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.)


Kristen said...

Nicely said! I cant believe its been a year!
Happy B'day GR!!!

marcia said...

Smiling, indeed!! :):):) What a mighty God we serve! Many thanks to you and all of your family, for allowing us to be a part of this on-going miracle that is unfolding before our eyes! Happy Birthday, Gwyneth Rose!

Larry & Sheila Colclasure said...

Thanks, Rick! Happy birthday, sweet baby girl!! You do indeed have a story to share with the nations!

nopeanutsplease said...

Happy one-year grandfather day! Grandparents need some love today too. Your girl is just beautiful and her parents (and grandparents) are as well.

Amy in Pa

Patty said...

Happy Birthday Gwyneth Rose!

Vivian said...

As I said on mommy & daddy's blog...God gave them a wonderful present a year ago....!!!!

MilePost13 said...

Aw, what a sweet grandaddy post!

Gwyn's mom