Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Baby Turns 11

Today my baby turns 11 years old. Where has time gone? There is a part of me that wants to hold onto those years with everything in me. Yet the other part embraces each year I get with you, my sweet Kayla. All the moments of joy you've brought my heart and the dreams that I get to share with you of a future. You are so wanted. So loved.

You kept me on my toes from the beginning. From being born with two small holes in your heart, to throwing up your formula and hearing my doctor tell me of the possiblity of "failure to thrive." Oh how my heart has leapt so many times fearing for your life.

You were curious from the beginning. Bright. And always loving to use those big words. Who needs to say "Ok" when you can say "Exactly?" Who needs to say "I fell" when you can say "I took a tumble?" It endears you to my heart all the more and it only showcases your creative heart and mind to everyone else.

I know you're a daddy's girl. I'm so blessed and thankful you have such a wonderful daddy to bond with. I love that you have someone to adore and look up to. It is a gift and I'm happy to give it to you.

I love how you're ready to see the world and take it on. When your daddy wants to travel to the ends of the earth and asks you " Kayla - are you "in?" You wholeheartedly say, "I'm IN!"

You still scare the living daylights out of me. From passing out at school, to getting hit in the eye with a rock, to falling off the feeding center in Panama, to almost slipping down under bars into a definitely keep me hopping. But from the beginning I've known God has his special hand on you - always watching out for you and protecting you. I could trust you to no one else other than to my God with His great, big loving, wise, and gentle hands.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for having such a huge heart full of compassion, tenderness, creativity, joy, and love. I love your notes and special creations that you make just for me. I love seeing "Make mom happy" on your white board. I love when you won't let my neck go at bedtime when I come to say goodnight. I love YOU. You are perfect just the way you are.

I love how you adore animals and nature. I can see the peace in your heart when you're on a nature hike or in the outdoors. I can feel your happiness and it makes ME happy.

The sky is the limit for you. You are so gifted and I just pray that you will always keep God close to your heart. Let Him guide your paths and He will bring more happiness to your heart than you could ever dream.
Today is not only a day that you celebrate - but I celebrate it too. For my life changed forever when you were born. I changed forever. And I'm so glad.
I love you more than you could ever imagine. You're the best Kayla I could ever have.
I love you all the way to God. ~ Mama

Dear Jesus, thank you so much for giving me Kayla. Thank you for trusting me to raise her. Thank you for completing our family with her presence in our lives and for teaching me so much through her. I am honored to be her mother and I don't take this gift lightly. I am eternally grateful.
I will always treasure her.


Nana Jul said...

That was an awesome gift you shared with your daughter and us!
Thankyou for sharing it with us!
God bless you huge!

Zhanetka said...

Your blog is beyond inspiring. This post made me cry!!! Children are the greatest gift! God bless your beautiful family.

Dionna said...

Thank you, Zhanetka.


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