Thursday, October 22, 2009

Emilia Faith Is One!











This most anticipated day is here! I woke a little earlier than usual to have some quiet time to myself to write this post. For days I've been thinking about what to write, how to get the millions of thoughts in my head down into a post. It's not possible. Not for me anyway. Yesterday I traveled back 365 days ( I was admitted the day before she was born) to when I was in the hospital, being induced. It's weird how at any given moment I could look at the clock and remember what was happening. From that day on she has ruled our hearts.
My Sweetest Emilia, you shook up this family, you opened our hearts and changed our minds. You have taught us so much in just a year. We smile every day just because you are here. We have laughed harder than ever before because of you.
I have been moved to tears and overwhelmed by just holding you in my arms. You are everything I wanted, I just didn't realize it, and I thank God everyday for knowing better. You are far more than I deserve and I am honored to be your mama. I promise to do my best and to always be your voice. To always guide you in the right direction, to give you room to grow.
I will be there to praise your accomplishments and when things are more difficult I will be there to praise and support you even more. I will never put limitations on you. You have already taught me that limits are meant to be surpassed. I put limits on what I thought I could handle as a parent, and you, my sweet, have ever so gently pushed me over them. Thank you, because you have led me and our whole family to a most wonderful place. A place I would never have know existed if it weren't for you.
Thank you Emilia Faith for all you have given to us in this year. My prayers for you are simple, stay healthy, stay happy. Before you were born I would pray to God, I wasn't sure how to pray for you, I wasn't sure about much, but I would ask God to "Take care of her on the inside and I'll take care of the outside. That is still my prayer.
What you have given to us I cannot find the words to explain or express. You are everything to us. In Olivia's words "you are the sun". You shine a light on us that lets us see things in a different way. In the way God intended. You are a piece of heaven for us to hold and to love. You are the air we breathe, and the reason to have hope in all things and faith in God above.
Happy First Birthday my sweet Emilia, we love you MORE!

21 comments:

Mom Of Many said...

Steph,

YOur post was beautiful...made me teary...oh if people only understood what a treasure ALL children are!

I am so thankful for your voice on the internet. Keep speaking!

And to you sweet Emilia - Happy Birthday Precious Baby Girl!! We are so thankful for YOU!!

Much love from SW Colorado!
Linny & family

Emily said...

That was beautiful. I have tears streaming down my face. I have been in deep thoughts this week myself over what my post will say in a few days. It will be the year mark of when we found out he had Down syndrome. I could copy and paste what you said, (but I won't of course!) because you said exactly what I have been thinking.
Happy Birthday sweetheart!

stephanie said...

Want nice pictures of Em. I can't believe that Em is one it was like she was gets born.


Love Bella

Lori said...

Happy Birthday, Emilia!!
What a lovely post to honor your daughter =)

Adrienne said...

That was beautiful! And so is Emilia! Happy Birthday Emilia!!!

Mucki said...

Happy Birthday Emilia! This is Saira's Aunt, Tina's sister. I have been following Emilia's stories after finding you on Tina's blog and love reading what you have all been upto! You have a lovely family. Love and God Bless you all!

LizBeth said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to Em and all! You're all in it together! It's what family is about! God bless you all. ~Liz

Tina said...

What a lovely journey of pictures down the last year...Emilia you have gotten from cute to cuter. Stephanie I loved your write-up, a real tribute to what our children bring into our lives, you couldn't have said it better. Well Emilia here's wishing you a real fantastic birthday with your entire family who is over flowing with love for you. Stay healthy and stay happy and keep smiling that pretty smile!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Emilia! Hope you have a great day.

Beverly said...

Happy Birthday Emilia!!! What a beautiful post! she is one lucky girl to have such a great Mom!

Chris said...

Oh Stephanie, I'm teary after reading that post. Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. She is so blessed to have you as her mamma!

scrappy quilter said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl. You're t-shirt says "little heartbreaker" and you are...you bring a smile to my face every time I come here. Even though you don't know it, you've touched my life in such a profound way.

And to mamma, what a precious post. You my friend are precious too in God's eyes...that's why He gave you Emelia. I'm delighted to know such a wonderful lady!!

Heather said...

Happy,Happy Day .. to all of you!What a precious little love you have.A gift that can never be measured or compared or even explained to some in this world.But here she is.Probably you all feel as we do ... Em is what you all have been waiting for all of your lives.Kiss that adorable child for me and thank you for this beautifully written post with equally beautiful pictures!

Kele said...

Happy Birthday Miss Em!
Lovely post Steph, and all the pictures are precious. I sooooo love your prayer, I may use it some times when I am on my knees, how perfec: "Take care of her on the inside, and I will take care of her on the outside", beautiful!

Tim and Kelli said...

Beautiful post.
Happy 1st Birthday Emilia! Enjoy your party this weekend.
One year maybe you and Lindsey can share some cake.

Rebecca said...

*wipes away tears*

Thanks for sharing Em with the rest of us.

I'm praising Him tonight for the blessing of an amazing girl and an amazing year for her & your family!

Michelle said...

Tears, just tears. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

Jeana said...

what a beautiful post for a beautiful little girl. I hope she had the most wonderful birthday ever!

Shabby Cottage Shoppe said...

That was beautiful Stephanie ~ Happy first birthday sweet Emilia!
Hugs,
Gail

Anderson Family said...

Happy Happy Birthday Emilia!! Hope your day was funfilled and special. You are such a sweet girl who has the most amazing smiles!!
Kristi and Carter

Denise said...

Such a beautiful post for this most beautiful little girl!! I just love every one of her pictures!! I think my goal will be to meet her before she turns 2!!! Happy Birthday Sweet Emmie!!!