For Cara

Dear Cara,

Hi! It’s your Aunt H writing you. You know the baby hog? The one who doesn’t want to ever put you down? The momma to your three crazy cousins?????

You have a big weekend coming up. You will be baptized on Sunday and I am feeling extra grateful that I get to be a part of your special day.

I am incredibly humbled that your mom and dad asked me to help guide you in your faith journey. Because of that I wanted to write down a few words in hopes that one day when you are old enough to read and comprehend you can pull out this letter and understand how much I love you, how much this day means.

You my darling, adorable, bright eyed, rolly polly niece, are one lucky lady. You have been born to two parents who not only love you immensely, but who have the “stuff” that it takes to raise you and your brother in an exceptional environment.

You see your mom and your dad are beautiful, articulate, loving (tough as nails too), rock solid parents who have had their share of ups and downs in life. And those ups and downs are what have made them so uniquely positioned to help you move through your life.

But there will be times my sweet girl when mom and dad’s words, while well-intentioned, may not be enough.

You may turn to your Aunt H in hopes that I have the answers but only find that those answers feel like they too are failing you.

In those moments my wish for you is that you understand you are not alone.

That sometimes answers are unfolded instead of announced.

That with head bowed in prayer or eyes upwards towards the heavens the answers will come.

They may not be in the form you expected. They may not be what you wanted.

But if you sit in it. Let those moments of solitude and reflection with your God fill your soul then you will have a peace that surpasses understanding. You will be ready to receive the answers unwanted and wanted.

Sunday will be the day that you begin this process. The day your parents announce before a church full of friends and family that they and I and your other godmother want to help guide you down that path.

What I can tell you is that my relationship with our God has brought me more than any earthly relationship could. That my faith walk is one that has rewarded me in ways I find impossible to articulate.

I wish for you to experience that same level of comfort.

I love you Cara Dahlberg.

I love that I get to be a part of watching  you grow and thrive in your relationship with God.

Happy Baptism Day.

Love,

Your one and only Aunt H

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