Sure, the whole world might’ve thought us crazy to have one more babe while still toting around two nurslings at home.
But none of us could have ever guessed that you would be this blue-eyed beauty that taught me to breathe through grief and find joy in the sorrow.
And today, nine years later, you’ve still got the most glorious way of illuminating beauty amidst the dirt of anyone I know.
Oh, my precious Kayla, our lives are richer and deeper and a whole lot more joy-filled because of you.
Without you, I never would’ve known what it was like to giggle and squeal together during the best parts of the story.
Without you, it would’ve taken me a whole lot longer to experience a love that just keeps on multiplying.
Without you, I wouldn’t ever have known what it was truly like to see things through your eyes as you continually are awed by the splendor found in the little things – the birds and the bunnies, the slugs and the babies.
And without you, I may never have learned that God meets us right here in our mess – with the coos of a babe, the hugs of a daughter, the smiles across the room from a girl grown to be a young lady.
For despite your deepest desires, these nine years have taught you that life can get a whole lot mucky.
That sometimes a sister’s lashing tongue or a mama’s frustrations can plop you right on your face in the tears and mud.
But let those times on your knees be a reminder that the greatest displays of beauty always begin at His feet.
Keep getting up when you fall!
Keep looking to God with such passion!
Keep showing beauty and grace and love!
Keep giggling with this mama!
And please don’t ever stop finding Joy surrounding!
Happy 9th Birthday, Kayla Ann!
You will always be a reminder that God is good – and brings joy to the hurting.
Oh, how we love you!