Two years ago today, at 7:58 pm, our lives were forever changed.
After 21 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing, Emily finally made her entrance into this world.
A week prior to her birth, we had an ultrasound and were told that she would weigh 7 lbs.
She weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces.
In that same ultrasound, we could see her long hair moving in the amniotic fluid.
At birth, she had dark spiky hair (and adorable chubby cheeks).
The first few weeks of her life were a roller coaster. Filled with doctors, nurses, therapists, lots of tests and even more questions.
After wanting a baby for years and years, parenthood didn't start out exactly the way that I had planned, but God had another plan for us.
All of the stress and confusion taught us more about our faith than we had ever known before.
After 2 years, I can honestly say that we have had some tough times, some really dark times, but there have been far more good times.
This little girl that showed us her strength and determination very early on, has brought us more joy than we could ever put into words.
We wouldn't change a thing!
We thank God for Emily every day. He knit her together in my womb. He brought her into our lives at exactly the right time. He is in control of all things. His plans are always best. He never makes mistakes. He never fails. He is always faithful.
Happy Birthday, Emily. We love you more than you can ever know. We count it a joy and a privilege to be called your parents. We have thoroughly enjoyed watching you grow and learn. We could not have asked for a sweeter gift from God.