We recently had our children dedicated at our church and we wrote each of them a letter that we read aloud on the day of the event. (Here is Sam’s) It was a daunting task as neither of us really consider ourselves to be eloquent writers. But it ended up being a wonderful time of reflection as we remembered those sweet moments before they were born and dreamed of who we hope they become.
Maternity photos are by the lovely and oh so talented Megan Trant Photography.
Our independent, bright, intuitive little girl. Your name is so beautiful and meaningful to us. We named you Eliana because it means God has answered me and you are the physical representation of God’s redemptive story. Our prayer is that as you grow, you will lean on Him and that the truth of those words bring you comfort.
We are constantly being reminded that you are not a mini version of either of us. God has placed your soul into this world with unique purpose and it is our honor to help guide you into the woman He has already called you to be.
Our deepest desire is that you are confident in Who’s you are. That you have a strong understanding of the fact that you are not defined by anyone. God has already declared that you are His princess, so walk in that confidence. Live in such a way that demands the respect you deserve being that you are the daughter of a King.
As a daughter of a King you have access to limitless wisdom and knowledge to equip you in making decisions throughout your life. May you know when to be humble and seek out council from us and others whom you deem as wise.
Do not be persuaded or lead by the voices and promptings of the world. Instead be adventurous and fearless in accomplishing the very things you were created to do.
Always be honest and authentic about your victories, fears and struggles so that they will not hold you captive. By doing this, you will be free to live life in the fullest way imaginable.
Though this world will bring you various troubles throughout your life, may you always look for the joy it holds with each new opportunity you are given.
You have brought pure joy to the both of us and because of you we have grown to be better people. Know that we will always be delighted in you and cherish who you are. You are such a gift and we thank God for the opportunity He gave us to be your parents.
We love you,
Mommy and Daddy