Monday, February 24, 2014

Abigail Thérèse

Two years ago today we checked into the hospital at 6pm to start our induction at 36 weeks and 5 days. I think this date, February 24th, will be forever etched on my heart. For me the 24th marked the end of the race. I crawled,cried, and dragged myself through her pregnancy and reaching the 24th felt like victory. Still to this day when I'm asked what day her birthday is, I automatically want to reply-the 24th, even though its the 26th. For me the 24th is the day her pregnancy ended and I could finally say that I had kept her alive all those months.

Looking back I cannot believe we have come so far since she has been born. I feel like a new person, someone much more whole than I was two years ago. Abigail has been a balm on my heart that was so broken. She is our joy and light.

Her actual birthday is this Wednesday. There is something about birthdays since losing Caleb. I feel  so grateful to be able to celebrate a birthday with parties, trips to chuck e cheese, cake and presents as opposed to visiting the cemetery and letting a few balloons go. Abigail's birthday is one of the biggest highlights of my year and I just keep thanking God for the gift of her. I'll share a video here that we are going to show at Abigail's birthday party. Enjoy!

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I picked this song to go with the slide show not because I'm a Twilight fan (which I'm not) but because I loved the words...."I have died every day waiting for you..." Every day we waited for her felt like I was dying but then she came and taught me how to live again. Thank you Jesus for our daughter!

Here is the Scripture that I read every day during Abigail's pregnancy. It gave me constant hope:

Psalm 126
"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
then we thought we were dreaming
Our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues sang for joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them." 
The Lord had done great things for us, Oh how happy we were!
Restore again our fortunes, Lord, like the dry stream beds of the Negeb.

Those who sow in tears will reap with cries of joy!
Those who go forth weeping, carrying sacks of seed,
will return with cries of joy carrying their bundled sheaves."

1 comment:

  1. Oh, RyAnne, she's so beautiful - no wonder she lights up your days. I can't believe how big she is already! So many adorable pictures!! Happy almost-birthday Abigail!

    PS - I love the words to that song, too. I've got it on my Alana playlist specifically for, "Darling don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years, I will love you for a thousand more."