You'll be here soon. A few hours, days or weeks, I'm not sure, but I feel it. I feel it in the crazy mix of exhaustion and excitement that's pumping through me. You are coming. Together you and I will work you out of the depths of me and into my arms, into our lives, into this family of yours.
You know us all a bit by now. You know we're loud, but you can't yet see we're messy too. You know we love books, you've bounced the many that have rested on my belly. You likely have Goodnight Moon memorized too. You know I sing off-key to your siblings twice a day. You know we love good food, shared round our table. We also love the ocean's spray, the taste of saltwater on our lips. We love to go, to travel, to do, to see this great big world. We also love a whole day at home with no pants on.
You know sometimes my patience runs thin, you've felt my heavy sighs. You've heard me yell, and I'm sorry for that. I will surely need your grace just as you will need mine. This life you're entering, it will be crazy at times. But you know there are those perfect morning moments where we all squish in bed together, nuzzling each other's necks, cozy, warm, and quiet, just basking in our love for each other.
We are family. We are yours and you are ours. Nothing will ever change that.
Here are some of our family phrases, core to who we are. May your ears know them well, before your lips can even form them.
"I'm sorry." We will fail you, frustrate you, hurt you. We are a broken people of this broken world you are entering. But there's another phrase.
"I love you." Know you'll hear that daily, no matter what. May the words never lose their power, may you never for an instant doubt our love for you. These words are fierce and true.
"Thank you." The secret to joy, my dear, is found in thankfulness ... always in all things.
"Yes, Lord." These two simple words. They are what lead us. You'll have your own "Yes, Lord's" to make, but until then, we'll live ours out together.
So, little one, you've felt us dance and you've heard us shout. You've bobbed with our laughter and quivered in our tears. You're already a part of us, but here's the official welcome to the family.
Don't you worry, you will find your place. It will be unique and needed. You don't have to be like me or your dad or your sister or brother. You be you, and we know that we will adore you.
Awaiting your arrival,
P.S. If your sister and brother ever brag about being born abroad, just tell them that you can become president and they can't.