I can't believe our little girl is already 11 months old. I know it is so cliche but it really does go by fast. I just think about our 4 pound 8 ounce tiny baby we brought home and didn't know what to do with. Now, she is crawling around, pulling up and yelling in the stairwell. She is full of life and personality. I am so thankful to have her and feel more complete with her in my life. She teaches me how to love and how to be loved. Even when I get frustrated with her, she stills wants me and smiles when I walk in the room. She is curious, loud, and funny. She will smile at strangers and blow kisses to her grandparents. Wow, what did we do for fun before her? We must have been very lazy :)
Today, we went to church with my mom. During worship, she yelled in approval and clapped with delight. I sang in her ear and she "hummed" along. My prayer is that she would always respond to worship. Not just because of the music but because in scripture it says that "in His presence is the fullness of joy." It also says in scripture that "the joy of the Lord is our strength." So I am not just praying that she would be a "happy" person but I am praying that she would be strong. So many times we see joy as happy-go-lucky, smile at everything, I'm just a door mat kind of person. But obviously God sees joy as something to contended with. He knowns that when we have joy, we have a hidden weapon. No one can steal it, you can't manipulate it, others can't make it go away.
Wow, I didn't even realize the power of my own prayer for my daughter. :) I pray that she does have that inner strength and she does hear the heart of the Lord every time she enters into a worship service. That Havah would musically be able to express her heart to the Lord and He would whisper the depths of His heart to her.
So happy 11 months, Havah Joy! We love you,
Mommy and Daddy