Happy Birthday, Emerson!

This weekend we’ll celebrate my little girl’s third birthday and the only thing I want to do is hold her in my arms and keep her small forever.

The day she was born changed everything for me. I learned my heart could love much deeper. I experienced God in a way I never had before. She brought everything into focus for me. I was awed by God’s wonder and love. The first year of her life revealed just how selfish I was. Becoming a mother meant learning to lay myself down for someone who needed me. I did it day in and day out like a painful yet refreshing exercise. I fell in love with her more everyday. She would scream and fuss all through the night as I sleepily and desperately gave every effort to soothe her. I loved without getting until one day she smiled up at me and my heart boiled over. Her smile has been setting off fireworks in my heart ever since. She truly is a joy. I could never fully explain what she means to us but I’ll spend the rest of my life making sure she knows- she is loved, immensely loved and cherished.

This video is for the girl who keeps us laughing and smiling. It’s a look at year two with my little sunshine and so many memories she’s made along the way. I can’t even watch this without tears (please, please, please stop growing up now!!) Happy birthday, Emerson Claire…


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