A letter from Daddy

Hi baby girl,

We are on a journey.  We don't know where it will lead but we are on this together.  Your mom and I decided to name you Faith.  Your name will be a constant reminder to us about where our strength is, and that no matter what happens, for the rest of our lives, we will always have a little Faith.

There are a lot of things I want to teach you.  I want to be able to help you take your first steps, ride your first bike, and sing you lullabies when you can't get to sleep.  I want to teach you about the wonders of Michigan Football and that we always boo Ohio State.  I want to wipe the tears from your eyes when you fall, and comfort you after your first broken heart.  I want to stay up with you when your stomach hurts, and I want to walk you down the aisle.  I want to make sure you marry a man who fears God, and protects your heart.  I want to do all of these things.  But more importantly I want to teach you about the love of your Father.  Not me, your earthly father, but the Father who created you.  Who knit you together in Mommy's tummy.  And as hard as it is for me to believe, teach you about a Father who loves you so much more than I do.  He loves you Faith.

If I don't get to spend much time with you here on earth, I look forward to the day where you greet me in heaven.  Standing around Grandma's and Grandpas.  I look forward to the day when you run up to me and say "Daddy come over here, I want you to meet someone.  This person is in heaven because of me.  Because of my story, this person is here.  Isn't that cool?"  That is my hope for you baby girl.  You are amazing already and have impacted my life more than you will ever know.  I pray that you feel the love of Mommy and I, but that every second you feel your loving Father's embrace,  His hands around you, and His love in your heart.  You are loved little one.

So if I don't get to do all of those things I want to do with you here,  I know your heavenly Father will protect you.   Grandpa Helder will take you for a ride on the boat and Grandpa Reuschel will teach you how to fish.  Angles will sing you lullabies, and there will be no times where tears need to be wiped from your eyes.  So many people love you Faith, never forget that.


I love you so much.