When we dedicated Haddie at our church we were asked to write her a letter.   Now reading this letter it’s as if Haddie is reading it to me… and to all of us.

To our bright-eyed Hadley Sue:

Never in a million years did we think we would have a bright blue-eyed baby girl!  If Mama didn’t pull you out herself we wouldn’t think you were ours.  In this short time that you have blessed our family you have brought us incredible happiness.   You have a sweet spirit that compliments your sister’s sassy spiciness in a way that only God could have planned.

As your parents we want to give you the world and the moon too!  Although no matter how hard we work we will probably fall short on that wish for you.  One thing that we can give you and will spend every day trying is a loving, God centered family.   We aren’t perfect and we will make mistakes. We can promise you a life of experiences, adventures, love, laughs, and sadly sometimes tears.

We have prayed for you since before we even knew there was going to be a “you”.  We will breath our last breaths praying for you.  Our first prayer for you is always that you will grow up falling in love with our Savior and choosing to fearlessly follow Him.  We hate the thought of you experiencing hurt, and if we could remove that from your life we would in a second.

One thing I can guarantee you is that there will be moments in life that you will hurt.  You will suffer.  You will ask God why.  We pray that during those times you cling to the promises that God has given you.  Claim them.  No matter what your hurt is God’s plan is always sweeter than you could have imagined.  No matter what happens in your life remember that it’s your story. God gave it to you and He wants you to tell it!

We love you sweet baby girl.  You and your sister are so very special to us.  Living life with you is our greatest joy.