August 12, 2016
With every passing day it becomes more and more of a reality that you...well that you will be here soon.
You have taken me on a journey I thought I was done with ten years ago.
And you have already written a crazy unbelievable beginning to your story.
In our kitchen hangs a picture your sister painted which says "every ending is a new beginning."
When your Dad and I were first thrown into shock of our first pregnancy together, it ended before we could fully grasp the reality.
But what that short lived blessing did, was open our hearts to a greater reality.
I still cry the loss of what might have been.
It's a weird feeling because without that part in our journey, we wouldn't have you.
Miraculous, surprise, of you!
And just like your Dad does on a daily basis, you kept life interesting and scary, and us guessing.
But at 12 weeks, you became this strong little dancing baby and we were declared "normal."
That's not a word that will be used to describe our family often.
But the sweetness of it meant so much at that point.
Dear Clare Hope Elliott.
You are loved beyond a thousand years.
Your younger sisters marvel at you and play with you as you kick them back. They are already fighting over who is going to be your favorite.
And you have two older sisters who I think will spoil you rotten.
And your brother. Well he is delighting in your nephew, but will shower you in immense love. Along with your sister Terenca and your nieces.
Recently we received a beautiful pair of booties from our friends Linda and Mitch.
I sat there holding the booties imaging you.
Your little feet and legs.
And what your life will be.
All I know is that your journey will not be normal, but you will be loved.
And parts of your journey will be tough, but you will be loved.
And you may not always be happy, but you will be loved.
And you may not always understand, but you will be loved.
And we may do a thousand things wrong as parents, but you will be loved.
Love is something we have found and continue to grow.
And you Che are a reminder of that love.
A truly unexpected blessing in the midst of a crazy love story.
So, my daughter.
May you create the most beautiful life.
For you have revolutionized our world.