Four years of life

My little Buggy turned four last week!

Perhaps I’ve been extra-ponderous lately, but I can’t stop seeing miracles around me this week.

Four years ago began one of my most difficult trials, and the pivotal, life-changing beginning of a journey that I hope will never end.  When I look back and crease the pages of my life, the biggest crease of all comes with her.

With her came my greatest trial of faith, my biggest choices, the greatest change.  Who I am was completely different before her and after her.

I will be grateful, forever and ever, for the experiences, incredibly hard and incredibly wonderful, that she brought to me.

So much has been taught to me, through her.

I feel like the past four years have shown me the fragility, the miracle of life and every moment in it.

She embodies, in every leap and bound of her lively little body, the joy to be found in every moment.

Everything is wonderful to her…she’s always been that way.

When I look at her, I “remember how merciful the Lord hath been.”

I remember that my life is not accidental or ordinary.  No life is.  Every person, every moment, every experience matters and has a purpose.

She has changed and blessed me forever…I could go on and on.  It seems that blessings are in clearer focus, more easily noticed since she came.

She is happy nearly all of the time.  She doesn’t walk when she can hop.  She is the life of dance class.  She loves to sit on the heat vent letting hot air fill up her nightgown.  She has a hard time focusing on one thing, because there are just so many things.  She is alive.  Having her around makes us all more alive.

Blessed am I.  :)

11 Responses

  1. jessie

    Happy birthday beautiful girl!

    February 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

  2. Sarah Burgoyne

    You have the cutiest girls, I just love that last picture with the birthday cake. Such a precious smile :)

    February 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

  3. Rachel B.

    Such a sweet post! Happy birthday!

    February 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

  4. Ruth

    Blessed are we all because of her!

    February 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  5. ML

    Oh my word–she looks so much like Ashley now! Happy birthday little friend!

    February 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  6. Liesel

    What beautiful blue eyes!

    February 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  7. what a beautiful dedication to one little girl.

    February 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

  8. I felt so bad when I forgot to call!!! :( Bad Aunty!!! Happy Birthday!!! Can’t wait to see you!!!

    February 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  9. Debra Domenici

    Happy belated birthday to a beautiful girl! Your family has truly been blessed with beautiful girls! We love and miss you all!

    February 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  10. Tara

    My, my.. what a beautiful girl she is! Can’t believe it’s been 4 years already… I’ve been so privileged to watch the journey. What a blessing! Much love to the birthday girl!

    February 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

  11. Matt

    Great post with wonderful pictures! This describes her perfectly:

    She doesn’t walk when she can hop.

    Thanks for posting this!

    March 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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