I stood there hollowing out the peppers.

Tops off, seeds out, diced then in two.

When you tore into the kitchen

Shivers all full of glee

They hadn't found you yet

All tucked in here with me.

And I thought that as I hollowed

Out peppers for you and I

God had carved a piece of me

When he formed who you'd be.

He carved a piece of Adam too

A rib from chiseled form

To make for him a helper

An equal, loved, a friend.

But when God made you,

He carved a scoop of dough

From the softness of my soul.

And he formed your little self.

There you stand so full of fun,

Of joy and trouble and love,

Brave and bossy and oh so fierce,

A piece of my heart walks free.

But in the hollow of my soul,

An aching echos soft.

Empty when once was whole.

Filling, draining, and again

Tides of worry and of love.

Lord you love this little one you formed,

And you know how dark the world,

So let her grow up

Strong and brave

because You've overcome

And loved her from the start.

Let her love you fierce,

And boss her fears,

And never forget her smile.