Years ago on Mother’s Day, I wrote a letter to my daughters to express my hopes for their lives. I share the letter here because I have the same hopes for all of you!
Dear Ella, Maddie and Molly,
First, I hope that our home is a place where you feel free to be yourselves – where you can proclaim your brilliance and awesomeness and also share your fears and doubts – where you know you are loved and accepted and always belong.
I hope that you take care of and love yourselves – that you nourish those beautiful bodies and you are kind to yourselves in your thoughts. As you grow older, I hope that you surround yourselves with people who reflect your kindness, encourage your growth, and extend the safe place to fully be yourselves.
Life is messy and imperfect and sometimes difficult. As much as I would like to protect you from all of that, I know my work is not to shield you, but to help you navigate the challenges, make room for mistakes, and believe in your ability to do hard things. Whatever life brings, you will handle it. God always has a plan for you.
I hope you discover work that lights you up, that calls upon your strengths and allows you to contribute to others’ lives.
Every day, I hope you do what is most important to you. I hope you define success as doing just that. I hope you give more consideration to being the person you want to be than to what others think of you. I hope you know that your worth is not dependent on titles or accomplishments, that you are always enough. I hope you choose growth over perfection. And that you don’t take it all too seriously.
I hope you enjoy peace and savor beauty.
I want you to know that Daddy & I and your grandparents, aunt, and uncles love you so much and are so happy that you are all here.
Finally, I hope that you continue to treasure the relationships likely to be the longest you will ever have – those with each other.
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