To the Duchess of Cambridge,

I know that I wasn’t the only American to squeal with excitement when I heard the news early this morning that you and the Duke are having your third baby. And while I’m sure that at this very moment millions around the world are sharing in your joy, I’m also sure that at this very moment that you are laying on the bathroom floor at Kensington Palace; your beautiful hair pulled back, head in the toilet, sicker than a dog. And as we like to say here in the states, “Bless your heart.”

But really, bless your heart. Now, more than ever, people are going to want the inside scoop on everything “Kate and Baby.” And while this isn’t your first rodeo, it’s still yours. Your own Royal Rodeo, on display for all the world to see. But it matters to so many people.

Here’s why your pregnancy matters to Americans.

Because of Hurricane Harvey.

Because of North Korea’s nuclear bomb.

Because of our political strife.

Because of sickness.

Because of fear.

Because of life.

Because your pregnancy and the life growing inside of your womb gives us hope; a happily ever after kind of hope that’s actually real. And the joy of your reality gives us hope in the middle of ours. So today when we heard the news that your family was growing, in some fairy tale way, ours was growing, too. So over the next few months we will “ooh and ahh” over your growing belly, your maternity fashion, and stand in awe that you will never get cankles. Because you and your baby bring us joy! You are growing hope in a world that so desperately needs it.

And as we all gather around our televisions in the spring and anxiously watch the doors of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, know that we are all raising our cups of tea (or coffee here in the States) in your honor. We are praying for the health of you and your baby and the world will rejoice when you walk out those doors to show us your new bundle of joy. Your bundle of hope.

Lauren Eberspacher

I'm Lauren and I'm a work-in-progress farmer's wife, coffee addict, follower of Jesus and a recovering perfectionist. When I don't have my three kids attached at my hip, you can find me bringing meals into the fields, dancing in my kitchen, making our house a home, and chatting over a piece of pie with my girl friends. I'm doing my best to live my life intentionally seeking all that God has for me and my family. Follow me at: From Blacktop to Dirt Road on Facebook laurenspach on Instagram