Dear Little One, Our Heart Baby:
You are so very much loved. And I believe somehow, even at your young age, you know it.
It is evident in your sweet smile. In your tiny giggle when we play with you. In your inability to hide your excitement when you spot someone familiar. Yes, there is no doubt you are loved, and no doubt you feel that love. And I am so grateful.
I’m grateful God handpicked you for our family. What a privilege to have been chosen to love such a special child.
If not for you we may have never been introduced to other families affected by Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome (#HLHS). We may have never realized the magnitude of children dealing with health issues on a daily basis, nor the impact it has on their families. We may have never truly appreciated having a hospital for children right here in our hometown, nor understood the importance of those great doctors, nurses, and other medical staff devoted to caring for children like you.
It has been an eye-opening experience, sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes filled to the brim with blessing. And as hard as it has been at times, I am grateful.
I’m grateful for the many prayers spoken on your behalf when we first learned of your heart defect. We were so broken, yet we found peace and comfort.
I’m grateful for the prayers voiced during your first open heart surgery and the long recovery that followed. We were scared and anxious, yet peace and strength became ours.
I’m grateful for the continued prayers since then, and for those already whispered on your behalf as we prepare for heart surgery #2. I am especially grateful for those mighty prayer warriors making preparations even now to fall to their knees, lifting you up in prayer at the very time you undergo this surgery. How could I not be thankful for God’s love displayed so beautifully through His people?
In light of that love, this is our promise to you, our precious heart baby:
We will show up for you, even when the going gets tough.
We will pray for you, even when we’re unsure how to pray.
We will love you completely, even if it causes our hearts to break.
We will teach you of God’s wonderful love for you.
And we promise to do these things not just on surgery day, but every single day of your life. Why? Because dear little one, you truly are loved that much.