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A letter to Taylor

Today my first-born turns five and I decided to write her a letter that I hope she will cherish forever. Happy Birthday Taylor!

Dear Taylor,

Before you were born we imagined who you would look like, whose personality you would have, and what kind of person we hoped you would be. You have totally exceeded our expectations and are more than we could ever imagine. Being your mom is one of my greatest achievements and I love you so much! I have watched you grow from a little seed in my stomach to a beautiful girl with big beautiful eyes filled with so much promise. As you turn five and look forward to starting school soon, I have noticed how much you have grown and are becoming mommy’s big girl, and I look forward to sharing many more special memories and watching you grow and mature even more. I thank God for choosing me to be your mommy.
Love always,

Mommy

 

A True Picture of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love can be a complicated thing, but as adults we can learn a lot about love and how to love more and on a deeper level from a child. A child’s love is one of the purest forms of love though man, it isn’t pretentious, misleading, or  boastful. A child’s love is unconditional. My daughter Taylor is 4 and she has the biggest heart. She is constantly thinking about other people and how she can make your day, whether it is saying something sweet or drawing you a picture. Taylor is the typical four-year old and sometimes she doesn’t listen and I will have to fuss at her about things.  One day she did something she shouldn’t have and I corrected her and while she was crying she said “But Mommy, I love you, you’re the best mommy in the whole world!”. That thing broke me down! I was like “Wow” even though she was in trouble and I yelled at her, she still loved  me so much, that in anger she could still say “I love you” and meant it. As adults we can write our spouse off when they make us angry and lose a friend over something petty, but if we could just learn how to love through the eyes of a child, unconditionally, unselfishly, with no motives or tricks, the world would be so much better. To a child love is simple, they don’t have to think about it, they just do it.

I am so blessed with a great husband and baby’s daddy 🙂 He is truly my best friend, he loves me unconditionally and is my support system. Thank you for showing me what real love is….Valentine’s Day is everyday. I love you!

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The Message (MSG)

3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.