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Thursday, December 19, 2013

To Brenna Helen Marie, on your 2nd birthday

My beautiful Brenna,

Today, as you turn two years old, my heart is aching with how much I love you, with how much we have been through since you were born, and with how much you have changed the world already.

Today, I want to tell you one thing, one very important thing that I want you to always know and remember...

You are everything we've ever wanted.

There's a common phrase that people use when describing something unexpected: "our world was turned upside down."

But that was not the case with your birth, baby girl.

When something is turned upside, it falls apart. When it is upside down, it is destroyed and cannot be rebuilt. When liquid is upside down, it pours out and you can't fill your cup back up. When a Lego tower is turned upside down, the pieces fall off, crash and break apart.

Not our world, Brenna. Our world was shaken up. When you shake something, only the strongest pieces remain standing. And the weak pieces fall apart.

Our world was shaken up with your arrival. But the strongest pieces remained - our marriage, our relationships with our family and our dear friends, our home, our jobs and our community support. The most important priorities not only remained but grew stronger. And we came to realize how unimportant those weak pieces were that fell apart and fell off - pieces of our lives that were not priorities. Pieces that didn't matter.

And with the strongest pieces remaining, we could focus on the important. With the unstable and unimportant pieces gone, we have a clearer view of what is most important.

So.... Thank You.

Our world was not turned upside down. But it was shaken to the core.

And sometimes that's a really good thing.

And you, precious girl, are more beautiful we could have imagined.

I know you may ask me one day if I ever wished you were different, or looked different, or that your skin or your hair was different.

My answer was at your birth, is now and always will be: no.

You were created exactly as God wanted you to be, and all I see when I look at you is perfection. I love every single piece of you...every tiny finger and toe, every wisp of hair, your wonderful little nose, every single expression that you make, your laughter, your sweet voice. You truly are everything your dad and I have ever wanted in a daughter.

Today, as you turn two years old, there is a part of my heart that feels such a relief. Because the past two years have been really challenging at times for our family. Your babyhood was hard. But on top of that relief, I feel pride. Pride for you and pride for us. Pride at all that we have all achieved in the last two years. Pride at how hard we've worked to strengthen our love and our relationships and our faith, because that doesn't always come easily.

Yesterday, we sang "You are my sunshine", and there is a line that I hope you'll always remember: "You'll never know, dear, how much I love you."

You will never know the extent of my love, my pride and my devotion to you. So instead, just know this:

You are everything we've ever wanted.

Happy 2nd birthday, to my incredible daughter.


32 comments:

  1. Beautiful... Happy Birthday Brenna!

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  2. happy birthday brenna

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  3. Probably my favorite post to date. Have a wonderful birthday celebration Brenna!

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  4. Probably my favorite post to date. Have a wonderful birthday celebration Brenna!

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  5. Your post made me cry. She was definitely created in God's image. What a true blessing. Happy Birthday, sweet little girl.

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  6. This is so beautiful. I don't cry often, and this made be cry (tears of joy that is).

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  7. Happy Birthday to a very sweet and precious little girl. Have a great fun day today and bless you with many more, your a beautiful little girl

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  8. Happy Birthday Brenna!!!! Hope the whole family has a wonderful day celebrating.

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  9. Beautiful Brenna and her beautiful family. Happy 2nd Birthday, Brenna!

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  10. Happy birthday, dear little Brenna! You are part of my day, each day! I love to read about you and see how you are doing! Have a great day, you sweet adorable girl!

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  11. happy b-day brenna i hope you get a lotta presents!

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  12. I love this. I love the sentiment behind it. My youngest just turned two and while she was a surprise all around and she shook us up, she is for sure the best in the world. Looking forward to everything ahead.

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  13. Oh, how sweet! This is a beautiful post to your beautiful daughter. She has changed more lives than you or she will ever know.
    Happy Birthday, sweet, beautiful Brenna!!!! May your life be all that you ever hope it can be. :)

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  14. That was absolutley BEAUTIFUL! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR PRECIOUS BABY GIRL!

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  15. Happy Birthday, you little rock star! You are loved by so many. May your "twos" be terrific!

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  16. Brenna is truly adorable. What a miracle she is... adding to all of our understanding of the human experience. Kudos to her for thriving and looinh so happy!

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  17. Brenna is so adorable! She is such a miracle...showing all of us more understanding of the human experience. Kudos to her for thriving and smiling!

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  18. Happy Birthday Brenna <3

    Today is my son's birthday too ... he's 3 :)

    I also love your words to your sweet girl. I have a daughter in Heaven whom I feel the very same way about. I so resonate with your words. Thank you <3

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  19. What a beautiful post about the most precious gift on earth, a mother's love for her baby. How sweet and heartfelt this is and I appreciate your allowing us to share in your joy today! Your baby is growing up so very fast as are mine (my daughter is 3 today) and it is so nice to see that there are other mommy's out there who cherish this privileged of motherhood the way you do. God bless you and little Brenna!

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  20. Happy Birthday sweet girl !!!

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  21. Perfect post for your perfect angel! I hope she reads it over and over someday :-)

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