My girl is 2 today ( it’s after midnight 😊)
No amount of “thank you’s” to Jesus could be enough for the gratitude in my heart that we are spending this birthday with our girl.
I was praying with Eisley tonight before I put her to bed and thanking Jesus over and over for her sweet life and it made me realize how blessed Eisley really is. Moms are a wonderful thing to have, and Eisley has 3. Three moms that love her; each love unique and perfect in its very own way that have gotten us to this point. Each mom has now spent 1 birthday with my Eisley.
I am thankful for her birth mom. She got the very first birthday with her. Thankful that in what may have been a scary, inconvenient, lonely or confusing season for her, she chose LIFE for my girl. She chose love. I will never be jealous of that birthday she spent with her. There is so much joy in my heart knowing that they had that first one, just the 2 of them. I will forever be grateful for Eisley’s birth mom and the gift she gave me.
I am thankful for her foster mom. She got the second birthday with her, when our girl turned 1! She celebrated in traditional Korean fashion with a Korean Dol celebration, wearing a beautiful Hanbok, and participating in a Doljabi (Eisley chose the gavel). I am thankful that on her first birthday she celebrated in a manner that was honoring to her heritage and the beauty of the Korean culture. I will never be jealous of that birthday she spent with her. I know Eisley’s foster mom loved her like one of her own and I know that because Eisley was loved so well in her care, I am reaping the benefits of an emotionally healthy baby that loves her mommy and daddy, and has adjusted to her new home so well. I will forever be grateful for Eisley’s foster mom.
I am thankful that I get to be her forever mommy. I’m so thankful that when my Eisley wakes up as a 2 year old, she will be laying next to her mommy that went through tremendous lengths to bring her home (and would do it all again). I am thankful that I have the honor to be loved by her. She is the sweetest, squishiest, most lovey baby I have ever known, and she’s mine. There is a twinge of sadness that this is the first birthday I have ever spent with my girl, but only because it means I missed days that could have been spent with my daughter. But this second birthday means so much to me as I look back at her life. This one seems special. Maybe it’s because it’s the first one that we have been together for, but I think it’s because it seems to finish this journey. From here, all the rest of her birthdays will be spent with her forever family.
I am so thankful that her first 3 birthdays were spent in such special ways with each special mother in her life. Thankful that through each one, I know God has watched over her and protected her little heart.
Happy birthday, my darling daughter. You are my most special gift and I love you with all of my heart. I pray that as you grow, you will grow in love, understanding, compassion, strength, and wisdom. May you always know you are valued, loved, and chosen! Your daddy and I are the blessed ones and we can’t imagine our life without you in it.
“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things (YOU!) and then I don’t feel so bad!” -Mommy