Tomorrow, we will celebrate Leland’s second birthday – and truly we respond, Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Leland is the child we prayed for – and the Lord heard us and answered our prayers. He is the child we have learned about how to do life with a child. He is the child over whom I prayed each night for the first year, Lord, preserve his life, a nervous new mom who knew the Lord is best to trust, even if I didn’t know anything else.
For second year of his life, this year shared in a few, captured snapshots, we have prayed that he would learn Jesus’ sweet, wonderful, full love through Tyler and me, so that Leland would love Jesus. Even as we teach Leland to pray, we teach him, Jesus, thank you for loving me. And we pray that as we learn how to discipline, cultivate, correct, play with, and guide our son, that we do it all in love, through the lens of love, led by, undergirded with, and followed through in love.
My heart is full as I look through these moments captured – and I am so so so so excited to enjoy the following year and years to come.