My sweet Micaila Elise,
We are a few hours short of the moment 8 years ago when you made my lifelong dream of becoming a mommy come true. We have pretty much had all our parenting firsts with you. We said “I love you sweet girl” to you first. We heard you tell us “I love you mommy” and “I love you daddy” first. We experienced the developmental stages from baby, to toddler, to little girl, to now young lady. We had many laughs as you learned how to walk, talk, dance, and play. I’ll never forget your first favorite book that you would “read” to us from memory, Mice are Nice! Or you running around at 2 years old singing “Racing day it’s racing day!” from your favorite show, the Backyardigans. God chose to make you our first born child. This is a high calling with great privilege and responsibility and he chose you, my dear daughter, for this role. We can see very clearly why. God made you a natural born leader but also poured in you an extra helping of nurturer. When you aren’t pestering your siblings with childlike antics you are tender, patient, generous, and compassionate. You are so very helpful with all the little ones in our life. You are playful like your daddy. You take time to teach and guide the people around you. This is an excellent quality to have. Not only do you have an excellent character but you are smart, athletic, strong, and beautiful. I pray you will allow God to cultivate and grow your gifting’s for the glory of His Name. I pray you would protect your mind from the worlds influence and allow Jesus to shape you, your beliefs, and your choices. I pray you would see all God has generously entrusted to you for what they are; His. Just as he has entrusted you to us, yet ultimately, you are His. All that we are and all that we have come from God. I pray you would understand how much he loves you and one day you would choose to completely trust in Him with every fiber of your being. Your daddy and I love you so much, which is why we pray you would grasp God’s great love for you and embrace how he wants to use you in His story. I know you are still so young but I see in you a maturity beyond your years. One evening recently, after spending time in God’s Word, we had a conversation where you admitted your awareness of the sin nature we are born with. You recognized the difficulty in resisting sin and the desire to “cling to what is good”. You are a critical and deep thinker. 🙂 You also have an excellent memory and a knack for being insightful. God wants to use all your gifts to bring people into relationship with him. Make it your ambition in life, not to be the best or most popular or the winner, but in all humility before God to be used by Him in whatever capacity he sees fitting. I hope you know how proud you make us. I hope you know that there is nothing that will ever take our love for you away. Daddy and I are not perfect parents but we serve the perfect Parent, God, and he teaches and guides us in loving you.
Micaila, We pray that God would do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine in you. (Ephesians 3:20) That he would equip you with everything good for doing His will. (Hebrews 13:21) And that He would enlighten the eyes of your heart that you would know the hope to which He has called you. (Ephesians 1:18) We pray out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And we pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:17-18)