Thursday, April 26, 2012

Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth

Yesterday Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth was born. Josh and I woke up eager to meet her, however Josh had to work. I got to see her in the morning and she took my breath away. Beautiful doesn't come close to describing her. She is perfect in every way. Yet again, Buz and Jolen did a great job. I was able to take a few pictures and headed out to let Jolen get some rest.

As soon as Josh got home from work we rushed to get ready and leave. We arrived at the hospital around dinner time and Maddie was asleep, so we got the chance to have dinner with Buz and Jolen and enjoy their conversation.  After we ate, we washed our hand and got ready to hold her. Buz picked her up and asked her, "Are you ready to meet your Godparents?" Then handed her to me. Josh and I both thought it was just a joke and wasn't even sure if he meant to say it. Jolen saw the confused look on our faces and asked Buz to say that again. They proceeded to asked us to be Madeline Danielle Hollingsworth's Godparents. I took one look at her and started crying. "Of course!" No thought had to go into this. We love the Hollingsworths and they are as much family as our own.

A few months ago I found out that her middle name was after me. I was overwhelmed with joy. This is no light matter. They have to know and trust me to be the kind of person their daughter can be proud to be named after. They will never have to regret naming her after me. I thought that moment was amazing. Now here I sit, overwhelmed with joy again. We our Godparents to someone we loved the moment they told us they were pregnant. To someone we had no idea the role we would play in her life.

Josh and I left their hospital room and started walking down the hall and stopped. We were in the middle of the hall hugging with huge smiles painted on our faces. We are honored in a way we have never been. We are blessed in more ways then we can imagine. This new role we play is something we will not take lightly, however I believe will come naturally to us. Doing our research when we got home one website had this:

Christian Responsibilities of a Godparent
1. Pray for your godchild regularly
2. Set an example of Christian living
3. Help him/her to grow in the faith of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4. Be there for them in big moments throughout their life

We believe this will come naturally because it is no different then we do for Ellie and Josie. We pray for them, we try to set examples, and we try to be there for them, whether it be dedications, doctor appointments, or just making sure they know they are important by hanging up their art in our home. Not on the fridge but framed on the wall, because that is what Ellie wanted.

We look forward to being there to see them grow up into bright young women. And being there for all their big moments in life. We are blessed to be Madeline's Godparents and to be family to Buz and Jolen, as well as Josie and Ellie. Thank you Hollingsworth for making our day yesterday. We love you all! Congratulation on yet another beautiful baby girl.