Sometimes people tell us we give our little Bella too much attention…that she’s going to get spoiled. It’s true, we do dote on this little girl, all of us…Damian, myself, the boys. She is more then special to us.
So we all stop and watch her when she dances and then dance with her. So we all jump to give her kisses and “minky” (her word for candy) when she gets hurt. So we all fight over who gets to sit by her when we go out to eat. So she has her daddy wrapped tight around her little finger. I admit to all of this.
What people either don’t know or forget is that Bella is a special blessing from God that brought incredible joy to our family after a tragic time in our lives. See…she isn’t the first little girl born into this family. No…just over 4 years ago our first daughter and our boys first little sister, Emma, went to heaven. She died just before her due date leaving a gaping hole in our hearts. God is a big God and with his strength we made it through the worst of the pain. We grew together as a family and learned that God gives joy where most people can’t imagine it.
We found out that we were going to be blessed with another little girl. And when Bella Grace was born she was our little princess girl. There is no way Bella replaces Emma, but we felt so lucky to have Bella safe and sound with us. Another chance to raise a little girl. So…yes, we do give Bella a lot of love and attention. She is a special blessing that reminds me daily of God’s grace.
So…perhaps you can see why we might give our baby girl so much love. We know first hand that life is so fragile. Hang on tight to the ones you love.