Photo: Christy Hamilton
To the girl who made me a mom:
The day you were born forever changed my life. You have taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. You taught me patience, selflessness, and unconditional love. Loving you has shown me what it means to be loved by God, for His love knows no boundaries.
I pray you always know you are loved.
You were created with a distinct plan and purpose for your life. God knew you even before you were born and knit you together in your mother’s womb. I am so grateful He entrusted you to me. You are strong in spirit, disciplined in your ways and a natural born leader.
I pray you always know you are valuable.
Your heart is filled with kindness. You are a friend to many, and you never shy away from helping others. In all your years of school, you have been the first one to welcome new kids in your class with open arms, making them feel at home in a new environment.
I pray you always know others are valuable.
Watching you grow has been one of life’s greatest treasures. You are intelligent, mature and responsible, yet you have an innocence about you that cannot be ignored.
I pray you never lose your sense of wonder.
As you approach your teenage years, I want you to know how important it is to stay true to who you are in your heart of hearts. You are a child of the most-high God, a daughter of the King of Kings. You are not of this world, but your identity is in Christ. Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe or stand out for what you believe, and never sacrifice who you are to please someone else.
Learn to show love to others right where they are, no matter their race, religion, or social status. Learn to show love to others even when they don’t love you. Condition your heart to operate out of service, and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who need it most.
Learn to face disappointment with dignity. Life will not always go how you planned, and you will not always get what you want. Give yourself time to grieve, then get back up, dust yourself off and keep pressing forward. Never blame God for life’s mishaps. Turn toward Him, rather than away from Him. He is the ultimate comforter, healer, confidant, and friend.
Honor your father and mother. Know that we make each and every decision concerning your life out of love for you and respect for the woman you will soon become. God entrusted us with your life because He believed we were best suited to help you navigate it. If you ever doubt our intentions, you can trust that we are in partnership with Him.
I love you so much, baby girl. Growing up is bittersweet. I will always be here for you, through every success and every failure. I am so proud of who you are and who you are becoming.
Welcome to double digits!
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