October 8, 2011
To my precious Rachel,
Today is the most special day of your long lived life at twenty two. Today you will walk down the aisle, radiating beauty, leaning on your father’s strong arm, to meet the man you will take as the chosen love of your life. Today this man we have prayed for will take you as his wife, for better or worse. This specific God-ordained pairing of two young people claiming Jesus as their Savior, joining together to live for Christ the rest of their days. I don’t know about you, but it overwhelms me.
This life-altering day has been prayed for and given to God by your father and I. We didn’t know who we prayed for all these many years but God did. He knew the one who would love you with all his heart. The man who would take on the role of head of your family with certainty and a little fear. Someone who desires to uplift and encourage and love you as Christ loved the church.
Head strong and confident.
Stubborn and feisty
Loving and giving
Sweet and sassy
You are my child.
The speck within me that has been loved and cherished since conception.
The baby I drove around the neighborhood with, begging to go to sleep.
The toddler who clung to my leg and pleaded with me not to leave her.
The shy preschooler, afraid to talk in class.
The little angel at the Robinson’s Bible Study.
The homeschool student who labored with me over phonics.
The piano student who didn’t always like to practice.
The elementary school “mama” who loved all babies.
The sister who willingly embraced three adopted siblings.
The teenager with braces.
The young woman with the amazing long hair who chopped it off for
Locks of Love.
The beautiful princess going to prom.
The sassy, opinionated, confident woman.
The young lady with hopes and dreams.
My daughter with the”800-watt” smile that lights up the room.
Today you are the bride. The center of attention. Our beautiful joy and gift. You are never far from our thoughts and our hearts. Thank you for being my “practice” child. And for teaching me more than I could ever teach you. I love you, sweet girl.