Monday, April 7, 2014

A Full Belly & A Happy Heart


 Dear Caroline,

You forever changed our lives in the most incredible way possible on September 1, 2013. I can clearly remember the shock, excitement, fear and overwhelming joy your daddy and I experienced all in a matter of seconds as we read the word “pregnant” in that test strip window (and the 5 that followed). You are truly an answer to prayer. We were excited about our plans to grow our family but still can’t believe how incredibly blessed we were to get pregnant so quickly, and for that we are forever grateful to God.



The weeks during our first trimester were some of the happiest and most anxious moments of my life. I grew closer to the Lord than ever before, constantly praying and trusting that you would be healthy and grow just the way you were supposed to in my belly. Our prayers were answered again when we learned at 12 weeks pregnant that you were strong and perfect in every way. Sharing the news with our friends and family was so exciting and everyone fell madly in love with you right away.
On November 28 both sides of our family came together to find out that you, our “baby M,” were going to be our little girl (a complete shock to me as I was almost certain you would be a boy) and your Grandma’s revealed your name, Caroline Grace, in honor of your Grandma who loves you from heaven. It was the most emotional and best day of my life and I still cry when I reminisce those moments. Seeing that pink cake frosting literally took my breath away and for the first time in my life I understood the type of love that God has for His children because that is the exact love I’ve had for you since that moment.
These past few months we have been showered with so much love, support, prayer and gifts in anticipation for your arrival! We can’t wait for you to meet all of the wonderful people who already love you and have been praying for you. In addition to the celebrations, we’ve prepared the perfect little nursery for you, attended tons of doctor’s appointments, nested and read countless books on what to expect once you arrive.

You consume our thoughts and conversations. Your daddy and I constantly ask each other questions about you. Will you have my red hair? Will you have your daddy’s eyes? Will you shock us all and grow tall? Will you come early? Will you have a sharp spiritual vision? Will you love school, or sports, or girly things? Will you be an extravert? We have so many surprises to look forward to.





I didn’t think I could love your daddy any more than I already do, but through this amazing journey my love for him has grown even deeper. He is such an amazing man and sometimes my heart feels like it could just burst with gratefulness to the Lord for blessing me with so much more than I deserve. I pray every day that you marry someone just like him. He loves you so much and you already have him wrapped around your little finger. Every day he rubs my belly, tells you how much he loves you and cuddles with us at night. I cannot wait to watch your daddy-daughter bond continue to grow on the other side of my belly. From golf lessons to math tutoring, he is going to teach you so many things.


  
Even though we have to wait a few more weeks until you are in our arms, I am going to continue to cherish this special time with you. I promise to do my best at being a mommy and though I know I will fail at times, I can promise you that I will forever love you with all of my heart. We are in for a lifetime full of happiness together, my darling. My heart is just as full as my belly and I am so thankful and humbled by this journey we have only just begun together. Thank you for making me a mommy. I love you.

Love,
Mommy

 
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85 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh this is the sweetest post ever! You look so beautiful in those photos! Baby Caroline is a lucky girl!

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  2. These photos are absolutely stunning! You are glowing and gorgeous! And how sweet is this post in general? So sweet.
    xox
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  3. These photos are beyond amazing! You are absolutely glowing!!! The light toned dresses are absolutely perfect as well as your location. And, I definitely have eyelash envy. Such a sweet letter! Can't wait for Ms. Caroline!

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  4. So sweet and beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your heart. From one mommy to a soon to be mommy - read those books to sweet Caroline as soon she she is born. Watching a child's love for books grow is a wonderful experience!

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  5. I mean ... I have no words. The BEAUTY of this post is just amazing. Beautiful photos. Beautiful words. Beautiful love captured on film. A beautiful couple. And that beautiful belly which holds your sweet pea of a daughter. So lovely, Christina! (and that pink dress, wowza, it is awesome!)

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  6. Beautiful pictures. Such a magical time. Sweet Caroline will sure be loved xo

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  7. What a beautiful letter to your daughter!! You look absolutely beautiful in all your photos and the love between you and husband is so evident!!

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  8. Almost in tears over here! Such a beautiful note for your little one. Your pictures portray your letter perfectly and beautifully! I can't wait to watch your family grow. :)

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  9. These photos are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us! :)

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  10. Oh Christina my tears are running away from me! Absolutely beautiful. Baby Caroline is such a lucky little girl. The maternity photos are stunning, almost as beautiful as your words xx

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  11. Amazing. Simply amazing. I never thought I would shed a tear looking at someone's sweet baby-to-be photos! You and your hubs are going to make wonderful parents to sweet little Caroline! LOVE THESE! Thanks for sharing, dear! :)

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  12. What a beautiful post and these pictures are all amazing!

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  13. These photos along with your words are absolutely beautiful. Tears couldn't help but fill my eyes as I was ready your sweet words to your baby girl! How loved Caroline is already! Wishing you the best in these last few weeks before precious Caroline arrives!

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  14. This post is just as beautiful as you and your little family. I can't wait to see Caroline when she gets here!

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  15. you look GORGEOUS! i love these sun-soaked photos!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  16. I'm crying at my desk. Sweet Caroline is so loved!

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  17. Oh these are beautiful! We're taking ours next week, fingers crossed ours turn out as well as yours! So sweet!

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  18. This post brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful letter and your maternity pictures are GORGEOUS. You look absolutely beautiful!

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  19. You are such a stunning family! And the letter to sweet Caroline is precious. I know she will treasure this and all of the sweet moments that you have shared here. Absolutely gorgeous, Christina!

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  20. These pictures are stunning! So beautiful. I love the simplicity of the backgrounds - it really shows just what a gorgeous, glowing mama you are and what happy, in love parents Caroline has. I'm not typically a huge fan of maternity photos (they can be so cheesy) but these are so well done and beautiful. I am sure you'll always treasure them.

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  21. This is BEAUTIFUL!! IT made me cry! Such a sweet and special thing! Oh oh wonderful it will be when Caroline can read this someday. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. So, so sweet! Thank you for sharing this, Christina! The photos are beautiful!:)

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  23. oh my gosh! this is perfection! every single photo is amazing! this is one post you'll be going back to look at time and time again! xoxoxo

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  24. Oh my goodness! So sweet & precious!! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful!! You are going to make the most amazing mommy!!

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  25. Such a beautiful post!! Love the pictures too...you look stunning! And a sweet post for Caroline to read down the road :) xoxo

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  26. What a beautiful, sincere post. I'm teary eyed as I sit here at my desk. The pictures couldn't be more perfect!

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  27. Such a sweet note to your little girl. Thanks so much for sharing this and your photos with us. You have inspired me to get closer to the Lord knowing that one day I will need His strength when we have our first child.

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  28. This is absolutely beautiful.

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  29. This was so sweet. Your family is so blessed and I cannot begin to explain how beautiful those pictures are! Congratulations and cannot wait for your sweet little one to get here!

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  30. OMG this is so beautiful! Love these pictures and the sweetness that is overflowing from this post!

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  31. Such an honest and beautifully sweet post. Caroline is SO loved!

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  32. ADORABLE!!! So honest and beautiful :)

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  33. Absolutely beautiful! Tears in my eyes reading your sweet, timeless words.
    And on a lighter note, little mama, you're looking hot in those dresses. Awesome outfit choices, girl. ;)
    xx

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  34. what a beautiful letter. So much love and faith! Your daughter is truly blessed and will live a beautiful life with the two of you as her guide. xoxo

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  35. These pictures are absolutely stunning. I know you will look back on these with Carolina in the upcoming years and cherish them always! So happy for your growing family! :) You look BEAUTIFUL!

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  36. All of the pictures are so sweet and beautiful! And of course you look absolutely stunning! You and Matt are going to be amazing parents. : )

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  37. you are beautiful! You are going to be the perfect parents to your sweet little girl! She will be so loved and blessed by you. I'm sure you are so anxious to meet her! Not too much longer now! :)

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  38. Awww this is SO SWEET!!!!! Gorgeous pictures!

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  39. Gorgeous photos and beautiful words.
    Blessings to the three of you.

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  40. These pictures are pure perfection !!!

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  41. This is such a sweet and special post! Love all of your pictures, gorgeous!

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  42. You are stunning. Your words are full of grace and beauty...what a special mommy you will be to your precious baby girl! So happy for your sweet little family! Xx.

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  43. What an incredibly sweet post for your baby girl. A true treasure (and tear-getter)!

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  44. These pictures could not be more stunning! What a special post for you sweet little girl!

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  45. Your words and the pictures are just beautiful!

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  46. very touching! Thank you for sharing those sweet words to baby Caroline with us!

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  47. Annnnd I just cried- you are so beautiful and these pictures are fabulous! *wipes tear* xoxo

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  48. What a sweet post and something Caroline will be able to look back on and treasure when she is older! You look absolutely beautiful in these pictures too! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Paige
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  49. Such a sweet sweet post!!! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in mommy hood! You're going to be spectacular!!-Xo

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  50. Well I don't know how anyone could read that without sweet little tears - especially a fellow pregnant mommy! Absolutely beautiful - those will be pictures you treasure forever capturing this special time in your life. I know you are anxiously awaiting sweet baby girl's arrival!!

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  51. The pictures are beautiful, but the letter is truly what makes this post so sweet and special!

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  52. Christina, this is the most beautiful letter... that baby is so blessed to have you and your hubby as parents. So excited for you <3

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  53. my word my friend...you are stunning in each one of these shots and i am just giddy with excitement for you and hubs!!! yall are blessed and are going to be wonderful, loving, caring parents!! OXOX

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  54. This is beautiful. How lucky your little one so clearly already is. Alright and that pink dress...where?!

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  55. This is so sweet, it made me cry! Your maternity pictures are gorgeous!

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  56. Wow, tears!! These photos are stunning and your words were beautiful. Baby Caroline is already so loved. I'm so excited for you guys and I love following along with your journey. Yay!

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  57. Those pictures are beautiful. Love your pink dress!

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  58. Great pics! Just wait until you see your hubby holding that tiny girl. You think you love him now, just wait! Sweet post!

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  59. Oh. My. Gooooosh! Yall are so perfect! Seriously, something out of a magazine! I love every single picture! What a precious little bundle of joy you will soon have! Love the story about her name too! So so so sweet!

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  60. A little over a year ago our little girl was born and I can totally relate to all the questions and conversations as you anxiously await the arrival. One of the things that I was most excited about was getting to know her personality… what would she BE like??? A year later, her personality comes out a little more each day and it is amazing to see! So excited for y'all! :)

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  61. This is a beautiful post! I'm so excited for you and your family. One day she will read this and see these photos and realize how much she was loved before you even met her! <3

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  62. Beautiful pictures and beautiful writing. Congratulations and best of luck to you during your labor, delivery and recovery. I delivered my little guy in January and I cannot believe he is three months old today. He is such a blessing to us!

    Runt
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  63. These photos are beautiful! And such sweet words to your family. So happy for all three of you :)

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  64. These photos are absolutely stunning!!! The lilac color compliments you so well :)

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  65. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  66. You are gorgeous!!!! I just love your maternity pics!! Such sweet, sweet moments together!

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  67. This is just so sweet! I'm in love with all these pictures, THAT MAXI, and this whole post!!!!! :)

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  68. You are going to be THE BEST Mom! :)

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  69. This is so sweet and you look gorgeous! Just wait until you hold her in your arms - I have never realized how much I could love someone until I had both of my girls. I now understand the term "love so much it hurts". You will be an amazing mama!!!!
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  70. Oh my goodness. These pictures are absolutely PERFECT!! You look beautiful pregnant! xoxo

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  71. This was absolutely beautiful. I had tears in my eyes the whole way through. What a beautiful keepsake for your daughter as she grows up.

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