell until all of the mess and all the chaos settles ...and I'm finally able to see that sweet family in the center again.
This weekend we take our little girl to New York City!
Our little girl who couldn't bear to be around people or eat in restaurants is going to New York City to celebrate double digits! Life is so unpredictable. And God is SO good.
When I think about that sweet family in the snow globe ...I realize it can easily be shaken again. Someone (or something) can pick up that globe at any point in time, and shake it again. Shake it hard. But I also realize if it does, the chaos will eventually settle. And even if it doesn't settle as much as we'd like it to, that sweet family is glued down right there in the center.
Ten years ago this sweet girl completed our family in the most perfect way. She's our cherry on top and we couldn't love her more.
Happy 10th Birthday to our precious Lily Kate.
You are so loved. ❤️