Happy 3rd Birthday Pierce!

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Dear Pierce,

Do you believe in redemption? That beauty can rise from ashes?

I do, because I've witnessed it in your life.

Over the past three years, we've watched you grow. We've seen God time and time again rescue you from dire circumstances, and we've seen Him use you to defy the odds.

In your life, we see that God uses what the world deems as weak or unworthy to shame the strong. And we've been reminded that the labels and diagnoses that people so often fear mean so little in comparison to the future glory that is coming.

If I could go back to this day three years ago, surrounded with all the trauma and pain, I would tell the doctors, the nurses, the blog readers, and all of the doubters; I'd tell them this: that our God is a mighty God. Nothing can change His plan for your life. I'd tell them that the same tiny baby that they are doubting, he will change the world. He will impact so many in a way that we could never have imagined. God will take this chaos, use it to captivate people from all over the world, and then use it to fulfill His purposes. He will redeem and make this mess beautiful again.

We are so thankful that your story did not end three years ago as so many predicted. Today, you are full of life, love and happiness.

Your smile is contagious.

Your determination and persistence point us to the sufficiency of God's grace.

Your sweet disposition teaches us to find joy in all circumstances.

Your empathy and care for others who are hurting and sad is beyond our comprehension. It not only reveals that you can identify because of your struggles, but also shows us your capacity to love.

And your struggles, they do not define you, but rather are being used to teach you that your dependence is solely in Christ.

We are so, so thankful for you. And so proud to call you our son.

We love you, Pierce.
Happy birthday.

Mommy and Daddy


  1. Thanks for making me cry, Lindsay! ;-) Beautifully written, and I know it is true.

  2. I cried buckets reading this. So beautifully written. So many memories.

  3. Goosebumps. Pierce, you are an amazing boy!! You have been and continue to be a huge inspiration to us, Happy Birthday sweet boy!!