Today will be a day I will never forget as a new chapter of our lives begins as parents. Sydney Paige Davis came into this world on January 19th, 2012 at 12:25 am and she weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. Hearing her cry and seeing her for the first time is something I don’t think it is possible to prepare for. Emotionally, I didn’t think it was possible to love someone so much, so quick, but that is exactly what I felt for her. Laying my eyes on her the first time was like opening a present on Christmas morning only to find out it was exactly what you always wanted. The coolest thing is that every day of her life we will get to open that same present as we see her life unfold and see exactly how God made her.
Our role in raising her will be training her in the nurture and admonition of the Lord while encouraging her God-given unique characteristics to bear fruit. It is hard to believe that the love I feel for Sydney pales in comparison to the love that our heavenly Father has for us. Even though Sydney does not know the Lord yet, He knows everything about her because He knit her together in her mother’s womb. She was fearfully and wonderfully made and the Lord knows the exact number of hairs on her head, which have caused some major heartburn! God knew her before she was even conceived and He prepared Kristen’s body and He determined the exact time she would enter this world. His plan for her future is one filled with promises of hope and blessings. He is the perfect Father and while I am sure to fail, His love never will. He promises to neither leave nor forsake her because her name is written on the palm of His hand. His death was the ultimate expression of His love for her and I can only pray that we as parents will bring honor and glory to His name as we raise this precious child of God.