Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Beautiful Little Woman turns 11

So much has happened in the little life of my oldest daughter.

Her journey began 11 years ago today, in not so good circumstances. Though I did not know her then, I can guarantee she was a fighter. She came into this world weighing 4pounds and measuring 16 inches. She appeared little, but inside she was gargantuan.
Joustled from home to home, there was not much stability in her life.

We met her 20 months later; she moved in a couple months after that meeting. Already having two rambunctious boys, little "Marie" brought a much needed respite to the Ponderosa. There were many hurdles for this little one to overcome. Developmentally she gained 15 months in the first 6 months she lived in our home. One and one-half years after she became our daughter, we discovered she had
ACC. This added to the already present struggles, which included, FAE.

But my girl is a fighter. She has confounded the doctors time and again. God has truly performed many miracles in her little body.

When thinking about my precious now 11 year old, these are the things that come to mind:

~ always thinking of others
~ deep, insightful prayers that are way above her age capabilities
~ sweet spirit
~ inner driving that pushes her to not give up
~ her desire to be a mommy one day (I like to remember this one as the righteous anger builds up in me of the memory of our OLD pediatrician giving me the "talk" concerning birth control for HER, at 8 years old, stating that, "She won't ever be able to take care of children". This Dr. doesn't know my God!)
~ hearing her sing during chores

~ Most of all, her reading the Bible, something that other doctors said she would never be able to do.

Much time has passed. Many special memories have passed, too. But we continuing making them. Our sweetie and her love for Jesus make each day worth the struggles of teaching her.

Things are hard for her...lots of times....but I keep reminding her that Jesus can do far more than anyone ever expects...even in her little life.

Happy Birthday, Princess Star, Mookey Bear! We love you!


Anonymous said...

Dear Sis - Your post on my precious niece Esther brought me to tears. How can someone not believe in God when they hear her story. She is a miracle in every sense of the word. Her heart is bigger than most. I love the pix too - she is growing up so fast! Ugh. Happy Birthday Sweet Esther! We love you.
Auntie Jen, Uncle Roger and the boys

The Homesteading Apartment said...

What a beautiful story and a beautiful girl (: Such a testimony of God's love, not just for this sweet one but for all of us.

Her courage and strength will do great things in the world! I love it when God has these awesome plans for His children...plans that seem impossible, plans that confound the "wise" of this world. The love your family shares is an inspiration.

I will be praying for your little one (not so little anymore) that God continues to amaze the world through her spirit, her love of Him and all that He has in store for her. Thank you for sharing your story (:

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Happy Birthday! What a beautiful gift from God :)

Stacey said...

Your daughter is just beautiful, inside and out. Thank you for sharing this post with us. Our God is an awesome God!
Stacey <><