Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kaya!

Our Kaya Jade turns NINE today! While most of her baby pictures aren’t on this laptop, I’ll share a few of my favorites of our curly-girlie through the years.

S & K on stone wall

me & Kaya










Our Kaya has always been such a sweet girl.  From the age of two, whenever she would get presents she would immediately give something away to her sister.  She is the kind of girl who, when beating her older sister at Monopoly, asked me if it was ok to share her money with her sister so she didn’t feel bad and so the game would continue longer. She is compassionate and sensitive, creative and vibrant.

But, there is more to her story.  Something that I reflect on often, and especially around her birthday.  You see, when I found out I was pregnant with Kaya, I was scared. I wasn’t sure that Jay and I were going to last. I went to Planned Parenthood, who confirmed my pregnancy and discussed “options” with me. I drove home with my head spinning in a million different directions. Panic and fear and dread all rolled into one. But, suddenly, something fell over me.  A sense of peace, and the words, “You can do this.  You can raise this child.” echoed through my head. I wasn’t a believer then, but I have felt that peace and now know it to be the hand of God.

Kaya is proof that God’s grace isn’t limited to those who believe.  He reached out to me, when I didn’t even believe He existed.  I think about it often. What a miracle that He reached out to me, to reassure me.  I can only praise the Lord.

Thank you, Jesus, for the gift you have given me in this amazing little girl.


Becka said...

Thank you for sharing Kaya's story. I feel like I have watched her grow throughout the years. As if, your family has been a part of my life for these many years, and to read this story, about how God had His hand on your life even while you were running from Him is so beautiful.

I think, perhaps, this is the most beautiful thing you have ever written and Kaya will one day really understand how much God loves her in part, due to this testimony of His grace in her life.

Jessica said...

Way to make a girl cry first thing in the morning. :)

Yay Kaya! She's beautiful.

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing your story...isn't God's grace and love amazing?

She's beautiful! Happy Birthday, Kaya!

faithlikemustard said...

What a beautiful testimony...and a beautiful daughter to boot! Love those curls!!

Amy D said...

What a testimony! Happy Birthday, Kaya. She is beautiful!

Christine said...

Wonderful to read stories like this, of God's love and faithfulness. She is a very beautiful girl!

Jen said...

Isn't is amazing how fast the time flies. My daughter just turned 9 last month. I was sitting with her on the couch this evening and cannot believe how grown up she is becoming!

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