We just learned the news… There is no doubt, you are our daughter. We are having a girl!
Your name is Holly Joy Shell. And you have actually been 7 and a half years in the making…
Back when Mommy and I were planning our wedding in 2008, we were showing my parents (your grandparents) the venue for our reception; the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
The facility was serving brunch while we were there getting the tour of the place. I remember superstar Michael W. Smith and I happened to lock eyes from across the room; as he was sitting down eating. I definitely knew who he was and he apparently thought he was supposed to know me- and I could tell he was in deep thought trying to figure out where he knew me from.
That moment was interrupted when shortly afterwards, your Mommy made a comment about how one day we would have a little girl and name her Holly.
You are that little girl. You are the epic, legendary Holly.
Everyone has been guessing this week whether you were a boy or a girl. The guesses came in at about 50% “Team Holly” and 50% “Team Logan…
However, now that we are telling everyone you are a girl, people seem genuinely amazed that I could have actually been right this whole time. It didn’t help that Mommy thought you were a boy.
Again, my basis of you being a girl is the fact that Mommy has been having different symptoms with you than she did your brother Jack.
But from the very beginning, my heart was always told me that you were a girl; even before Mommy’s symptoms of nausea that she didn’t have with the last pregnancy.
I take it as my fate that God has much more to teach me about life… lessons that I can only learn from raising a little girl named Holly Joy.