With thanks to Gayle Leubecker for writing this adorable poem (and the Horner family for sharing it with us on their blog), which touched me so much I had to post it here to share with you all.
Dear Sweet Daughter
As a girl I had a common dream, to be a mom someday.
Now the tresses I long to stroke are raven black instead.
And in my dreams those eyes are not so big or blue or round.
And in my dreams my arms can stretch across enormous seas.
They reach half-way around the world and hold you close to me.
As you grow in your mother's womb, carefully knit together,
you're also growing in my heart, where you will stay forever.
And in my dreams the moment your mother says goodbye,
Our features may not look alike; we're different as can be.
But still I know the Father has created you for me.
And though I've not yet seen your face nor held your tiny hands,
And though we're half a world apart in very different lands.
I'll be right there to get you as soon as God allows.
But til He says the time is right I give you this vow.
I'll pray for your protection every night on bended knee.
For God will hold you in His arms, until you're here with me.