Dear Anna Kate,
Today may be the day that you become a big sister. I know that you have been waiting on this day for a very long time. I hope that you continue to be excited about your role as a big sister. Sometimes you will not be happy about it, but remember that as long as you have a sibling, you have someone who loves and admires you. You will always have a friend.
Being a big sister is a very big responsibility. From now on, whether you like it or not, you will always have someone watching you. There is forever someone who will look up to you, depend on you, and most likely get on your nerves. You might not have asked for it, but it's the curse of being born first. It is very important for you to always remember the influence that you have on your brothers and sisters lives.
I pray that you have a kind and compassionate heart that is willing to help others, especially those closest to you; your siblings. That being said, it is also just as important for you to let your brothers and sisters make their own decisions and their own mistakes. It isn't your job to boss them around and tell them what they should and should not do. Leave that to Momma and Daddy. It is your job, however, to be a good/positive role model who is also a good friend.
Your sister is a very lucky girl to have you. I pray that even in bad times that you both remember what a special, lifelong bond siblings have.
I love you always,
Dear Emmalee Rae,
We are patiently awaiting your arrival sweet pea! You are two days late. I can see that being born on your Aunt Casey's birthday would be perfect already, because she is always on her own schedule just like you.
Everyone is very excited to meet you. We all wonder what or who you will look like; what your temperament will be like. Your big sister, Anna Kate, has been asking to hold and cuddle you for weeks now. Let me tell you, you are definitely blessed with an amazing big sister.
I want you to know that you have been prayed for from the moment that you were conceived. Momma and Daddy love you and cannot wait for that love to multiply when we are holding you in our arms. We have prayed for your health and for a safe delivery. We have also prayed that you will grow into a beautiful Christian young woman.
I cannot speak for your Daddy's personal prayers, but I know that I have prayed that you see the Godly example that we try to set every day and that you would desire to have that same relationship with Jesus. I pray that you are smart, funny, outgoing, kind hearted, compassionate, and caring. I pray that you have a sweet spirit and a servant's heart. I pray lastly that you are strong and independent.
I cannot wait to meet you and to see what the Lord has in store for your life.
I love you always,
6 days ago