Evie, you made me a mommy.

Unexpectedly and fiercely you came into the world and changed our lives.

And, in the same way, you’re going to be a world changer.  

Many do not know how to say your “long name”--Evangeline. I first fell in love with it as a sophomore in high school after I read the ballad by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie.

But, more importantly, it means “to evangelize,” and with your middle name being grace, it is our prayer over you to evangelize the gift we don’t deserve--the gift of Jesus. Of all life verses to give you, we picked Matt. 28:18-30:

       And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

A large order for sure. Already at six years old, you’re preaching about sin sending Adam and Eve out of the garden, and how “because of our sin, we can’t come in, but because Jesus died and rose we can be with Jesus forever.”

Whether you travel to far away lands or stay in our backyard, as long as you share the love of Jesus with your actions and words, you will be doing the work of the Father. It will be scary and possibly even dangerous, but no matter where you go, what you do, and who you meet, the Father will be with you.

To the one who made me mommy, I’m thankful God chose you for me. Your kindness and empathy inspires me to be a better person. Your encouragement challenges me to strive harder at all I do. Your gentle words heal my tender heart. I often wonder why God blessed me with such an amazing little girl. As much as you need me, I needed you. 

On Mother’s Day, I’m thankful for you. 

You came when least expected. I wasn't ready in the least. You made me be more than I ever thought I could be, and without you I wouldn’t be me.

You're going to change the world for the Kingdom, little girl. 

(Evie's Favorite Theology Books)