A Special Day: Hopes and Dreams

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!

Published by pat

Mom. Wife. Honey. Jesus-Girl. Love to travel, cook, make beautiful things grow and spend time with family & friends.

15 thoughts on “A Special Day: Hopes and Dreams

  1. What a beautiful and sad video. I’m so sorry that her weakness overtook her life and didn’t allow her to live more years. It’s so tragic. She and those who love her have been robbed of what could have been. Your diligence to remember the best parts of her life is a wonder to behold.

    1. Thank you. Melanie’s disease did manage to take her life on this earth, but in the end, love won!! She is with Jesus in heaven and we will always remember the best of her. 💜

  2. A beautiful tribute and remembrance of your precious daughter Pat. Blessings always, Jean and Ted

  3. Beautiful girl, beautiful son, beautiful family. How fortunate you all are to have had Melanie in your lives.

  4. I love how you were able to celebrate and remember your daughter on her birthday. I started watching the video but had to stop before the first verse was even over. That is one of my special songs that reminds me of my Jace. It’s killing me to think Jace’s birthday is almost here. I wish I had your strength.

    1. Thank you, Aimee. My hope and my strength all comes from my faith in Jesus. He is here for you too, mama. It’s still a journey chock full of ups and downs. The downs are not as often or as intense but the missing will never end. Hugs to you.

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