Sunday, May 06, 2007

Big Sister To - Be

To My Sweet Love Elaina,

In less than 12 hours from now, our lives will be changed forever. We've received an invitation to accept a baby brother into our family and love him as our own. We are thrilled to grow our family and provide you with a brother.

I have to admit that it's a little bit scary for me already to wrap my mind around all of the changes that will be coming our way very soon. As it stands, you have been the center of our world for exactly 22 months and four days. (Actually, a little bit longer because we were waiting for you much sooner than that.) So you see, you have pretty much spoiled us. It's true that we are pretty much convinced that the sun sets and the moon rises around you and truthfully, we wouldn't have it any other way. By the time you read this, you may have already heard someone say, "Enjoy them while they are little, because they grow up way too fast." I couldn't agree more. But you know what? I have made a concerted effort to thoroughly enjoy every minute I have had with you. You and your Daddy are every bit of my joy and reason to smile every single day. You alone have touched the lives of so many people as you became a part of our family at a most critical time. God sent you down from heaven to heal our broken hearts and give us comfort. Through you, people have witnessed a miracle. The most beautiful, loving and sweet miracle I have ever known. At times, I find myself wondering what I did to deserve you and all I can do in return is provide you with the most love and care humanly possible. That's the promise your Daddy and I made to God in return for delivering you to us.

Since you came along, I have seen my entire world in a whole new light. I love watching you grow and develop, learn and explore and "hold on tight" to my hand through it all. ( You say hold on tight quite frequently; something you learned from swinging on the big playground swings.) I tell you everyday that you are the most incredible little person ever made and that mommy loves you more than you'll ever know. That will always be true. While you are not of my flesh, you are everything I have ever wanted in a daughter and more. If I were to send my wish list to heaven asking the Lord for the "perfect" daughter, I never would have expected the finished product to be as exceptional as you. For these reasons, I know that you will be the most incredible big sister ever. You have proven to be full of compassion and strength and it's evident that you have knowledge beyond what I could ever imagine for a 22 month-old. You are amazing!

Your baby brother is going to be born tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. (Take a deep breath Mommy.) Our little family will become a family of four. What a gift! I can pretty much guarantee that it will take some time for us to adjust to all of the changes, but I know that you will never be less important to anyone of us. Ever.

Elaina, you are all of my love. Even the mere thought of you evokes tears of joy in my eyes. You are all of my heart and pure and utter joy for your parents. Our lives would have been complete and full with you alone, but I have always dreamed of having a son and daughter to share in our lives. I am certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is God's plan that is taking place before our very eyes. You are meant to be a big sister and I can assure you that He is sending us the most incredible baby brother to share all of our days ahead.

Our love for you will never change, we'll just be able to embrace a new experience for all of us at the same time.

Hold On Tight, My Love!! We're in for an incredible ride!


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