A Letter to our Baby

Little One,

Right now you are still so small – not even half a pound! Part of me wants to keep you with me like this forever, safe and sound, but that’s not how this works: soon you are going to be in this world and subject to all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful things that come with it. It’s going to be such a wonderful, exciting, and terrifying journey raising you, Little One, and Daddy and I can’t wait.

I pray that you see love in our household everyday, that you see Daddy and I love each other and love you with the love of Jesus.

I pray that you always choose to see the best in people, despite what others may be saying, and that you always have a kind word to offer.

I pray that you always find that you can come to Daddy or me with anything, knowing that we will always be here for you.

I pray that you always find it in your heart to extend grace and mercy.

I pray that you always see people as people, not as their problems.

I pray that you remember that it is okay to make mistakes and to be wrong because that is how we grow and learn.

I pray that you remember that just because you don’t always see God actively working in your life that it doesn’t mean that He isn’t working in the background.

And I pray that you never doubt how much your Daddy and I love you, because it already cannot be put into words how much we do.

You are such a blessing, Little One, and I can’t wait to meet you.

Love, Mommy

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A Letter to Myself as a College Freshman

Dear 18ish year old me,

You’ve just started college! These will be some of the best years of your life; however, there are a few things I think you should know.

First off, make friends. Like, seriously. Stop sitting there all by your lonesome, content with not speaking. Get out of your comfort zone. You’ll thank me for it later.

Second, stop procrastinating. In a few weeks your going to have a paper and your not going to do it until late the night before and you’re going to call your dad crying because you’re so stressed. You can prevent this situation from happening! Start on the dang paper – and your other assignments for that matter – on time or, if you’re feeling particularly rebellious, early. 

Third, go to sleep early. Stop staying up until the wee hours of the morning. It makes you cranky. No one likes it when you’re cranky.

Fourth, take a deep breath. Things are going to get stressful. Take a step back and look at the big picture. You’ll be okay. A bad day isn’t the end.

Fifth, and finally, cherish every moment. These years are going to fly by.

Sincerely,

Your wiser 20ish year old self.

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