You turn 1 today, and it
has been a bit emotional for me. Excitement as I prepare to celebrate, ennui as I think of how fast the year has gone, and a little guilt for how little I have documented this first year of life for
you. Believe me daughter, it hasn't been for a lack of things to say, for you are always learning and doing something new. So today, I wanted to return to the blog, and tell you just what this past year has meant for me.
When we brought you home from the hospital, I was amazed at how perfectly and immediately you fit into our family. Those first peaceful days were dreamy and wonderful, and honestly, I feel as if they never ended. You have grown into this beautiful, sweet child that brings a peace to the whole household.
I have fallen in love with you, my little Naomi. I have watched your personality develop this past year. I can tell already that you have a gentle spirit. But not in that "wall-flower" type way. You are so playful and always ready to have fun. You smile does something to my heart - it just makes me feel good.
I am sitting here, and thinking about why we chose your name. And I am so glad it fits. At first, I wasn't sure I liked the meaning of
Naomi for you. Naomi is a Hebrew name, meaning "Pleasant." I almost thought it was too boring, or too plain of a meaning. But as I get to know you, I see what a blessing that quality is. You have this amazing ability to calm my spirit, and I pray that quality will continue to develop as you grow into the woman God will have you be. You middle name is Abri, a French word for "shelter." I know, it seems kind of weird and meaningless, but I promise it is not. L'Abri is an organization, begun by Francis Shaeffer, offering a physical and emotional refuge for Christians in Europe. Your Daddy and I wonder if your gentle spirit will manifest in your life in a similar way. Perhaps friends will find in you a supernatural comfort; a Pleasant Shelter.
Well NayNay, it has been an awesome year with you. I really have loved every moment. You are such an amazing person already (and you can't even talk yet!) I look forward
to watching you grow, physically, mentally, and spiritually. You have won my heart, mi Noemi.