As a part of Savannah Lanier's Baby Dedication, we were asked to answer the question, "Who would you like to see your child become in 18 years from now?"
The truth is, life has conditioned me not to trust in my own plans and hopes. It is always a smart idea to have a "game plan" and goals, but with a complete surrendering to what God sees as best. This is not only true for me, but for each of my children and each of you.
I don't know the future, but my life and the lives of my children are in the hands who holds the future. I have hope, not in my own dreams for my children, but in The One who gave my children to me.
God gave me the privilege of being Alexis, Ava, and Savannah Lanier's momma and gave me two sons through marriage. What I want for not only Savannah Lanier, but for all my children, is for them to know their worth and to never accept being treated less than the priceless gem they are!
I love my children more than words and I'm committed to giving my all to each of them. I will not enable them, but teach them to value hard work, to lose graciously, to win with humility, to value all lives, to be kind, love with compassion, and to treat others the way they want to be treated. I will not be afraid to say "no", but look for reasons to say "yes". I will wrap my arms around you daily, but most importantly cover you in prayer.
Specifically for Savannah Lanier, I want her to know she is worthy of life! God made all of us different. Our differences are what make us unique and special. I want Savannah Lanier to know that although she may have many challenges, she is limitless as to what she can do and accomplish with hard work and determination.
Savannah Lanier is a miracle, as are all of us. We will continue to see miracles in the first words spoken and in those first steps taken! We will continue to see miracles as we witness our children change lives for the better, including our own!
18 years from now, I want Savannah Lanier to know the love of Jesus and for her to know Him as her Savior. I want her to continue to spread joy and happiness with that smile that lights up a room! I want her to know God had a plan for her and knew her before she was even born. I want Savannah Lanier to surrender to God and His plans for her, whatever they may be. It is not for me to say what she will become, but whatever God has planned for her, I will be right beside her. I will be her advocate, her educator, and her loudest cheerleader!
I look forward to the future with hope in Christ and the knowledge that He will never leave Savannah. He will never leave any of us.
I anticipate God doing more amazing things in and through Savannah Lanier, not just in the next 18 years, but throughout the long, beautiful life she has ahead of her!
I write about life and family. My heart's desire is to educate as I am being educated, while inspiring and encouraging others through the beauty of Down Syndrome.