Happy 4th birthday love! Four years ago you entered this world, making my dreams of becoming a mommy come true in a way we never imagined. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, don't feel the hole left by your absence. I love you so much. So much.
I remember everything about that day. The fear of the unknown as we walked into labor and delivery unsure of what to expect, praying this would all be a mistake and we would be told you were actually okay. I remember holding your Daddy's hand, seeing that final ultrasound, knowing then what was being asked of us but not understanding why. I remember Daddy tenderly holding my hand, comforting me throughout labor, reading the psalms over us. I remember how it felt to deliver you, the silence that followed. But most of all, I remember how it felt to have you placed in my arms. To look at your beautiful face, those long eyelashes and big pouty lips, and see us reflected in you. You were the most beautiful little girl, so peaceful. I remember rocking you, remember reading to you, remember singing you a lullaby. Those hours are all I have this side of heaven.
As I sit here glancing at the few pictures I have of you, imagining your life and what you are doing, listening to How Deep the Father's Love and sipping coffee, my heart is overflowing. I am so thankful God chose me to be your mommy. So thankful for every second of time I was able to carry you and those precious hours I could hold you. Your life has had such a profound impact on me, on your daddy, on those who have never met you. It's such a mix of emotions today - on a day when we celebrate you while missing you. I love that we have this special day for you.
So, today we celebrate you. Hannah and I have already had a dance party - you would have loved it! I can't wait to watch your video tonight and see you dancing again :). And even more so, have a dance party in person when we are all reunited. We have a cake all ready for you. Dean helped me make the icing and Warren added the sprinkles. I hope you can see that and hear them sing Happy Birthday with their sweet little voices. We got you flowers today and finally put together your new garden. It's such a special place where we can just smile as we remember you, another way you have impacted our lives. And of course we each sent you a purple balloon with some sweet messages. Dean was having a rough day, but in a tender moment decided to draw you and him holding hands on his balloon.