Happy Birthday Emma!

It’s hard to believe, but Emma actually turned one-year-old on Friday (1/25)! This year has FLOWN by. It’s hard to immagine, but I know that time will not slow down anytime soon, either. We have taken some time over the past couple of days to go back and look at pictures of this first year. As we look at some as recent as 6 months ago, it’s hard for us to even remember her looking like that! She has changed so much over the months. We don’t even remember her with dark hair, as she had for the first couple of months. I mean, it’s even hard to remember her not being able to walk, and she’s just been doing that for a little over two 2 months!

Anyway, we had a great time on Saturday when we had her first birthday party. It was so funny to watch her reaction to her very own birthday cake. Her eyes lit up and she got this huge, cheesy smile on her face as we gave it to her. Then she just prissyed (sp?) around it for the longest time and just pinched off small pieces of icing to eat. So, Dad stepped in. I took her hand and mashed it down into the cake. She took it from there!
Emma has been a huge blessing to both Erin and I. She is so beautiful and fills our lives with so much joy. Speaking of things we can’t remember, you can add to that list life without Emma. Sure, our lives have changed in so many ways over the past year. The recent commercial is so true when it states that, “a baby changes everything.” But, we would never want to know life without her again. We love her so much and can’t wait to see what God has in store for our family and for her life, in particular.
So, happy birthday, Emma! Mommy and Daddy love you and are so proud of the little girl that you are becoming. We pray for many more wonderful years together, as we watch you grow. We pray that God would keep you safe and healthy as you continue to grow. Most of all, we pray that He would draw you to Himself and that you will place all of your trust in Him as Lord and Savior at an early age. We pray that God would give us wisdom as we raise you to love Him most of all. We pray that you would seek His path and stay on that path as He reveals it to you. Thank you Lord for such a beautiful gift and for such an amazing calling that you have given us to be Emma’s parents.

I Married my bride, Erin, in 2003. We have 3 children: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. I have served full-time on staff at Westwood Baptist Church, in Roxboro, NC, since summer of 2006 as Pastor of Students & Discipleship. I am currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing my Doctorate of Education.

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