No chick, as of yet…but LOTS of activity, and JW and I are over the moon excited to meet our beautiful little girl! Neither of us can wait to snuggle and kiss and love on her! Our own little princess!
On top of meeting her, I am super excited to see Joe become a father!
He has it in him to be SUCH a wonderful father. He is so full of love and patience and has such a good and selfless heart. There aren’t enough people in the world like him, as far as I am concerned, and this world would be a much better place if people would quit caring about themselves, their own opinions, and what they think others should do.
JFK asked Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. As much as I am NOT a socialist (from the standpoint of the government mandating social interactions), I believe that it is the good and Christian thing to do to think of others and truly have a servant’s heart.
This couldn’t be more true, in my opinion, than when interacting with children.
Children should be given the world by those that love them. They should be taught that anything is in reach, that dreams are worth chasing, and that they are truly important to other people. They should be taught to care for others through action and by adults leading by example. They should be taught to find joy in hard work and learning. They should be taught the value of sacrifice, the value of love, and the value of education (by far the most enduring investment).
Mostly, they should not be limited by limited-functioning adults.
So, even though I am away from one of the two people I love more than anything in the world, I know that it is for good cause.
Together, Joe and I will give Ellie access to the world. She will know that she can do anything she puts her mind to, because her parents have done it. She will be taught that she will be treated well, and that she will give to others willingly without expectation or thoughts of personal gain. The best thing anyone can do is to lead by example, and it is our goal to set a good enough example for all of our children.
Sorry to sound preachy…but I’ve been thinking a lot of how we’re going to raise this little girl named Elliott.
I’m excited to be guided and lead down the right path, and I am SO happy to see her turn into the woman that God intends her to be. At the end of the day it is my hope that she is both strong and kind. I hope to raise her to be strong against those who bring harm to others, to fight (like a Marine)…but to also instill a kindness and softness in her heart (like a child psychologist) toward those most deserving and those in need.
And her beautiful Nanna requests that she have instilled in her a love of art and music 🙂
You know, since she’s not even born…and I’m already planning out her life!