This is my very favorite children's book...ever. I had it when my first three kids were itty bitty. But Rusty accidentally thought it was a library book and returned it. Of course the library loved it and refused to give it back. So in the craft store a couple weeks back I found it and knew I had to get it for Lawlar Crew Member #4. After re-reading it, I think it has taken on a whole new meaning especially this part...
"So whenever you doubt just how special you are and wonder who loves you, how much and how far, listen for geese honking high in the sky.
(They're singing a song to remember you by.)
Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.
(It's because they've been dancing all night for you!)
Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind.
(Listen closely...it's whispering your name again!)
If the moon stays up until morning one day, or a ladybug lands and decides to stay, or a little bird sits at your window awhile, it's because they're all hoping to see you smile...For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend, and it never will, not ever again...
Heaven blew every trumpet and played every horn on the wonderful, marvelous night you were born."
I wasn't there for the night you were born my little bambino, I didn't get to count all your ten little toes and ten little fingers. I didn't see your first smile, or see your first tooth come in. But know this, I've loved you your whole life. And I will patiently wait to see you smile and get lost in your brown eyes, I will count all your little toes and fingers, I will hold you close and read this book over and over, so that there is never any doubt that you belong right here with me, right here with our family.