Dear baby girl,
A lot has happened in the past nine months. You have been intricately woven together in your mother’s womb by the very One who spoke this world into existence, and we can’t wait to finally see your face.
We have done things differently than we did with your brother. We waited far too long to get your nursery and everything together. That reminds me, we still need to get some diapers. Being the first girl in awhile, you are already spoiled with clothes and clothes…and more clothes, and I’m already putting money aside for your wedding in 40 years. Yes, 40.
We have waited to share your name. Mainly to drive your Nana crazy, but also to leave SOME element of surprise to your big day. Some people put a lot of thought into naming their children. After all, it’s with you your whole life. Take your brother for example. A lot of people think we named him after the country singer, Easton Corbin or after the baseball company, Easton. It’s a lot deeper than that… He was named after the hockey company, Easton, which translates to “of East Town”. Still can’t believe your Mom let me name him that. Your name, though, takes on a much different meaning. We chose your name because we liked the sound of it, but what it translates to, is what makes it so wonderful.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Baby girl, your name literally means Shining Bright. In a time so dark…so evil… You are called to be a light. It’s a tall order. And it will only get harder the older you get. But do not worry, you have plenty of support to help you. Let me introduce you to a few people that will be instrumental in your life here.
Your mom is my best friend. She is beautiful, funny and passionate. And she will teach so much about what it means to be a daughter of God. She will teach you how to stand up for your beliefs. She will teach you how to love unconditionally, and she will teach you what real beauty looks like, not what this world says it should look like. She has been through a lot in the past few years, but she is strong. She will always be someone you can talk to. Because of her, you will always be dressed nice, and you will always be loved, and you will grow up to be a beautiful image of Christ.
I’m still not quite sure what to do with a girl. But I’m excited. I’m excited to have tea parties and play princesses. I can’t wait for our first dance, and I’m already scouting good Christian boys at church to arrange for your future marriage (kidding….kind of). I will show you how a woman is to be treated and set the bar as high as possible for the man that you will one day marry. Most of all, I will tell you I love you and that I’m proud of you. This world will beat you down at times and it will be my job to remind you of who you are in Christ and where your true citizenship is.
Your brother has already taught us all so much and will continue to as he gets older. Learn as much as you can from him. He will protect you and you will have to protect him as well. You two will bicker and fight as you grow up, but always remember that he was your first friend. He will teach you that love goes beyond the appearance of a person, and that with persistence, patience, and hard work, you can overcome anything. Most of all he will teach you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. And as for who the favorite sibling will be…it depends on which sibling is asking.
This last one is the most important. For without Him, I wouldn’t be writing this now. And it’s only necessary that I write to you the same thing I wrote in Easton’s first blog. Much different circumstances. Same God.
Now let me tell you about your God. Your God created this world. He created every living thing on this earth. He created a universe so vast and so amazing that you will never be able to comprehend the extent of how large it is and how small you are. Your God is the past, the present, and the future, all at once. Your God is sovereign. He knows everything about everything. Your God is faithful and he keeps his promises. Your God is kind, yet so incredibly powerful. Your God is perfect in every single way. Your God is uncoditional love. Your God is the peace that surpasses all understanding. Your God is true joy. He is the truth, the light, and the way. He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He sent his Son to die for you, a sinner, so that you may have everlasting life. He created you. The way that He wanted you to be made.
We love you Ellie Mae Washer. And we can’t wait for the world to meet you.
Mitch, Kendall, & Easton