Monday, February 2, 2009

Ella is 2!

February 2, 2007
Eleanor Cash is born

and two years later... she's been saying "I two!"

My baby girl is now 2! All at once it has flown by but seems like she has been in my heart forever. As I put Ella to bed tonight, I prayed over her a prayer of thanks to God for her precious life. I'm forever grateful that he saw fit to give her to us even though we weren't seeking her. Read here to find out more about how Ella burst into our lives. Time and time again God has revealed the sovereignty of his perfect timing to me, and the giving of this sweet little girl to us is certainly no exception. God used Ella to "turn my mourning into joy and comfort me and make me rejoice after my sorrow..." Jeremiah 31:13 and he uses her, along with her big brothers, to give me "a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Just before we found out we were expecting Ella, God showed me this verse that just sort of ran around in my brain constantly, and at the time drove me a little crazy.

At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Ephesians 5:20

I wondered: was I supposed to thank God for my dad's death? With some healing and acceptance behind me now, I can be thankful - my dad was healed and soon my daughter was born. And in my heart I know she was born, for one thing, because my dad died.

My precious Ella,

You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I thank God for the gift that you are, knowing that every good and perfect gift is from him and him alone (James 1:17). In your two years, God has used you in a mighty way in the life of your momma - in you he gave me a new reason to rejoice and, with your groovy little self, he has certainly set my feet to dancing! I just adore you and your wonderful spirit. Know that I spend much time in prayer over your life. I pray every night that God will draw you near and fill you with his love. That you will love him all the days of your life. I pray for his protection over you and for him to pour his love and wisdom into me, so that I can be the mother that you need. That he will always remind us of who he is, as we do not know what lies ahead of us. Oh, Ella, I can hardly wait to see what else God has planned for you. Love him and share him. May the bolts of your gates be iron and bronze, and your strength in him equal your days (Deuteronomy 33:25). Always remember that he is enthralled with your beauty, so honor him because he is your Lord (Psalm 45:11).

I'll love you forever.


tamara said...

A precious baby girl... Happy Birthday, Ella!

The Khans said...

Happy Birthday Ella. What joy she has in those pictures. A contagious smile for sure.

Erika said...

Happy Birthday Ella!

carrie said...

I know that she was an unexpected gift that has blessed you and your family! Happy Birthday, Ella!