In the early morning hours, you brought excitement and joy to our lives.
It was back in July, when you gave me this book with the words written inside.
"Dear Opa & Oma
I don't have a name yet, but I'm hoping you will read this to me sometime in February.
Love your new grandchild.
This was the beginning of a special journey.
And here you are, just as you said...February 2, 2014
Beautiful & Perfect
Ivy Eileen Bartel-Lister
Welcome to our world.We fell in love with you right from the beginning.
We've all been busy preparing for this event for months and have loved it.
And I can tell that you that your mom and dad carefully planned your room,
right down to the last minute details.
It truly is a miracle as we've watched you grow in your mommy's tummy.
This is the beginning of a new start for both of you.
Our neighbors will be wondering why the Christmas lights are on.
Your auntie came first to check you out and she could only smile.
And your cousins were so eager for your arrival.
They asked inquisitive questions about your arrival.
Your Oma has been busy...
and we know why you are wearing that hat.
You will be cheering for Manchester United soccer team.
You did not even give us a chance to watch Saturday's game.
The whole world stopped as you made your way into our presence.
Your uncle and cousins all came and were so proud to hold you.
Remember you are the first girl cousin for all of them.
In fact they have invited you to share their Thursdays at Oma's house.
Now it's Opa's turn as you are being passed around with tenderness.
You didn't know that there would be so much commotion, did you?
Ah, your Opa was delighted to hold you in his arms.
I can promise you, he will always be there for you.
And did you know that it was his birthday today?
Auntie Mikki adores you.
While she was sending out her wedding invites,
you made your own special announcement.
These two announcements collided.
It looks like you stole her thunder again.
Your mommy is the best in the world.
She worked hard for you and stayed focused on her game plan.
She is pleased to hold you in her arms and feel your soft warm skin.
I know that you will become her inspiration.
"For you are fearfully and wonderfully made...' Psalms 139
May you enjoy this new fresh breath of life.
May it bring you joy, love and comfort for years to come.
Blessings to both of you.