Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Happy 3rd Birthday Peanut!

Three years ago today, at 12:02am, so just barely today, you entered this world and changed ours lives forever! Looking into your face for the first time was one of the happiest moments of my life. I envisioned the life ahead of you, knowing that God created you for His pleasure and with great purpose. And it was our privilege to love you as "our own", though you are the Lord's and our immense responsibility to "train you in the way your should go."
During that first year, you taught us so much about sacrificial love and the importance of having the courage to give you the leadership you needed, sleep training was our first test, even though it wasn't easy for us. It was a preview of what all of parenting would be like. Loving you enough to put you through something uncomfortable for the greater good, even when you don't understand in the moment. That first year, we were graced with so many of your firsts, first smiles, first laughs, first words, first steps, what a time of joy!
When you turned one, we could hardly believe a whole year had passed. Daddy often said, "what was life before Emma? It feels like she has always been a part of us!" And oh how true that is! We can't imagine our lives without you and pray we never have to experience that! Your second year gave us the first taste of our role as disciplinarians, the real stuff of parenthood. Thank you! We have learned and continue to learn so much by having you in our lives!
I love you so much my sweet peanut! I feel that our souls are intertwined in such a beautiful way. I know that we were always meant to be mother/daughter and I feel so blessed! Your humor, your nurturing, your strong will, all of who you are, I love you!
Always, Mama
You are daddy's little girl, his firstborn. You captured his heart the moment he laid eyes on you. Your kisses and hugs at the end of each day bring everything he does for our family into immediate perspective. No man will ever love you like your daddy. "Happy birthday my baby girl!"
Love you always, Daddy
Three years old! You're growing up way too fast. We will drink in every moment with you Emma Grace, you are a gift from God!

12 comments:

Anne Marie said...

Sweet post! Happy Birthday Emma! It must be hard for you to belive that she is already 3. So glad we were able to take those pictures for you. What perfect mom and daughter and dad and daughter shots. Emma is growing into such a beautiful little girl. Can't wait to see what wonderful things God had in store for her life.

Jennisa said...

What a great tribute to her! Happy birthday Emma! The bond between mother and daughter is really something...at times I feel that Avery and I are "friends" as well...

Hope she has a fantastic day!

Mindy said...

Happy Birthday!! My firstborn is almost 3. How blessed we are! My kids are 18 months apart, yours?

Munchkin Land said...

Beautiful post, Sarah, just beautiful! I can't believe she is already 3 years old! As I said this morning, it seems like just yesterday I was getting the call from your mom that she had arrived. Time sure has flown! Thank you for sharing your daughter with mine; I'm anxious to watch their friendship grow and flourish like ours! =)

Michelle said...

Happy 3rd birthday Emma! I didn't realize our daughter's birthdays were so close (Kayla was the 15th)! Doesn't it go by so fast? What a beautiful post - she'll enjoy this when she's older. It brought tears to my eyes!

Deidre said...

Happy Birthday, Emma!
Beautiful post, Sarah...

Oh, I tagged you for a meme. NO pressure ... only if you want to.

Amber L. said...

I love your tribute Seed! It is hard for me to believe too that Miss Gracie is 3. She has changed so much over the last 3 years. I hope you guys had a fun day celebrating and I look forward to celebrating with you again on Saturday. Oh yeah! Tommy can't come afterall. He has a class all day that day. He is so bummed, but what can you do. I love you all so much. Happy Birthday Girly!

ColoradoDreaming said...

What sweet, sweet pictures and words! They always are Daddy's girls(I have two).

Christine said...

Happy Birthday to Emma!! What sweet pictures. It does go so fast, doesn't it? Thanks for the reminder- I have one with colic right now...

;)

Alycia said...

Happy Birthday Emma! This was such a touching post Sarah. May God continue to bless you and your family. Blessings!

Elise said...

Happy *belated* birthday, darling Emma! You are so loved.

Thank you for sharing this, Sarah!

Mandy said...

I can't believe Emma is three! It seems like just yesterday you were still working with me in the History department! :) Hope things are going well for you and your family!