Dear Little Princess,
I’m so thankful to be your mommy. When we found out that you were going to be born, Daddy had just lost his job and our only car died. We’d also just bought our house with a higher mortgage than the rent on our previous apartment. It was not a fun time, but the excitement about you helped encourage us and gave us something to look forward to. As a mommy of two wonderful little boys, I was eager to become a mommy to my little girl, too!
Oftentimes you’ll hear people complain about the high cost of raising children, the trouble kids cause, and the frustrations of parenthood. While those things may be true at times, I want you to know that children are cause for celebration, are a source of great joy, and are gifts from the Lord. You were our gift during a very hard time.
Your big brothers were so excited to have a baby “stister,” as Wing Man called you. They helped me set up the crib, sort through a mountain of clothes that people gave us, and eagerly awaited your arrival. It was so fun to see them so excited about your coming!
You were a very sweet baby and hardly ever cried. You loved being held, you loved sitting in your bouncer, and you loved being entertained by your big brothers. You were so content! This was a huge blessing since Daddy was working nights and needed to sleep during the daytime.
When you were about two months old, I tried to get you to smile. I encouraged you all week, but you only gave me half a smile here and there. When Daddy noticed that I was trying to get you to grin, he walked over and tickled your feet. Immediately, you broke out into a big, beaming smile! He’s never let me forget that you smiled at him first. I think he’s pretty proud of that! “Mommy tried to get you to smile at her first, but Daddy got your first smile!” he’d say over and over. This is just one example of the joy that you have brought to our family.
So, even if the Lord blesses you with a husband and children some day, know that there will be hard times. Your brand new baby might vomit blood at four days old. Your toddler might lose part of his finger in a door. Your grade schooler might end up in intensive care with diabetes, or your husband might suffer from a chronic condition.
But the Lord also promises to be with you and to give you the strength to endure. For me, He gave me you to help remind me that He is still good even when hard circumstances hit. I am so thankful that He lent you to us, and I’m beyond thankful for the privilege of being your mommy.
All my love,