Monday, June 15, 2009

9 Months Ago

I was going to write a post reminiscing about the day we first held our Li'l Empress in our arms. That is, until I found this post my archives. I'm re-posting it today (in honor of tomorrow's anniversary) because, really, it says it all. And so much more. Grab a tissue.

Today, you get a special treat. The Boss is guest blogging here at "The Gang's All Here!" in anticipation of our first meeting of Aidan. Now, only about 3 hours away. This is why I love this man. He willingly took on this dream, fully embraced it and led our whole family together toward the realization of it. I am honored that he chose this occasion to share his heart here, for you my readers, but most importantly for his daughter. Before he even meets her.

To my precious new baby girl,

We've been separated for what seems like a lifetime, only a dream in your mommy and daddy's heart... until today. We have spent years imagining what it would be like to hold you and kiss you and shower our affection upon you. You've been solely in our hearts, minds and imaginations... until today.

So much preparation, so much prayer, so much excitement, so much time and now we arrive at this perfect and God-appointed moment to meet you, our sweetheart. Strangers to one another... until today.

As we entered your country 4 days ago, your mommy and I were so excited to finally be here and be closer to you. Foreigners in a country in which you were born but knowing that God had a plan for our lives to intersect. Foreigners to one another... until today.

We now only have 3 small hours to wait for you. As I write this, you are getting ready to leave the only place you know as home. Those who have loved you are getting you up, dressing you, feeding you, making you laugh, helping to comfort you so you're not scared. God provided these precious people to take care of you. The only ones who were able to love you in person... until today.

I am so excited to introduce you to your new mommy. She loves you so much. Watching her loving you from a distance; only knowing you from a few short pages and 5 pictures and yet fully loving you. I love to see her heart of love and compassion for you. You are getting a great mommy; the best, in fact. You don't know her, sweetie... until today.

Today, today, today... what a day! You've been ours even before we knew you. You've been ours the last 2 months. But today we meet you, our love. Today we wrap our arms around you. Today we begin to introduce you to the love of your true Father and are so glad that we have that privilege. You don't know your Father in heaven yet but He's been protecting you and watching over you. We can't wait for you to know Him and experience His saving grace. We haven't had the chance to begin showing His love to you... until today!

We're coming for you, honey. Today is a wonderful day.


For some Gotcha Day pics, head here. Keep that tissue handy.


Jessica said...

I remember that post like it was yesterday. I cried then too. Has it really been 9 months. Wow,I am so happy for all of you. I am also blessed to have you in my life Trac. Thanks again for being such a good friend.

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What beautiful words from the King to his little Princess! Such a treasure. I can't believe it has been 9 months already.

Enjoy your day!

TCKK said...

What an awesome letter from daddy to his little girl!

TCKK said...

The Gotcha Day pictures were great also!!!!

Salzwedel Family said...

Oh my! It seems as if it were just yesterday. I loved this post then and now.

heidi @ ggip said...

How special. That picture of her crying in your arms is so precious! I just love it!

Aus said...

Way to go Dad - I think that's probably 'bout what I said then too - and wow it's been that long - seems like it really was only yesterday!

And there is still great joy for you here in Cincy too!

hugs - aus and co.

patricialuann said...

Oh how precious to see this....something she will treasure always. Gosh, I remember when you got her! She has grown so and is just beautiful.

Promises Fulfilled said...

that was so beautiful! I remember reading that and loved it both times! It is truly precious to hear the heart of a father for his daughter...she will teasure that forever.