Today was Baby Day at the Hunter Hills congregation of the church of Christ and we were present. It was a wonderful experience and my heart overflowed. This was a public confession of faith for the parents and bore witness to their desire to raise the child up in the love and knowledge of our Lord. There was a total of seven babies. Of course, our favorite by a bit was Elle ~ any wonder?! Here's part of what her parents had to say ~ Their prayer ~
"We thank you so much for Elle and the blessing that she is to our family . . . We know, Father, that she is yours and that you know the number of her days. We pray that you will be with her and keep her safe and healthy. We pray that her life will be filled with Your Spirit and that she will possess your fruits . . . We pray for Elle's future husband, Father. We pray that you prepare him to love our baby girl as she should be loved and care for her the way she deserves to be cared for. Most of all, Lord, we pray that he will love You and lead her and their family to an eternal reward with You one day . . . Father, we pray that you will help us and her brothers to be good examples for Elle, helping her to develop a love and relationship with You . . .Most of all, Father, we pray that Elle will act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, her God . . . "What Elle Means to Her Family ~
"Elle is an answer to prayer . . .We prayed long for a little girl and were elated to find out that that prayer was going to be answered . . . Elle means an opportunity for us to raise a sweet girl up into a Godly woman . . . Elle means a sweet sister for her brothers . . . Elle means pink and polka dots and frills for her Mommy . . . Elle means a new opportunity for her Daddy . . . An opportunity to love as only a Dad can love a daughter . . . sweet kisses and tea parties . . . Elle means an absolute, perfect completion to our family."
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We love you, Miss Elle. Elle Belle as your mother so lovingly calls you. We are blessed to be a part of your world. You have come into a family that is at times a bit silly, and a lot loving. There will never be a time that you won't find one of us wanting to help you with a problem or to just give a hug. You are surrounded not only by His angels but with those of us here on Earth that will protect you with everything we have within our power. You are loved. You were wanted. You are special. You always will be.