Sadie Caroline Davis has smiled and shined her way into the hearts and lives of so many people over the past year. I honestly am more and more proud of Sadie with each passing day. Her life IS making a difference. Her life DOES have purpose. Her smile IS radiant. And God’s purpose for her life (and ours) IS big. She doesn’t have to be here physically to make her mark on us every day. She is making a lasting impression, and many lives have been changed because of what God is doing through Sadie’s life journey. As we near the dreaded one year mark of watching her breathe her last breath here on Earth, I am encouraged by the “breath” that her life has given so any of us over the past year. God will not, cannot, and has not let our loss go unredeemed. Though pain comes in the night, joy comes in the morning. God has a purpose that far exceeds the pain that we have felt since November of last year. He is at work, and although our hearts ache because we miss our sweet girl so much, we know that He will not forsake us. We’ve been real honest with God about our struggles as we try to wrap our arms around what has happened to our family, and He has reached down with His arms of strength and His heart of comfort. I am not left questioning why God didn’t answer our begging prayers the way we wanted Him to last year this time–instead, I am thanking Him for walking with us through the grief of the past year, and somehow, by His grace, we are still standing! I will never be happy about losing Sadie to cancer, but I am thankful for the way God has revealed Himself in a very personal way to so many of us. I have Sadie heavy on my mind today, but I would rather have her on my mind and heart with tears streaming down my cheek than to not have her at all. I am honestly so blessed.