From the moment I first set eyes on you, I’ve wanted to protect you. Protect your tiny body from physical harm. Keep that precious heart from ever breaking. And prevent your vivacious soul from ever being stifled by the words of others. Having you has been like watching my own heart walk around outside of my body – I care so deeply, yet I have so little control.
This world is beautiful. This world is messy. It’s cruel and unfair but that’s okay, because it’s also spectacular.
With each passing day my heart breaks a little bit, as I watch the baby slip away. Still, with every new milestone you reach, I beam with pride at the little girl you’re becoming. Bold, daring, brilliant, compassionate and full of empathy – you are more than I ever dreamed a little person could be.
Yes, I want to protect those qualities with every inch of my being, but I know that I can’t – that I shouldn’t. Every broken bone and heartache will heal, and you’ll be stronger for them. And so, I will be a spectator to your life, trying hard not to intervene, although I’ll want to.
As you travel your path, know that there will always be someone richer than you, but that true treasures are of the heart.
Know that there may always be someone more beautiful than you, but beauty is subjective. Your daddy and I look at you and see the most lovely little girl in the whole world.
Know that there will always be someone out there who’s smarter than you, but so long as you follow your conscience, you will be unstoppable.
No matter where life takes you, you will be loved by your family and by God; to us, you are perfect – created in His image to be nothing short of amazing. But most importantly, I hope that you love yourself – unconditionally – despite any bumps along your road. You deserve nothing less.
When life gets hard, turn to the Lord. When it’s easy, stay humble & open your heart to others.
You, my darling, are going to do amazing things in this world.
You are my reason for being. My pride. My joy. My LOVE.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22–23