My First Birthday
October 17, 2019

I laid down tonight with so much joy and literal thanksgiving in my heart.  I was thanking the Lord for this day.  For the love.  For my family.  I had so much peace, more in fact than I’ve had in years.  As I was praying, the words “who am I that you would be mindful of me” came from my spirit and I laid there reflecting on how much He truly loves me and how truly concerned He is for me.  I was spending time with Him, trying to wrap my head around His thoughtfulness, thinking that He had opened heaven wide over me today, when I got a text that I almost didn’t read.

When I opened that message this is what was there.  The most beautiful gesture from a sister in this walk of the most beautiful picture I have ever seen.  The original was taken at the airport when Hagen came home from the Navy for the first time, and it has always been special to me.  How she did it, I do not know.  What I do know is just when I thought Jesus had provided everything possible for a perfect birthday, He sent a birthday hug from heaven.

Yes, I am sobbing, but that beautiful peace I had as I laid praying is still there, and although I don’t know precisely how beautiful my child is now, until I see for myself, I have this. And I can’t stop looking at it.


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