one of our favorite songs to listen to when you were first born was called, "i get to be the one" by jj heller. our favorite line was, "how so someone so small, hold my heart so tightly? i don't even know you, i love you completely." lincoln tate, daddy and i loved you before we even knew you. and we continue to fall more in love with you each day. we love your big round head and huge gummy smile. we love your chubby knees. we love that you choose to do things on your own terms and we even love your stubbornness. we never understood how much we were missing out on before you arrived. and man, we were missing out.
you have taught mommy and daddy already, so much about god's love. we now understand a little bit clearer god's love for us, because of how much we love you. we hope and pray that we will be able to show you and teach you about god's love as you grow.
lincoln-we pray that you will one day seek god passionately and authentically. we pray that you will have a compassionate heart for others. we hope you will have wisdom and a desire to defend the wronged and those who have been over-looked. and most of all, we hope to help you discover your purpose here on earth in helping to redeem god's kingdom.
most of all, lincoln, daddy and i hope to be faithful examples of god's love for you. we look forward to seeing you grow into the boy, and eventually the man, that god intends you to be. and so, we dedicated you to him this day, whatever his perfect plans may be for your life.
it took over forty weeks for you to grow in my belly. it took over two days of labor for you to transition into this world, but it only took seconds for you to capture our hearts. we love you.
mommy & daddy