It’s difficult to believe it has been nearly one year since I rushed my wife to the hospital to give birth to my baby girl three months before her due date.
She spent two long months in the Newborn ICU.
We watched her tiny body reach one obstacle then conquer another until she was finally able to come home with us.
Meanwhile, our family was split between several homes and living out of our luggage.
It was a long journey but God carried us every step of the way.
Lydia Jo Schott, who was born weighing 2 lbs. and 9.4 oz., now weighs more than 16.5 lbs.
When she falls asleep in my arms, her little body stretches across my chest from one side to the other now, and I’m a big guy.
Her little eyes melt my heart when she looks at me from across the room.
This little girl is so fun and I feel blessed every moment God allows me to spend with her.
She is crawling now and can pull herself up to walk a little along our couch.
We’re celebrating her first birthday this Saturday with a party, just two days before her actual birthday of June 23.
Where has the time gone?
I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be her father.
I enjoy loving on her and I already have her convinced that boys are bad news and she shouldn’t court any of them until she’s at least 30.
My wife Kristy knows this little girl already has me wrapped around her finger. This was evident when we went shopping for birthday presents.
I try to be somewhat cautious on the dollars we spend on birthday presents. For some reason though, I was finding myself justifying extra purchases for her because I can.
What an amazing journey our family has been on this past year.
It wasn’t an easy one but our family is grateful for God opening His arms to us and carrying us through it all.
I want to also take the time to thank members of the community who humbled themselves before a great God at some point this past year to pray for our family. Happy Birthday Lydia (though I know you can’t read this yet.)