July 2, 2015
Your cousin Madelyn was born last week! By the time you read this, the two of you might be teenagers (which makes my mind feel like it’s going to explode), but right now she’s a tiny little thing…only 5 pounds and 10 ounces when she popped out. And you’re even smaller. If she’s anything like Aunt Stephanie and if you’re anything like me, I just know that Madelyn is going to be such a blessing in your life. I grew up laughing and acting silly and trying things I normally would have been way too scared to try, and it’s mostly because of Aunt Stephanie. I hope and pray the same for you and Madelyn, even though it’ll be different with a boy and a girl. Love her and protect her and stand up for her when you need to. She’s going to be your first friend and she’s going to love you so much, I just know it. Make sure you listen to her and let her teach you things; she doesn’t have cooties, I promise. 🙂 Watch out for her always, sweetheart. She’s going to need a cousin like you, just like you’ll need a cousin like her. God planned our families so that the two of you would grow up together — don’t take that for granted.
Every time I see pictures of Madelyn or get to hold her and spend time with her, I get even more excited to meet you! I know it’s probably not very cool to have your mom talk about how excited she is to spend time with you, but too bad. I am excited — more excited than I’ve ever been for anything else in my life. You’ll understand someday when, Lord willing, you have kids of your own. There are so many things I can’t wait to experience with you, my first baby. I’ve thought about you and prayed for you since before I even knew your dad. And now, look how close we are! We’re going to meet face to face so soon. My heart can hardly handle it.
I pray for you, right now, that you will be a light for Jesus in this world. I pray you have boldness and wisdom in more ways than I’ve ever had and that you use your gifts and talents for Jesus and His kingdom. I pray that your entire being longs for and searches after your Savior. I pray that He blesses your life as much as He’s blessed mine (maybe even more!) and that He uses you to bring the truth of the Gospel into the culture around you, no matter how scary it might be. Most of all, I pray that you grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord (something my dad always prays for me and now I understand why). He is your rock, always.
I love you SO MUCH, Jameson. I love you and I’m proud of you, my boy. Thanks for making me a mommy. 🙂
P.S. We’re in the last trimester! Only a few more months to go!