Could this be the start of a new tradition? Writing a letter to you on each of your birthdays? Mama hopes that she will remember to continue and she prays that these letters bless your heart…when you are old enough to read them. 🙂
You are two, and there is no denying that your personality and preferences are clearly coming out. You are so specific about how you want things to be, at times it is both baffling and amusing how strong your opinions can be.
We have always observed that you are highly sensitive, vocal yet slow to warm up to people you don’t meet often. But you do surprise us with your friendliness to complete strangers sometimes! You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God and we are learning to embrace every part of who He has made you be.
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You are enough
You have always been enough from the moment you were born. When I held you in my trembling, tired hands in that cold hospital room, I locked eyes with you, and I don’t know how else to explain it – but that first gaze you gave me was nothing I’ve ever seen.
So full of confidence and trust, so bright and sharp. You had such big and bright eyes, just go look through Mama’s photo albums.
As you grow up, my prayer is that you will always know you are enough.
When the magazines and Pinterest tell you that you need to be a certain body shape or weight, or look a certain way, I pray that you will know you are enough as you are.
When you feel overwhelmed with all the complexity of life and the stress of school or even just daily living, I pray that you will return to the simple, the slow, the basics – and know that you have enough.
When your confidence is knocked over by the insecurities of teachers or friends or even family, remember Mama says you are enough. You have always been enough.
You don’t need to prove your worth, or your beauty, or your talent. There is no need to climb the ladder because remember that God’s ways are always downward – towards the lowly, the humble and contrite, towards the broken and the sick. No need to climb.
Create a bench in your heart, and welcome others to sit with you.
Reach down instead.
Down on your knees, and down on your life. For He laid down His life for us, that we may have this new life simply because we believe in the work He did for us on the cross. This is a precious gift that we must never take for granted.
When you live as a girl who knows she is enough, you beautifully point others to Jesus. And that is our whole life’s purpose.
We are ordinary people. Yet if we trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus with our lives, He can make our ordinary days into holy days because He lives inside us.
I don’t know how many letters I can write to you. And that is how Mama wants to live each day – with the end in mind.
At the end of our lives, what really matters?
What matters most in the light of eternity?
I know, I know.
These are such big words for your two-year-old mind. But trust me, these are important words to think about. You’ll understand them in time to come. 🙂
So go bless
Go play with your friends and forgive them a thousand times (and more) when they break your heart. Go love the Aunties and Uncles and the construction workers you see in our neighborhood and don’t forget the ones who look like they need a friend. Go be that friend. Continue to bless that Uncle with your favorite donut.
You are enough to be a blessing.
Mama’s prayer for you the moment she knew you were in her womb was that you would be a blessing to many, and indeed you have been.
Thank you for being you.
So give your life to others – quietly, secretly, simply.
Lastly, never lose that playful sparkle in your eye and that love for life that runs so deep in your soul. Your playful personality has taught me how to let go and play more. To roll around the carpet crazily with you, to be a slide for you, and when we run out of breath, to lie down laughing on the pillow cushions and just stare at the clouds with your soft toys besties right next to us.
Mama promises to slow down. I know I can never slow time down, but I will slow myself and my schedule long enough to look into your eyes that are so full of love and empathy. I will slow myself long enough to say yes to carrying your soft toys all around the house with you because “all friends together!” are your words that I cherish. Slow myself down enough to hook the fishes and squeal with delight at every catch because it’s a fishing game you love and it is more fun when you’re not playing it alone.
I love you, my precious 2 year old. I can still remember the day you were born. You made me a Mama, and I can never give thanks enough for the amazing gift that you are.
(By the way, this gorgeous customized scrap board is by Mama’s talented friend, Sharon of My Craft Loft. I love it so much!)
Papa & Mama
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I love this song “Slow Down” by Nichole Nordeman and cry each time I watch. As I prayed about my desire to slow myself down so as not to miss the precious days of my little girl growing up, and thought about the many other readers who also resonate with this desire – I thought about creating a community for like-minded Mums through the hashtag #slowdownmotherhood so that we can have a place where we gain inspiration and encouragement from one another on slowing down!
Are you IN??
I hope you’ll join me! Anytime you post a picture on social media on how you’re intentionally slowing down, just use #slowdownmotherhood. I’d love to see how you’re doing, and gain inspiration from you!
Mamas, we know life is messy and we cannot slow time down, but we can really clear the clutter in our lives, and slow ourselves long enough to be less distracted, and more present and joyful with our children. Let us take baby steps to break the habit of busyness, and make 2018 a year in which we #slowdownmotherhood! Like/comment to tell me you’re in this with me okay?? 🙂