Jesus loves me.

Donovan was baptized today. It was fun. I cried like a baby in front of 100+ people. I do not like to cry. Especially not in front of people. Max calls me an emotionless robot because of my ability to prevent the flow of water out of my eyeballs. For example, I did not cry at my wedding. I did not cry when D was born. I did not even cry while he was in surgery. I’m not saying this is a good thing, but it is what it is.

Anyway…this is the letter I read to the room full of people which caused the crying.  They all clapped and I heard lots of people also cried? Yay?

Dear Donovan,

When we found out we were going to have a baby we were so excited. Every new milestone just increased the anticipation of meeting you and made all the not so fun parts that come with pregnancy totally worth it. Every night you Dad would place his hands on my belly and pray for you. About four weeks before you were born we found out you had Spina Bifida. We were scared but knew that God had made you in his image, and that you were prefect, and that this was happening for a reason.

For the next few weeks you had more people praying for you than you could ever imagine. People that hadn’t prayed or gone to church in years started to renew their relationship with God. Even before you were born you were already helping God to change people’s lives.

Your birthday was schedule for February 10th, but you surprised us on the 5th. It was a Thursday, which is our favorite day of the week. We were nervous but so excited to finally meet you after 37 weeks and two days of waiting.

When you were born you started kicking your legs right away. It was the first thing we asked the nurses and doctors working on you.  Everyone was so excited to hear the news. The next day you had your first surgery and had so many people praying for you. God provided you with one of the best surgeons in the country who credits God with his skills as a surgeon. You both made it through the surgery with flying colors.

When you were eight days old we got to bring you home. It was one of the best days of our lives.

Since then you have gone through trials and tribulations that most people never will. So many doctors appointments and labs and MRIs and two more surgeries. God has gotten you and us through it all.

While there are things we want for you, we don’t pray for them. Things like not having a shunt, being able to walk, not having learning disabilities. Instead, we pray that God’s will be done in your life. Through adversity miracles will make themselves evident to you and everyone around you.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are perfect in our eyes and in God’s eyes. Remember that God uses you as a light to other people. We know you’ll face challenges as you grow, but we will be there to pray for you and help you through each and every one. We hope to set the best example possible so that you will grow up to be a strong spiritual leader to all the people who are blessed enough to have you in their lives.

We love you,

Mama & Dada


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