My post today is dedicated to my daughter, Melanie, on her 40th Birthday.
The day a child is born is a day a parent never forgets. We remember it all. The hours of labor and all it takes to bring a child into this world. And finally, that last push when our child comes into this world. The birth of a child is a miracle like no other!
“I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world” Jeremiah 1:5
On that day there are so many hopes and dreams. Who will they look like? Who will they take after? What will they be when they grow up? It’s like playing a reel from a film, where we can picture taking them to school for the first time. Prom. First heartbreak. Graduation Day. Their wedding, and maybe even a grandchild.
No parent ever dreams their child will die before them. Among all the dreams we hold close in our heart, this is unimaginable.
One of the things we grieve along this journey is the loss of all the hopes and dreams that went with them when they died.
I always promised Melanie I would make her a special video of her life when she turned 40. Oh, how I wish I had done this for her 30th or 35th! Why do we wait for these milestone days when every birthday is special and meant to be celebrated?
So, today as I remember my beautiful girl and all the birthdays, we were able to celebrate together, I want to share Melanie’s 40th birthday video with each of you. Each member of my immediate family had a hand in making this and for that I am so thankful.
Melanie, we love you to the moon and back! While Jesus has you in heaven, we will always hold you in our hearts. Happy Birthday, my beautiful girl!