This is something that I've been wanting to post but hadn't gotten around to.  This is what Ryan shared with the guests at Maggie's Pinkalicious party in November.  My husband does not share his heart often.  He guards it carefully.  However, I always love it when he does:

Today we are here to celebrate.  Celebrate Maggie and to say thanks.  This is a day of awesome joy and a day to mark being "pink".  We are thankful to some amazing doctors that made this possible.  Thanks to you all for being part of the journey through time and expense and prayer.  Thanks to God for being with us all and seeing Maggie this far.

I was mowing my lawn the summer after Maggie was born and I was thinking about my child's life.  I remembered this passage from Romans:

Romans 9:20-21  Who are you, a mere human being, to criticize God?  Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, "Why have you made me like this?"  When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn't he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?  (NLT)

I found little solace in this passage other than I knew that God was in control and as I thought a bit more I drew the conclusion that my daughter was in some ways more fragile than the average jar of clay.  I thought perhaps that instead she was something more special and precious.  Maybe instead of a jar of clay she was a china cup.

I think in many ways this analogy is fitting:  Porcelein China is fired hundreds of degrees hotter than regular pottery and Maggie has been through more fires than many of us will ever see.  Something else about Maggie being a china cup seemed right as well.  Fine China is partially transparent… it lets strong light through.

2 Corinthians 4:6-7   For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  (NIV)

Maggie's life has touched many more people than we or she will ever know and your letters are a testament to that.  God has done something good and great here and now, and today we celebrate and are full of joy.  But no matter what today or tomorrow holds for Maggie Jane or for our family or for you, we take greatest joy in knowing someday:

Revelation 21:3-5   And I heart a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  (KJV)

Again, we have waited for this day for a long time and we are very grateful that our girl is pink.