My dearest Sadie,
One year. 365 days. 8760 hours. That is the amount of time I have known you on the outside. But the amount of time I have truly known and loved you is far greater. From the moment you were conceived, I knew you carried a spark that would bring light to dark places. I knew you. The way you danced inside me was magic to my soul. The way you kicked with such strength and power was such a beautiful indication of the strength and power by which you would live. Before you even took your first breath, I saw you. I saw you, my daughter.
And then you came. And you did not disappoint. You entered the world with such beauty and grace, and changed my heart as you came, reconciling me unto the Lord.
You, my daughter, changed my life. You will always be my first born, and you will always be the one who made me a mom.
You see, all I ever wanted in life was to be a mom. You were my wildest dream come true. There will never be adequate words to describe the moment we locked eyes for the first time. But my heart knows and feels the power of that moment like it was yesterday.
My heart is so glad and my spirit humbled that God chose me to be your mom and you to be my daughter- what an honor. You are my pride and joy, and to shepherd you through this life is truly a gift.
My daughter, you are everything I ever wanted and more. You are sunshine to my rainy days and you are wisdom unfolding before my eyes. You are wonder and awe, and you are the most predictably unpredictable spectacle. You are soft and delicate, yet insanely strong and powerful. You are one hundred percent stunning, and fully, uniquely you.
And that, my sweet child, is my greatest desire— that you would continue being fully, uniquely you. That you would blossom in every single way. I desire that you would know who you are, and embrace that person. I long for you to know that you are beautiful and walk in that beauty with grace and humility.
My prayer for you is that you would truly know Jesus, know His love for you, and reflect that in all you do. I pray you will walk in humility and gentleness, exuding love and kindness every direction you turn. I pray also that you will walk in courage and boldness, never being silent about the things that matter. I pray you stand up for what you believe, knowing that you have a voice, but that in doing so you will always be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
By love you were conceived, and by love you were brought into this world. I pray that it is by love that you are guided as you navigate this life. Let all that you do be done in love.
And I pray that we love you well and that the love you are shown empowers you to walk confidently in the direction you are called. I desire that you would always know we are your biggest fans and greatest supporters, cheering you on in all you do.
I pray we lead and guide you in the way of the Lord, always parenting with the heart of the Father. I pray we are gentle with your heart, not overlooking your emotional and spiritual needs. I pray we always take time to listen to you, and that we would be humble enough to learn from you, never believing we are above that.
I pray we will always be a safe place for you to share your dreams, visions, fears, successes, and failures. Our desire is to stand by your side no matter what, always celebrating you as you blossom into the woman God created you to be.
Never doubt your worth, sweet girl. You were born for such a time as this.
Sadie Rae, you are royalty. You are of great value, and there no one like you. You bring light and life to those around you.
I pray you never stop.
With all my love,
The luckiest mom in the whole world.