Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dear Baby Gilliam,

I know I have only known of you for the last few months, but I am already so excited for you to enter this world! Your daddy and I can't wait until we can see your beautiful face and touch your tiny hands! I thank God everyday for the opportunity to grow you and help you become big and strong.  I can promise you, even though I don't really have an experience yet, that I will love you with every aspect of my being. I will protect you when I need to, and let you take steps alone when you need to. I hope to be able to teach you everything that I have learned from my mom and more! It is my dream for you to grow up free to do whatever it is you love.

I know that I haven't met you yet, but I can't wait to get to know your personality. I know you'll probably be a little stubborn, since we both are :), and I hope compassionate.  I want to teach and inspire you to see the world through the eyes of the Lord. I want you to see the beauty and happiness in the world, not just the bad.  I want you to experience all that you can and whatever you can't experience, to dream about.  I pray that the Lord gives you a heart for the people around you and to love all.

I pray that you grow up with a strong relationship with the Lord. I know that it's always a journey, but I will aim to push you and encourage you towards a love and passion unlike any other! I pray that God will protect you and keep you safe and use your life to bless anyone around you.

You know, I'm a little scared though. This is something I have never experienced and I know that I will do some things wrong, and when I do, I hope you forgive me.  I know that I won't always have the answers when you ask, but I promise that I will always listen to you when you need it the most. Although I don't yet know what joys and hardships you life may bring, I continue to pray that the Lord will give me the peace and patience to handle any situation. I can promise you that I'll mess up, but I can also promise you that I will always be here to clean those messes up.

I can't wait to meet you, my love! My love for you grows with each passing day and I know that will continue as you grow. I know I will always want to protect you from the world around you and at times, it will be hard to let that go, but I pray that I will make the decisions that will best help you become a part of this wonderful world.

I continue to pray for protection and strength as you grow. I pray that I will know the right decisions to make each step of the way and for clarity when needed. I thank the Lord that I am surrounded by amazing women to learn from and look up to! I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to grow up learning all the things I have and for the foundation I have been given. I know that I don't know it all and I realistically never will, but as I learn and grow I will work to help you learn and grow in this life as well.  Thank you Lord for this amazing addition to our family, and I pray for the strength and safety as the next few months progress!

Not too much longer until I will get to meet you, and I seriously can't wait! Your daddy and I are preparing and getting everything ready for you. We can't wait til the day we get to see you for the first time! Until then, I will love, protect, and care for you, and pray the Lord will continue to bless this pregnancy.

With mountains of love,
Your mommy, Erica



Anonymous said...

Erica, that was so beautiful! I hope you print that on some pretty paper, sign it by hand, & put it in a scrapbook!! So thankful for social media that allows me to keep up with you and your life! Praying the pregnancy goes healthy and you bring home an adorable, healthy baby!

-Claire Troyer

Jill Savage said...

This is beautiful, Erica. You will be such a good mommy.



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