(I began writing this on Tuesday evening (the 20th) only hours after meeting the newest edition to the little Green family. I have since struggled with whether or not to post it. It is an up close and personal look at my heart and that feels scary.
After several of my friends who don’t know Chris and Katie said that it would give them a better understanding of the whole situation, I decided to share it.)
Hallie Lynn Green entered the world via c-section on Monday, December 19th, weighing in at just under 5 lbs. and 18 inches long.
Those of us who know and love this family were unsure what to expect. Buckhead Church was on high alert all day as we waited for updates. The air was somber as there were so many uncertainties.
No one anticipated that Hallie would enter this world the way she did. She truly is a miracle. The only way I can tell you about the experience (through my own eyes), is by writing Hallie this letter.
Dear Precious One,
You are so strong. There were many expectations set for you and you have exceeded them all! You are so amazing!
I had the honor of meeting you today.
You are beautiful.
You are a fighter.
You are light in a dark world.
I, along with so many others have been praying for you since we first knew of your existence in your mother’s womb.
I spent many days praying for a miracle, that the doctors were wrong, that God would show off by defying all odds.
I prayed that you would be healthy and whole.
I pleaded with the Father for what I thought was the happy ending.
He had other plans.
You are a miracle, Darling. You are tangible evidence of a God we can’t see, but trust is there. You are the product of faith lived out.
As I looked at your perfectly round head that fit in the palm of my hand, I marveled at this tiny masterpiece that God had knit together. How silly of me to think that my plans were better than His! How utterly foolish to pray anything other than, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
His ways are not my ways, little one. I can say with great certainty that He knows the end of the story.
At times I want to turn the book to the last page so that I am not surprised by the ending, but that is not how the Master works. The story unfolds as it’s happening and He is never surprised.
Let me tell you a little bit about your mommy. She is one of the bravest women I have ever known. She has shown us all what unconditional love really means. From the beginning, her faith never wavered. She has been a testimony of faithfulness, trust, selflessness and grace.
She trusted the Father implicitly. As her belly grew and people would ask about gender and due date and all of the things they tend to ask a perfect stranger, your mom would smile and say, she’s a Christmas baby.
She has an immeasurable amount of strength and courage. It is evident, my darling, that you too have an immense amount of courage and strength. Thus giving you the nickname “Little Fighter.” That’s what we call you in our house. The boys came up with that name. I think it’s perfect.
I couldn’t get too far into this letter without telling you about your daddy too. He has been strong for you, your mom and your sisters. He has exuded confidence in the promise of God’s word. He has documented, through some amazing pictures, your development in your mother’s womb. He has prayed for you since your conception.
It is not without difficulty that your daddy has walked through this. Men, by nature, are fixers. He could not “fix” this. He could not ensure your safety, he could not plan further than the 24 hours in front of him. He could not protect your mommy’s heart from the uncertainties of the day.
So he did what he knew he could do. He provided a safe place when your mommy needed to cry. He offered stability in the midst of uncertainty. He trusted God with a child that he knew was His to begin with.
There have been many, many tears. These tears encompass the entire emotional spectrum. Disbelief, anger, sadness, acceptance, happiness, confusion, lack of understanding…the list goes on and on little one and it will continue to grow.
Here is what I know, at the end of the day, the Father’s hand has never left you.
As I sit here pouring out what has been so difficult to verbalize, I ask the Father for wisdom and discernment. I ask Him to guide me in the coming days as I selfishly wish for a “Hallie update” every 5 minutes. I ask that He help me when I don’t know what to say, not to say anything at all. There is often times understanding in silence.
You are a blessing, Precious One. A gift. A beautiful example of what God can do when we listen and accept His will for our lives. You’re mommy has taught me so much about what real faith looks like. For that, I am eternally grateful.
There are people on this earth, those who will never meet you or your family and yet they will be in heaven because of the impact that your life has already made.
As I close this letter, I am listening to the rain hit the leafless branches on the trees, as it pours from the sky. I believe that God acknowledges the heaviness of heart in different ways. I would like to think that today, He is showing me in a very tangible way, that He is acknowledging mine.
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Very beautifully said!!
This is so beautiful. I have enjoyed watching Hallie's story unfold in a way that reflects the Father's heart. Thank you for sharing.
Joy: thank you. That was a beautiful capture of our hearts. As a dad, Hallie's life has found incredible purpose(s), and greatly exceeded my already huge expectations. It does not make the pain better, but when I'm feeling good for a minute, I find myself being so proud. Thanks for honoring her, Joy. You've done that a lot for us. Thank you. -Chris green
Thanks for sharing this Joy. So well said. Praying for peace, courage and wisdom as they head home today
This is beautiful Joy…thank you for putting words around this. Precious, precious gift, this little one….
oh my gosh. joy. this is amazing. i am so thankful you got to meet this sweet precious baby girl. this has been such a long road. i am in awe of Katie and Chris and our God. You are right, He is holding them tight and will never let go.love you sweet friend. thank you thank you for writing this.
This was beautiful, Joy. I can't read anything about sweet Hallie without crying, and this was no exception. What an honor that you got to meet her!! Although I may never meet her, that five pound cherub of spunk has changed me too. I hope I can impact as many people in my decades of life as she has in her mere days so far. Hugs!
Oh, Joy. This is so lovely – such a great outpouring of your heart and mine. Thanks for posting it.