HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!!
Well, the story of HOPE continues as our little girl, Tikvah Hadassah Kirkland, turns 1 year old today!
We were not sure that we would ever see this day, but we give all praise, glory and honor to the King of kings and Lord of lords for His great mercy and grace in allowing us to get to know this precious little girl over the past year. Thus far, as best we can discern, God has sovereignly knit together a fun-loving, energetic, high-spirited darling girl, who has a very sharp, determined mind and is increasingly delighting in her relationship with her older brother (Hezekiah – age 3 1/2 … although, there are still times when she would rather have a break from him).
At this point, God has apparently healed her little heart with nothing more to show for it than a scar & a murmur (all glory to God)! We have been told by her Pediatric Cardiologist (one of the best in the nation) that she will not likely need any further heart surgeries or internal procedures. She is hitting all the milestones for her age, including crawling and standing on her own (walking with help). She has started saying simple words, like “ma” for more, and “mee-mee” for mommy, “da-da” for daddy, and “ya-ya” for Kiah (her brother’s nickname).
She is joy and a delight and really embodies the word for which she is named: Hope. My husband and I are just so grateful for the kindness of our Lord expressed in the gracious way He has allowed us to enjoy our budding relationship with this eternal soul who He has entrusted to our care for the time being. We marvel at His work in her life and look forward to the day when we can rehears it all for her as we seek to point her spiritual heart to its Maker.