Four years ago a sweet blessing was sent to a heartbroken and depressed family. Just when we thought nothing could bring happiness again, this little girl saved us all.
I remember the day your parents found out that you were here and ready for them. I remember the giddy excitement in your mommy’s voice as she packed for an unexpected trip to pick you up.
While she packed and packed, I was stuck in school, wishing I could make the journey with them. During that day I did a lot of thinking …
I remember just days early your mom telling me “I just wish I could get a phone call, to come to the hospital and pick up a baby,” and me thinking, that would be great, but it won’t happen. (oh me of little faith). Guess what?! That wish came true. You were ready to be picked up from the hospital and join a family in deep need of joy.
I remember the drive to Spokane. I may not have been physically present in the car, but I think I spent the entire drive on the phone with your parents talking, laughing and pinching ourselves to make sure this was true. Since you were ready to join us so quickly, you were nameless; a good part of the drive was us trying to pick (and agree) on a name for you! All three of us (YES, I had some say in your name too!) had different names we wanted to name you. I don’t remember who came up with MacKenzie but when it was mentioned we all knew that’s the perfect name for you. That was your name.
I remember the last time I talked to mommy, before she entered the hospital to meet you. At that point your family went silent.
I spent a long time waiting, texting, calling and waiting some more for an update. A picture. ANYTHING! Several hours later I finally got the call from your daddy, who said you were a perfectly beautiful little girl! I couldn’t wait to meet you!
I couldn’t meet you fast enough. You guys came home the next day and I MADE you guys detour through Duvall so I could meet you. I finally got to meet you, hug you and love on you.
MacKenzie, I believe …
… you helped us smile.
… you helped us be able to “get over” a large painful event.
… you helped us find joy.
MacKenzie … you saved us.
MacKenzie, You are an amazingly special little girl who I love very much!!
What I love about MacKenzie …
A few weeks ago for my birthday, MacKenzie sent me this video of herself singing me Happy Birthday! She’s so sweet!!
Well today we’re celebrating MACKENZIE’S BIRTHDAY!!
Happy 4th Birthday, MacKenzie!
I Love You!