September 24, 2019
Dear Ellery Jane,
It seems as if nine is upon us.
As I sit, caught off guard by the passage of time, I think about the beautiful girl you are becoming.
Day turning into day, finding myself wishing I had hit record on the thoughtful words you fill our hours with. Today you inquired as to when I thought we had become so close? When had you and I developed this bond? I told you of how we were knitted together before God placed you in my belly.
You my darling child are bold. You are strong. You are a leader.
You are persistent and you are just as much grit as you are grace.
I am most excited to see where these next years take you.
I have now doubt you could become a teacher or an astronaut or our President.
Do me a favor will you? Keep talking to me. Keep telling me where you hide the hurts.
I promise to keep loving on you. I’ll make sure to make those silly faces at school drop off and always hold my arms wide open when I pick you up each afternoon.
Don’t stop dancing and dreaming and doing everything that makes you uniquely Ellery Jane.
I love you to the moon and back.
Your one and only Momma
PS – We’re going to be alright, odds are.