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On June 20, 2015 at 6:21am, baby Emma Ruth Reid was born. She immediately stole our hearts and there are no words to describe the love I feel for her. She is my heartbeat.

I am overwhelmed with emotions as she is one year old today. The months go by ever too quickly. Each day is a new adventure in motherhood. It’s not easy but it’s the best job in the world. The early years are so precious and I want to cherish every moment that I get to cuddle her, love on her, train her and watch her grow. I’m not sure how I will be able to stop calling her “baby Emma” as she is now a toddler. It just doesn’t seem possible that she can be a toddler already. I must let go of the desire to keep her a “baby” and embrace this next phase. I know it’s going to be so much fun as she will be able to communicate more, start running around and becoming more independent. Ready or not, bring on toddlerhood!

Also, today is extra special…because in addition to Emma turning one, we told her that she is going to be a big sister!!! 🙂 I am 11 weeks and 4 days pregnant, due January 4th, 2017. There may be a baby on Christmas or New Years! So if you have been wondering why I’ve been MIA for the past month, this is why. I haven’t been feeling well so I’ve just been resting as much as possible while chasing Emma around. Nausea and dizziness aside, I’m going to do my best to get back in to the blogging routine. X {Below is an open letter from me to Emma}

To my dearest baby girl,

I love you with every breath in my being. You came in to this world and stole our hearts. We dreamed of you and waited for your arrival with great anticipation. You bring joy when there is sorrow and you bring light when there is darkness. You are perfect, created by your heavenly Father. You have a great destiny! I wish I could keep you from the hurt and trials of this world, but I know it’s impossible. So know, my sweet girl, that I will always fiercely love and protect you as long as I breathe. I will be your biggest cheerleader. I will be here with open arms whenever you need me. Always be passionate and brave, have courage to stand up for what you believe in and know your worth. Be humble, kind, compassionate and quick to forgive. In the words of Tim McGraw, “bitterness will keep you from flying” and that couldn’t be more true. I want you to soar in this life and embrace each day. Don’t let anything hold you back. You are already so strong and full of personality and I know you will grow up to be an extraordinary woman. I thank God everyday for giving me the honor and privilege of being your mama. Happy 1st Birthday, my darling.