a few things you should know about your parents.

lil' bambina,

i've been thinking. and there are a few things you should know about your parents before you arrive.

let's start with papa:
he has a lot of women in his life…family that is. he learned how to treat a woman well from an early age. he even gets better at it all the time. with you, it will probably come entirely naturally to him. he tells me that he can’t wait to see you giggle and just snuggle you on his chest. which is basically my favorite thing to imagine, ever. it may be a long time before you fully understand how lucky you are to have him as a dad. at which point, you should try to find a man who will be that kind of dad to your kids. wow, that’s a crazy thought. let’s not go there yet, actually.

he may throw you in an opti before you feel ready—he’ll want you to get over your fear of the water at a young age. you’ll probably be scared your first time or two, but i know he’ll stay close by to make sure you feel safe. and i’ll insist you wear a full-body life jacket to make sure you are safe. seeing you sailing for the first time—that will be a proud moment for him. even if you capsize like your mamma did her first time. it’s cool. i’ll panic, and freak out. but it’s cool.

the littlest things make your papa happy. quality time might be his biggest love language. so just be sure to always give him some good quality father-daughter time. whether it’s bath times, diaper changes, or little dates with him as you get older (make him take you for ice cream…he’ll never say no! it’s a family policy). trust me, you’ll never regret spending time on daddy-daughter dates. of all the memories, they will always be some of the sweetest.

and as for me,

i like to understand situations--the what, why, how, who. i like to know why people thought or did certain things. maybe this is because i want all things to be rational (ha). sometimes this can be frustrating for me...and others. there will probably be a lot about you i don't fully understand at first, but by golly will i be trying hard. i am already praying that i have patience when things are just down right confusing to me. or when i have no idea what you are trying to tell me. or when i think your baby self is acting irrational...please, have patience with me too.

i love to snuggle. so so much. i have since i was born. so i am really hoping you are a snuggler too. just tell me if you think i ever take mandatory mamma-daughter snuggle time too far--we can try to arrange something that works for both of us. but in all seriousness, one of my greatest love languages in physical touch--particularly in the form of snuggles! i just think you should be aware of that.

the most important thing you should know about us is that we love Jesus. a lot. i hope you can tell that from the beginning. although i know there will be days where it sure doesn't show. we want to teach you about Him and how much He loves you and everything He has done for you...but it will take time to understand it all. just know it will always be ok to have questions. to ask questions. to doubt things. and to spend time working through it all. you don't have to love Him because i do. or because your dad does. or because anyone tells you you should. but we do hope (with everything in us) that you do come to love Him. it's pretty hard not to once you know Him. and once you know how very very very much He loves you. i pray for this every single day. and i think i always will. it's a mamma thing. you'll understand someday too.

so there's just a little bit about us. 
i hope you are cool with us being your parents. 
we are pretty stoked that you are our daughter. 
and can we please meet you already??? just kidding, you should probably stay in there for another 10 weeks or so.

*photo by earthen vessels.


  1. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! Heather.vonstjames(at)gmail.com Thanks!!

  2. i really love this post, especially the sentiments about wanting her to know Jesus but not being able to MAKE her love him. AND about the part where you want to understand everything. you wont, especially the first few weeks, but you will find peace knowing that Jesus understands her, and you and the whole darn up at night, crying baby, poop explosion situation :)

    1. thanks sis. i am already finding peace in the fact that God knows her and understands her. please just reassure me of this when i am in the mid-night poop explosion phase... :)


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