Life can change in a moment. One of those moments is when you become a father. Twelve years ago I first laid my eyes on my lovely daughter Julia Rose, and my whole life changed. The first night she was born, I told her everything she needed to know for all of her years as we walked the floor of the ward. She put her little hand into my shirt collar and rubbed my neck gently. Four weeks later at her baptism I became overwhelmed at the feeling of responsibility as I professed before God and family that this child was in my care.
She has had me wrapped around her pinky since then, but never abused that privilege! Last night she had a small party with family and three close friends. It was wonderful to see them play in the yard, make up stories filled with honor, and then hear the cards written by her friends with words of fellowship based in Christ's example.
God blessed us then, and continues to bless us now. But watching the candles burn I could not help but think back to that first hospital cuddle, the first night of walking her to sleep, the first smiles and connecting touch...what a memory..what a wonderful life...
PS Here is one of our first digital photos of my girl two weeks old! Taken with an HP610..lit by Pentax glass!