Dear Julia

Dear Julia

Dear Julia,

Can I even start to say how excited I am to meet you?! Everyone at our house is giddy with anticipation. You’re due Easter Sunday, just a week and a half away. Right now, the grass is just starting to turn green, and the last frost might just be behind us.

We held a baby shower in your honor just a few weeks ago. Eighty people came and lavished gifts on Mom, spending thousands of dollars on you both, I’m sure. You’ve got 75 outfits waiting here for you. Last week, we went out and bought your bed, which is currently filled with sweet stuffed animals. Your carseat is way too cute, a gift from a friend, with pink and brown flowers all over it.

I will be fifteen and a half years older than you, Julia. Old enough to get a driver’s permit, which I hope to do over this summer. I can’t help but wonder what will you see in me someday. My heart worries a little that I won’t be able to love on you as much as the others because by the time you’re three or four years old, I’ll be thinking about college! Julia, will you read this post someday? Will you look at this blog and see snippets of your big sister’s heart?

I can’t wait to hold you. I can’t wait to kiss your cheek and whisper “I love you” in your ear. The camera is primed and ready to capture all your sweet smiles, funny faces, and sleepy times. It might sound funny and kinda gross by the time you read this, but I know you know what I mean.

Julia, God’s got lessons for you to learn, and I can’t help but feel so grateful that He chose our parents to share them with you. You will have eleven role models in this house! It’s going to be tough, adding one more bed, one more shelf, one more set of clothes. Yet, by this time, I think our family will always have room for more. We’re ready for you.

Julia, right now, I’m living life without you. I’ve never met you, and I have no idea what you’re going to grow up to be like. For whatever reason, though, I can’t imagine not having you here someday. I already love you so much and I can’t wait to see what Jesus is going to do in your life.

So, sweet beautiful girl, know that I love you and I’m ready for you. I’m praying for you and I know God is going to bless your life. Welcome!

Love,

Aliyah