Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Grace is 3 . . .

Sometimes I wish it were possible to stop time, rewind it or at least slow things down. You all know what I am taking about . . . in order to really savor a moment or prevent time from flying by too quickly. I think we have all thought this at different points in ours lives: our graduation, our college years (WHOOP!!), our wedding day, our two weeks in China, every day with my daughter, Grace.

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to the place where Grace's dear parents made that heart wrenching decision to leave their child outside of a welfare building, acknowledging the fact that they couldn't care for her as they would like and hoping, perhaps praying, that she would find a forever family. As I see Grace develop and exhibit her zest and love for life, I cannot help but be a little sad at the thought of all they have missed, but, in turn, this only makes grateful for their sacrifice and thankful beyond words to our heavenly father for choosing us as her forever mommy and daddy.

Grace's 3rd Birthday with the Larry and Bob
who I managed to pull out of the closet
for a birthday treat.
Sometimes I wish we didn't have to get sick. :) Grace turned three yesterday and it was a momentous day in our home. I had pictured Grace and I having a fun lunch, making cookies, and meeting Adam for dinner. Oh, the best laid plans . . . Instead, all three of us had the stomach flu. So while we did not get to celebrate her birthday as I would have liked, we were all together, even in misery. Our friends and family were so supportive, sweet and helpful and we are so thankful for all of you! We did, however, have a fun party for her and two more celebrations with grandparents are forthcoming!

So in order to help me savor every moment of my precious girl's life, I memorializing my thoughts on virtual paper.

My darling Grace on your 3rd birthday,

You are the light of my life. When you enter a room, everything is brighter.You are beautiful on the inside and out, and now, that you are three, I see your precious personality emerging more and more each day. I can't wait to see what God has planned for you. When you get on fire for something, it consumes you, and I just keep thinking about what an amazing testimony for the Lord you will have one day!

I still find it hard to believe sometimes that God choose us as your forever family. Being your parents is an exciting journey, and we pray daily that we can exhibit to you what is means to have real relationship with Father in heaven.

Grace, you remind me of my beloved father, your grandfather, who you will not meet until you cross through heaven's gates. He had the same love of life and child-like faith. May you always retain that zeal, and we pray that the cares and toils of this life will not tarnish your outlook, but rather that you will see the world through the eyes of Christ.

We love you more than words can express,

Mommy and and Daddy

Here a few pictures from Grace's birthday party.

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