This was the first picture I ever saw of her.
Those pixie ears. That raven hair. Those crimson lips.
It didn’t take long for me to fall helplessly in love with her.
As most of y’all know, we watched as the Lord moved mountains to help us bring Esther home. So many ways He showed Himself mightily on her behalf.
But, for reasons I won’t know this side of heaven, Esther caught a virus that fatally affected her broken heart.
She was just 20 months old.
Today is her birthday. She would have been turning 5 years old.
I imagine she would have wanted something pink and heavily sprinkled to celebrate her birthday. Or purple. Maybe she would have asked for a bike. A baby doll. A nerf gun. Or all three.
But today, we will celebrate her. And we will remember her.
Even when it really, really hurts.
And today we thank God that He made her – fearfully and wonderfully. A precious child who fought bravely against a tide that was unkind.
With pixie ears that we never kissed. And raven hair that we never tousled.
Because we are so grateful for her. Even though she is not here with us, blowing out candles and licking frosting off her fingers, she is here… in our hearts.
I am happy to be able to share today, on her special day, that So Loved will be available again for sale. The order has been placed and I expect the shirts to arrive in about 10 days. And, if all goes as expected, they will be available here on this site.
If you’re not familiar with So Loved, let me share a smidge of background…
Created as a way to say “thank you” those who helped us bring Poppy and Esther home, So Loved was not originally for sale at all. But after Esther passed away, we reconsidered. With the blessings of everyone who donated to our fundraiser, we re-released So Loved for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit heart babies in China.
To date, almost $10,000 has been donated in Esther’s honor.
And it is my prayer that the Lord will see fit to bless our efforts to donate a lot more. In her honor and for His glory.
Because Esther, and all the orphans in China who are fighting bravely to survive each day, are worth remembering.
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
— Isaiah 35:3-4