Like Emeline's, we did make a dedication video. But this time, we shared the day with two other kids--so we made a joint one. For their privacy, I won't share the video, but you can just know it was way cute.
Just visualize adorable babies, from birth to current age--you know, pics that make momma's uterus' ache to music that makes you sob. Kidding, sort of ;)
Declan and I wrote a joint letter and read it to Lucy aloud. I'm keeping it here so it's etched into the internet for all times. And, I'm sure to lose the word doc at some point, I always do.
(what I read in pink, declan's in blue)
Dearest Lucy Girl,
From the moment we found out our family would be growing, we were excited. We were filled with anticipation of who this little person inside me would be. We were filled with emotions and overwhelming happiness, and sometimes moments of worry and fear—but mostly, just joy.
When we found out that you were in fact, a girl, a little sister for Emeline, we were elated. Two girls, two precious girls—we felt like the luckiest people alive.
When you arrived, the most surreal sense of peace came over me as I held my second little girl. I just knew you were ours, meant to be in our family from the beginning of time, and that God formed you to be uniquely you. I felt my whole heart fully embrace yours. I watched as you instantly stole not only mine, but your daddy’s heart, too. You two are quite the pair.
When Emeline met you for the first time, it was the most beautiful, accepting, full-heart-bursting moment of my life. Everyday I am blessed by the sweetness that is your sister relationship.
We named you Lucy Elizabeth. Lucy simply means Light. Or, maybe I shouldn’t say “simply”, because being a Light, which is what you are—is a gift. Your eyes are bright and sparkle. You have the ability to connect soul to soul. And you bring smile and joy to those around you. You illuminate, Lucy dear, our little light. Elizabeth is a middle name you share with me and your Mom-Mom and it means God’s Promise.
As your daddy, I want you to always feel beautiful. You, your sister and your mom are the most beautiful girls I know. I don’t want anyone to tell you otherwise. I want you to feel secure in my love and protected always. From your first fall to your first heart break. I want you to know that I am always here for you. To comfort you and to be a rock you can lean on.
Lucy, as your parents, we are blessed that God entrusted us to this role. We feel honored and privileged to be called Ma-ma & da-da by you. We promise to protect you to the best of our ability, show you unconditional love, teach you about Jesus and all his wonderful ways, and pray into your life even from the youngest age. We promise to nurture you, give you endless hugs and kisses, embarrass you from time to time, and teach your heart how to trust. Through all the ups and downs that may come your way in life, we pray you learn that God will never leave you nor forsake you.
We love you, Lucy.
Mom & Dad
(photos are all courtesy of my sister in law, Lyryn!)