I know its cliché – but it really does just feel like yesterday when I held your tiny little hand in mine, and gazed upon the most beautiful face in the world, for the first time. So many things have happened since that fateful July day; and I am so grateful that God looked the world over and picked me to be your mom! To laugh with you, cry with you, hold you, protect you, teach you, correct you, learn with you and grow along side you. For everything I have taught you, it is safe to say you have taught me more. You have taught me how to love without conditions. You have taught me that age does not define greatness. You have taught me that not all of God’s plans make sense but they are always purposeful and perfect. You have taught me that a YouTube video can almost answer any question under the sun, that brakes are not meant for BMX bikes, and a late night drive around town with the music way too loud can be the perfect ending to any day. You have taught me that Famoso pizza eaten in the van and skating in the moonlight really is the perfect date. You have taught me that just when I think I have loved to capacity…that indeed I can love more.
The first time I held you, you wrapped your precious finger around mine and I promised you I’d always love you and protect you. You held my hand as you teetered on chubby legs as you walked beside me to my high school graduation. Then a few years later you held my hand and hid shyly behind my long gown when I graduated from post secondary school; you were mommy’s boy. And a few years later, you held my hand tightly as you walked me down the aisle on my wedding day. Then came the years where holding my hand was an absolute abomination – you didn’t want to be seen with me publicly much less hold my hand. And only a few years later it was fun to mortally embarrass me as a teen by trying to hold my hand in the mall! As you move into the next chapter of your life, and into adulthood, know that my hand is always there to grab onto. When life feels shaky, when you want to hide, when you move confidently and when you celebrate.
It seems rather fitting that I can find your bible verse in my bible by feeling the well worn pages, because in all the world, my heart will always find yours.
Psalm 127: 3-5
Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.
Go confidently my beloved. Your life is not an accident. You came into this world because the world need you. Enjoy every day discovering the treasure’s God has for you and that He has placed within you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.