Dear daughters of mine,
I am so incredibly blessed to be your mother.
It seems like yesterday you arrived into the world full of tiny ballerina toes and wisps of blonde hair and wistful blue eyes that spoke directly to my heart.
Now you are full of giggles and big opinions and personality and ranch salad dressing and blue eyes that roll.
And you don’t know this, but as your bare feet dance across the green grass and climb trees and play freeze tag with the crickets in the creek…
…the next chapters of your life are about to unfold.
Now is the time to pass on some very important information.
1. You are beautiful
Inside and out.
I know you think I’m supposed to say that because I’m your mother.
At this minute I can feel your eyes roll.
But one day the world will tell you that you aren’t. They will tell you that you need to be skinnier or blonder or taller or more of this or less of that. They will try to convince you that you need to change.
They have no idea what they are talking about. They don’t know.
But I do.
And I know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are perfect and incredible and beautiful….
….just like you are.
2. Be kind
You have been given many gifts my sweet twinkly-eyed girls.
Use them wisely.
Never, ever make fun of someone else.
In your life you will encounter many people who won’t return that kindness.
Be kind anyway.
Until you have walked a mile in their shoes, you never know that battle that someone else is fighting.
3. Don’t take yourself too seriously
Life is full of rules and things you should do and things you shouldn’t do.
I know you think you know this already. You go to school. You raise your hand. You try not to talk in class. You even eat your carrots at lunch.
I get it.
But there are so many more responsibilities and rules and regulations heading your way.
Don’t get overwhelmed. You can do this.
Just remember to smile and dance in the aisles of the grocery store and don’t forget how to hula hoop and eat dessert first….
….and always call your sister if you need a giggle.
4. You can accomplish anything
Don’t be afraid of failure.
Don’t be afraid to try.
Nothing in this world is accomplished by someone sitting on the sidelines.
Life is about the doing.
The hardest part will be deciding what you want to do. There are so many choices and so many turns and bends and twists in the road. Deciding what you want to accomplish can be challenging.
Talk to me. I have a few suggestions.
5. Marry a man who sings to you
One day you will find someone special.
One day you will meet someone special who sees the beauty and wonder and joy in you who will treasure you and love you for exactly who you are….
….and sings you his heart.
PS This song is by Stephen Curtis Chapman and it goes out to every mother who is changing the world….
….one little heartbeat at a time. 🙂