Wednesday, April 2, 2014

On Spending Half of a Decade with Annie

I cannot believe it's been FIVE years since Peyton and I got to hold the best wedding present we could have ever given each other in our arms for the first time. It's been an amazing surprise, a blessed adventure, and a huge testament to God's goodness in spite of, and especially, when we question His plan. The past half decade with this chickadee has been full of the best days of my life. God was gracious to give me a kind and gentle teacher (our "play baby" as Minnie called her) for the first couple of years in the classroom of unexpected motherhood. These days it's pretty much little girl SD all over again with her- she's incredibly stubborn and sensitive to a fault, she feels things deeply, she exudes a bit spunk and sass I never would have expected of her as an infant, and she asks the kind of questions only a child who truly loves learning can. She's eager to do things on her own; she adores books and words and dolls and families; and she's a best friend, a teacher, a protector, and a second mother to her little brother. God has used her to teach me great things, to soften my heart, and to heal the broken places in mine and Peyton's marriage. There will never be another moment like that glorious one five years ago, when we heard her first cry and Peyton and I both looked at each other with tears in our eyes, so overcome with love for a baby we had felt wholly unprepared for. Thankfully, there are so many beautiful ones and every day with her is a priceless treasure.

Happy Birthday, sweet Annie Girl! 

1 comment:

Nickolee Roberts said...

what a beautiful family you have!
love keeping up with (aka stalking) you on FB and glad to find out you have a blog. So random how i found you - my neighbor on Five minute friday was this girl and then i saw your picture in the comments on some of her previous posts - so funny! hope you have a great day!