Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yea for Three, Hannah Leigh

"Every generous act of giving and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father who made the heavenly lights, in whom there is no inconsistency or shifting shadow." James 1:17

I shared today with my kindergarten class what it means to be patient. We were discussing the fruits of the spirit and I wanted to help them understand the concept of waiting. And there it was...my deepest desire fulfilled not in a traditional sense or quite the way I expected, but fulfilled none the less in a beautiful little girl we chose to name Hannah Leigh. For you, Hannah we waited and rejoiced. For you, Hannah, we know the Lord specifically chose for us to be a family.

I wish I could tell you so much more about this wonderful day three years ago, but I will be content in knowing that two years ago, we celebrated your very first birthday. Ladybugs were everywhere. You, our sweet little ladybug, were a bit overwhelmed. I am in awe of all that these two years have taught us as a family.

I love that you stroke my arm and tell me how much you love me.

I love that you wake in the morning just waiting for Daddy to come get you. You have your morning date, eating cereal together and talking. It makes Mommy's heart happy to see you enjoy this special time with your daddy.

When you do anything, you do it with your whole heart and you tell everyone all about it. There are no secrets with you Hannah. Your tenacity can be completely mind-boggling for us, but we know without doubt that the Lord made you just this way for a reason. Regardless of what His reasons may be, we trust His plan and see the beauty in your persistence.

You are not crazy about toys. We know some of your friends are not either. I think sometimes you are just ahead of your time.

As much as you and Emily may disagree or vie for attention, you love one another. You look up to her. You want to be like her and you are convinced you are a big girl just like Emily.

You LOVE Jesus. You will sing with great abandon and share with others how much Jesus loves us. You remind us to pray and love when it is your turn.

It takes a long time to gain your trust, but I love this quality about you. You are thoughtful and discerning.

You know your story by heart and with each milestone you reach, you understand a bit more the significance of your big airplane ride. You think it is completely cool and we pray you will always feel that way.

Your smile lights up a room and most definitely illuminates our lives. You smile so much now, it is hard for me to remember those first months together and the sadness that once touched all of our hearts. Our prayers have been answered in your joy.

Hannah, we cannot wait to see what is ahead of us with "3". Have a wonderful birthday sweetheart and a beautiful year. We love you.


Joy in The Truth said...

Happy Birthday Hannah! You are a delight and a joy!

The Sloans Love You!

Beautiful pictures!

Mama Duck said...

What a beautiful post! Happy Birthday, little Hannah!

Jodee Leader said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet little lady bug. She is just adorable and growing up soooo fast!

Gail said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet Hannah!! Enjoy your special day! :)

DiJo said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Hannah!!!!!


The Byrd's Nest said...

What a beautiful beautiful post. Happy Birthday sweet Hannah!

I miss you Heather!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Hannah!! She is beautiful inside and out....just like her Mommy!!

Sorry we are going to miss you next weekend. I was hoping to see you there:(


Doug and Terrye said...

3 is the best!!! Only to then be topped by 4 later down the road :) Our Grace doesn't care much for toys either, she would much rather have paper, pens, pencils, and markers. Her favorite dvd is Praise Baby...where she sings with complete devotion to the Lord!!!

Terrye in FL

MacMui Mom said...

Happy, happy birthday Miss Hannah! We are thrilled you belong to such a great family!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday to your precious girls!

I'm praying for Emily and that they are able to figure out why so many tummy issues. Happy Belated Birthday to her!

It really is hard to believe two years has gone by - right?

Miss you and thinking of you often!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

Hi Heather...

I can't wait to meet you at She Speaks--- are you coming this year?

What beautiful children you have. Mercy that little Hannah will be breaking some hearts one day.

Happy 3 Hannah!

Blessings, Lysa

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

:) That's all....just :)


Debbie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hannah!!! Hope your day is filled with love, joy and laughter!!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful, so beautiful!!! Happy Belated Birthday, Hannah!! I hope it was wonderful.

Danielle said...

What a beautifully written post for such a beautiful little girl.

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Rachel said...

I know I'm a little late, but Happy Birthday to beautiful Hannah!!

The Things We Carried said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet heart! She has grown up so much in these few years. Your love for Hannah shines :).

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl! Oh, how beautiful your precious family is!


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