Nose in a Book

Nose in a Book

Dear Daughter,

I love when you stick your nose in a book. Often times I find you asleep, finger still holding the page. Your love of reading will take you places. It’ll catapult you into realms known only in man’s imagination. It’ll bring you just around the corner. You’ll discover amazing places and people. You’ll learn about human nature, about God’s nature, about the world around you.

Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep expanding your mind. Do it for your own enjoyment. Do it to discover. Just do it. Never stop, and never let anyone tell you it isn’t cool. Expanding your mind is the coolest thing you can do.

Dear Son: YOU ROCK!

Dear Son: YOU ROCK!

Dear Son:

You won the middle school spelling bee today. You, as a 6th grader, beat out all the 7th and 8th graders to take the cake. I’m so proud of you! I’m thankful for your intelligent mind. But I have to offer some advice:

  1. Winning isn’t everything. –Don’t get me wrong. Winning is great, as long as you worked your hardest to get to the top. But sometimes the lessons are in the journey and not in the winning.
  2. While you’re floating on Cloud 9, keep your feet grounded. — Yes, you are intelligent. Sometimes too much so. But never forget that no matter how smart you are, it’s important to be kind and humble. It’s the kindness and humility that will gain you the respect from others you truly desire.
  3. Be proud of yourself. — You should be proud, but tomorrow, you’ll need to get back to work. You’ll need to study and grow. This moment will pass.
  4. I’ll love you unconditionally.– Do these moments in your life make me proud? YOU BETCHA! But if you had never won a spelling bee or lead a youth band or assembled motors at a young age, I’d still be proud of you. My pride and love don’t stem from the things you do. They stem from who you are. You are mine. My kid. It’s your heart that makes me proud.

I love you (even if you don’t win spelling bees.)

~Mom

You are worth it

You are worth it

Dear Daughter,

This week has been crazy for me. You see, your birthday is on Saturday, so in addition to all the Christmas preparations I’m working on, I’m preparing for your birthday. You were supposed to be born in January, but you came unexpectedly two weeks early. Now, each year I prepare a special day for you. There are presents to be wrapped, a special cake to be baked and decorated, soups to be made, houses to be cleaned. I’ll admit it, I’m stressed, but you know what? You’re worth it. I wouldn’t trade the joy I know will burst from your little body when you see your cake. I wouldn’t trade the joy you are to me.

So long ago, God sent his son into the world. Our world wasn’t ready for him. And even though they didn’t realize it, God gave our world the very best gift. He did it because he believes we are worth it.

So no matter how crazy this season is, know that God thinks you’re worth it and so do I.

Dear Son- Appearance Never Trumps Heart

Dear Son- Appearance Never Trumps Heart

Dear Son

You got your first professional haircut yesterday. You look handsome. I think so and you think so. You want to be cool, to look cool, to act cool. Remember that Appearance Never Trumps Heart. What’s inside you, the man you are and will become, is a thousand times more important that how you look. Looks will fade away, but your kindness and giving heart will never fade.