My dear little Finny,
There has not been a dull or quiet moment since you entered our world and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Your happy, high pitched, prolonged squeals have filled our home for a year now and as we celebrate your first birthday, we praise God who answered our prayers by giving you life, sustaining it and bringing you safely into our arms on November 13th, 2014.
You are a delight my precious daughter, a wonderful balance of sweet and spunky, feisty and fun. You smile and blow kisses to anyone who will look your way for more than 2 seconds, you eagerly clap and wave (backwards) on command, and you love to show a captive audience where your nose is or how big you are. You will snuggle in close when it is time to eat or if you are extremely tired, but the rest of the time you are too busy to cuddle out of fear that you may miss something. You don’t miss a beat and are eager to learn all that you can about the world around you. You are close to walking on your tiny (3-6 month size) feet, you insist on feeding yourself and you just recently learned (from your brother) how to say “baby” and “football”.
You keep up quite well with your big brother and hate for him to be out of your sight. You don’t seem to understand that you are smaller than he is and fascination fills your eyes as you watch every move he makes and ambitiously seek to follow him, no matter how risky the endeavor. You are a tough little sister. It doesn’t take long for you to get back up after being knocked down by his overbearing hugs or his clumsy but lovingly delivered kisses upon your forehead. He loves you and you love him but the concept of sharing is currently proving difficult to grasp for both of you. You have zero tolerance for him taking something from you and you loudly and clearly inform him of your disapproval. Despite the fact that your brother often sends you crawling to mommy in frantic rage, he is your hero and you quickly forgive him, moving on to laugh and together explore the world around you. I am so grateful you have each other and will never remember life without the other by your side. Though little, you have big emotions. You feel things deeply-both happy and sad. When excited, your joy bubbles over touching everyone around you and making them smile. When upset, your frustration can be heard within a mile radius-making everyone that wish they had ear-plugs. Despite the volume of your displeasure, I am thankful that God has wired you the way he has and my prayer is that you would use it to glorify him. I pray that you would feel strongly by loving what is good and hating what is evil. I pray that you would enjoy deeply all the good that God has made but hate darkness and fight against it with the light of Jesus. May you be a woman of compassion, easily moved by the hurt of others and spurred on towards helping and showing the hope found in Jesus. I pray that God will give your daddy and me wisdom and patience as we learn to walk with you in your emotions and teach you. You are beautifully and wonderfully made my sweet and spunky girl. May you be a woman who honors God in what you say, feel, think and do, but also a woman who runs quickly to his throne of grace when you fall short. Your heavenly Father is gracious and offers forgiveness again and again through Jesus’ death on the cross. May you find forgiveness and rest in Jesus, my precious daughter, and trust his goodness and mercy to follow you all the days of your life.
Happy birthday Finley Grace, we are so thankful you were born!
Daddy, Mommy and big brother