I sit here, trying to find the words to write to express to you how incredibly in awe I am of you. And before a single letter hits the page my eyes begin to water as I swallow back tears of pure amazement. This past year has been a roller coaster ride for you and I honestly can not imagine going through it all. Yet, you did. You held your head high as you battled the emotional paradox of excitement and anguish of finding out you were pregnant, and that your due date would land right in the middle of Jordan’s deployment. You were honest about the daunting reality of the situation, while never losing sight of the incredible gift this precious child was and is for you and your family. You cherished the precious moments you had remaining with Brooklyn, knowing Hudson’s arrival was sure to change the dynamic of your family. And as the days inched closer to Hudson’s arrival you did not get anxious or overwhelmed with what lie ahead, but rather took each day, each hour, each minute, as it came to you.
When the morning arrived that Hudson decided he was ready to join us in this crazy beautiful world, I have no doubt in my mind that you would have traded your sister, and my’s presence for the hand and soft whisper of your husband by your side, any wife would. As I was sitting in the waiting room while the anesthesiologist was in your room, I couldn’t help but think of this reality. I honestly don’t know if I could do it. Yet, you did. You held your head high as you battled the emotional paradox of excitement and anguish as you prepared to give birth to your second child, your husband, only able to watch via Skype from half way around the world. You didn’t anger or question why you had to endure such circumstances, but rather smiled, knowing there’s a bigger picture, a bigger God, who cares about your every need and desire.
Your strength is incomparable. Your character, unmatched. I am beyond honored to call you my friend and humbled to go through this life with you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life. Thank you for the example you are. Thank you for allowing me to capture these moments and tell your story, as you welcomed Hudson into your family.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)