It is just past midnight, the first day of a new year. Everyone is sleeping, including you and Daddy across the room from me.
In two weeks you will be one. And it seems a lifetime ago that my midwife held you up in the air, and I saw your beautiful almond eyes and knew you had Down syndrome.
A lifetime ago, and yet in some ways it seems just yesterday...that you were tucked inside of me, waiting to show me who you were.
And now we know, dearest Lily...
...that you are beautiful and perfect and wonderful.
< ...sweet and gentle and lovely.
..capable of wrapping an entire family around your tiny bent little pinky...
..and the best gift we could have asked for.
Because of you, our eyes are opened to babies across the ocean, who are discarded simply because of the way God designed them...
Because of you, we are committing ourselves to lifting up our voices for these children, and doing all that we can to bring them home...
And it's not the year I thought it would be, sweet Lily. Not the plans I had for you and me.
It is so much better.
What a difference a year can make:)
Loving you always,