Today she turns 26.
She came into my world in a different way.
Her blue eyes and precious smile captivated me right away.
Her long blonde hair flowing in the breeze.
Her hand tucked snugly into mine.
Bedtime stories and afternoon walks.
These stole my heart.
Along with the father who loved her so.
Years of Field Hockey games, homework, playdates,
road trips to see her in college; all done now.
That precious young child has grown into a beautiful woman.
All the girls.
And then a wonderful young man stole her heart.
But never from her daddy.
And the 2 became one.
On the farm of her birth.
And in God's precious mercy while we mourn the loss of one called home;
we also celebrate the coming of new life.
So happy Birthday Chelsea Davis Brittain.
I may only hold the title of ugly step-mom;
but it's been an honor and one of my greatest joys.
Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.