Just the other day, I got my first overseas migraine on our way home from the Armenian church. The only part of this experience that was new or different was that "going home" now included significant walking, carrying a heavy backpack, pushing a stroller, and riding buses, trams, and trains. When we were at the train station, I found a bench to lay down on while your daddy watched you. You came over to me and began gently stroking my hair and blessing me with sweet kisses on my forehead. It was the first time since your birth that I really felt like you were being Jesus to me. It was as if the Lord opened my eyes to what an asset you are going to be for me in Romania.
You have always been so spunky and outgoing. You make friends so easily, and your originality always sparks great conversations. You have already become a trendsetter here in Belgium as the other little girls have followed your example of wearing pants on your head as hair, and it has been a precious point of conversation with the other adults as they have laughed in admiration of your spunk. You make me laugh on a daily basis - not because I'm laughing at you but because you are genuinely witty and funny. I love laying in bed with you at night and talking with you and explaining things to you with all of your many questions. I pray that the Lord would use your sweet personality to draw us into community with others. I pray that He will continue to use you to teach me how to be original and not worry about what other people think as much.
You have always attacked life with such passion and enthusiasm. You make up your own languages and songs and run or dance almost everywhere you go. You are passionate about justice and sharing, and you always make sure that your brother gets an equal share whenever you have gotten something. You look out for him in all situations and do not stand for it when another child tries to take something for him. Your passion is memorable in the ways that you throw tantrums and lock us out of our room at night when you're mad that we didn't spend as much time in bed with you as you wanted. (One day we'll be honest with you that we, in fact, got into the room via ladder in the window rather than a secret key.) I love to hear you sing at the top of your lungs. And even when I recognize how loud Americans really are by listening to you bring the quiet Belgian streets and trains to life with your enthusiastic conversations, I am amazed by your joy and passion. I pray that you will burn with a passion for justice and mercy for the oppressed and that you will walk humbly with your God. I pray that you will learn self-control of your passion in your anger and rebellious heart but always maintain your enthusiasm and joy for life.