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15 years ago today my oldest daughter came into the world with little grunts and squeaks, instead of the loud cry typical of most newborns. As soon as I saw her my heart was full. I breathed in her sweet baby smells. I touched her soft curls, and kissed her perfect little toes. My life was forever changed in those first moments of new life.
I remember every first, and how new the whole world looked to me as I watched it through the eyes of my newborn child. I was awed, amazed, at the wonders that our Father in Heaven had created just for us! I could picture more clearly the love He had to have had for each of his children. If my imperfect love was so great, how much greater was His love for each of us!
I remember being overwhelmed by the responsibility of my stewardship for one of His sweet spirit children. And I remember having faith that He knew I was capable of loving this child, this sweet, chubby, squirmy little girl. And love her I have. With everything I have in me.
I remember how complete I felt at that time. I had been married in the temple, and my husband slept in a chair near my hospital bed. I felt blessed to know that we were an eternal family, my daughter born in the covenant and sealed to me for time and eternity! I still feel blessed to know this, even though my marriage did not survive the trials that stood before it. I know that, so long as I do all I can to keep my temple covenants, that I am still sealed to my dear children.
I am so grateful that my children have come into my life. And today, because it is her birthday, I am especially grateful for my oldest daughter. I am proud of the young woman she is becoming, and look forward to watching her grow and stretch her wings! I’m grateful that the Lord has blessed her with such a tender heart, and that she is sensitive to the spirit. I’m so glad that she has a testimony, and that she is growing in the Lord.
I never knew, when I held that chubby little babe in my arms 15 years ago, that I wasn’t only her teacher, but also her student. She has taught me so very much, and I’m grateful for the lessons I have learned through and because of her! How many blessings she has brought to me, I can not say. There are too many to count, it boggles the mind!
My life, our lives, have all been blessed to know her. She so frequently lacks confidence in herself! If only she could see herself the way I see her. The way her Heavenly Father sees her! She is so special to us both!
Happy Birthday, Amber. I’m happy because of you.
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