A Special Delivery (Twelve Years Later)

Twelve years ago, we got a special delivery. A baby.

Not long afterwards, we participated in a baby dedication service. In case you’re not familiar, they are special services held by churches where new (or new-ish) babies are brought before the congregation where the parents promise to raise them in The Truth. The pastor usually prays for both the child (that he/she will seek God) and the parents (that they will seek wisdom as they raise the child).

During our baby dedication service, The Eldest was just a squiggly bundle that didn’t do much more than drool and wake me up at night…but we liked her and decided to keep her. 😉

As part of the service, we received a letter from our then-pastor (The Husband was a youth minister at the time) that was to be delivered to The Eldest on her twelfth birthday. I remember thinking at the time that:

A) Twelve years is an eternity. 

B) There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up with this letter for twelve years. 

C) I wonder how long this service is going to last because I could really use a nap. (Give me a break…I had a newborn living under my roof.)

Surprisingly, twelve years and six moves later, I still had the letter (and it was in pristine condition). On Good Friday, I made a special delivery to the Birthday Girl.

*No, Silly. It was not actually addressed to “Eldest”


Some excerpts from the letter:

“Your parents were excited, overjoyed and so proud of you at your arrival. You truly brought joy to their lives. As these twelve years have passed, I am sure that they are still just as proud of you today.”  YES, we are!

“I prayed that God would grant your parents wisdom and guidance as they raise you and teach you the fear and admonition of the Lord.” We’re still a work-in-progress.

“I prayed for you that you would grow and develop physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.” Also a work-in-progress, but so far, so good!

“I prayed that someday you would grow up to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, and then you would serve Him.”  She has (Yay!) and she does (Yay!).

It then went on to explain salvation for those who might not have made that decision yet.


I can’t believe I am the parent of a twelve-year-old. It blows my mind. But I couldn’t pick a better twelve-year-old to live with.

A few facts about The Twelve-Year-Old Eldest:

  • She’s kind and caring. She hates it when kids are being picked on at school.
  • She loves Jesus. She enjoys being in Bible study and activities at church (as a 6th grader, she can choose to go to  children’s activities or youth…she picks both!)
  • She loves to read. It makes her Mama’s librarian heart very happy! She prefers science-fiction or fantasy novels.
  • She always remembers to pray for our Compassion kids.
  • She plays the trumpet and has been first chair in band almost the entire year.
  • She’s crafty. She loves to make stuff.
  • She loves to cook. I am MORE than willing to let her take over all meal planning activities whenever she’s ready.  🙂
  • She loves animals.
  • She doesn’t like to make her bed. 
  • She is a very good student. (She was selected as Student of the Month at her school for April!)
  • She’s starting to get all girly on me; she likes curling her hair, cute shoes and all that stuff.
  • Her favorite television stations are Food Network and TLC. She likes any show that’s cake-related, and she also loves food challenge shows like Iron Chef.
  • She is quiet. She’s more likely to respond with a smile instead of actual words.

On that baby dedication day, I honestly couldn’t imagine what having a twelve-year-old would be like. I’m so proud of the godly young lady that she’s become.  

One request: keep praying for her parents…teenagerdom is just around the corner! *shudders* 😉



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13 Responses to A Special Delivery (Twelve Years Later)

  1. What a lovely idea..such a sweet post showing the love you have for your child…a lovely smiling child at that..such a lovley post …nice to meet you..Eliza Keating

  2. Natalie says:

    Oh, what a sweet post for your sweet girl! That letter was a wonderful idea 🙂

  3. Kit says:

    What a neat baby dedication idea that letter is! I love it!

  4. What a sweet post. Right after twelve comes 16! Be careful not to blink too much, she will be driving before you know it. It flies by too quickly. : )

  5. She’s beautiful and that letter was really sweet. Such a special thing to have. Happy Birthday to your *eldest*! I hope she enjoyed her day very much. My 11 year-old son also enjoys sci-fi and fantasy. Does your daughter have any recommendations for him? He loves to read. Please and thank you. 🙂

    • Megan says:

      Why yes she does (and so do I–I’m a certified Library-Media Specialist)!
      Eragon (first in a trilogy: Eldest and Brisingr are the sequels) by Christopher Paolini (I think the guy was like 16 when he wrote the first one!), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, any of Narnia books. Many Christians would be up-in-arms about these next recommendations, but she’s read them and loved them (I firmly believe that as long as a child understands that fiction is FICTION, it’s okay…): Harry Potter series (seriously, they are some of my favorite books of all time) and the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series (all about a boy whose the descendant of a Greek god).

      Oh–and this is not sci-fi but it’s my favorite to recommend to boys because I’ve never had one not like it: any of the “Brian” books by Gary Paulsen (Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, The River, etc.). Also, Paulsen’s non-fiction books are super-good for boys (all outdoorsy and survival-of-the-fittest). Look for “Guts” and “How Angel Patterson Got His Name.” Actually, I’ve never met a Paulsen book I didn’t like: Soldier’s Heart (about a Civil War solider–graphic in battle scenes but true-to-life), Lawn Boy (funny–kid goes from lawn mower to big-time business owner), Harris and Me (LOL moments–boy visits his rambunctious country cousin and they get into lots of mischief together), etc.

      I can think of some really good young adult sci-fi books, but I’m not sure I’d recommend them for 11/12 years old quite yet (not bad; just more sophisticated plots).

      If he has any recommendations for her, tell him to pass them on! 🙂

      • I think he’s read them all except for the Paulsen books. And he hasn’t read the Harry Potter books. I kinda have some personal reasons for that. It involves moments in ministry I do not wish to revisit. Thanks so much for these suggestions! I love that my kids enjoy reading.

        My son is currently reading books by Brian Jaques. He has a whole bunch of books. He also really likes The Wormling Series by Jerry B. Jenkins, the books by Chris D’lacey (Icefire and others, there’s a series), and The Mysterious Benedict Society (3 or 4 books). I also just let him read The of The Oracle from the Oracles of Fire series. He did like it, but I know it’s written for a slightly older audience.

        Thanks so much! It’s fun to trade titles and find new things to read for our kids.

  6. Happy birthday!! I vividly remember 12. It can be such a difficult period, I’m happy she’s handling it with such grace. Congratulations and big prayers to you, mama!

  7. Kelli says:

    What a sweet letter and how cool that you managed to save it! Hope you all had a great day celebrating! 🙂

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