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Happy First Birthday, Seth!!

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Momma loves this little guy

Dear Seth,

We celebrated your first birthday this weekend with all of your family and a few friends.  More than just a birthday party, we celebrated your life.  You’ll never know what a blessing you are to us.  If only we’d known how good this year would be, there would have been no doubts, no fears, no worries.

I knew you were special the minute I laid eyes on you, and that was something I’d prayed and asked the Lord for.  Nobody had to say a word to me- I announced to everyone in the delivery room that I knew you were special and they all silently nodded.  My doctor said you were sent to the right parents for sure.  Everyone in the delivery room handled you like a china doll- and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, but there were a lot of smiles too.   All your daddy could say was, “He’s a good boy.  He’s a good boy, momma.”  The doctors told us you were really strong and a healthy boy.  You had a good cry, just like Ella did when she arrived.  The next thing I said was that your name would be Seth Joel- which means chosen by God and our doctor said he could think of nothing more fitting.  Then I proclaimed the truth- “Blessed be the name of the Lord!” with tears streaming down my face and my chin quivering.

I’ll never forget the feeling I had when the nurse handed you to me, just minutes after you were born.  She told me that God had special plans for your life, and she was certainly right.  You were wrapped up so warm with a soft little hat on your head- those beautiful blue eyes of yours were wide open, taking everything in.  I held you so close and started to talk softly to you- telling you how beautiful you were and how excited we were to finally have you.  You cooed right to me- and immediately, I knew we were going to be okay.  You see, I fell in love with you in that moment….your daddy did too.  I sang to you a little bit, which you were already accustomed to and still love.  Then one by one, as we introduced you to your big sister Ella, your Mimi and Poppa, Nanna and Pappy and aunts and uncles, they fell in love with you too.

You are a special boy, Seth.  We love you just as much as we love our Ella girl- you are both our favorites.  Ella thinks you are pretty special too.  She calls you names like, “Baby Joy,” “Seffy-too-tiger” and “Wookey.”  She came to pick you up at the hospital when you were born and couldn’t wait to hold you…she still talks about that day.  She’s mommy’s big helper and she’s also your helper too, Seth.  We’ve talked about how she will always take care of you and teach you new things; sure, you may fuss at each other every now and then, but she loves you so tenderly and always will.  I can see how God made you both so differently and how you will help take care of her, too.  You help Ella to slow down her pace a little bit- she’s learning to be patient, and can’t wait for you to learn to say her name.

You’ve taught me how to love better.  I’m not afraid of things that are “different” like I used to be.  I find myself going out of my way to get in line at the grocery store with employees who are special too.  I am learning to cherish and appreciate the little things.  I am enjoying each day for what it brings more and more.  I see beauty in all kinds of faces, shapes, colors and smiles.  Your little arrival has softened me.  I am more compassionate and quicker to hold my tongue, less inclined to criticize.  I love your daddy more because you’re part of him, too.  He’s so proud of you, he could just pop sometimes.  You’re his first son, Seth…and I know that he wouldn’t trade you for all the boys in the world.

I love your smile and the way your eyes turn into little rainbows when you get excited to see me enter the room.  I love to hear you say, “Mama.”  I love how you get so tickled when we play “kissie-kissie” and I loved how you wave your arms when you get so excited about anything we’re doing together.  I love how you wrap your arms around my neck as tightly as possible and squeeze me with an “Mmmmmm” whenever we hug each other.  I loved it the first time you crawled, slowly but steadily, right into my lap because you just wanted to be with me.  I love that you need me because, Seth, I need you too.

Seth Joel- chosen by Jehovah God.  You are a joy and a love to all who know you.  I am so proud of you.

I’ll love you forever- I’ll like you for always- as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.

Love, Mommy

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10 Responses to “Happy First Birthday, Seth!!”

  1. Amy Reed May 4, 2009 at 12:22 am #

    That is just precious Emily! Don’t you love how God never makes mistakes. My sister is here visiting and absolutely loves this too. What a wonderful love you guys share.

  2. The Martins May 4, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Em, I was thinking about his first birthday yesterday when I saw Joel with him in the worship center. He’s such a joy, Ella is right. God is faithful! Happy Birthday Seffy!

  3. Jennafer Chaddrick May 4, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Tears are rolling down as I’m smiling, feeling your joy in every word I read. Happy Birthday to Seth–“chosen by God”. May he know how blessed he is that God chose you to be his parents.
    Love you all,
    Jennafer

  4. Chris May 4, 2009 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for putting tears in my eyes… I appreciate it 🙂 We loved Saturday, thank you so much for inviting us.

  5. Amanda May 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    This made me cry! How precious! Happy birthday, sweet Seth.

  6. Amy Delleney May 4, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    Emily, This is so precious and special! You are often in my thoughts and close to my heart. You are a very blessed mommy and wife. Seth, Emma, and Joel are blessed to have you! Happy 1st birthday Seth!!

  7. Jennifer Murrell May 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Emily/Ms. Skaggs that was such a precious message i almost got teared up toward the end. Cant wait to see seffy a week from wednesday (may 13) in the nursery, been praying for him! HAPPY BDAY SETH!!!!!!!!!
    Jennifer

  8. Judy Vincent May 5, 2009 at 2:06 am #

    When God gave all three of you to Seth, He certainly knew what He was doing. What a wonderful family you are. I too could read the love in every word you wrote, Emily. When Seth is older and can understand the words you wrote he will know just how special he was to all of you! Happy 1st Birthdy, Seth and many more to come!!

  9. Amanda K. May 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Oh, what a loved little boy you are Seth! Em, you now how to make a girl cry!(in a good way!) Happy 1st birthday Seth!!!! Hope it was wonderful!

  10. Lamandra May 11, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    Wow, such a touching love letter to your little boy. It makes my heart swell with joy that I know such a faith-filled, loving woman, wife, and mom.

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