Matt met his wife Dayna Mager back in high school and they both were in fact high school sweethearts too. Their first child was in October of 2015, they called her Luella, they were both delighted but just a few weeks later Dayna posted a sweet photo of her sleeping next to Luella…
She really never expected that the photo would go viral!
Dayna’s photo has a powerful and motivating message to deliver! She tells us that there is a really good reason for why she climbed the crib of her daughter when she screamed out. It is simply because Dayna had remembered a promise she made to her daughter!
She remembers hearing a story while at a worship conference with her hubby, the two of them were sat in the audience during which time a missionary shared an amazing story with everyone. On their recent visit to Uganda, the missionary went to an orphanage, it was there they were completely shocked!
There were about 100 cribs all filled with babies, but not a single baby was crying or calling out, in fact, there were no babies even making much sound at all!
Now in circumstances like these, you would think that babies would call out for a little love and comfort, just a little support even, but none of theses babies did that. The missionary said something that will forever be stuck in her mind!
Keep reading to find out why it was that Danya climbed into her little babies crib…
“This was from several weeks back, yes, I climbed in the crib in hopes to soothe my screaming, teething, blushed faced, and tear-soaked little girl.”
“My husband came home to this, and I am re-posting because this captures the essence of my heart, and my ‘why…’
“There I was in the heat of this exhausting, beautiful thing we call parenthood, and I remembered a promise I made to her.”
“One of the first times Matt and I left Luella, was to a worship concert. At that conference, a missionary shared his story, and it shook me to the core.”
“A moment that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her.”
“That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different.”
“He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babies. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence.”
“A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babies laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent.”
“Then, her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER. This was my ‘why’ moment.”
“She looked at him and said, ‘After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them…’”
“…They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever… “
“I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor. But instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger. A promise in my spirit.”
“We came home, and that night as Luella rested her tiny little 10lb body against mine and we rocked, I made a promise to her. A promise that I would always come to her.”
“At 2:00am when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her.”
“Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there.”
“We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it’s ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her.”
Please SHARE this mother’s really lovely message with everyone you know.
Here’s the original post that appeared on Facebook on March 31, 2016: