Happy Birthday To Our Laura…

I can’t believe it was eleven years ago
Your first birthday party…
And now your eleventh…
We love you so much Laura!
Happy 11th Birthday !!!
You have been such a gift…
from the moment we began to anticipate your arrival…

We love you!!!

Love,
Mom & Dad
(I wrote these words years ago…right after you were born…but just found them again this morning)
For My Laura…
As I cradle you,
And your trusting eyes look into mine,
My heart aches in the fullness of the love I feel.
Though bundled tightly, securely,
You are so fragile and so vulnerable.
The weight of your small life crushes me
As I question how I can shield you from the dangers of this world.
But then,
I remember.
You are His…
God’s.
He formed you,
Every tiny detail…
Your little fingers, toes, small ears–
Even before you were born,
He made you with a plan in mind,
A plan for your good and His glory.
There is so much I anticipate…
Hearing you call me Mama,
Seeing you take your first stumbling step,
Watching you draw a flower,
Or dress up in a princess gown.
I think of all the joys ahead of us…
Learning to read, riding a bike, making friends.
And I already pray that someday you’ll find a man to love
As much as I love your daddy.
And even more, that he’ll love you back
With a love that only God can grow.
I want all of that for you.
But as I gaze down at you now…a tiny bundle of pink,
My own daughter.
It’s hurts deep to search your eyes and know that along the path of life–
You will know sadness.
You will know hurt.
You will know pain.
I start to think that I’d remove all that,
Protect you from it all–
If I could.
But then, God gently reminds me,
You are His..
And that He loves you more than–
I ever could.
There’s so much I want for you,
But above all else,
I want you to be fully His–
To be the woman He created you to be.
And I know that sometimes He allows suffering,
So we will know His sufficiency.
He allows our weakness,
To evidence His strength.
And so, My Child,
With all that is within me,
I entrust you to His care.
I will do my part–
To teach you.
To train you.
To love deeper-deeply,
But I know He is your true shelter.
He knows your days, your years…
Since first He–
Designed you.
Created you.
Knit you together.
And so, my deepest prayer is that
You will set your heart and mind and might and soul to–
Seek Him.
And please Him.
And love Him.
And so, my deepest prayer is that
God will mold your heart–
To be gentle.
To be gracious.
To be merciful.
To be strong.
To show real love to others,
And so, even now,
When your precious fingers are curled around my own,
What I really want most, My Child,
Is for you to be
His.

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  • http://busterandbecks.blogspot.com Becky

    Happy Birthday Laura!

    • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

      Love ya Becks…so thankful for lives-lived-shared-together.
      Your whole crew is SUCH a gift!!!

  • http://heartsoulexchange.blogspot.com/ Heart n Soul

    Time flies when your having fun :)
    http://heartsoulexchange.blogspot.com/

  • Aunt C

    Happy Birthday, Laura!!!!!

    • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

      Love you dear “Aunt Cindy”
      I feel like I’m a spy.
      Code names and all… :)
      Side note–Thanksgiving works great for us! Let me know what to bring.

  • Muthering Heights

    Happy birthday to your lovely girl!

    • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

      Thanks Jessica…eleven feels old…I’m not sure I’m ready for this…

  • http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com Lisa

    The poem you wrote is absolutely beautiful! It has me in tears! May God bless your sweet Laura on her birthday and always. :-)

    Many blessings,
    Lisa

    • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

      Thank you Lisa :)

  • Lisa Pearson

    Dear Kara. I loved reading this today. What a wonderful reminder. I needed an excuse to cry today. What tender moments we have with our babies when we hold them…and what sweet conversations to be had with THE ONE who has entrusted us with the tiniest of babes who seem to grow up way too fast. Have a happy day celebrating your Laura. Also, been praying for you as you prep for Thursday. You are going to do such a great job! Love to you!