It isn’t often that someone comes into your life that completely changes your outlook on life and the desires of your heart. It isn’t often that you can say thank you because someone CHANGED your life just by being born!
I can say thank you to a special someone, who happens today to be a 9-year old little girl. If it wasn’t for her, Hannah, most likely wouldn’t be here…..I know, I know, it took more than a 9-year old girl to make Hannah come into existence; but if it wasn’t for Delaney Ferguson…..my heart most likely would have never been changed to want children.
Delaney’s parents and I go WAY back…..her dad Todd and I shared a bed many, many years ago…..in the nursery at Sunday School, (come on people get your minds out of the gutter). Her mother, Christy and I have been friends since graduating high school (23+ years ago). Delaney was born 9 years ago today and she was probably a couple of weeks old when Dennis and I went to visit her. Dennis, of course held her for the longest time as I was very content on just looking at her. Well, if I remember correctly Dennis MADE me hold her…..you see, it was at this time in our marriage that Dennis was REALLY praying hard that God would change my mind about not wanting children. For those that don’t know…..I never wanted kids! I was too selfish to think about sharing my life and being responsible for someone else! Dennis had told me a month earlier that he wanted to start a family and sad to say, I laughed at him and said, “WHAT, you want kids?” To which he replied, “yeah, you don’t?” To which I said, “this cannot be news to you.” Oh boy, this is where I realized that we never discussed having children before we got married….(I strongly recommend everyone talking about this before walking down the aisle). Anyway, I told him that he needed to pray for me that God would change my heart and of course I told him that I would pray that God would change his sooner. HA!
Well, back to him making me hold Delaney……he put that precious angel in my arms and I.COMPLETELY.MELTED! After holding her for a while, I remember looking at Christy and Todd and saying…..”I think I might want one of these things.” Yes, I know she wasn’t a “thing” but I do recall that is what came out of my mouth.
So, today…..I honor Delaney! I am so very thankful that your mom and dad decided to have just one more child (they already had 2 boys). Because of you Delaney, I decided I wanted a baby and so I guess I can credit you in part for Hannah’s existence!
Happy Birthday beautiful Delaney…….I love you and your sweet family so very much!
I also want to give a BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT to my cousin Katie’s little girl Hayes, who turns 1 today! You are a doll Hayes and I wish we lived closer to you! Enjoy your day and DIVE into that cake! We love you and your family!
Until next time……….