I believe with all of my heart that the best half of my life began the day my babies were born. I didn’t stop being myself but adding ‘Mom’, ‘ Mother’ and ‘Mommy’ to my persona is a gift I wouldn’t change for anything. Trying to be the example you needed in the world and embracing you – my children as my greatest teachers is a role I will always treasure.
When we list the ‘teachers’ we have had in life, we often think about our parents (hey – that’s me and dad), the teachers one had in school and the mentors one had in life, but you, my daughter, have been, by far, one of my greatest teachers – and so has your brother . You remind me every day that I still have so much to learn and some of my most important lessons are found in the quiet moments in our very own home. Thank you.
You love your family, friends, food and you love your doggies. You have never once hesitated to embrace anything that might make you a little ‘different’ from the kids – the people around you and I love it. Not only do you recognize differences in yourself as strengths and embrace them as qualities that make you unique, you feel the same about such qualities in others. That is special and important for everyone around you to know & to remember.
You have taught me to do my best to be a living example for you. I wanted you to grow up knowing it is possible to have a career you love AND a family you prioritize. I want you to see me as a mother who adores her children AND who never stopped aiming to be ‘who she wanted to be when she grew up’. You have taught me how important it is that I aim to show you what ‘happy’ looks like – on most days at least.
I remember being in awe at your tiny cute pudgy hand in mine & was awestruck again the other day by your beautiful French-manicured hands. How quickly time has flown by…
From the time you were a toddler, I could see the magic in your eyes a sparkle that felt as if you believed anything was possible. I still see that sparkle in your eyes, I know you still believe you CAN if you try. This is a gift I would like to see you hold on to … keep believing in magic.
You have always been inquisitive, as you grew & learnt more about the world, you had lots of questions. Keep asking them; keep furrowing your brow when you don’t like what you hear, keep pushing for answers. Make those around you think about the things that are important to you. Your heart, your opinions, and your voice matters.
Years ago today, this glorious bundle of goodness rocked my world. She had a full head of dark brown hair, warm melting eyes, and an adorable smile. In the past years, she has exploded into a tornado of independence and opinions, wit and funny faces, curiosity and intelligence, practicality and heart, friendship and compassion and too many beautiful emotions to understand. Like all young women, you are forging a path – one that is spiked with opinions and independence. I want you to remember that whoever you choose to be, whatever path you follow in life, it is yours. You are not me, your dad, your brother, your grandparents or your friends. While we will always be here as a sounding board, we will guide you and offer advice, we love that you are uniquely YOU. You have your own opinions, interests, and heart. Follow them.
”Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” I believe it in my soul. There will be a zillion people in the world who have ‘more’ than you- whether its height, talent or charm, a gift for mathematics or art, or just wealth – but only you can control your heart and hustle.
As you near the end of this decade of your life, I know I won’t always be able to hold your hand, but I will ALWAYS be on your team. I won’t always have all the answers, we may not always agree, but I promise you can count on me to be standing at your shoulder, supporting you.
Thank you for holding my hand as we navigate this mother-daughter journey together.
Thank you for allowing me grace when I make mistakes, for teaching me the true definition of patience, for guiding me through motherhood and being part of the heartbeat of our family.
You are a gift.
You have my heart, always.
Happy birthday dearest daughter…