Thursday, January 8, 2009
And what a year it has been!
Happy Birthday, Gwyneth Rose!
All this week I've had several teary moments as I've thought back to January 8 last year and how you suddenly came into the world. One day you'll hear the story and be able to understand what a miracle you are, and that God must have a wonderful plan for your life.
Our first glimpse of you was when the doctor showed us your picture that he took on his cell phone. He was excited, too, but told us you had a big fight ahead of you. So did your Mom.
But you're both fighters! And by God's grace and the exceptional care you received at Duke, you grew bigger and stronger. Now you're such a big girl who loves to smile and laugh and talk.
You won't have a clue today why this day is so special. But, it seems the whole world knows it's your birthday.
And, like you, God is smiling. We all are.
(In case you're wondering, the hand in the top picture belongs to Gwyneth's great-grandmother and my mom.)