Twelve years ago today, my life long dream became a reality. In a room, crazy with people running in and out, a bunch of anxious nurses, one screaming pregnant banshee, a boy, on the cusp of becoming a man, who walked into the craziness and wasn't sure if he was awake or dreaming- half afraid that his wife was dying, and a doctor barely making the three minute trip from his office to my hospital room to hand me the one thing I wanted more than anything else, something magical and miraculous happened. I became a mother as my first born took her first breath of air.
She was absolutely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I'm not kidding! My new Mommy-eyes saw the most perfectly round, pink, smooth, delicious face ever! (Later, when I saw the pictures of her brand new, wet, dirty, slippery, red, swollen self, I realized that the camera lied! She looked nothing like that the first time I held her in my arms.) Today, she still is the most beautiful, perfect, sweet, responsible, loving, intelligent, giving, level-headed girl ever! I've even got pictures to prove it!
I honestly feel so blessed to have a front row seat to watch how her life unfolds. There is so much potential in her. She is so special- and I'm not just saying that because I'm her Momma. I really believe it with every cell in my body. It has been nothing but a pleasure and a high honor to love this girl! She is a natural born care taker. She has been our "little momma" since the day her first brother was born. She is always looking out for her siblings, making sure to warn them of potential dangers. It amazes me that she has as much insight and intuition as she does at such a young age. Such maturity in a young soul. She is humble, yet, confident. She is tender and tough. Words will never do justice to the way I feel about this young lady. And she is a LADY~ no matter if she's dressed in her cutest sandals with her nails freshly painted, or sporting the latest in camouflage apparel.
Happy Birthday, Karli Blayne! I pray that your life is filled with more happiness and love than you can ever imagine for yourself. I pray that you remember that as you walk life's path, you seek the guidance of our Heavenly Father. I pray that one day you will find someone who adores you as much as your Daddy and I do, who will love you well every day of your life. I pray that you will never sell yourself short and that you always believe in yourself as much as I believe in you. You will always have a place in my heart and my home. I will ALWAYS love you MORE. I will never love you less. There is nothing you could ever do that will make me stop loving you.
"My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life. Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation." Proverbs 3:1-4