God’s Gracious Gift
My Dear, Sweet, Tenderhearted Hannah,
From the time we knew we were expecting you, we knew you were going to be extra special. We thought long and hard about what we wanted to name you. Daddy and I both nearly immediately agreed on the name Hannah if you were a girl (incidentally Isaac if you were a boy). Hannah means “God’s gracious gift.” Little did I know at the time how much you would live up to the meaning of your name! Oh, what a gracious gift from God you are!!
From birth you have been able to make Daddy and I smile and laugh, and see life through different eyes. You have had the capacity to makes others smile by just a look from the time you were born.
By the time you turned 1, you had perfected the art of touching others with joy. No matter where we were, you greeted every single person with a warm, sweet smile that was so contagious. People would stop in their tracks to come talk to you. You reserved your sweetest smiles and coos for Mommy and Daddy, especially Daddy! You have always been a Daddy’s girl, and I love watching the two of you together. You have such a wonderful mix of girly-girl and Tom-boy!
Your sweet spirit is such a joy to experience. Daddy and I often remember and chuckle about the time you saw America’s Funniest Home Videos for the first time. You were about 2 years old Daddy and I were laughing at the video they had shown and we looked over at you and you were crying! You were so worried about the people in the video who had fallen down, or gotten cake smashed in their face and you felt bad for them. For a long time you didn’t like to watch football because you were worried that the players were getting hurt every time they fell down.
Even today, at the ripe old age of 4, your compassion for others shines through. You are friends with every child you meet, no matter their age, gender, religion or language. You genuinely love people and I am so humbled to watch as you care for your friends.
You have such a zest for life and for fun! You remind me daily that life isn’t life until its silly and fun! Your songs, stories and imaginary people you come up with bring such joy to our family!
Hannah Jane, you are an amazing young lady and I am overwhelmed at how fast the past 4 years have gone. I am so proud, humbled and so very blessed to be your mother. I love you, I’m proud of you and I always will.