Worth the Wait

This Saturday we will be celebrating my daughter’s first birthday. Just typing that sentence blows my mind and brings so much joy to my heart. My daughter is a miracle and medical marvel. It still amazes me that she’s really here and all mine to love, care for and treasure.

The journey to meeting my daughter was not easy and lasted nearly 5 years. Broken down that could be calculated as 59 months… 255 weeks, 1,787 days, 42,888 hours, 2,573,280 minutes or 154,407,600 seconds of waiting, hoping and praying. The struggle to become her mom seemed to last a lifetime. I longed to be her mom, knew I was meant to be her mom and couldn’t understand why God was holding out on me. But now that she’s here, God continues to reveal what He was doing all along.

I always hated when people would tell me that when the time was right it would happen, or that God’s timetable was best. However, now that I’m on the other side, I continue to discover reasons how my time wasn’t right and His was truly perfect. There were so many moments of uncertainty and anguish, but now that she’s here I know one thing for sure…she was worth the wait.

Being her mom has surpassed my wildest dreams. Although not every day is sunshine and rainbows, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t love or treasure her. Being her mom is my calling and joy. I love to watch her as she conquers a new milestone or experiences something new. My heart overflows when I see her playing with her daddy, and there’s nothing better than hearing her silly giggles, little voice calling me mama or getting an unprompted hug as she snuggles in close.

It’s amazing to see how much she’s grown over this last year. What was once a helpless newborn is now an active, hilarious, independent and sweet as can be little girl. She stole my husband and I’s hearts at the first sonogram, wrapped us around her tiny finger when she was born, and has brought more joy and laughter to our lives than I ever dreamed was possible. She is our daughter, a blessing, a miracle and the greatest treasure of our lives. I am so proud of her, and can’t wait to see what God has planned for her as she grows into the girl and woman He created her to be. I have no doubt He’s going to use her in a mighty way.

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