i am thankful for miracles, in all their forms. this miracle happens to be in the form of a baby. this is sweet little Finnley Kate Messer, born 12 days ago. after all her family, and thus our family has gone through in this last week, i wanted to at least document some of my thoughts and feelings about miracles. though we don't know just how long little Finnley will be with us here on earth, she is proof of a loving Heavenly Father and his sweet tender mercies he extends to each of us. i don't know if there is anything sweeter in life than the miracle of birth and the blessing of getting to know a baby, and when things aren't normal circumstances, you tend to look for the blessings that these miracles bring and how blessed is every second you get to be with them. i feel like i have been abundantly blessed in my life with my husband and children and that i have appreciated them, and yet, even in the last week, since Finnley has been here on Earth, i have looked at my little boys and enjoyed and appreciated every movement, every cry, every laugh, every hug, because i get to be here to see them do them. this week i have taken some time to study more about miracles and one thing i learned is that miracles "are wonders, marvels, because of the effect produced on those who saw them." in all circumstances, many would look at little Finnley and be angry at her "destiny" here on earth, but there has never been a little life which has affected me more in which i can remember. her little life, in and of itself, has been one of those miracles which as been a "wonder", a "marvel" because of the sweet changes of perspective i have taken over the last week. her life has bolstered my faith in our Heavenly Father's plan and has had me on my knees thanking Him for the sweet and numerous miracles he allows me to see. her life has truly been a blessing to me.