A letter of love for three of the greatest blessings I ever received. The love I have for you girls started long before you were ever conceived. God started showing me the many facets of his love, through the relationships I had with friends and family.
I was gifted by God with a heart so full... that often I couldn’t contain the love I felt for those around me. When I met your father, I knew that he would be a new lesson in the many aspects of God’s love. And he was. God taught Issac and me what it meant to be willing to sacrifice for love. The sacrifices we faced in life were nothing compared to the sacrifice God made for us, and yet it has helped me to see God so much clearer.
The love that God planted between your father and I, is like the trunk of a mighty oak tree. What we both feel for you girls are the big thick branches which are good for climbing and resting in. I pray that with God’s help we can cradle you in that love the way the best climbing trees can.
Alana Eve, my big girl, you were born during one of the hardest years of my life. Your Papi had been forced to move to Mexico 2 weeks before your birth. Your warmth, your skin, your eyes, your smiles, your breath is the only thing that kept me above water in those next couple of years. You were amazing and always so loving. You still are..as I watch you love on your sisters. My life changed forever the day you were born and I’m sure that I will never be able to express to you how much greater it is now. I have to say I think you are amazing. The most fun I have with you is when you talk to me. I love to hear about your day at school, and what you learn about. When you talk about things...your eyes and smile light up a room the way others never could. You’re only five, so I know... in the years to come, you will be the highlight of many people’s day. I look forward to being able to stand by and watch you take flight. I also love when you and I have time alone and I get to read to you. I’m amazed that now you can read to me to. All your teachers and day care helpers say you are so smart and such a good girl. Like my mom always says to me, I want you to never forget that you are so beautiful to me, on the inside as well as the outside.
Joslin Ray, my itty bitty. Possy, I love you so much. You have a spunk in you that I know came from my side of the family. When you were born, life was still a little confusing because it was mine and Alana's first year living in Mexico. You were the only baby I was able to stay home with full time, and I don’t regret on second of it. One of my favorite memories of you being a baby is laying you down for your naps. You always had so much energy. I had to sit in the bed and read while you tossed and turned until you finally wore out enough to sleep. I would then put my book down and just watch your angelic face as you relaxed. I would just watch you breathe, and fight the urge to kiss you all over your perfect little face. You are now almost three years old, and so much fun. You still have so much energy and are so silly. You make me laugh so hard, and the look of accomplishment on your face afterwards is just like your Papi. You are so strong willed, and I know that will take you far in life. You told me the other day in the car that God made you. I want you to know that God never makes mistakes, and He made you perfect. When people meet you, they instantly fall in love with your spunk. You my dear... are perfectly made.
Lilian Andrea my baby. When you were born, we were blessed to have your Maw Maw Kay here in Mexcio with us. Being able to see my mom love on you filled my heart with so much joy. You are seriously one of the cutest little things I have ever seen, and anyone who sees you falls in love instantly. You are now 15 months old and are really coming out with your own personality. It’s a bit feisty and we love it. My favorite thing to do with you is to growl and act like I’m going to eat you up. You laugh so hard that it’s addictive. Even your sisters love to get you laughing, because it’s just so stinking cute. You are really so easy going, and always adjust so readily to any changes that happen in our lives. I can tell that you are going to be an amazing child as you grow up. God loves you so very much baby girl, and with His help... Papi and I hope we can help you to see a bit of the love He has for you.
Girls I can remember when I was pregnant with Joslin worrying that there was no way I could ever love someone as much as I loved Alana. Once again God has shown me a bit of how His love works. I love you each so much, and in your own way that there is no way to put it all in words.
Amanda's sweet family
My love for you is unconditional, and even when I have to get on to you it’s only because of that love that I do it. I cherish every day that I am given with you and look forward to these coming years of getting to watch you each grow into lovely children of God. My prayer will always be that he guides Papi and me... and that He allows you to see His love as clearly as He has shown it to me.
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