We received Abby's book that we (a collective we--so many of you contributed!!) made her on Friday, and let me tell you...it is beautiful! I can't wait to show it to many of you, but until then, I figured that I would share some excerpts. The vast majority of those who contributed have not met Abby, and some have not even met us before, but the love and sincerity that is portrayed in their writing is evident. Thank you to all who contributed!!
"...We are inspired by your strenth and it has been so special to share in the miracle which is your life..."
"...Through your parents' words and actions, you have opened eyes (mine included) to see the glory of God and have us longing for Him more..."
"...You are so LOVED!! You are a daughter of the KING!..."
"...I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, briging something we must learn and we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them and we help them in return..." (From "For Good" in the musical Wicked)
"...May everyone reading this find at least one moment to experience and enjoy those miracles. For you truly are a miracle, Abby!..."
"...You have secured a place in my heart and it amazes me that as little as you are, you are a hero, and so strong. You are fighting your own battles, in your own way and God has a plan for you and you are his Little Joy to be our miracle..."
"...But most of all we have praised God for the work that He is doing in the lives of those of us around you and those who know of you..."
"We have never met you in person but feel that we know you. We have been praying for you daily for months and will continue to do so..."
"...God knew exactly who your family would be before you were born..."
"...Abby, I want you to know how deeply you are loved by so many caring and loving people..."
"...Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops--at all..." (Emily Dickinson)
"...Your journey inspires us to make each and every day count..."
"...During the short time since your birth, you have been living proof of God's miracles..."
"...You are also teaching all of us more about love..."
"...What I didn't know until after you were born is how special of a gift you were going to be to so many others!..."
"...You are a fighter, just like your mom and your grandma!..."
"...God's creative abilities knows no boundaries..."
"....Love is a special gift and you are so surrounded by it hands down!"
"...You are a constant reminder of how God uses all of us even if we feel that we are small and not significant..."
"...Your courage and determination for life has been and will be an inspiration and demostration of the love of God for a long time..."
"...Thanks also to your parents, who in their love for you and your brother, share your journey with a world of people hungering to know and see God's movement..."
"...You encourage us to choose joy and to remember that through prayer and petition, all things are possible with God..."
"...I think your brother summed it up the best, "Our God is Greater!" I'm sure that he has sung that to you about 10,000 times. Amen to that!..."
"...Your bright eyes and long hair are so sweet and when you smile that little mouth is so cute..."
"...Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations..." (Jeremiah 1:5)
"...You have one of the best big brothers ever. He has adored you every moment of your life. He was never intimidated by being in a big scare place like the hospital. He was just focused on being able to see his new baby sister..."
"...Always know that no matter what you face in this world, be it medical, emotional, physical, or just the growing pains of childhood,, as long as you stand firm in your faith, you will persevere..."
"...Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requestions to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 4-7)
The books ends with this quote, which I absolutely love:
"When God wants to change the world, He sends a baby. And then, He waits."
There's so much more to this book, but I hope you've enjoyed reading a bit of it. We will enjoy it forever and can't wait for Abby to be old enough to understand the love that has been written.