For several years, I used to get teary-eyed every time I heard the song All I Want for Christmas Is You. The lines (Santa won’t you bring me the one I really need? Won’t you please bring my baby to me?) reminded of how much I really wanted to have a daughter. I had been picking names since I was 12.
After years of waiting plus one miscarriage later, my little girl arrived. She is sweeter, wittier, prettier and stronger than I imagined she’d be. Just thinking of much love I have for her makes me cry. God took his time to answer my prayer because He was perfecting my daughter and was preparing me to be the best mother for Aoki.
This picture is my phone’s lock screen so I will always be reminded that despite the chaos that is our household, I am now living the dream.