Before I was even pregnant with her, I loved her.  I’d wanted her my whole life.  I ached inside to smell and see and embrace her. In June of 2003, a few months before she even started being knit together inside of me, I was reading this scripture in Isaiah and knew it was a promise to me. Behold I lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal and all your walls of precious stones.  All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Is. 54:11-13).

When we knew we were having a girl, I knew her name would be Ruby.

When I first held her in my arms, I wept all over the place.  The love I felt for her was like an overwhelming wave and she was so new and yet so very familiar.  I’d loved her my whole life.

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since I met my red faced, black haired baby.  Now she’s walking the tension between childhood and being a young woman.  I am loving watching her transition.  She has a good heart. She’s funny and has a great sense of humor. She  loves a big, thick book.  Creative pinterest projects make her happy.  She loves to be with Ben and I and curls up happily beside us.  She’s learning and growing, owning her mistakes and humbling her heart.  She’s reaching out to God.  She loves her friends. She’s a girl we are so very proud of.

She is still a kid in so many ways, roller blading down the street, laughing over goofy joke books, and hanging upside down on the swing set.  However, I’m also catching glimpses of the woman she’s becoming and she takes my breath away.

Happy birthday, dear Ruby.  Thank you for being such a treasure to our family and a reminder that God can give us way more than our hearts can ask or desire.  We love you.

We took her birthday pictures the other night in a field of lupines.  Sometimes everything falls into place and this was one of those nights: from her little sundress from Target matching perfectly with the flowers, to the sunset on a day that was supposed to be cloudy, to a perfect half hour of being together in the fields.  This girl has been in front of my camera her whole life, but I think these may be my favorites of her yet.


And yes!  I had to get a couple silhouettes too!  Couldn’t get any better.28-ruby10-1129-ruby10-7330-ruby10-72