Two Years Old


Our dear Noelle,

On this day, your second birthday, we cannot help the tears that glisten our eyes as we reflect upon the life that God has allowed us to experience with you.  The journey has been long and difficult and certainly has not been void of pain, struggle, and many tears; but it has also been amazing, incredible, and full of more joy and happiness than we might have ever imagined or hoped.  Through your tiny life, we have seen God work and display His power and might; and over the past twelve months, we have watched Him grow and change you from a baby into a toddler, encountering growth and change in our own lives through the process.  We often recall the days of uncertainty, the vigorous fight between life and death, the sweet milestones, the heart wrenching setbacks, the relationships forged, the endless beeps, the sleepless nights, the surgical waiting room ~ the list is endless.  Although many memories bring sorrow for what you had to physically endure, even those moments are filled with gratitude for what God has done in your life.  On the day you were born, no one could have imagined this day or what it might look like.  They did not know that you would have just recently begun to independently walk, that you would be able to enjoy birthday cake for the first time, that you would still be a relatively tiny person, that you would laugh with delight when your daddy walked through the door, or that you would puff out your cheeks and say “Boo!”  when asked, “What does the cow say?”  The “normal” or typically mundane has become significant to us, and we treasure each day that God has allowed us with you.  You are a constant reminder of His grace to us, and we are daily humbled by all He has done for us through you.  We pray for you, little one, that you will one day know our Savior, experience His salvation personally, and truly reflect His grace through your life.  Our tears today are full of joy, an evidence of hearts overflowing with love for our great God and subsequently for you; and we look forward to continuing to watch His hand at work in your life.  Happy Birthday, precious girl.  Our lives could not be sweeter…


Daddy & Mommy

jill-8725-001*Photos courtesy of Deborah Hendrix


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8 Responses to Two Years Old

  1. Lisa dyer December 8, 2013 at 8:52 AM #

    Happy Birthday sweet girl

    • Cynthia Ruble December 8, 2013 at 9:07 AM #

      What a glorious message to read this Sunday morning. She has blessed all who know her and her parents. We look forward to seeing all on you on Sunday morning. Love, Don and Cynthia

  2. Brenda Garvey December 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    Happy Birthday! Wow God is so amazing she is such a blessing!! God bless your family and your faith!

  3. Terry December 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM #

    I remember that day 2 years ago, and how much I prayed and had such hope that God would keep Noelle alive! It is such a joy to see this post, and I have been looking forward to seeing it! Praise God for what He has done for you and Tom and Noelle! May this year bring even more special delights!

  4. Deborah Taylor December 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    Happy Birthday sweet baby girl! I was honored to have been a part of her FMC NICU discharge! Our Lord is awesome!!
    Again…Happy, Happy Birthday beautiful Noelle!

  5. Kristie Yerk Randolph December 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM #

    Happy birthday Noelle! What a cutie you are! Praise God for your life.

  6. Gail McCarthy December 8, 2013 at 5:21 PM #

    Happy Birthday, Sweet Noelle! What a glorious day this is!

  7. Martha Krech December 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM #

    What a beautiful little girl! 🙂 How faithful God is to carry us through such difficult times. The courage and strength He gives us for other people to see and hear of our great father in heaven. The other day I just introduced my 14 year old son to a cashier at the store whom was about 60 years old. A very tall man he is and was a preemie. My son was a preemie back in March of 1999. God has blessed me over and over again over the years with his amazing smile and sense of humor. I praise God that along with the suffering He is bringing such joy into your life. Embrace each moment and continue to share the love He has brought you. And Happy Birthday Noelle!

    In Jesus name I pray.

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