Happy birthday, baby girl! I can’t believe you are a year old today! Time please slow down!
I’ve thought about this letter and what I would say to you for a while now. The truth is, it’s hard to put into words everything I’m feeling. Before you were born, the idea of having a girl scared me. Honestly, the thought of raising a girl revealed some of my deepest insecurities. I didn’t think I was capable of raising you to be strong and confident when I myself often feel as if I don’t measure up. One thing the Lord is teaching me is that He will blesses you with the exact opportunity you need to change your heart and shape your character. I believe the Lord gave me you to help shift my perspective. As I raise you, I know that I will have to trust the Lord.
The last 12 months have been nothing short of amazing. You are my sunshine! You bring so much joy and light to our family. There are so many things I love about being your mom. I love taking care of you. I love seeing your smile when you wake up in the morning. I love holding you as you fall asleep at night. I love how much you love your brother. I love your laugh. You are playful and curious. You are sweet and loving. You are also very independent. Your father and I could see that very early on. I can’t wait to see how your character grows and develops over time and how God uses all the wonderful things he’s placed in you.
This moment is bittersweet. I so excited to be celebrating your first birthday. At the same time, I’m a little sad because this day is a reminder that you are growing up. And growing up means you will gradually become less dependent on me. While I feel some way about that, it’s obviously a good thing. I want you to grow into your own. I want you to discover your purpose. I want you to experience life to the fullest.
This verse hangs in your bedroom:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I can’t wait to see how the Lord’s plans unfold for you. I am looking forward to walking alongside you as you discover God’s plan for your life. I will always be your biggest cheerleader. I will listen to you and do my best to understand your perspective. I’m sure there there will be times when we don’t see eye to eye, but I hope you know that I love you no matter what. You are so beautiful, inside and out. I will do everything I can to help you believe that for yourself.
Today we celebrate you baby girl! I can’t wait to see what the years ahead hold for you. I love you so much!